I had the pleasure to meet Sham and Nayati Moodliar, at a biomimicry event during the open design cape town festival in 2016. Nayati is currently implementing various “green” projects at his school – what an inspiring kid! Sham and I both work in the IT industry, and share a passion for sustainable business.
Sham recently wrote an article (The natural order of things) and I thought I would share this with my fellow biomimics, because I feel it shows part of Biomimicry in Business. Here are some of the key things which stood out for me from his article:
“Connected Value Creation (CVC) is about considering why we’re all here and how we can make a difference.”
“It’s about building companies that leave the world a better place.”
“You have to hold yourself accountable and will have to ask yourself, how can I do this to myself? How can I do that to a system of which I am a part?”
Biomimicry is the conscious emulation of nature, to create solutions which are conducive to life. As biomimics we look to nature for strategies which are tried and tested. In the biomimicry thinking methodology we classify what Sham is implementing at his different organisations, as Maintaining community through providing ecosystem services and cooperation. This is one of the “functions” he is trying to achieve. When I look to nature for “tried and tested strategies” to improve “functions” such as these, I am applying biomimicry. There are many examples from nature which support what Sham is implementing in his organisations.
Here is an example of a natured inspired Vision, Mission and Value statement – my inspiration comes from only the Bumblebee.
Optimal future state, north star, end goal
- To play a valuable part in a continued manner, for our client’s as well as our own ecosystem
Why an organization exists, what it does, who it does it for, and how it does what it does
- To develop quality software solutions, for any market requiring guidance in the technology space, and nurture our relationships with our clients
- Evolve to survive: continually incorporate and embody information to ensure enduring performance
- Bumblebee: wagging dance of the bee and sharing that navigational information with other bees, in order to allow for other bees to find the food/plant
- Adapt to changing conditions: appropriately respond to dynamic contexts
- Bumblebee: the queen bee decides the gender of the bees when she individually lays them, as she knows what is required for this complex society
- Be locally attuned and responsive: fit into and integrate with the surrounding environment
- Bumblebee: the hexagonal shape of the hive is optimally designed to use the least amount of wax for the most amount of space and strength
- Integrate development with growth: invest optimally in strategies that promote both development and growth
- Bumblebee: the queen bee progressively builds up her colony until it becomes a super colony and functions optimally
- Be resource efficient (material and energy): skillfully and conservatively take advantage of resources and opportunities
- Bumblebee: if the hive reaches a high temperature which is not optimal for the bees, they fan their wings on the outskirts of the hive, so that the warm air flows outward
- Use life-friendly chemistry: use chemistry that supports life processes
- Bumblebee: the bumblebee takes nectar from plants and in this process it also pollinates these plants, which in turn provide food to other ecosystems
- Organizational engagement: development team needs to have clear goals and roles to deliver these goals as a collective
- Organizational transformation: re-evaluate and communicate goals often and maintain transparency within the team and with the client
With youth like Nayati and business leaders like Sham, I know that we will be proud of the world we leave behind.
I feel inspired to know there are business leaders out there that are truly making a positive difference in business, people, and planet.
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