Consulting Nature: A Conversation with Biomimicry Pioneer Janine Benyus

October 8, 2012
Hosted by Kate Ebner

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Your company is trying to develop the technology that will change the world. Who do you need on your team? An engineer, a computer scientist and....a biologist. Yes, a biologist at every technology R&D meeting is what Janine Benyus, founder of both the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute envisions for the future. Biomimicry, a term coined by Benyus in the mid-90's, is an emerging discipline that uses brilliant designs and strategies developed by nature over the last 4 billion years and applies them to solve problems for humans. Biomimicry hopes to transform the world into a more sustainable place by mimicking the ways ecosystems are self-sustaining in nature. By looking to the natural world for inspiration, biomimicry challenges the conventional wisdom that man-made technologies are inherently superior to what we find in nature and asks, " What does nature do better than humans ever could imagine?" Join Kate Ebner and Janine Benyus, biologist, innovation consultant, and author, for a conversation that invites you to look for solutions to life's challenges in nature.

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Top leadership coach and change guru Kate Ebner teaches leaders in business, education, government and non-profits how to create compelling and inspiring visions that lead to extraordinary results and outcomes. Each week on “Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life,” Kate introduces you to the amazing visionaries who are shaping our future. She’ll show you how to create your own motivating leadership vision – and how to make it real. Discover the simple, yet powerful steps that add up to a great vision and an extraordinary life. Explore how real visionaries are using vision to drive exceptional results. Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life features guests who open our eyes to new possibilities and whose stories inspire. Tune in and learn how and why to create your own vision. Join Kate for practical tips, wisdom, and knowledge that will take your leadership and your life to a new level.

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Kate Ebner

Kate Ebner

Top leadership coach Kate Ebner invites people to be visionary. Founder of The Nebo Company, a leadership consultancy based in Washington, D.C., Kate teaches leaders how to use vision as a powerful and practical tool for manifesting the important changes they want to see. Kate works with senior executives and teams at Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, social entrepreneurs and government agencies who are leading significant change, helping them to thrive in their careers and find greater fulfillment and satisfaction in life.

Kate specializes not only in how to create, live and lead from vision, but also how to make it real through effective implementation. She gained more than two decades of firsthand experience in envisioning, leading and implementing major change while serving as a dean at Middlebury College and as senior vice president of an international strategy consulting firm. Her own journey from executive to master coach is a story of vision and personal transformation. As faculty and co-director of Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching program, Kate authored of "Coaching for Leverage,” a chapter in On Becoming a Leadership Coach. Kate Ebner is frequently quoted in publications and speaks at conferences about leadership, vision, and empowerment.

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