Learning from Nature: how we can use biomimicry to live sustainably

Sue Swain

  • Duration: 60
  • Language: English
  • Ages: All ages
  • Date: November 17, 2020 20:00
  • Recorded: Live session with recording available afterwards
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The presentation will introduce the science and practice of biomimicry. While we will briefly cover biomimicry from a design methodology perspective, the presentation will focus on how we can learn from Nature’s systems and the deep patterns that exist in Nature to solve our sustainability challenges.

Biomimicry resources –

Online courses: https://www.biomimicrysa.co.za/online

US-based Biomimicry Institute: https://biomimicry.org/

Biowise: www.biowise.org.za



A qualified nature conservationist, Sue Swain’s work has taken her from the Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre at Cape Point, to Addo Elephant National Park, to Working for Water projects in and around Port Elizabeth, and to the Garden Route National Park. Sue’s primary focus has always been on environmental education and social ecology. Sue’s deep passion is biomimicry. She is the founder and executive director of BioWise, a social enterprise that promotes the practice of biomimicry. As a certified biomimicry educator and practitioner, Sue has been immersed in this field since 2006. Sue conceptualized and coordinated the concept design of a Biomimicry Discovery Park for the Garden Route and has also developed a ‘bio-wise’ model for towns that focuses on ‘earth-savvy’ living. A thought leader who believes we are capable of so much more as a species, Sue has extensive experience as a biomimicry educator, having presented & lectured on biomimicry to more than 180 special interest groups, schools & tertiary institutes, businesses and all spheres of government. A more recent venture in this regard saw her invited to present a series of lectures on The World in December 2018. An adventurer at heart, Sue backpacked up through parts of Africa in her late 20s to experience more about life in general, did voluntary conservation in Skaftafell Nature Reserve in Iceland and climbed Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Animal Anti-Cruelty.