Economic bionics - Nature as a model

               The human creative spirit can make various inventions (...), but it will never succeed in making one that is more beautiful, more economical, and more straightforward than that of nature, because nothing is missing in its inventions, and nothing is too much.

Leonardo da Vinci, artist and universal scholar (1452-1519)

Fascination Bionics

Bionics is concerned with the transfer of natural phenomena to technology. It is based on the assumption that living nature develops optimised structures and processes through evolutionary processes, from which humans can learn.

New approach with a long tradition

The term "bionics" was coined in 1960 by American Air Force Major Jack E. Steele introduced the term "bionics" in the English equivalent 'bionics' at a symposium. However, the idea behind it is much older. In the conquest of airspace, nature was the godfather from the very beginning. Already in the 16th century Leonardo da Vinci invented flying machines based on the model of the flight of birds and is therefore considered the forefather of bionics.

At the beginning of the 19th century, George Cayley oriented himself to the flying seeds of native plants in the construction of the first functioning parachutes. Otto Lilienthal was the first to recognize the importance of wing camber for lift at the beginning of the 20th century - and thus laid the foundation for the first successful gliding flights.

Just as every aircraft engineer should study the flight of birds, economic bionics investigates which natural processes could serve as models for successful economic processes.

The cycle of life as an economic model?

For 20 years now, the Gradido Academy for Economic Bionics has been developing an alternative 'common good currency' based on nature's models. Nature follows the rule that only where something passes away can something new emerge, and thus long-term improvement (evolution) is possible. Its recipe for success is the 'cycle of life'. If our economy were also to follow this natural cycle, then, according to the assessment of the Economic Biologists, practically all the world's monetary problems could be solved.

The hour
of economic bionics

The global corona crisis not only creates the need for rethinking, but also highlights the fragility of the dominant economic system. It also opens up a new receptiveness to nature's successful models, which have been proving their worth for four and a half billion years. Consequently, society is looking more and more expectantly to the still young science of economic bionics and its answers to the existential questions of our time.