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    Harness the intelligence found in nature

    Using its 3.8 billion years of R&D.

    Our Innovation Services help businesses explore new opportunities, solve problems and drive sustainability by tapping into nature’s genius.

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    Reinvigorate your innovation process

    powerful tools to grow professionally

    Our Professional Education Workshops give you the knowledge and tools for solving problems and building teams using nature's time-tested principles.

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Excellent learning opportunity. I am very impressed with the course and Great Lakes Biomimicry, and am looking forward to learning more about biomimicry and applying the concepts in my work.

Kimm Jarden, Senior Sustainability Specialist

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
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Workshops for Organizations & Businesses

Value of Biomimicry

This half-day exposure to concepts, tools and case studies informs participants about how biomimicry can support innovation inspired by nature and add value to their organizations. The customized session is offered at your organization.

Upcoming Workshops: Custom sessions and dates are held at your organization. Inquire for details.

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Fundamentals of Biomimicry

This three-day workshop introduces professionals to principles and practices that drive innovation inspired by nature. Participants begin to understand biomimicry design methodology, compare system design principles in natural and mechanical systems, and discover ways to create shared value for their organizations and society.

Upcoming Workshops: Spring 2018

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Organizations as Living Systems

Led by the TimeZero team, this three-day workshop introduces professionals to a biomimetic Living Systems Approach for designing, developing and leading organizations in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world. The approach helps organizations enhance resilience, become more agile and adaptive, and address the many challenges they face today, including increasing productivity and engagement.

Upcoming Workshop: Spring 2018

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Biomimicry Design Lab

This 8-session technical training and practice prepares participants to lead the adoption and practice of biomimicry to spur innovation in their organization. Completion of our Fundamentals of Biomimicry workshop or equivalent training is required.

Upcoming Workshop: Workshops will be scheduled throughout the year based on demand. Inquire for details or to get on our waiting list.

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Educator Academies

Our Biomimicry Educator Academies give PK-12 educators the knowledge and tools needed to use biomimicry in the classroom and during community programs.

Biomimicry Immersion Workshop

PK-12 educators: Over four days, learn the fundamentals of biomimicry and how to use it to support curriculum. Discover how to develop lessons that bridge STEM disciplines, humanities and the arts. Empower learners to innovate for a healthier future, and get students outside doing meaningful work. Strengthen your use of problem-based learning, backwards curriculum design, culturally-responsive teaching, and gamified and hands-on activities.

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Foundations of Biomimicry Workshop

What can we learn from a wood frog or a wetland? What happens when we begin to see nature as a teacher and a source of innovative solutions to the design challenges we face? This three-hour workshop offers an introduction to the emerging field of biomimicry. Participants will be introduced to tools and resources and will experience sample lessons that inspire creativity in students as they look at nature through the eyes of architects, engineers and designers.

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Foundations of Biomimicry Workshop: Customized

Interested in our Foundations of Biomimicry workshop, but want something even more closely tailored to meet your curriculum or program goals? We will customize a session that deepens your understanding and skills in the areas that you need most.

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Introduction to Biomimicry for Students

This 50-minute interactive presentation ignites students’ interest in biomimicry and design. Students learn about amazing innovations that have resulted from biomimicry and practice the core skills of a biomimic -- identifying function and translating biological strategies into engineering or design principles. This presentation is suitable for grades 4 through adult, and for audiences of up to 60 people.

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Introduction to Biomimicry for Students with Design Challenge

Start with our interactive biomimicry presentation, and then have your students put their new-found knowledge and skills to work by tackling a mini design challenge. Choose from one of two challenge options: Staying Cool Without Air Conditioning or Managing Stormwater in Urban Environments. The challenge concludes with students sharing their design concepts and drawings with the group.

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Community Programs

Our Community Programs are for general audiences and spark interest in the emerging field of biomimicry. Get your group inspired and looking at the world through a whole new lens -- one that’s inspired by nature!

About Biomimicry and Great Lakes Biomimicry

People of all backgrounds will learn about the emerging field of biomimicry and how Great Lakes Biomimicry is helping to make Northeast Ohio the global hub of biomimicry activities in education, business and innovation.

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Introduction to Biomimicry

Perfect for general audiences, this 50-minute interactive presentation ignites interest in biomimicry and design. Participants will learn about the amazing innovations that have resulted from biomimicry and will practice the core skills of a biomimic -- identifying function and translating biological strategies into engineering or design principles. This presentation is suitable for age 10 through adult, and for audiences of up to 60 people.

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Interactive Biomimicry Design Challenge

Start with our interactive presentation introducing biomimicry, and then put your new-found knowledge and skills to work by tackling a mini design challenge. Choose from one of two challenge options: Staying Cool Without Air Conditioning or Managing Stormwater in Urban Environments. The challenge concludes with participants sharing their design concepts and drawings with the group.

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Innovation Services

Our Innovation Services help businesses explore new opportunities, solve problems and drive sustainability by harnessing the intelligence found in nature’s 3.8 billion years of R&D.

Using the Great Lakes Biomimicry’s Innovation Playbook™, critical elements of our process include:

1Tap into nature’s genius through investigation of biological forms, processes, patterns and systems as potential candidates for technical emulation.

2Utilize a diverse set of human assets offered through Great Lakes Biomimicry, The University of Akron’s BRIC (Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center) and other biomimicry collaborative experts in biology, design, chemistry, engineering, material sciences and business.

3Although the process is presented in a linear fashion, it is actually iterative. Insights uncovered at any stage may require a return to and repeat of one or several of the earlier stages in order to achieve optimal results.

4Intellectual property generation increases as progression is made through the stages. Since biological forms, processes and systems cannot be patented, very little patentable intellectual property is generated in the early stages of the process. However, successful execution of later stages is likely to generate intellectual property which can lead to potentially patentable innovations.

Contact us to learn more: [email protected] or 216-233-1694.