Jay Harman encourages us to bring our world back to health.

Jay Harman encourages us to bring our world back to health.

An award-winning entrepreneur and biomimetic inventor, Jay Harman has taken a hands-on approach to his lifelong fascination with the deep patterns found in nature. He has founded and grown multi-million-dollar research and manufacturing companies that develop, patent and license innovative products. Harman is also the author of The Shark’s Paintbrush. Harman’s goal – both as an author and an entrepreneur – is to show industry that improving the efficiency of industrial equipment is beneficial for both the bottom line, and the planet.

Some highlights from his presentation:

  • Humanity has exhausted the unsustainable presumption of the Industrial Revolution. The world is waking up to an entire overhaul of the industrial world. The makings of a technical revolution are underway.
  • We humans use energy to overcome friction. We seek the path of least energy, which is the shortest distance between two points – a straight line.
  • But there is no energy shortage in nature – even though nothing in nature is a straight line; all in nature is curved. And nature doesn’t invest in inefficiency.
  • We can bring this world back from the brink. Nothing works the first time; we make mistakes – so we need to maintain our appetite for making things right.

 


 

Art in the natural landscape, by David Trubridge.

Art in the natural landscape, by David Trubridge.

Separate from Jay’s presentation, we conference-goers were inspired by natural landscape art by David Trubridge, who believes that “Without beauty there is no care.”

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