July 30, 2012

Biomimicry Safari

The Biomimicry Safari as a completely new adventure in the African Bush. We ran the first one last year and had an amazing response from unlikely clients. The course (5 day Safari adventure in our Kruger national park concession) teaches people to use nature to solve their problems. We show people that nature has already done all the research; by mimicking it we can solve career problems for architecture, structural engineering workflow planning and numerous other applications. It’s a big growth point for pharmaceuticals as well.

 Biomimicry — technology emulating nature — has already resulted in hundreds of revolutionary innovations that make our lives easier, healthier, and more sustainable. Phones (whose loudspeakers were inspired by human eardrums), Velcro (inspired by cockleburs), and airplanes (birds) are nature-inspired innovations so ubiquitous in our lives we scarcely think about their origin. More recent examples of Biomimicry include new ways to manufacture concrete developed from studying coral reefs, highly-efficient wind turbines modeled on the shape of whale flippers, and entirely new approaches of creating colour inspired by butterflies, that would allow you to read this web page outside, in bright sunlight, while using a fraction of the energy of a conventional monitor. Additional speed for bullet trains inspired by the beak of the kingfisher bird.

 Specialist naturalists form the Biomimicry institute with safari guides takes you on a journey into true wilderness while you stay in a unfenced Eco camp in big five territory while you search for inspiration and new applications. You will approach dangerous game on foot to get in-depth knowledge of their behaviour and learn intimate details to solve and or create new products.

 This Safari with a difference is the best tool to ensure biodiversity (we need to learn about all these creatures before they are gone) and will take conservation ahead like no other product has done before.

What you'll do:

·         Solve a design challenge by asking "what would nature do here?"

·         Practice applying the tools of biomimicry in a real world scenario

·         Explore nature's genius through field-based activities

·         Learn from (rather than just about) local plants, animals, and ecosystems

·         Become acquainted with life's inherently sustainable design principles

·         Learn how to translate nature’s genius into innovative sustainable design solutions

 Our most important resource is our capacity to innovate. Without innovation, humankind cannot continue to adapt to a complex and changing world. But where will these new ideas for humanity come from? Experience and intuition tells us many of the best of these ideas will come from the genius evident in the natural world around us.


 Book now to avoid disappointment – only 3 spaces left on the October 2012 course. Contact enquiries@ecotraining.co.za or visit the website at www.ecotraining.co.za
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