1. Circle of Life
- Never taking more than you can give, a core concept in sustainable development, is demonstrated by the Circle of Life.
- Sustainable Development
- As defined by the World Commission on Env. and Development (1987)
- Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own need
2. Cradle to Cradle Design
Design concept that models industrial processes after nature’s processes
Eliminates the concept of waste, where all raw materials, products, and byproducts are seen as either technical or biological nutrients
- Cherry Tree Example
- Examples of Cradle to Cradle Design
- TED Talk: William McDonough
3. Indigenous Knowledge Systems
- What is Indigenous Knowledge?
- Knowledge that is unique to a specific culture or socity
- Bioprospecting vs. Biopiracy
- Honey as an antiseptic
- AcademIK Connections – Nutri-business
4. Life’s Principles and Biomimicry
- Biomimicry is problem solving based on patterns and solutions found in nature. The goal is to create long term solutions, fit for living well on Earth.
- An example of biomimicry
Watch the TED Talk: Janine Benyus shares nature’s designs
Identify three existing or potential applications of Life’s Principles to ongoing HESE social ventures and your personal / professional lives
- Give three examples of how you use nature as a model / mentor / measure for your own designs.
- Pick one of Life’s Principles. Explain how you might apply it to your project (could be unrelated to Kenya project)
- How Cradle to Cradle is your design – can you make it better?
- Is there something very interesting you have learnt from a friend which was a completely alien concept to you…?