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In this talk at the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Spring 2014 Conference, Bill Maclay gives examples of biophilic workplaces in Vermont. The talk is part of a workshop titled "Nature's Inspiration: Biomimicry and Biophilia as a Powerful Business Tool" which was lead by Stephen Keller, Bill Maclay, Sarah-Lee Terrat, and Michael Dupee. Workshop details below.
Nature's wisdom and inspiration can be a successful tool for generating design solutions in today's business environment. As humans, we have lived in the bounty of nature for thousands of years and are hardwired to appreciate living systems. This love of engagement with nature is called biophilia. In observing nature's evolution we can learn from the innovative creation of new materials, forms, and living organisms. This learning from living systems is called biomimicry. This forum will explore the emerging fields of biophilia and biomimicry: What are they? How can they be used successfully in business? What are practical and successful examples? And how can they apply to small, medium and large businesses in Vermont today?