Jay Harman, a leading voice in the biomimicry community and author of The Shark’s Paintbrush, will be speaking at Town Hall Seattle on October 16. Rushing is an official sponsor of the event.

As the founder of PAX Scientific, Harman has demonstrated how to turn nature-inspired designs into effective and profitable industrial solutions. From his website:

“In The Shark’s Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation, Jay introduces us to pioneers who are making technological breakthroughs by uncovering and copying nature’s hidden marvels. He shows how we can rectify the oft-competing desires of creating more powerful, lucrative technologies while preserving the planet and maximizing sustainability. The Shark’s Paintbrush injects a new way of thinking into the business sphere.”

Highlighting the relevance of biomimicry in a changing economic and environmental landscape, Harman states, “The growth potential is clear. Projections are that by 2025, biomimicry could represent $1 trillion of gross domestic product, including $300 billion of U.S. GDP. I know of bio-inspired technologies in pharmacology, water treatment, heat management, and refrigeration that have this potential alone. Another $50 billion could be counted, just in the United States, from the consequent reduction of carbon dioxide pollution and preservation of natural resources. It’s estimated that 1.6 million U.S. jobs could be created by biomimetic businesses in the next fifteen years.”

Harman is providing a series of lectures and discussions in the Pacific Northwest to share his experience as a biomimetic researcher and inventor. The Town Hall Seattle event will include Jay’s lecture, discussion of the book, and a book signing. The event starts at 7:30, and doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $5 each.