Biomimetic thinking is based on the identification of a set of functions which are deemed desirable for new creations on the basis of a specific problem or problems. Only then can we ask ourselves “what would nature do?”
Biomimicry is a new language which allows us to consult nature. The most elegant, efficient and sustainable solutions to many of humanity’s problems have been solved in the last few billions of years. By drawing inspiration from Life’s successful strategies and models in its goal to survive, we come across an inexhaustible potential that can allow us to face all the complexities of life from a point of greater simplicity.
Where there is Life there is Intelligence; we only have to learn how to translate these natural patterns to human designs so as to create the most elegant, efficient and sustainable solutions.
Although individually humans possess great intelligence, our collective intelligence has created vast, problematic issues for future generations. Fortunately, life can always be looked to for an answer. By learning from it, we can still create concepts, processes and products that are built to sustain life on Earth indefinitely.
There is no other purpose than life itself. A complete awareness of this fact changes our understanding of progress and of humans’ place in the world. Our future must be one that has overcome eras of domination and that establishes a symbiotic relationship with our ecosystem(s).
Learning from nature places us at a new point in which our relation to vital fact allows us to recognise new, non-human languages, such as that of nature’s design, and to accept that ours is just one of many forms of conscious thought that have developed on this planet.
The knowledge that we cannot detach ourselves from nature leads to a change of values, attitudes, and intentions that guide human activity towards a truly sustainable future from an ethical, economic and social point of view.
In that sense, biomimetics provides a metamodel that allows us to overcome obsolete conceptual frameworks and to respond to contemporary global challenges, providing innovative solutions based on the study of natural patterns, while also maintaining the cohesion and balance of a wide array of systems. This is a new vision of progress that will undoubtedly lead to great technological advances and substantial improvement in the quality of life. Above all, it will entail a new model of governance that will give meaning and purpose to all human actions.
The current systemic crisis must be interpreted as an opportunity given to us, as a species, to responsibly use our capacities and transcend the limits we have imposed on ourselves. Luckily, Life is here to help us.
When we look at what is truly sustainable, the only real model that has worked over long periods of time is the natural world.