Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee en Humans, Nature and Creativity, Lifestyle, beBee in English Embodied Wisdom for the Modern Age • Deborah Lange, Social Intelligence, Creating Vitality in Business and Life 7/11/2016 · 2 min de lectura · 1,5K

From human centred learning to bio-curiosity

From human centred learning to bio-curiosity

I have a passionate interest in human nature, from the perspective that humans are one of the forms of nature. If we are nature, our relationship with other forms of nature changes to one of co-existing in a delicate balance in the world we share together. 

I have enjoyed the posts from @AliAnani about humans learning from nature, which demonstrate the new pattern that has emerged about developing our curiosity about nature.

 David de Rothschild, Designer, and Storyteller, says,

"the time has finally come to shed our human-centred learning patterns for one of bio-curiosity"
David de Rothschild

 I imagine we need to shed "machine orientated learning patterns", and yes, shift to learning from our bio-curiosity as we our nature. 

There are many fields of practise that have emerged to support our growing interest in bio-curiosity.

The Dignity of Plants

Florianne's thought provoking work, invites us to examine the value of the relationship we have with plants as plants, and not as objects for human use. Her TedX talk, 'Do Plants Have Dignity?" reveal that plants have amazing communication and networking skills and are not passive, senseless objects. They use the language of fragrances to communicate above and below ground and engage in  relationships with their environment and peers. They support relatives, harass strangers, make alliances, and also learn from experience and remember past events. Underground they form extensive root and fungal networks to exchange nutrients and information – an internet of plant communities of unimaginable size.

  • The more research that comes to light, from people like, Florianne Koechlin, an accredited scientist, chemist and researcher, is challenging our relationship with nature.  Will the more we see ourselves as nature, open up new forms of communication between us and other nature forms? 


    The field of Biomimicry also shares discoveries of how nature has been solving challenges for billions of years. Nature's failures are fossils and the successful adaptations exist today.  Engineers, biologists, designers and social scientists seek to understand how to emulate nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies to the challenges that humans have addressed inadequately. 

    Have we addressed them inadequately as we have thought we are "above" nature?

    Janine Benyus, said, by studying a leaf, biologists revealed the world's best water distribution network, including our lungs. This network follows a single Mathematical formula and has an impact on the way we can design and distribute water, gas, and electricity more efficiently. Currently, the 90 degree, plumbing systems humans designed are actually friction devices. Biomimicry is having a significant positive impact on the design and innovation of products. 

    “We’re awake now, and the question is how do we stay awake to the living world? How do we make the act of asking nature’s advice a normal part of everyday inventing?” - Janine Benyus


    I wonder if the more we connect to our human nature and our inter-relationships with nature, what we will learn of our ability to learn, adapt, and evolve. It seems to me like nature plays, is curious, experiments, adapts and evolves.
    Whilst humans have been pre-occupied with thinking we were more like technology and machines than nature, we seemed to lessen the art of:

    • curiosity
    • aesthetics
    • grace
    • playfulness
    • joy of life
    • touch
    • flow
    • adaptation
    • creativity
    • awe

    We have considered work to be a serious business, without joy, creativity and meaning. That is all changing today, as more and more people seek out meaning and fulfilment at work, rather than work for work's sake and $ alone.  I wonder as we shift back to our connection to nature, acting and living in relationship, with free access to information, whether we are also re-igniting our capacities for learning and adapting through play, through seeing "work" more as "play"?

    What are you doing to have more play and creativity in your life? more meaning? more fulfilment?

    How do you ask nature's advice as a normal part of everyday living?

    My book, Trust Your Senses is now available.


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    #14 @BenPinto thanks for sharing The giving Tree - yes, that is what Florianne Koecholin has revealed that plants feel, and sense and communicate. we used to imagine animals didn't have emotions either, but, now most people realise they do. we still have a lot to learn .

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    Thanks for sharing those extra words Deb Eco-playful, bio-joyful - I must watch @Fatimawilliams video - thanks for sharing! #15
    What I love is when my thinking is stuck, I walk outside and as I walk- -and if I talk out loud- new ideas synthesise that would not if I stayed at my desk " trying to think"!

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    Deb 🐝 Helfrich 8/11/2016 · #15

    Bio-curiosity - that word tickles my need to extend the theme - eco-playful? bio-joyful? eco-wonderful?

    @Fatima Williams shared yesterday a short video on how it seems to be the arrival of a phonetic language that cuts us off from the languages of our natural surroundings. The alphabet segregates us from other sorts of languages and the "rest of the land falls mute"

    "The letters usurp that participation - they short-circuit that reciprocity" ... with all the other environmental 'languages' that our senses can make available to us.

    We have examples such as the tremendous ability of the Wayfinder's understanding how to navigate an ocean as written about by Wade Davis and Martha Beck's love affair with tracking in the African veldt - we humans do have the ability to speak nature, if we can figure out how to get out of our boxes.

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    Ben Pinto 8/11/2016 · #14

    Loved this piece. The best selling book The Giving Tree is about a person that is friends with a plant. By the end of the book, though, you are left with the understanding that this plant was used and abused by a human. So sad. I think we need more of the above and particularly mathematical proofs that show we are all part of the same master plan and this is an area of innerspection that we need to unlock the mysteries of what our purpose is and where we go.

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    Irene Hackett 8/11/2016 · #13

    #11 I couldn't agree more @Deb Lange!

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    #10 thanks for sharing - I look forward to reading.

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    Dear @Irene Hackett #9 I can not imagine you living a technical life. Even though we use technology here. It seems there is a community of relationships and we are genuinely reading and sharing and connecting. I think we all have to remember to have down time from technology, to walk, to have the sun on our face, the wind in our hair, pat. Dog, weed the garden, create art.

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    Savvy Raj 7/11/2016 · #10

    #4 @Deb Lange . Have addressed a few more reflections on Rootedness and the strength in the Grounding in this post ... .Rootedness

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