Biomimicry: Innovative by Nature

Instructor: Lisa Dokken

Spring 2017: April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 (5 sessions; Wednesdays, 6:10-8:10 PM)


Nature-inspired solutions, including biomimicry, is an interdisciplinary approach which uses time-tested strategies from nature that have evolved over 3.8 billion years and translates them into how we can design products, materials, processes, and ecosystem strategies to solve human problems. The idea of nature-based solutions and the value of ecosystems are being used to reframe policy debates, climate change, regulatory frameworks, corporate strategies, and urban planning, to name just a few areas where nature is becoming a driver for change. At its most transformative, nature-based solutions are helping us to find ways that fit, align, and integrate the human species into the natural process of Earth. Weather permitting, we will spend some time outside of the classroom learning the discipline of looking to nature for solutions.

Lisa Dokken is a senior sustainability professional with broad experience in developing and managing innovative sustainable development programming across the globe, including over a decade working for the UN Development Programme implementing sustainable development programming in over 30 countries. Lisa lived and consulted in Asia and both North and South America for over 15 years in the built environment, conservation, policy analysis, strategy planning, and advocacy. Lisa holds a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University and was one of the first to receive a Masters in Science in Biomimicry from Arizona State University in 2015.