Here are ways that nature functions to ensure that life grows and flourishes.
There are many lessons for people in this list, for having a successful society, environment and economy.
I wish our economy could do #8 (Nature curbs excesses from within) and cut the roots of #extremegreed. Then there’d be more prosperity flowing, and we’d all have a better chance to blossom.
Here is Janine Benyus’ TED talk on Biomimicry: http://www.ted.com/talks/janine_benyus_biomimicry_in_action