If somebody told you that you had access to millions of years of information that could help you live a happier, healthier life, what would you do?

As inhabitants of Earth, we are surrounded by remarkable species and natural processes that have evolved and developed over the course of our planet’s long history. Over these millions of years, life has found its way into some pretty unique niches. Evolution has forced species to adapt in order to survive, a process that has found answers to almost every problem imaginable.

So, how do we leverage these millions of years of refinement to the best of our ability? This is where the fascinating field of biomimicry steps in.

What is biomimicry? The best way to see how this discipline can, and is, changing the landscape of our lives is to see it in action. To show us what all the fuss is about, and help unleash a little possibility, we found this great video from Vox, to get the discussion started!

Via: Vox 1

If we know that nature has this remarkable “problem solving” ability, why aren’t we harnessing it? How might we turn to nature help to solve persistent problems? Saving designers, scientists, engineers, and even the common person innumerable hours of trial and error.

We face an endless array of complex problems from the future of travel to keeping our waterways healthy and safe, and all of these problems, in some way, have been solved by nature. We just have to know where to look.

As humans, it’s easy to think that we have all the answers. We are, after all, the ones consciously innovating, inventing, and building technologies. If we narrow our field of inspiration to only what was born of the human hand, we are entrapping ourselves in the limitations of our own creativity.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. “The World Is Poorly Designed. But Copying Nature Helps.” YouTube. Vox, 09 Nov. 2017. Web. 15 Nov. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMtXqTmfta0>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV