"The challenges of building the future will not be solved by staring at a problem but, instead, by being open to new solutions." - Jonathan Leeming "To be truly innovative in a sustainable world you cannot just be a little bit better - You have reinvent your industry with powerful new solutions." - Jonathan Leeming "There is no way that we can have a deep understanding of everything in the world. In an attempt to be all-knowing and wise, we make sweeping and often flawed assumptions. " - Jonathan Leeming "After 3.8 billion years of natural capital, research and development, nature has come up with some ingenious ways to deal with some of life’s challenges." - Jonathan Leeming "The miracle of nature is that if there is a problem, there is an organism that has found a way to conquer it." - Jonathan Leeming "The focus on Nature as a source of innovation has been formalised through the practice of biomimicry and the science of biotechnology." - Jonathan Leeming "The true value of nature does not lay as individual units, but in it’s connectedness into an infinite number of related systems." - Jonathan Leeming

Deadly Innovation

The solutions to the challenges of our time are right in front of us! All we have to do is recognise them.



For those unique individuals who engage the world in a radically different way, innovation comes from within. However, for the rest of us mere mortals, we have to look for a source of inspiration to create the new or to solve the impossible. The focus on the natural world as a source of innovation has been formalised through the practice of biomimicry and the science of biotechnology. There is no doubt that we have much to learn from this 4.85 billion year jigsaw puzzle that is the world we live in today.

Deadly Innovation explores how innovation often comes from the most unlikely of sources. Why clutching on to outdated values and beliefs is holding us back, and how we can build a better world through biotechnology and biomimicry.

Supported by the One World Media, One World Book and One World Connect.


  • Sustainability.
  • Biotechnology and biomimicry.
  • Innovation.
  • Values and beliefs.


45 Minutes to 1 hour.

Suitable for?

  • Special Interest Groups.
  • Conferences.
  • Corporate Events.
  • Personal development programs.

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3 replies
  1. Christine Maree says:

    I first met Jonathan, many years ago, when he was an enthusiastic teenage member of The Spider Club of Southern Africa. It’s extremely rewarding to see how his passion for his beloved scorpions and the natural world has blossomed and grown, and to witness him now communicating and sharing his depth of knowledge with humour and professionalism.

  2. Pam Harvey SAARP says:

    Recently, SA Association of Retired Persons were fortunate to have Jonathan come and speak for a second time. Jonathan has a passion, vision and inspiration. Whatever our age we all have a responsibility to bring about change.

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