Louv, the author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, will return for an OMSI Science Pub, in conjunction with the 6th Annual Biomimicry Education Summit (his talk serves as the opening address):
Reconnecting with Life: Biomimicry and the Nature Principle
In his most recent book, The Nature Principle, Richard Louv makes the case that the more technological our society becomes, the more we need nature—not only for our physical and spiritual health but also for our long-term survival. Louv will be in Portland to deliver the opening address of the 2012 Biomimicry Education Summit, held in conjunction with a special Science Pub. The address will connect his call for a “New Nature Movement” with the promise of biomimicry, a new discipline based on the premise that nature’s innovations hold the solutions to our toughest design challenges.
More than simply emphasizing conservation or nature appreciation, Louv advocates that we embrace the reality that we are an interconnected part of the planet and take action to create new and deeper ways of bringing the natural world into all aspects of human life. Similarly, biomimicry offers a hopeful strategy for living gracefully on the earth, as other organisms have done for billions of years. Biomimicry can be a doorway to the natural world for technology enthusiasts and a window for nature-lovers into technological and sustainable solutions to pressing problems. As we strive to bring nature into our cities, schools, workplaces—so too must we bring it into our design processes and technology itself.
Through a nature-balanced existence—driven by sound economic, social, and environmental solutions—the human race can and will thrive. This timely, inspiring, and important message will give audience members renewed hope while challenging them to rethink the way we live.
June 21, 2012, 7pm, Bagdad Theater, $5 suggested cover charge (no RSVP or tickets required), all ages.
I’ll be there!