The night when I write this Article
The night when I write this article
It is the night of the14th of May 2019, and I am sitting right in front of my computer. The question I challenged myself with is as follows: Why do I love Biomimicry. In the beginning, I feel empty, nothing comes to mind, because it’s ten ‘o’clock in the evening and I’m tired. But while writing these lines, it becomes more and more clear to me. The fascination for something that drives me to write an article about it, and while writing, I become more and more awake. What motivates me in this specific moment to hang on and not go to sleep. It’s curiosity, it is my intrinsic motivation to understand the secrets of nature, to see the patterns behind these great pieces of art which nature shows to us every single day. There it is, my fascination for Biomimicry that motivates me every day to do my best for the Academy and to go to my personal limits, even beyond them.
But how did it start? How did this fascination emerge? Everything began in 2016 in June when I met Arndt, our Lead Educator, at a Biomimicry workshop at the Natural History Museum in Berlin. I had never heard anything about Biomimicry before, I did not even know that such a method existed. Little did I know that everything would soon change.
With a friend of mine, I walked to the entry of the museum, I remember that she asked me to go to the workshop with her because she did not want to go alone. Joining her turned out to be the right decision in the end. We sit down in the student lab of the museum and Arndt start his presentation. He talked about the age of the Earth, and the small part humanity has played in it. He spoke about the challenges nature already solved, and the ones nature keeps solving every day. And the next moment, he asks the question that builds up the spark to inflame a fire which is still burning today: Why do we not use the experience of nature to solve our human problems? 3.8 billion years of development and improvements, something I never considered, not even as a bioengineer. That is what drives my daily motivation and what fuels the fascination for Biomimicry since.
To know that solutions are already out there and to implement them in our human contexts. We just have to see the patterns behind what we see all around us. But the best thing is that everything we can learn from nature is inherently sustainable. Nature provides a system where everything is reused, and nothing produces waste. In the end, the only sustainable thing on Earth is nature itself. The moment I understood this, everything became clear. The only way to prepare humanity against the challenges of tomorrow is to think and to act like a Biomimic, a Bioinspired Circular Innovator.
The story ends
That’s my little story about the fascination behind Biomimicry. I really want to hear your story with Biomimicry. Please share your experience in the comments. If you want to become a Bioinspired Circular Innovator, a Change Maker for humankind going forward, then please contact me.
Cheers Paul Hoffmann