October 2013 Newsletter

Biomimicry Oregon   October 2013

Join Biomimicry Oregon for a free lecture by Jay Harman, biomimetic inventor and entrepreneur, and author of the new book, The Shark’s Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation.

What: Free Lecture – Biomimicry: The Next Big Thing – How Nature is Inspiring Radical Innovation

When: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 7:00pm

Where: PNCA, 1241 Northwest Johnson Street, Portland, OR 97209

Entrepreneur and inventor Jay Harman is one of the most sought after speakers on Biomimicry. Jay is one of the world’s leaders in Biomimicry research and development, at the forefront of the Biomimicry design movement as a nature-inspired designer. As founder and CEO of PAX Scientific and its subsidiaries, he has designed more efficient industrial equipment, including refrigeration, turbines, boats, fans, mixers, and pumps and is the founder of several companies to bring these products to market.

Harman says he is “on a mission to halve the world’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through Biomimicry and waste elimination.” He believes that it is simply false when some industrial leaders claim that we cannot afford green solutions because they will undermine the economic recovery. According to Harman, “all over the world, across dozens of industries, people are finding profitable solutions to seemingly intractable problems by partnering with nature. Following nature’s design mastery, we can achieve greater wealth and economic sustainability.”

Join us for this sure-to-be-inspiring talk by gifted storyteller and successful businessman – Jay Harman!

Sponsored by: Pacific Northwest College of Art, Biomimicry Oregon, Oregon BEST, White Cloud Press

Sustainable Business Oregon interview with Jay Harman:


The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) Reading Group is excited to offer a reading of The Shark’s Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation book by Jay Harman, organized by ISSP Biomimicry workshop leader, Mary Hansel.

Dates: Oct.19 – Nov.16, 2013
Nov.1, 2013, 12-1pm PST, webinar with the author

To prepare:
1. Register here: 
(Free for ISSP members; $25.00 for non-members)

2. Purchase the book. The publisher has it discounted 35% on their website and has pledged to donate $1.00 per book sold, to the non-profit Biomimicry 3.8 Institute.
Purchase here: http://www.whitecloudpress.com/the-shark-s-paintbrush-Biomimicry-and-how-nature-is-inspiring-innovation.html

The Shark’s Paintbrush reflects a force of change in the new global economy that does more than simply gratify human industrial ambition; it teaches us how to live in harmony with nature and opens bright opportunities for a better future. Let inventor and entrepreneur, Jay Harman introduce you to stunning solutions to some of the world’s thorniest problems.

Why does the bumblebee have better aerodynamics than a 747?
How can copying a butterfly wing reduce the world’s lighting energy bill by 80 percent?
How will fleas’ knees and bees’ shoulders help scientists formulate a near perfect rubber?

Join us for a fascinating journey through the world of Biomimicry as we read Jay Harman’s new book, The Shark’s Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation.


Inspired by nature? The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute wants you to turn inspiration into action by registering for its 2013-2014 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge. Learn Biomimicry and apply your new skills to solve either a local or global challenge associated with transportation. The environmental, social, and economic impacts of transportation have steadily increased as the demands of people and freight have continued to grow. Can Biomimicry help make the transportation sector more life-friendly, efficient, and effective for people and the planet? The Institute wants to find out!

Register a team today to access Biomimicry design resources, coaching from a trained Biomimicry professional, and the chance to win cash prizes.

Visit Biomimicrydesignchallenge.com for details and to register.

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Free Lecture by Jay Harman at PNCA Oct. 7, 2013
The Shark’s Paintbrush – Book Reading Group Oct.19-Nov.16, 2013
Biomimicry Global Design Competition


Biomimicry Oregon seeds life-friendly innovation by inspiring people to put nature’s genius to work in every organization in Oregon.

Our mission is to nurture and grow a multi-disciplinary, Biomimicry “learning and doing community” in Oregon focused on applying Biomimicry to academia, business, education, government and non-profit activities throughout the state. Learn more atoregon.biomimics.net

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