Janine Benyus is the Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8. She is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Since the book’s 1997 release, Janine’s work as a global thought leader has evolved the practice of biomimicry from a meme to a movement, inspiring clients and innovators around the world to learn from the genius of nature.

She has personally introduced millions to biomimicry through two TED talks, hundreds of conference keynote presentations, and a dozen documentaries such as Biomimicry, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Tree Media, 11th Hour, Harmony, and The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, which aired in 71 countries. Most recently, Janine has been a featured speaker at Bioneers 2016, Sustainable Brands 2016, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek Design 2016.

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Born: 1958

Hometown: I was born in New York City, but my real hometown is Stevensville, Montana

Education: BS in Natural Resource Management—Forest Science, Cook College, Rutgers University; BA English Literature, Cook College, Rutgers University

Occupation: Natural Sciences Author, Biologist at the Design Table, and Founder of the Biomimicry Guild

Expeditions: I’ve spent a lifetime entranced by life’s finely tuned adaptations to place.  I’m on expedition every time I step outdoors.

Favorite place to be: On the skirts of an alpine lake in the Northern Rocky Mountains of Western Montana

Best discovery: The promise of biomimicry, innovation inspired by nature. We’re surrounded by genius! Over 3.8 billion years of evolution, life has learned what works, what is appropriate, and what lasts here on earth. By quieting human cleverness and echoing nature’s genius, we can learn what the rest of life knows — how to live gracefully on this home planet.

Favorite item to have in the field: A vestpocket episcope that transforms from a microscope to a telescope.

Personal hero: Rachel Carson

Hobbies: Sculling, Backpacking, Skate Skiing, Reading

Website: www.biomimicry.net

Advice: Live in a state of gratitude for this sweet, competent world, and you will drink from a deep well of happiness.