Ksenia Benifand

Ksenia is a human-centered designer and foresight strategist with a decade of experience helping people and organizations envision, plan and lead transformational change. She brings together diverse multi-stakeholder groups to collectively map out issues, uncover levers for change, co-design “desired future states”, and develop transition paths forward. Her work focuses on transformative systemic change, helping businesses, policy makers, and community groups envision and co-create a path forward that benefits and empowers clients, citizens and communities. Her current work includes strategic foresight and systemic design within healthcare; as well as using Virtual Reality tools to co-design Smart City futures.

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Talk: Reimagining the Future: The Biomimetic Economy

Growing global population and a rising middle-class is putting a strain on the environment and depleting the world’s stock of biophysical resources. The dominant economic system behaves as a linear system and based on the rapid use, disposal, and replacement of goods. The global capitalist economic system is poorly prepared to deal with unexpected events such as climate change and its impacts. To deal with global impending and complex issues, a renewed model of an economic system is proposed that closely integrates Biomimicry principles.

Biomimicry is the study of how nature’s systems and processes function to solve the problems of survival. Nature’s dynamics are then applied to human innovation. The environmental technologies and societal innovations we seek are often already present at the core of nature’s design. Through the process of evolution, nature has already found the most energy-efficient solution for many problems. Biomimicry therefore promises to be a cogent design tool for our desired future.

This presentation, “Reimagining the Future: The Biomimetic Economy”, is an exploration of the nature of economic systems in relation to ecological systems – resilience, optimization, adaptability, systems based, value based and life supporting – through the design principles of biomimicry.

Included is a learning tool that allows users interested in developing healthy economies and sustainable business practices to follow and learn from the principles of diversification; import shifting, succession; the three-horizon framework, biodiversity; multiple feedback loops and symbiosis. In addition, the creation of a new framework, titled as the Shared Futures Infinity loop (SFI Loop), posits to replace the panarchy as the model for sustainable economic progression to create a more sustainable world.