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Patrick Vincent

Opportunities for bio-inspired tools in the anthropocene context

Bio-inspired design is an emergent discipline at the crossroads of circular economy, systemic design, ecology and change management. It is a unique opportunity to use new lenses, mindsets and tools to address differently the systemic issues in which we are locked and build new regenerative cultures as well as personal, meaningful answers (Erasme, 2020; Darja Dubravcic 2015)

In a world in inversion, we need to change perspective, scale and action strategies and discover how living strategies (Olivier Hamant, 2022; Gratton, 2000) can become an everyday operational lever to go beyond ruptures: diagnosis, vision, call to action and even a transformation plan for our organisations. For several decades a great diversity of leverages have been mobilised by organisations to address general interest problems and adapt to the new nested crises state of our contemporary world, for example, public development, providence, pedagogy, and concertation. At the same time, the planetary limits have been exceeded, threatening territories’ habitability—this includes empirical evidence of sustained accelerations, the collapse of biodiversity, increasing pollution and inequality.

Why are our actions not sufficient and the system resisting change at all states (individual, cultural, structural)?

In this session, we share the open-source bio-inspired design toolkit with participants for testing and reuse in various contexts.

KEYWORDS: emergent futures, collective intelligence, circular economy, biomimicry, organisation transformation




Citation Data

Author(s): Patrick Vincent
Year: 2023
Title: Living Strategies: Bio-Inspiration Toolkit
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
Host: Georgetown University
Location: ONLINE
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 3 July 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404
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