Biomimicry 3.8 is the global leader in biomimicry innovation consulting, professional training, and educational program and curricula development. Our mission is to train, equip, and connect engineers, educators, architects, designers, business leaders, and other innovators to sustainably emulate nature’s 3.8 billion years of brilliant designs and strategies.
Over the past 14 years, our company has helped more than 250 clients and partners redesign carpets, furniture, manufacturing processes, airplanes, and even entire cities, all in nature’s sustainable image. In concert with our partners we have reached millions through talks and the media and have trained hundreds who now practice biomimicry in their professions.
The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute (our 501(c)3 not-for-profit arm) focuses on academic and public education, offering trainings, curricula, tools and resources for schools, universities, museums, zoos, nature centers, and other public forums. Our evolving offerings of workshops, online courses, and research tools include AskNature.org, the award-winning online library of nature’s design strategies and solutions.
The San Diego Green Building Council is a 501(C)3 environmental non-profit dedicated to providing education, outreach, and advocacy surrounding green building in the San Diego community. We are the San Diego Chapter of the US Green Building Council and are organized around our vision and mission
Ethical Markets’ mission is to foster the evolution of capitalism beyond current models based on materialism, maximizing self-interest and profit, competition and fear of scarcity. As we move further into the Information Age, we learn that information and knowledge are not scarce, and our economic models can move toward sharing, cooperating and a new abundance. We believe capitalism combined with humanity’s growing knowledge of the interdependence of all life on Planet Earth, can evolve to serve today’s new needs and our common future—-beyond maximizing profits for shareholders and management, to benefiting all stakeholders. We deliver this message to our global market by featuring stories of success.
The von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is dedicated to mentoring faculty and student inventors through the proof-of-concept process. The Center provides commercialization support to bridge the gap between exciting laboratory discoveries and products that address market needs. Our experienced technology and business advisors guide faculty and student inventors throughout the technology assessment, proof-of-concept and early stages of the commercialization process. Once technology feasibility is demonstrated, these innovators can attract the entrepreneurial talent and capital that they need to advance their technology toward the marketplace. The Center primarily serves the UC San Diego engineering and science community, but many of our programs extend to universities in the Southern California region and well beyond.
Global Energy Network Institute was founded in 1986 by Peter Meisen to investigate the idea of Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller, proposing a global electric energy grid as the number one priority to solve many of the world's most pressing problems. GENI's mission is to conduct research and to educate world leaders and the public about the critical viability of the interconnection of electric power networks between nations and continents, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources, what we call 'the GENI Initiative. Our research shows that linking renewables between all nations will mollify conflicts, grow economies and increase the quality of life and health for all. This is a strategy rooted in the highest priority of the World Game simulation developed by Dr. Buckminster Fuller three decade ago.
NewSchool’s core professional disciplines of architecture, construction management, digital media arts, and design are built on fundamental principles and a curriculum of contemporary hands-on philosophy. Through a balanced approach of art, science, theory, and practice, our enriching programs have shaped NewSchool into a design school that can help you unfold your artistic talent. To learn is to have passion, be curious, and investigate DESIGN IDEAS that are waiting to become reality.
The Biomimicry Institute was founded in 2006 by Janine Benyus and Bryony Schwan to share nature’s design lessons with the people who design and make our world. We began by working directly with educators from K-12, university, and non-formal (museums, zoos, aquariums) environments to naturalize biomimicry in the educational system, and ensure the next generation of changemakers had the tools to integrate biomimicry in their careers. Education is at our roots, and you can find lesson plans, classroom exercises, and educator training courses on our Biomimicry Education Network.
In 2008, we launched a free, online catalog of nature’s solutions to design challenges. This award-winning website, called AskNature, has helped students and practitioners around the globe look to nature for sustainable design inspiration and advice.
The San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative (SDCaN, or the Collaborative) was organized in January 2009 by individuals and educational,environmental, business, and community groups with shared concerns that todays children have fewer and fewer opportunities to experience nature. Over 60 organizations are working together to enhance opportunities for San Diego’s children to learn in nature and play outdoors, in their everyday lives!
Fab Lab San Diego is a non-profit community design and fabrication laboratory that empowers individuals to give form to their ideas. Fab Lab provides access to professional manufacturing equipment, including 3-D printers and laser cutters, as well as the education and creative community required to support San Diego's thriving community of Makers.Fab Lab is a founding tenant of Makers Quarter - a neighborhood of Artists, Entrepreneurs, and Dreamers located in San Diego's upper East Village.