- Beth Rattner, Natasha Hulst
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Biomimicry seeks to bring innovative and resilient solutions to man made challenges by creating design and systemic approaches that emulate nature. This concept helps to inform an understanding of circular economy and provides inspiration for how a more restorative and regenerative system might be developed.
In conversation with Beth Rattner and Natasha Hulst of the Biomimicry Institute, this podcast digs into how biomimicry can be applied to the world around us.
Executive Director, Biomimicry Institute
As Executive Director, Beth directs the Institute’s strategic vision, managing the organization’s program development, fundraising, and marketing efforts. She speaks publicly on how biomimetic design in products, cities, and agriculture can bring about a new level of resilience to our economy and ecosystem, which in turn spur new levels of social equity. Prior to this position, Beth worked with William McDonough and Michael Braungart on The Upcycle, the sequel to Cradle to Cradle, before she helped co-found the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and became its first Executive Director and then Vice President. An attorney by training, Beth was also a managing director for one of the first sustainability business consultant firms, Blu Skye, and business manager for Hewlett Packard’s Emerging Market Solutions (EMS) group. Beth is a graduate of U.C.L.A. and Loyola Law School and lives in Marin County, California.
Strategic Partnership Development, Biomimicry Institute
Natasha is dedicated to helping communities and businesses transition to a sustainable, inclusive and regenerative economy. For the past 15 years, she has worked on projects that focus on building the capacity of local communities, civil society, and business to drive change. Her expertise is in building relationships between economies, local communities, and natural resources and ecosystems (the natural commons) and linking them to robust circular flows.
She aims to achieve positive system change through social innovation and entrepreneurship and by redirecting capital (philanthropy and transformative investments) to strengthen and support conditions conducive to life. Prior to joining the Biomimicry Institute, she worked as programme manager for the New Economy programme at the DOEN Foundation and as a senior consultant and unit coordinator at CREM and at the European Center for Nature Conservation.
German Chancellor Fellow 2017-18
Piyush is an environmentalist and an experienced sustainability project manager with a background in Corporate Social Responsibility. Piyush worked with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in India and in Germany for five years, where he worked as a National Advisor for Business and Biodiversity. Last year, Piyush won the prestigious German Chancellor Fellowship which is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Piyush was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. Seeing the appalling state of air pollution in his home city, he decided to research how the principles of Circular Economy could be incorporated in an urban context. In the past years, Piyush has represented India as a fellow in European Forum Alpbach, Global Environment Summer Academy (GESA) and Global Thinkers Mentors program.
German Chancellor Fellow 2017-18
Elana Harrison is an MBA Candidate at HHL Leipzig and an experienced public policy professional with a passion for innovation and sustainability. She previously worked as the Assistant Director of Professional Education at the Environmental Law Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank and membership organization. In this role, she designed educational programs for lawyers and members of the civil service on emerging legal issues, from the use of drones in environmental monitoring to the impact of Brexit on international environmental law. Elana earned a B.A. in International Relations and German from Hendrix College, where she graduated Cum Laude and With Distinction. As a 2017-2018 German Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Elana studied the emergence of circular economy and sustainability in German businesses, interviewing startup founders in Munich, Berlin, and Leipzig.
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