Disruption and Resilience: Lessons from Nature

In our 23July2020 post Nature is Normal, I shared the Visions for Change program that the Amani Institute has been offering this summer, for free. My small contribution to this program was an online Skill Pills workshop exploring how biomimicry can help us design better services, products, and organizations for the ‘new normal’. You can

Nature is Normal

There has been a lot of discussion about the ‘new normal’, referring to the way the world will work when the pandemic loosens its grip and protests begin to subside and turn into problem-solving. Those of us working for social and environmental sustainability and justice hope that our recent massive disruptions are an opportunity to

Join us for a FREE Biomimicry webinar

Hecho x Nosotros and animaná are hosting Denise DeLuca for a FREE webinar tomorrow, 15May2020. In this webinar you’ll be introduced to Biomimicry — what it is, why you might want to use it, and how it works. About this Event Many of us worry about sustainability, climate change, and environmental justice, but don’t know

Tap into “The Promise of Biomimicry”

If you’re reading this, you’ve no doubt heard of biomimicry, innovation inspired by nature. You may also know that the promise of biomimicry is “resilient design for a climate impacted world”.  If not, you’ll enjoy the short film “The Promise of Biomimicry”, created by The Biomimicry Institute and Tree Media. MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design program

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ONLINE CLASS: Biomimicry for Designers

There’s still time to register for our Summer 2019 1-credit Biomimicry for Designers course! Starts June 3. This project-oriented course, taught by Taryn Mead, provides an introduction to the tools and concepts of biomimicry, a discipline that emulates nature’s best ideas and blueprints in order to solve human design challenges. REGISTER BEFORE MAY 30th using

Biomimicry, Just for You

When Janine Benyus coined the term and wrote the book “Biomimicry”, she defined it as “Innovation inspired by nature”.  If you look it up, you’ll find images and stories of a train shaped like the beak of a kingfisher, a paint that sheds water and dirt like the lotus leaf, and a swimsuit textured like

Yes, it’s FREE! 4-Week Online Biomimicry Course

The best things in life are free. Going outside is free. Connecting with nature is free.  And now, learning a sustainable design methodology based on nature’s functional strategies is free! We are happy to announce that MCAD’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program is once again partnering with Canvas.net to offer the 4-week online course Biomimicry: A Sustainable

One company’s mission to reverse global warming

As a lead up to Sustainable Brands conference SB’18 , students, alumni, and faculty of our MA in Sustainable Design program interviewed selected speakers — leaders in corporate sustainability initiatives.  In this blog we share our interview with Erin Meezan, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Interface. Erin Meezan, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, leads the company on an audacious

Jay Harman is coming to MCAD!

The Master of Arts in Sustainable Design (MASD) program and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is thrilled to host inventor, entrepreneur, and biomimicry pioneer Jay Harman as our Visiting Artist October 11-12, 2018. Denise DeLuca, Director of the MASD program and Biomimicry Education Fellow, will be Jay’s host and will facilitate the

FREE! 4-Week Online Biomimicry Course

The best things in life are free. Going outside is free. Connecting with nature is free.  And now, learning a sustainable design methodology based on nature’s functional strategies is free! We are happy to announce that MCAD’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program is once again partnering with Canvas.net to offer the 4-week online

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