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A biomimicry-inspired picture from Google Images

A biomimicry-inspired picture from Google Images

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” ~Albert Pike

I got today’s quote from Tom Tyrrell, Founder and President of Great Lakes Biomimicry. For the past couple weeks, I have been interviewing the people involved with GLBio to write fun, mini biographies—which is a tough task, because they are all very accomplished professionals.

Biomimicry is not sustainability, it is more. Nature has survived and adapted for billions of years—success is all around us, so it’s time we take a few hints. Biomimicry is seeking sustainable solutions to contemporary issues by imitating nature. A few examples: applying the study of porcupine needles to medical technology or a solar cell inspired by a leaf. Northeast Ohio has the unique ability to lead the world in the study, education and application of biomimicry because of our place-based assets, including a combination of the natural environment and established industry.

Throughout my life, and this is often reflected here in my posts, I have had a special connection, love and appreciation for nature. I’m excited to be a small part of this growing collaborative and proud that Northeast Ohio is shaping up to be a world leader in biomimicry.

Enjoy today’s Wednesday Wisdom and try to think: in what small way can I make an impact on the world or future that is more significant than just me?