By tapping into billions of years of research and development, innovative Human Resource Managers are abstracting strategies from the natural world and developing truly transformative technologies in human development. Organisms have flourished on Earth for nearly 4 billion years, continuously adapting to our planet’s diverse environments and diffuse energy flows. Inspired By Nature explores how pioneering individuals can guide companies in human resource development by leveraging adaptations and demonstrating the vast and largely untapped potential of bio-inspired human development.
There are five cross-sectional principles that lead to natural strategies for human development. These bio-inspired strategies represent a solution to so much of the challenges facing individuals in today’s challenging work environment. They also represent the future in human development.
Bio-inspired Human Resource Development creates new opportunities for managers, coaches, leaders to convey the breadth of biophilia in the natural world ranging from early intervention in employee stress reaction to profitable commercial products. The broader economic and environmental potential of this rapidly growing field is detailed by tracing the path from biology to commercialised technologies, to inspire you to tap into nature at your organisation.
Nearly all living things rely on diffuse and transient flows of energy and materials. And yet, life thrives. Organisms are able to procure materials and assemble themselves—essentially constructing “technologies”—using only the resources that are locally available.
Increasingly, innovative companies are looking to the living world for inspiration and direction. Nature provides a rich yet largely unexplored library of technologies that process and manage human development, relationships, and communication. Abstracting ideas from this modelling opens the way to technological breakthroughs and profitable innovation in Human Resource Development that are often unattainable using conventional approaches to organisational design and development.
“Bio-inspired Human Development,” a term I use to encompass two distinct categories. One of them, bio-connection, is the use of environment and natural materials to fulfil a human need for connectivity. The other, Nature Mind, is the abstraction and translation of biological principles into human-made awareness and communication skill; it is also a method of assessing whether a human development concept is likely to “create conditions conducive to productivity and fulfilment – balanced life.” The approach can be implemented in a way that benefits society, company and the environment.
Evolving Through Continuous Challenge
Life can be thought of as a long-running research and development program that has yielded invaluable design ideas. Long before human beings began tinkering in labs, organisms had developed mechanisms for adaptation. These are blueprints for technologies that are not only useful to society but are also integral to the global economy.
Companies that learn from nature are increasing revenues, mitigating risk, reducing costs, and supporting the development of a sustainable society.
To understand how the biological world works—how it builds, creates, and constructs intricate systems—is to understand the inherent physical and emotional opportunities for people, their cultures and the growth constraints of our planet. Organisms have operated within these rules for nearly 4 billion years, and human development technology operates using the same rulebook. Through bio-inspired innovation, companies can not only discover design ideas for human development and wellbeing in nature but also emulate nature by embedding sustainability into the development of new cultures, skills and inter-company dialogue (products and processes). By doing so, businesses can begin to see environmental challenges such as climate change as opportunities rather than economic risks.
ACCELERATING HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
A flurry of motivational material occurred in the twentieth century that had a positive, transformative effect on business economies but potential a negative effect on societies. Today, however, many companies and private investors want to develop and invest in business that both produce healthy returns and address pressing societal needs. To develop the world-changing and profitable innovations of tomorrow, companies and investors need new sources of ideas. Computers can think, but not innovate. This is the opportunity we have for bio-inspired, human development.
Human Resource innovation is an exercise in risk. Many businesses attempt to innovate in human development by reformulating their existing training or emulating a “thought leader’s” ideas. However, these avenues often only provide incremental value to both businesses and society, not transformative breakthroughs.
Creating an entirely new genre of human development that alters or creates new standards (so-called “disruptive innovation”) requires insightful strategy, serendipity, or both. Bio-inspired human resource development integrates with biophilia to offer a real opportunity for companies to create skills and processes inspired by proven designs: the attributes of organisms that perpetuate in nature because they adapt and therefore solve particular challenges with innovation.
Companies that leverage bio-inspired innovation can increase revenues, reduce costs, and meet global needs. They can also increase their environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) rating, attracting investments from the firms supporting this trend in socially responsible and sustainable markets., By looking outside the bounds of their traditional HR disciplines, companies are able to transform cultures and increase returns.
From the early pedigree of this opportunity, witnessed in diverse organisational settings, I believe that bio-inspired human resource management – natural systems – offer solutions to many industrial, commercial and social challenges. I believe that bio-inspired human resource innovation transforms people, businesses and industries, improves quality of life, and enhances the natural environment.
What I offer here is the product of my experience developing bio-inspired human development technologies and a testament to the potential we see in a bio-inspired approach to culture change, productivity and stress management.
I work with companies, entrepreneurs, sports professionals and governmental organisations to transition biologically-inspired technology for human resource development into the market. Among my services, I:
- introduce organisations to the bio-inspired human resource development through presentations, case studies, and brainstorming workshops.
- provide experiential opportunities for HR managers to research, evaluate technologies, explore and partner with me to co-develop technologies tailored for specific organisational results.
- advise individuals – business owners, entrepreneurs, sports professionals and entertainers on bio-inspired self mastery, leadership and social equity in management.