Dear friend of biomimicry,
In early June, former President Clinton hosted the Clinton Global America Initiative, an annual event focused on finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States. To our delight, the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute was invited to participate.
Biomimicry 3.8 Senior Biologist Tim McGee and I flew to Chicago on June 7 to meet with key stakeholders and collaborate on ways biomimicry can impact two important developmental areas: advanced manufacturing and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
Tim joined scientists and industry leaders in the advanced manufacturing work group, which was tasked with tackling the challenges manufacturers face along the pipeline, from product conception to point-of-sale. He discussed how biomimicry can provide a highly innovative roadmap for achieving both economic and environmental stability. We can mimic the way nature manufactures things using energy-efficient, non-toxic materials that are local and abundant rather than scarce and non-renewable.
I participated in the STEM education work group, which focused on expanding the number of STEM field professionals and educators, and increasing opportunities for students to engage in related education programs.Today, an alarming 72 percent of US high school graduates are unprepared for entry-level college courses in mathematics and science. As a nation, we are not adequately preparing our students for careers in some of the most critical fields to our economy and environment. Biomimicry, however, offers a compelling part of the solution.
Teachers tell us that biomimicry is a fantastic resource for STEM education because students experience real-world applications based on tangible solutions. Students, like all of us, are inspired by hope, and biomimicry has the power to inspire students and educators alike to learn from, value, and conserve our greatest teacher … nature.
After two intense days of listening and sharing, Tim and I left the conference filled with hope. We met smart, thoughtful, and innovative leaders who get biomimicry and are excited to partner with us in propagating biomimicry in education and business.
I’ll keep you posted on what comes of these new partnerships as they unfold.
Biomimicry 3.8 Institute
P.S. If you have not already seen our video on the importance of biomimicry in education, please take a look.