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About :: Biomimicry 3.8


3.8 Billion Years of Inspiration and R&D

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.

A Brief History

When Janine Benyus popularized the term “biomimicry” in her seminal book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature (1997), she admits she had no idea it would galvanize an entire movement. To respond, she and Dayna Baumeister formed the Biomimicry Guild, a consulting company.

As interest in biomimicry escalated, it soon became clear that an institute dedicated to biomimicry education was needed. In 2005, Bryony Schwan and Janine Benyus co-founded the Biomimicry Institute and in 2007 Chris Allen joined the team to help launch AskNature, the world’s first digital library of nature’s solutions.

Then, we all evolved. In 2009, Janine, Dayna, Bryony, and Chris began to look for a more efficient and cohesive way to integrate the work of the two organizations. In 2010, they founded Biomimicry 3.8, a hybrid social enterprise comprised of a for-profit B Corporation and a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation under a single brand and integrated management strategy.

Today, Biomimicry 3.8 operates as an independent Certified B Corporation. The Biomimicry Institute operates as a nonprofit.