We all realize we have to be more adaptable, resilient, cooperative and networked in order to survive as an organization. And guess what? Life on earth has already practiced and applied these social practices over the past 3.8 billion years. This is the domain of Biomimicry for social innovation.
What can we learn from a forest about community building? Can we learn from nature how to operate in networks or in self-organizing teams? How does the polar fox and other organisms manage to adapt to changing conditions? Can we find answers for social problems like poverty and social exclusion? I Think we can. All we have to do is to understand the principles and pattern behind life’s succesfull strategies.
My ‘nature–Wise’ approach is based on biomimicry. I use ecological processes and patterns as a resource and I help organisations with questions about collaboration in there business ecosystem, with effectively working in teams and operating in a changing environment and so on.
I am originally trained as a teacher biology and I have been a consultant on sustainable development for 16 years. A few years ago I decided to use my background to support organizational and professional development in businesses, governmental organisations and NGO’s. I tend to have a systemic view on organizations in their context and I am able to connect the strategy mission to every day’s practice and vice versa. My inspiration comes from the natural world.
I have participated in the course ‘Biomimicry for Social innovation’ and is part of the global ‘Biomimicry for Social Innovation’ netwerk in 2015 and in 2016. See: www.bio-sis.net. I am as ambassadeur associated with Biomimicry NL; Biomimicry NL
If you are able to really understand the circumstances in which your organization has to operate you are on the path of becoming sustainably successful.
Article about the new order of ecological organization
A new generation of organizations emerges. They work like living systems and are more fit for todays challenges. Biomimicry can enhance this movement by offering inspiration together with practical tools. If you want to know more about this and read about the domains of those challenges, read this article. Organizations of the future are based on ecology. Or read more in this short article in the Conference Magazine Biomimicry Magazine – article
Ten perspectives from Nature
Are you interested in reading more on Biomimicry for organisations? Then this small book is for you. Ten perspectives from Nature – 2014
What a amazing and comprehensive book! A facinating journey of unbounded optimism and creativity towards a sustainable way to live and do business on earth. Full of examples and full of humor. Must read!!
Blog ‘Learning from nature’s network’
Read this blog if you are interested written by ‘The Nature of Business’ about dealing with complexity and change in Superorganisms – the nature of networks