Life ' s Principles as a Framework for Designing Successful Social Enterprises Life ’ s Principles as a Framework for Designing Successful Social Enterprises

  • Patel S
  • Mehta K
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Abstract

Biomimicry design inspired by nature is an emerging discipline that studies natures best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to address human problems. The laws of nature are embodied in Lifes Principles, a framework developed by the Biomimicry Institute to inspire, inform, and benchmark the design of sustainable technology and business systems. The recent emergence of social enterprise has demonstrated the relevance of a broader view of business and entrepreneurship, and its power to address developmental inequities in the world. Social enterprises have challenged fundamental theories and concepts of design and business, while reconnecting us with natures basic design principles and the multi-dimensionality of the human experience. This paper suggests that successful social enterprises employ Lifes Principles to tackle structural, management, product design, and supply chain issues in their conceptualization, development, and scale-up stages.

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  • Samir Patel

  • Khanjan Mehta

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