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the future of Social Biomimicry
What we can learn from nature

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Registration: 18:30-19:00, Conference: 19:00-21:15


Location: Volkskrantgebouw, Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam [former building of the Volkskrant]

The conference language is English.

In collaboration with


Bowine Wijffels, Cailin Partners
Social Biomimicry - for project management, leadership, change in organisations
Douwe Jan Joustra, Managing Partner, One Planet Architecture institute
Living City


Elisabet Sahtouris, PhD
Towards a Biomimicry Culture of Cooperation



Nature has a long history and it's been known for some time that designers and architect find good solutions and ideas looking at nature. Nature is an inspiration when it comes to effective use of materials, construction of housing and other design challenges. But there is more to learn from nature.

Did you ever ask yourself questions like: How do swarms, flogs or herds work together? How do living organisms cooperate? How does nature grow or respond to changes? What about leadership?

In the meeting of February 23, 2012 we would like to address some of the issues of social Biomimicry. We will present some common patterns from nature that are inspirational for social issues like: communication, teamwork, leadership, development of organisations and society. We will give an idea of how to translate these patterns to work situation, architecture of organisations, teamwork and future growth. Social Biomimicry gives a fresh new perspective and we also belief it will contribute to resilient and future-orientated organisations.

LvDO, Programm Learning for Sustainable Development

Bowine Wijffels is working as consultant and process leader in environmental education and learning for sustainable development. Learning from nature of one of her passions.
Social Biomimicry - for project management, leadership, change in organisations

Douwe Jan Joustra, Managing Partner, One Planet Architecture institute
Living City

Can nature inspire us for cityplanning and -development? Mostly we see the city as a non-natural habitat for people and some birds and other species like cars and bicycles. When we look upon the city as a living ecosystem, what can we learn from nature. Has the city it's own metabolism, can it feed itself? How does a living city provide living conditions for all organisms?

18:30 - 19:00
Registration & welcome drinks

19:00 - 20:05
Part I
Introduction by our Moderator
Caroline van Leenders, LvDO, Ministry of Economics, Agriculture, and Innovation

Bowine Wijffels
, Cailin Partners
Social Biomimicry - for project management, leadership, change in organisations

Douwe Jan Joustra, Managing Partner, One Planet Architecture institute
Living City

20:05 - 20:25
Coffee break with drinks and snacks.

20:25 - 21:15
Part II
reflection from keynote listeners (we will ask 3 or 4 people)
Open discussion

Tickets for this Season Event are

....Regular Ticket: 30,-
....Discount Ticket: 20,- [*]
....Student Ticket: 10,-
As a non-for-profit foundation we don't charge VAT.
[*] see

How to pay for the tickets?

....a) Online booking with credit card: Ticket Corner

....b) By bank: send an email with your details, number of tickets, type of tickets
........and event name to:
........Bank: ABN AMRO Bank, Club of Amsterdam, Account 976399393, Amstelveen,
........The Netherlands, IBAN NL52ABNA0976399393, BIC ABNANL2A

....c) By invoice: send an email with your billing details, number of tickets, type of event name to:

....d) At the registration desk the evening of the event - unless we are sold out
........earlier: 18:30-19:00


The Dutch Program “Learning for Sustainable Development” enhances learning processes on sustainablility in many issues, and helps students, professionals, organisations and individuals to identify and make sustainable choices. Participants in decision-making processes work together to resolve problems, carefully balancing the interests of people, nature and the environment, and the economy, in perspective of global responsability, future orientation and sharing of values.

Bowine Wijffels
, Cailin Partners
Consultancy on learning and sustainable development

Bowine Wijffels has a background in teaching (Biology and Geography) and has since 10 years a small consultancy company. She has working experience in a variety of organisations (NGO's like environmental (education) organisations, city councils, provinces, water boards, businesses e.g. For the last 3 years she is involved in a Dutch National Program on environmental education (based at Agency NL). Bowine is fascinated by learning processes and nature and since recently involved in 'Biomimicry'. For Bowine sustainable development is working on how we would like to relate to nature and to each other and how we operate in these relations. Nature has broad experience in doing this in a (on a system scale) sustainable way.

Douwe Jan Joustra

Managing Partner, One Planet Architecture institute

Douwe Jan Joustra is managing partner in the One Planet Architecture institute. This Amsterdam-based institute works on creation of sustainable solutions through technical, proces and systemsinnovations. Douwe Jan Joustra is educated as naturemanager, coach and programmanager. "Always look at the bright side of life and use life as a source of inspiration" is his motto.

Together with Thomas Rau (see also I work on the ambitions of OPAi. Specializations: sustainable and Cradle to Cradle architecture, area development and specialized, innovative, projects. Program Management is the basic quality.

Caroline van Leenders, LvDO
Ministry of Economics, Agriculture, and Innovation

Caroline van Leenders has 20 years of experience in the field of sustainable development. She works for LvDO which is part of the Dutch Government. From the agency she advises and supports different programmes on a variety of sustainable topics for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Environment. She is specialized in transition management and in cooperation between industry, NGOs & knowledge institutes. She has a degree in molecular biology and in science philosophy and a PhD in Environmental Studies. She now has bundled her 20 years of experience in tips for the clever change for sustainable development in Leenders, C. van (2011). 10 Tips for Clever Change. Nieuw Akademia, the Netherlands.

Wibautstraat 150
1091 GR Amsterdam
former building of the Volkskrant]

Public transport

by metro
Metrostop Wibautstraat, exit 'Gijsbrecht van Aemstel'.
From Centraal Station take metro 51, 53 or 54.
From Amstelstation take metro 51, 53 or 54 direction Centraal Station.

by tram
Tram 3 take Ruyschstraat, exit at tramstop Wibautstraat. Walk Wibautstraat in direction Amstelstation, you find the Volkskrantgebouw on the right side after 5-10 minutes.

By Car
Take the ring A10. Exit s112. At roundabout Prins Bernhardplein first street to the right is Wibautstraat. After the railway bridge you find the Volkskrantgebouw on your left side. There is parking on the property - contact the reception desk.

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