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Elke Barbara BachlerBy Elke Barbara Bachler
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Elke Barbara BachlerBy Elke Barbara Bachler
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€1,326
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, August 19 2018 7:43 AM UTC +00:00.

About

How it works 

Few people work with creative problem solving tools - which is a shame, if you ask me. Because they work so fine, offer a real ingenuity boost and are an excellent outcome-oriented attitude training. It's like yoga for your mind. 

However, the Biognosis Toolbox enables you to use your creative problem solving powers without prior knowledge of such tools or methods - and if you already do know such methods, you'll simply love it. 

Imagine you've got a task to accomplish, and you are stuck somehow. Every solution you come up with seems too expensive, too unrealistic, too common. 

You need to free your mind, you need new input, you're looking for inspiration. The "trigger picture analysis" is a method to do just that. You simply look at pictures, with your question in mind, and wait what comes up.

The Hummingbird Whirring Stability
The Hummingbird Whirring Stability


Now, how could a hummingbird help you solve a problem? 

Just try. What comes up when you think of this small bird, how agile it is, how its energy demand and energy input are balanced, how beautiful they are to look at, how well they can hover. What comes up? 

Does your product have to look more appealing? Do you need to use lightweight structures? Might a new joint design do it for you? How about structure colors? 

See? Loads of ideas to choose from! 

Biognosis Teaser Pictures
Biognosis Teaser Pictures

What you get 

There are different tools in the Biognosis Toolbox. The most important element are 40 picture cards, showing living beings. These pictures are there to trigger your imagination and to help you to think "out of the box". 

Biognosis Toolbox Prototypes
Biognosis Toolbox Prototypes

Yet the fine thing about the Biognosis Toolbox is - it's not only about inspiration. There are hardcore technical and strategical facts there, too. 

You will find information on the different depicted living beings as well as examples on how to implement their "survival of the fittest" strategies in design, business and technology. 

Plus, you will get to know the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, which is based on patents and human inguenity. 

TRIZ Inventive Principle 40 - use composite materials (like wood)
TRIZ Inventive Principle 40 - use composite materials (like wood)

Additionally, to enhance the fun factor - which is essential in prolific problem solving - you can use laser engraved wooden dice to deploy serendipity, the lucky coincidence. 

Yes, it is about "play innovation". 

Biognosis Cube Prototypes (photos are redrawn by hand)
Biognosis Cube Prototypes (photos are redrawn by hand)

Who can use it

Short answer - basically everybody. 

If you are into designing products, services and strategies - no matter, whether it's about R&D or marketing - you can use this toolbox for your work. The Biognosis Toolbox supports you in business, design and technology.  

You are already into biomimicry? So you might want to use this tool to open the minds of your customers and partners - and get to know TRIZ, too. Because TRIZ is a toolbox designed for engineers, to come up with interesting solutions in a systematic, structured way. 

You are already into TRIZ? You will have heard about the combination with biomimicry - this toolbox offers the first steps to add successful biological inventions and their functions to your TRIZ world.   

TRIZ Inventive Principle 9 - Preliminary Anti-Action (just like the snail glides on slime to avoid getting hurt)
TRIZ Inventive Principle 9 - Preliminary Anti-Action (just like the snail glides on slime to avoid getting hurt)

You are already into creative problem solving methods? You may want to try this tool, it is a novel one. I don't want to call it innovative right away, yet the potential is there ;)  

You are none of the above? Don't let the technical terms spook you - simply try. And if you are hooked and want to know more about the elegant solutions of nature - there are biologists, designers and engineers out there who can support you with in-depth knowledge and expertise if needed. 

How to play (with all elements) 

If you are by yourself,
I recommend to work with the bigger set cards. 

  • Formulate the question you need answers for in your mind. 
  • Take any picture you like - or use the dice to choose one for you. 
  • What comes up, when you look at the picture, thinking of your challenge? 
  • If you need more information, turn the set card around and use the explanatory text, the trigger words and the application examples. 
  • Write your ideas down, to evaluate them later
Biognosis Card Prototype (showing the lizard with its predetermined breaking point)
Biognosis Card Prototype (showing the lizard with its predetermined breaking point)

If you work in a group,
you might want to use the smaller square cards. 

  • Discuss the question you need answers for - so that everybody is on the same page.  
  • Put the square cards in the middle of a table. 
  • All group members can take cards, look at them, turn them around to read the additional trigger words, and write their ideas down.
  • Work in silence for a given time, like 10 to 20 minutes. Do not discuss now, but later. 
  • You can put your written ideas in the middle of the table, to share them with the others, for additional inspiration. 
  • If you need more information on the picture respectively the living being, have a look into the manual. 
  • After the session, collect the ideas, discuss and evaluate them. 
Biognosis Square Card Prototypes (in action)
Biognosis Square Card Prototypes (in action)

If you'd like to deploy TRIZ,
use the 40 Inventive Principles tools.

  • Use either the single TRIZ dice or the TRIZ dice set. 
  • The single TRIZ dice offers groups of principles to look at - so that you only need one dice for 40 principles ;) 
  • Read the TRIZ principles, and try to contextualize them with your question. 
  • Is there an answer there? Or do you need to try another one? 
  • You can also go wild and combine the picture cards with the TRIZ principles to see what comes up! 

You are completely free to combine the tools the way you like and helps you the most. There is no wrong or right. Only helpful or not helpful. 

The training effect

Do not underestimate the training effect! With time, you will come up with solutions without really using the Biognosis Toolbox itself - it'll be in your mind. 

I still recommend you to do creative problem solving sessions from time to time, to keep the training up - make time to simply think free. Deliberately. 

It is productive, rewarding and joyful. Who's to say that work has to be "push & shove" only? Yes, you will need insistency to implement your ideas. Yet - the better your basic idea, the better the final result. 

Therefore to take time for creative problem solving is about efficiency - at the end of the day :) 

Biognosis Card Prototype - The Cheetah Performance Zoom
Biognosis Card Prototype - The Cheetah Performance Zoom

Why I want to make it  

First of all, I am a dedicated advocate of education and the usage of knowledge. My toolbox helps you to use your own brain power, broaden your knowledge, and have fun doing so - it is pure edutainment.

Plus - and this is even more important to me, to be honest - I want to do my share to foster SEED, sustainable economic ecological design

I am convinced that if you learn about nature, about its inguenity, you see our environment with new eyes, respect it not only for its beauty - and are more likely to protect it by designing in a life-affirming way. Not only for us humans, but for our habitat, too. 

Biognosis Toolbox Materials (protoype picture)
Biognosis Toolbox Materials (protoype picture)

That is also why the Biognosis Toolbox is manufactured with organic and/or recycled and/or GOTS certified and/or FSC certified materials, respectively according to Cradle-2-Cradle* principles.  

*If you do not know the term yet, please look it up - it's a way from linear to circular, regenerative economy.

Why crowdfund 

I need help to pre-finance these tools, to get started. The money is used to buy me time, and to produce the elements of the toolbox in a reasonable quantity. 

The next steps are language mutations, foremost in Spanish, French, Italian and German. And if there's a market demand, the application examples can be more task- or trade-specific; e.g. for challenges in information technology, human resources, advertising.  

I'd really love to make and market this product, and to broaden the product range - because there is so much inspiration out there, so much to learn to foster bio-inspired design.

So ... if you like what you read here, please pre-order and back my project up. Thank you! 

Risks and challenges

I've already tried to crowdfund this product on another platform (based in Germany, called Startnext). It did not work out because I made my fair share of mistakes. Yet - being a creative problem solver myself - I always try to learn from my mistakes, as they are a great resource for "lessons learned" :)

Now I offer a broader product range, and a way better pricing as I create the toolbox in English only in the first run.

Still, there is a risk. Creative problem solving tools are not that well known, and their positive impact has to be experienced. You can talk about it, sure, but you have to really try yourself to see the results.

I've experienced the positive effect in workshops time and time again, being a professional coach and facilitator. I simply *know* that these tools make sense. Yet ... YOU have to believe that, too - being my future customer :)

Hope that I've presented the product in a comprehensive and appealing way, so that you can feel what it can do for you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

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    - plus 8 number dice*****,
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