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Biomimicry in entrepreneurship

An ecological future lies in the knowledge banks of nature’s elegant solutions taken from over 3.8 billion years of R&D, where nature has already found solutions to many of the challenges we are struggling with. In this workshop you will apply biomimicry to help solve entrepreneurial challenges by asking the question ‘what would nature do here?’ and ‘how can nature be viewed as a valid stakeholder in the design process?’

This workshop will offer:

  • new perspectives and the ability to arrive at innovative solutions to achieving sustainability in courses that are about creating value, managing growth and expanding your entrepreneurial knowledge, where the ‘value’ is intricately tied to nature’s modes of sustainability.
  • an expansion of environmental imagination that is poethic (political, poetic and ethical) in its approach to sustainability.
  • a systems perspective, both at the micro and macro levels through which to view design challenges in order to achieve ecological solutions dealing with the complexity of climate change.

 

Skills gained in this workshop

Participants will:

  • develop a new way to view, value and participate with nature
  • learn how to apply this skill as a design model for sustainable solutions
  • learn how to cultivate an ability to function in multi-disciplinary teams by using resources and values from biology and the life sciences
  • understand nature’s principles and learn to navigate through the uncertain situations of the current climate emergency we are in
  • learn and practice applying nature to help solve their challenges and help achieve sustainable innovation
    look to nature for inspiration to conceptually understand how a variety of species adapt to their inherent ecosystem, and how to translate these values into sustainable entrepreneurial solutions
  • understand Research & Development tracks which aid in ‘biologizing your work’, including cultivating the skill of applying biomimicry principles efficiently into your entrepreneurship process
  • develop knowledge about the contemporary discourse surrounding biomimicry, biomimetics and bio-inspired design.

Who should attend?

Participants should have:

  • a desire and openness to learn from nature
  • a drive to become a steward in the sustainability arena
  • an understanding that research is an important part of the process and practice,
  • an understanding that underpinning knowledge gained from nature will help in the design processes

ELIGIBILITY & SELECTION

All students and alumni of SSES member universities are eligible to apply to this weekend workshop. We get many applications and unfortunately cannot accept everyone. The selection process is outlined below:

SELECTION PROCESS

  1. Application is reviewed
  2. Selection is made and confirmation email is sent out
  3. Participant must confirm his or her seat in order to secure the spot
  4. If spots are not confirmed in time, the waitlist will be reviewed and new participants selected

About the teacher

The foundation of Anna Maria Orrù’s work is embedded in biomimicry (Nature’s inspiration), artistic/design research and in curating performative research, providing alternate approaches to ecological design and sustainability to tackle the climate emergency. She is based in Sweden and Italy and holds a PhD in Architecture/Artistic Research from Chalmers University of Technology (title: ‘Wild Poethics’ 2017). She is Senior Lecturer at the Design Department at Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design with a focus on sustainability, but also lectures in other Swedish universities, including in Italy. In her spare time, she is a beekeeper and takes care of an olive grove. www.annamariaorru.com

When?

Sep 26–27 - 2020
10:00 - 17:00

Where?

SSES, Saltmätargatan 9, 4th floor

Deadline

Applications are open until Sep 11th.

Price

This workshop is free of charge.

Additional Information

If weather allows, a portion of the workshop will be spent outdoors on the first day. (Comfortable shoes and clothing should be worn). Students should also bring their laptops or tablets to the workshop as they will be researching online in groups (a smartphone is not sufficient).