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Biomimicry.resource.handbook

Biomimicry.resource.handbook

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Welcome to the Biomimicry
Resource
Handbook!
This Biomimicry Resource Handbook isdesigned to be a "seed bank" of knowledgeand best practices for sustainable bio-inspireddesign. It contains the most current thinkingabout and tools for naturalizing'biomimicry intothe culture, as understood and practiced by TheBiomimicry Institute and Biomimicry Guild.The Resource Handbook was first conceived in2006 when we heard that many participantsof our workshops were struggling with the"Monday morning blues" after returning homeinspired, but not sure what to do next or how todo it. So, we endeavored to create somethingthat would help not only ease the transitionback into "life as usual," but to nurture a shifttowards a more regular practice of biomimicrythrough deepening one's understanding ofbiomimicry and the tools of engagement.Much of what we envisioned for this
handbook
already existed as a piecemeal assemblage ofinformation, worksheets, and articles that werecollected over the last
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years and used in oneway or another to help teach biomimicry topeople around the world. However, the not-so-small task at hand was to combine theseresources along with verbal knowledge neverbefore captured on paper and organize it intoa cogent, seamless presentation that helpsanswer the question, "Okay, so how do youactually do biomimicry?"After several iterations, a handful of unfortunatecircumstantial delays, and an unyielding desireto see this Resource Handbook enter theworld, what you hold in your hands right nowrepresents our initial efforts to help answer thatquestion.This handbook exists as a complex harmony ofauthorship emerging out of hundreds of hoursof collaborative contemplation, assimilation, andproduction. Even as a "completed" handbook,we wish to regard this publication as a "livingpublication," a document that will grow and
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evolve as the field of biomimicry matures.
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As such, we attempted to create a resilient
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organizational outline that can accommodategrowth and change over time; In essence, your
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Resource Handbook will never go out of print or
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be out of date. Rather, this living work will grow
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with our contributions and yours to hopefully be
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a valuable resource that always stays active in
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your work.In addition to your own additions to individualsections of the handbook, we anticipate sendingout periodic updates for the handbook as PDFsyou can download off a website, print out, andadd to the appropriate section.Of course, nothing is complete withoutfeedback. Let this serve as an open invitationfor questions, comnlents, and concerns aboutthis handbook; we want you to help us evolvethis publication based on your needs, yourexperience with biomimicry, and the expertiseyou have acquired through your life's otherendeavors. If you have ideas, information,articles, exercises, or anything else that youwould like to contribute to this work, wewelcome you into the folds of collaboration. Weoffer you this Resource Handbook in exchangefor your feedback, as all of you are part of this
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important, growing, collaborative communitythat will create a world empowered by nature'sgenius.Here's to the next (r)evolutionl- The Biomimicry Institute and Biomimicry Guild
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BIOMIMICRY
RESOURCE HANDBOOK

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