Biomimicry Workshop Teaches Pathway To Innovation By Learning From Nature

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Early Bird Discount Available Until May 31 for 4-Week ISSP Workshop Taught by Biomimicry Pioneer Mary Hansel

Mary Hansel, Certified Biomimicry Professional

Biomimicry is an old practice and new discipline that emulates nature’s time-tested strategies for surviving and thriving sustainably on Earth.

Formaldehyde-free building materials modeled after mussels, networks that emulate slime mold, and self-cleaning paint inspired by lotus leaves. These are a few examples of biomimicry, an old practice and new discipline that emulates nature’s time-tested strategies for surviving and thriving sustainably on Earth. By way of this online course offered by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), participants will learn how to apply lessons from nature’s treasure trove of tried-and-true solutions to spur innovation toward creating healthier, more resilient societies.

Through a series of interactive, online presentations, exercises, and a final deliverable, this course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • Develop the ability to describe the concept of biomimicry and how it can be used to inspire innovation and advance sustainability.
  • Explore deep patterns of biological design (Life’s Principles) that all organisms use to survive and thrive.
  • Practice applying biomimicry thinking and Life’s Principles to real challenges.
  • Identify biomimicry tools and resources.
  • Interact with biomimicry professionals from different disciplines.

The online workshop experience will be from June 7 through June 28.  The workshop is delivered online and via the Internet so participants interact from their computers for both the live weekly webinars and for the 24/7 online 'classroom' experience. Successful completion of this workshop can be applied as a core credit in the ISSP Educational Certificate Program.

About the Instructor
Mary Hansel is a Certified Biomimicry Professional who was among the first fifteen graduates of the Biomimicry Institute's two-year professional program with a concentration in biomimicry and business innovation. She has designed and presented sustainability and biomimicry educational sessions for professional conferences, graduate courses, and workshops. Mary specializes in organizational sustainability and intrapreneurial coaching and has included biomimicry as a core piece in her work since first learning about it in 2000. She served for six years as Treasurer on Biomimicry 3.8 Institute’s Board of Directors, and is co-founder and primary mover and shaker of Biomimicry Oregon, a biomimicry regional network in the Pacific Northwest.

Workshop Schedule and Registration
Online activities begin June 7 and end June 28. This course meets weekly on-line weekly on Tuesday June 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10:00 am Pacific Time-USA for 60-90 minutes. All webinars are recorded and are available to workshop participants at any time. Cost for the 4-week workshop is $450 with $75 off for ISSP members and an additional $50 discount for Early Bird registrations received by May 31st. To view additional workshop details or to register, click

About ISSP
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association for sustainability professionals. ISSP is a member-driven association committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward by leading the design and delivery of sustainability professional certification, and by building strong networks and communities of practice. Webinars, online sustainability courses, a sustainability professional body of knowledge, special reports, resource directories and salary surveys are just a sampling of the rich content offered to members. Formed in 2007, ISSP boasts almost 1000 members from every region of the world.

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