Join us in a unique public dialogue with Megan Schuknecht, Director of University Education and Relations at the Biomimicry Institute in the USA, supported by colleague Sam Stier, Director of Public Education and Conservation and a diverse and dynamic panel of young New Zealand professionals.
Growing a rich, sustainable future for our grandchildren using nature and its long proven processes as our design mentor .
Thursday 8th Dec 2011 7:00-9:00 pm. Informal follow on till 10pm
University of Auckland, Owen Glen Building, Room OGGB4
12 Grafton Road, Auckland
This is a large venue so individual bookings are not required,
Please check this page for later messages prior to the event.
For any other questions call Peter at 09 4454454
A gold coin koha will be appreciated to help progresss this
Who should attend:
Open to people of all ages and disciplines, with an interest in ecosystems, science, innovation, design, engineering, business, the environment, education, sustainability and systems thinking.
Objective of the Forum:
To draw public attention to Biomimicry as a way New Zealand can grow smarter
To celebrate and support local students and young professional potential
To encourage our schools and universities to exploit cross disciplinary learning
To recognise that Aotearoa has a wealth of natural wisdom to draw on and share
To assist designers, architects, engineers and educators grow alliances with biologists
To open the way for a supportive Biomimicry learning/sharing network to emerge
To enhance opportunities for New Zealand as an international role model; nurturing life
The Youth Panel:
Michael Steedman. Ngati Whatua, is Kaiarahi at University of Auckland responsible for recruitment , support and development of Maori and Polynesian students in the Faculty of Science. He will welcome and introduce our visitors and facilitate the dialogue session with the panel and audience.
Deeper Biomimicry Opportunities at Conbio:
A one day Short Courses will run on Sunday 4th December details here
This opportunity costs just $30 for participants enrolled for the full conference, or otherwise NZ$180 for SCB members and NZ$250 for others. Enroll prior to 1st December here
"This workshop is focused on the connection between biomimicry and communicating with the public about conservation, so it is new material that takes biomimicry beyond the design process and into cultural and community action implications" - Sam Stier - presenter
This forum is the result of a diverse range of organisations working together as a "Living Systems Thinking" network, each levering on each others strengths and recognising that the whole can be much greater than the sum of its parts.
Past Network Activity and Resources
Similar Youth Forums that have been run as networks and share resources are:
" Biomimicry - Where Evolution Meets Innovation" with Norbert Hoeller
"Cradle to Cradle Design" with Michael Braungart
"Moa's Ark Revisited" with David Bellamy
"Growing a Well Future for all our Grandchildrens" with Hunter Lovins
Note: The URL www.biomimicry.org.nz used to access this page is being held to support a future NZ support network that might form around Biomimicry