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The future of Social Biomimicry
What we can learn from nature. A public dialogue organised by the Club of Amsterdam

Nature has a long history and it's been known for some time that designers and architect find good solutions and ideas looking at nature. Nature is an inspiration when it comes to effective use of materials, construction of housing and other design challenges. But there is more to learn from nature.

Did you ever ask yourself questions like: How do swarms, flogs or herds work together? How do living organisms cooperate? How does nature grow or respond to changes? What about leadership?

In the meeting of February 23, 2012 we would like to address some of the issues of social Biomimicry. We will present some common patterns from nature that are inspirational for social issues like: communication, teamwork, leadership, development of organisations and society. We will give an idea of how to translate these patterns to work situation, architecture of organisations, teamwork and future growth. Social Biomimicry gives a fresh new perspective and we also belief it will contribute to resilient and future-orientated organisations.

The speakers and topics are:

Bowine Wijffels is working as consultant and process leader in environmental education and learning for sustainable development. Learning from nature of one of her passions.
Social Biomimicry - for project management, leadership, change in organisations

Douwe Jan Joustra, Managing Partner, One Planet Architecture institute
Living City
Can nature inspire us for cityplanning and -development? Mostly we see the city as a non-natural habitat for people and some birds and other species like cars and bicycles. When we look upon the city as a living ecosystem, what can we learn from nature. Has the city it's own metabolism, can it feed itself? How does a living city provide living conditions for all organisms?

Moderated by Caroline van Leenders, Agency NL, Ministry of Economics, Agriculture, and Innovation

the future of Social Biomimicry
What we can learn from nature
February 23, 2012, 18:30-21:15
Location: Volkskrantgebouw, Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam [former building of the Volkskrant]
Supported by Agentschap NL

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