Innovate With Nature - Croatia expedition

Plitvice Lakes National Park - Innovate With Nature - Croatia expedition

Plitvice Lakes National Park
Ponedjeljak 7.10.2019
Iz 10:00
Srijeda 9.10.2019
sve do 17:00
Plitvice Lakes National Park
HRPlitvicka Jezera
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CROATIA - OCTOBER 7th to 9th 2018

>>> Early Bird tickets until September 1st

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Imagine spending 3 days in full immersion in one of the most beautiful natural reserve in Europe, the lake region in Croatia. You will immerse yourself in this pristine nature to get deeper into the beautiful innovations of this preserved ecosystem. You may find inspiration for your next design but also change the way you live as a whole. Are you ready to fully immerse yourself in nature? We promise this experience will transform you, for the better!

Imagine learning from nature to come up with new, sustainable and highly efficient solutions in areas like transport, energy, sheltering or packaging, and even communication and management.
You will learn incredible strategies and solutions around how nature masters movement, on the ground, on water or in the air. You will also discover beautiful solutions for energy harvesting, storage and distribution from plants and birds. You will also be amazed by smart natural packaging and sheltering solutions from insects and animals. And finally wonder about collaborative communication strategies that insects or birds implemented to hunt, organize and survive in this region.
All of these great insights could be useful to build the masterplan for your next innovation wether you work as an engineer, designer or in strategy in your company.

You will be exploring the surroundings of the Plitvice Lakes, near the city of Zagreb and learn from nature by observing it with local biologists and naturalists from the Plitvice Environment Center. You will also be guided throughout this journey by our fantastic team of facilitators who will equip you with tools and knowledge to better tackle the challenges your business faces.
You will be learning by doing, putting new techniques into practice to design new solutions with the help of special tools such as the Circulab. Notions from design thinking, biomimicry and the circular economy will be taught and put daily into practice to improve your learnings outcomes.

For companies this training represents a fantastic opportunity to stimulate the creativity of their employees, have them think in a more holistic way and improve their problem solving skills with new techniques.
We are partnering with BiomimicryNorway to organize this learning expedition.

Plitvice Lakes are home of many species including bears and lynx. During this immersion workshop you will benefits from the great resources of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. This will be our camp base for the week for running workshops and also accommodation.
Mornings will be moments dedicated for outdoor activities and exploration of nature with biologists where you will learn incredible engineering from birds, insects, plants, fish and mammals.
Afternoons will be dedicated to analyzing, relating and benchmarking for solutions to human problems related to human challenges. This could also be complemented with deeper exploration of nature outside if needed. Inspiration from the natural way of reacting to stress, constraints and unpredictability will help participants to reflect on how implementing new management and functional modes.
Evenings will be dedicated to contextualizing with a series of games and prototyping tools in order to bring your ideas to life as much as possible.
This program is dedicated to give you easy access to nature as a tremendous source of inspiration in your work (and also for your life in general). Expect to be surprised and amazed by nature's incredible sustainable and efficient strategies. You will also learn process and methodology to innovate with nature when you come back home.

You will be given a note book in order to make links between everything you see and hear and your leadership style and your team management and organization. You strongly recommend you keep it on you at any time.
We will arrive all on Monday morning from Zagreb. This will take about 2 hours raod trip.
Arriving in the park we will unpack and give you some introduction for the week to come and explain basics concepts of biomimicry that we will use during these 3 days together.
The late afternoon and evening will be dedicated for some time outside, followed be a walk to see sunset and organize a dinner outside (if weather conditions allow to).

We will start this day by giving you instruction about your first challenge and group you in a first team as well. Each day are dedicated to a new challenge. Also you will change team each day so you can connect and work with everybody during these days together.
Will we start our morning walk outside with an energizing game to open your 5 senses. We will then stay outside for about 2 hours with biologist from the Plitvice Lakes National Park. We want you to explore the local context and the living species out there that developed interesting strategies related to your challenges.
Back at our camp base, we will have lunch altogether and start gathering, commenting and analyzing our first insights in teams. 
The evening will be the time for contextualizing and reflecting on your first discoveries and solutions.

During this last day, there will be on option to have a tour on your own in the morning, an excursion in the park or finalizing your presentation from your challenges if you need to.
We will present all the challenges later in the morning before having a lunch together and packing back for Zagreb. 
Our learning expedition with you will end up here but we can only recommend to stay over the week (and/or weekend) to see the beautiful coast of Croatia.

We truly believe you will enjoy every moment of this great expedition we've planned for you. And we know that you will come back home with plenty of new insights from nature, new tools and methodologies to use in your company to innovate with nature in mind.
We can't wait to have you on board with us!
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Nicolas Buttin is the co-founder of Wiithaa, a design and innovation agency focusing on circular economy. Clients include L’Oréal, IKEA, Danone, Nespresso, AXA, Bouygues, Orange and Suez. He is also the co-founder of the Circulab methodology which purpose is to activate the circular economy for companies. Circulab is now a global network of trained certified consultants (more than 50 people on all continents). Nicolas is the co-author of the book 'Activate the circular economy' (in French, soon available in English) released in 2015. He is also a speaker at various global conferences including TEDx where he talked about how to reconnect with nature. Nicolas has been teaching design and economy for many years in business and design schools as well as engineering and political sciences institutions like SciencesPo. Nicolas is graduated from Celsa in Paris and also owns a post-graduate in Design Management from the University of the Arts London. He is a specialist on design thinking innovation methodology theorized in Stanford where he has been coaching yearly projects from ME310 international program (). Nicolas helps companies turn big ideas into tangible products and services by running collaborative workshops based on business games and rapid prototyping. He also accompanies businesses on the design and implementation of such innovations. Nicolas has always been a nature lover, sustainability advocate and open-source believer. He started to specialize in biomimicry by co-designing a game on the best cases of biomimicry: Biomimicards (freely available online), before developing the Circulab, which is also inspired by nature’s resilience and cost effectiveness. Nicolas is living and working in Paris.
Michel Wolfstirn is the co-founder of BiomimicryNorway, a not for profit organization aiming at promoting biomimicry in Scandinavia and helping companies to innovate with sustainability in mind by using the biomimicry and circular economy frameworks. He is also a certified Circulab consultant. Loving outdoors adventures, Michel felt the need to balance his karma from 8 years as a mechanical engineer in the oil industry by starting his journey with biomimicry in 2014. He has since then held a number of keynotes and workshops on integrating circular economy and biomimicry principles in the design process and is working with several projects incorporating these frameworks. Michel is also a visiting lecturer at HiOA, the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. Michel is a graduate of ENSAM (now Arts et Métiers ParisTech) and Universität Karlsruhe (now KIT) and holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from both institutions. Michel also attended several courses and immersion workshops held by the Biomimicry Institute. Michel has been living in Oslo for the past 10 years trying to make the most out of the stunning sceneries the Norwegian landscape provides.
Catherine Touzard has explored sustainability & circular economy through many projects, teaching, training and consulting activities over the last 20 years. Through biomimicry training (with CEEBIOS) and practical work for clients, she has gained experience in interfacing constantly natural biosphere and technical spheres to maximise circularity & improve systems, concepts and designs. Catherine is member of Circulab Network, referenced as Circular Economy expert by the APO (Asian Productivity Organisation).She is a licensed carbon auditor, and holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, She teaches Sustainability, Eco-materials and Biomimicry at Inisghts School of Interior Design (HK) and is a regular lecturer at CIty University, Architecture Department, Hong Kong, in Sustainable & Bioclimatic Architecture.

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