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The Biomimicry Institute
September 30, 2010

I came across The Biomimicry Institute a few years ago as I was preparing to teach a high school course on biomimicry. New to the field, but excited to dive in, I contacted TBI so see if they had any curricular materials they were willing to share. When they learned that I was planning to teach a semester-length course for high schoolers on biomimicry, they invited me to share my own materials with them for dissemination to other teachers, as they had little in the way of high school curriculum. Sam Stier, their Education Director, was great. He was supportive and encouraging. After seeing what my students produced, he invited me to attend TBI's education summit and to present my students' work. The summit was full of really interesting presentations and networking opportunities. Since then, I have seen many of the initiatives discussed at the summit implemented - the "Ask Nature" website and the certificate program in Biomimicry. This is an organization that is making things happen!

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

the support I received as I developed my own course in Biomimicry and the networking opportunities it provided to share what I had done and learn from others. I have also used some of their conceptual materials to help teach biomimicry concepts.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to make courses offered more financially accessible.

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

meeting others with experience teaching biomimicry and with a passion for the subject.

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

generally warm, helpful, and knowledgeable. Sam Stier, in particular, has done a great job of reaching out and keeping me in the loop.

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

transform the lens and process we use to design things, systems, you name it, so that our solutions to design problems are more sustainable, elegant, and functional.

Ways to make it better...

the person who answered my questions when I inquired about the certificate program had treated me as a professional with valid and relevant skills and experiences (he was the only person at TBI with whom I've had a less than positive interaction).

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

scaling up their offerings in a way that maintains quality and affordability. So many more people need to know this stuff, and it is clear that they have more interest in their programs than they are currently able to serve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I attended and presented at their Educator's Summit in 2008 and have shared curriculum materials with them.