When natural stories become fantastic stories.
Biomimicry is a fast-growing approach that consists of innovating by drawing inspiration from living beings, in all their forms and in all fields. Considering that with nearly 4 billion years of evolution and adaptation, nature is the world's leading research and development laboratory, it is an inexhaustible source of genius and therefore of inspiration in terms of energy management and production, materials manufacturing, soft chemistry, recycling, ergonomics, multifunctionality, but also in terms of optimising ecosystems (circular economy) and the organisation of community life.
We all have at least one good lesson to take from nature.
Bio-inspired approaches are on the rise due to several factors cyclical accelerators (search for energy alternatives and performance optimisation; quest for disruptive innovations; rise of collaborative approaches, development of nanotechnologies, rise of knowledge of the living world, etc.), but also because of the evolution of mentalities and the political and social apprehension of the environment, reconsidering the living world as a solution and no longer only as a constraint, as a field of excellence for high technology and no longer only as a food or energy source.
Biomimicry is one of the trends of the moment, which is attracting more and more scientists, politicians, industrialists and young people, but whose network is not yet animated and structured, and which does not yet have a "hub" or headquarters. It is the ambition of Ceebios to be a facilitator and gatherer of this sector of the future; it is the ambition of Biomim'expo to highlight it and make it accessible; it is the ambition of NewCorp Conseil to accompany its development.
Biomimicry is also an obvious trend that is resurfacing and accelerating with the need to recreate a resilient, sustainable world that is quite simply liveable. Fighting global warming, reducing pollution, lowering our energy needs, working in short circuits, finding new resources and renewable materials, taking greater advantage of collaboration, rethinking agriculture, preferring the circular to the linear, reconciling prosperity and biodiversity ...
With the development of knowledge about living things, the rise of collaborative and multidisciplinary innovation, the contribution of new technologies, and the reconsideration of nature as a model and no longer as a problem, the bio-inspiration approach is at the heart of our quest for societal transition.
Taking inspiration from living things is also a wonderful opportunity to re-awaken and reconnect with nature. Since the industrial revolution, massive urbanisation and hyper-consumption, Man and Nature have lost sight of each other and have become isolated from each other. We understand that this can be fatal. We need to find each other, to reconcile.
Ecology and environmental issues have long been presented as constraints, moral obligations, militant struggles, parallel issues or distant deadlines. In reality, they are systemic issues, with deadlines approaching faster than time, but also opportunities, solutions and allies for economic and social performance, answers to our universal questions. By rediscovering these interconnections and interdependence, the human community is regaining awareness of its common destiny, of its humanity.
Our era needs reconnections, between Man and Nature of course, but also between our own spheres, between research and industry, between ecology and the economy, between large groups and start-ups, between biologists and engineers ... these spheres need to speak to each other better, to listen to each other, to respect each other, to exchange. Our sectoral, disciplinary and community 'languages' are our new Towers of Babel, isolating us at a time when we should instead be building and inventing together.
Nature offers us the paradigm shift we are chasing, no longer to see it as a mere stock, a constraint, a landscape we look at as a postcard or a sanctuary to be protected, but as a true laboratory of technologies, an ecosystemic model of resilience, the formidable ally of a new world inspired by the world. " It is not Man who will save the planet, it is the planet that will save Man ".
The 12 accelerating factors of Biomimicry
NewCorp Conseil has carried out a strategic and conjunctural analysis of the main elements that explain the development of this approach:
Awareness among the general public
In addition to this monitoring of trends and news, NewCorp Conseil wanted to measure the comparative awareness of sustainable terminologies (sustainable development, circular economy, smart city, energy transition, biomimicry, third industrial revolution, etc.) and perform the first measurement of awareness of biomimicry among the French.