The Shark's Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation

  • 11h 51m 12s
  • Jay Harman
  • Blackstone Audio, Inc. dba Blackstone Publishing
  • 2013

Why does the bumblebee have better aerodynamics than a 747? What structural design is shared by a tornado and a blood vessel?

Since the Industrial Revolution, manufacturers have built things by a process known as “heat, beat, and treat.” They use enormous amounts of energy to heat raw material, shape it with heavy machinery, and maintain its design, strength, and durability with toxic chemicals. Now, in a world of depleted natural resources, entrepreneurs and scientists are turning to nature to inspire future products that are more energy and cost efficient. Biomimicry, the science of employing nature to advance sustainable technology, is arguably one of the hottest new business concepts. At the center of this growing movement has been award-winning inventor and biomimetic entrepreneur Jay Harman.

In The Shark’s Paintbrush, Harman introduces us to pioneering engineers in a wide array of businesses who are uncovering and copying nature’s hidden marvels. He shows business leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs how we can reconcile creating more powerful, lucrative technologies with maximizing sustainability. He injects a whole new vocabulary and way of thinking into the business sphere that speaks to both small start-ups and corporate giants.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - The Next Industrial Revolution
  • Chapter 2 - Going with the Flow: The Shape of Things to Come
  • Chapter 3 - Catching the Worldwide Wave
  • Chapter 4 - Secrets from the Sea
  • Chapter 5 - Scales and Feathers
  • Chapter 6 - The Bee's Knees
  • Chapter 7 - Spores and Seeds
  • Chapter 8 - Wampum
  • Chapter 9 - The Corporate Jungle
  • Chapter 10 - Dollar Signs
  • Chapter 11 - Reorganizing (Your) Business