In June, I had the great pleasure of participating in the 7th Annual Biomimicry Education Summit, and the first ever Biomimicry 3.8 Global Conference, hosted together by the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Over 350 dedicated, talented, and far-thinking teachers, designers, architects, biologists, industrialists, and policy-makers from across the globe came together to ask "How can humans create conditions conducive to Life?" Not just sustainable economies, cities, and manufacturing, but a regenerative way of life that creates biodiversity instead of destroying it.
Over the course of three intense and exciting days, three major themes emerged:
- How would nature design buildings and cities that fulfill the ecosystem services of the original habitats they replaced?
- How would nature design the materials we use to build them?
- And how would nature redesign our whole economy to encourage such regeneration?