Biomimicry UK | Innovation Lab developed from a series of discussions between a group of researchers, academics and design innovators. David Sanchez, Glenn Miles and Richard James MacCowan put together research into why a network of researchers and industry had not developed a uk-wide group to maximise the world-leading industry and research offered in the UK.
This network has now developed into what Biomimicry UK | Innovation Lab is today, a non-profit innovation lab. Although we have a small core team, we have collaborated with leading engineers, physicists, artists, designers, to name but a few. Our work has led us across the globe, with diverse work ranging from landscape architecture through to superyacht design. No project, event, or workshop is the same. We are continually developing our skills as we learn more from our collaborators and nature itself. Come join us on our journey...
We challenge the belief that innovation is inherently unreliable and have spent the past few years developing the methods, building those models and assembling the collaborators to make innovation a predictable driver of growth and development.
Pursuit of topline growth is not a one-off; it is based on a systematic set of innovations that are continually required to drive predictable growth. It requires simultaneously solving for the need-sets of the consumer and the business.
To address this Dual Problem, Biomimicry UK | Innovation Lab's approach is based on a unique philosophy, team construct, and a process that deploys deductive, analytic-based reasoning alongside the creative, inductive reasoning that allows room for insights and strategic leaps to unlock new possibilities. We call this approach Nature-inspired Thinking.
Most great innovations don’t come from consultants - they come from entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial organisations.
Entrepreneurs are driven by a powerful force that aligns their challenger mentality. Namely, they have skin in the game. They don’t obsess over the process of innovation; they care only about the outcomes.
Insights ground us in the real world and inspire us to think boldly about the future. They bridge observations and actions, taking us from 'What' to 'So What' to 'Now What.' Our teams look broadly at existing knowledge to tailor and focus our research efforts. We use a constantly evolving range of design research methods to immerse ourselves in the diverse people and contexts at the heart of any problem.
Since our inception, Biomimicry UK | Innovation Lab has harnessed this entrepreneurial approach in our development of our methods to ensure that we can align to the requirements of our clients. By using Nature-Inspired Thinking as our design philosophy we know our ideas can’t just be interesting; they actually have to deliver.
"In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete."
- R Buckminster Fuller