Janine Benyus

Janine Benyus is a natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including her latest — Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Since the book’s 1997 release, Janine has evolved the practice of biomimicry, consulting with sustainable business, academic, and government leaders, serving on the Eco-Dream Team at Interface, Inc., and conducting seminars about what we can learn from the genius that surrounds us. Her favorite role is biologist-at-the-design-table, introducing innovators to organisms whose well-adapted designs have been tested over 3.8 billion years.

In 1998, Janine co-founded an education and innovation practice called Biomimicry Guild. Through workshops, research reports, biological consulting, and field excursions, the Guild helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies that create conditions conducive to life.

Janine is currently creating the Biomimicry Design Portal — a public database of biological literature organized by design function. She is also developing a ‘biology - taught - functionally’ course for engineers and designers, the only biology most will encounter in their university education. To help further Biomimicry education and research, she recently founded the non-profit Biomimicry Institute. These projects are intended to create a flow structure so that nature’s ideas can move freely into human systems design.

An educator at heart, Janine believes that the more people learn from nature’s mentors, the more they’ll want to protect them. This is why she writes, speaks, and revels in describing the wild teachers in our midst.