Chris Garvin at the SHIFT Zurich 2016 Summit


Chris Garvin at the SHIFT Zurich 2016 Summit

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As if you needed another excuse to visit Switzerland? This year, our partner Chris Garvin will be a moderator at the SHIFT Zurich 2016 Summit, a leading platform for impact investors, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the world, passionate to implement resilient strategies and solutions informed by nature. Chris will be facilitating the first day-long working session on Thursday, August 24th, which will feature two case studies: Innovation 4.4 with the new NASA Planetary and Human Sustainability Innovation Center in Mountain View, California and the Biomimetic Office. Discussions will focus specifically on bioinspired innovation in lightweight construction, materials, and finance innovation. Notable speakers include Michael Pawlyn, founder of Exploration Architecture, Lina Constantinovici, founder of Innovation 4.4, and Christopher Peterka of Gannaka.

Projected Impact of Bioinspired Innovation on GDP

The forecasted impact of bioinspired innovation on GDP in 2030 across industries. Read more about the economic impact in Tapping into Nature, or view the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute’s full report.

By 2030, bioinspired innovation is projected to generate $425 billion of US GDP and $1.6 trillion of global GDP. This growing field helps companies, organization and society shift toward a low-carbon, circular economy and ultimately a sustainable and prosperous future. Platforms like SHIFT Zurich 2016 help accelerate this shift.

Read more about the summit and register by following this link: We’re looking forward to some great conversations!


*Header image courtesy of SHIFT Zurich 2016 and Andreina Schoeberlein/Flickr.

Allison Bernett is an associate project manager and the public relations coordinator for Terrapin Bright Green. She graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in architecture and biology. Allison’s interests focus on architecture, sustainability, and bioinspired innovation.