Biomimicry Conversation Featured on Maui

August 14, 2012, 9:49 AM HST · Updated August 14, 9:50 AM
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By Wendy Osher

A lesson learned from the natural world lends itself to human health and sustainability.

The concept, known as Biomimicry comes to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in a conversation set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 16.

It’s the practice of abstracting essential design lessons from nature, and applying those ideas to healthier, more sustainable human practices and technology.

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The topic is the third in a four-part series entitled, Man/Woman and Nature, Restoring the Balance.

The conversation explores the shift from a philosophy of domination over nature, to one of mutual respect.  Guest speakers take a look at environmental challenges, how they impact our island home, and how lessons in nature can be translated into a life of balance.

Guest speakers include:  Bryony Schwan, executive director of the Biomimicry Institute; and Sam ‘Ohu Gon, senior scientist and cultural advisor for The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i.  The conversation will be moderated by Lucienne deNaie of Maui in the intimate setting of the McCoy Studio Theater.

Tickets are $10 (plus applicable fees), and are available at the MACC Box Office, by calling (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or going online to MauiArts.org.

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