Janine Benyus’ bio-mimicry videos, 12 Sustainable Design Ideas From Nature and Biomimicry in Action, make a good point that nature already has the solution to many of our design problems. The videos bring up many examples where nature has done the processes we need in a much better way. I think it is a good idea if we can successfully copy nature and employ these techniques into our design process. If we really can copy the process without using carcinogenic material and creating waste, it would be amazing. I thought it was really amazing that there were so many examples of organisms that we should mimic. The lenses and fiber optics that we design are still being done much better by nature. She makes a very good point that creatures who could not adapt to nature are already extinct, so we are learning from plants and animals that have survive to today.
Jane Jacobs, in chapter two of The Nature of Economics, is right that, when you look back enough, everything is connected through generality. If we can understand the system and the connections between the subjects, we develop a new perspective of why the systems we have in place are not working. It was a very good comparison when they said the economy was like a gene pool. We develop more and more techniques for manufacturing products, but we also lose old techniques that are no longer in use. We need to continually increase the gene pool in order to continue to survive. Everyone is creative, so there should not be the oppression of any ideas or else we will limit the possibilities of our growth.