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September 30, 2010

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September 30, 2010

I am certain that the study and practice of biomimicry in everything we do, business, product design, food production, housing, education--is essential. The Institute of Biomimicry is the organization providing the education, training, network, and awareness to make this happen in society. I have a consumer product prototype. I am determined to integrate bio-inspired principles to solve our design challenges. The Institute has continually provided the expertise, research support, and direct outreach to help me find a designer--which is the make-or-break reality of this project. Because of their personal commitment and stellar professionalism, I am educating myself about how to find biomimicry solutions in my work. The Biomimicry Institute holds, without a doubt, the answers to what we unnecessarily grapple with about environmental and economic recovery.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

1) My ability to network with the right professionals; 2)build my design skills; 3)introduce others to the importance of their educational services; 4)commit to learning about and implementing bio-inspired practices in every aspect of my life.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fund it generously to make it an integral part of public life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the courage and focus and intelligence to offer solutions that will help us to make the immediate and long-term changes in all educational, economic, and environmental realms.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed, patient, responsive, professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

1. be present in every school, starting in elementary school 2. change the design, production, and manufacturing of consumer goods to align with natural processes 3. eliminate waste 4. restore farm lands 5. protect natural resources

Ways to make it better...

to have more bio-inspired designers to work with; I am looking for a team in the future, including design students who have specialized in biomimicry.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Awareness. We need a funded public education campaign to make biomimicry a household name and to educate policy makers to see the impact and possibilities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

There is no time to waste. The importance of biomimicry is obvious. Make it known. See the results in people's lives around the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 30, 2010

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September 30, 2010

I have been involved in biomimicry since before the Biomimicry Institute was officially established and have watched it grow into a network of passionate facilitators that have become a crucial resource for teaching biomimicry to University students at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. The Biomimicry Institute has been instrumental in offering support to our faculty and students, developing curriculum and establishing research projects and networks. Our students have been involved in the Student Challenges, which is leading to ongoing research and potential internships for our students. Through the Biomimicry Institute we have established a broad network of educators across North America and Europe that has helped validate and support our research and curriculum efforts.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My students have been exposed to educational and industry experts, such as Pacific Outdoor Equipment, the San Diego Zoo, Janine Benyus, Arizona State University, to name a few.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The Institute needs more support to facilitate ongoing discussions between students and experts in the field. Workshops each year are excellent, but the infrastructure has never quite been established for sustained interdisciplinary discussions.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting extraordinary people who inspire me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

humble geniuses.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

become an incredible clearing house for information that would fuel world changing research.

Ways to make it better...

we had more time, we have so much to cover together that the brief workshops and discussions are not enough.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

staying focussed, there are so many opportunities, but limited resources.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

The Biomimicry Institute put us in touch with Christopher Viney at UC Merced. They also helped us develop our online and hands-on biomimicry activities. Christoper Viney was a total pleasure to work with. He collaborated with our winner to create a bio-inspired design - the Floppy Flyer. It resulted in a citizen science call to action on our website. For Videos of Christopher and our Biomimicry winner visit kidssciencechallenge.com. We launch a new challenge on October 1st, so after that date the videos and activities will be in our archive. The Biomimicry Institute made much of this possible, and we're extremely grateful!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

see above!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

The Biomimicry Institute has been a great resource for us as we design programs around the topic of biomimicry. In 2011 we will offer an entire overnight experience that is supplemented with educational material and insight from the institute. What was most helpful was their educator's conference in 2010, which provided an enlightening and inspiring experience for us as we entered the early stages of development. We are very excited to share our program with the institute and get useful feedback from them in the near future.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personally it has made my task of designing biomimicry programs a much easier task. Their resources and educational staff have been very helpful and a vital instrument in our design process.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The openness for collaboration and excitement about the topic.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely friendly and open to assist with your projects.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open the door to many other institutions and expand their educational reach through those partnerships.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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One thing I'd also say is that...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

The Biomimicry Institute Provided information about biomimicry and lesson plans for helping teachers do design-based classroom lessons around biomimicry. The Biomimicry Institute has been very proactive in providing us with appropriate materials and helping us make the best use of materials form the Biomimicry web site. We look forward to continued collaboration with the Institute.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing biomimicry information to K-12 teachers

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people are very friendly and helpful

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

See above

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Teach Biomimicry to every biology teacher and have it become part of the curriculum of all schools

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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