Chronicle of a biomimetic celebration

sangakoo2A circular room, dark light, dance, mimics, saxophone music, audio-visual projections and much more. You might think that this is a discotheque, but it is not. It is a top notch intellectual performance. Last March 19th we went to CCCB to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hèlix3c, the “constructory” specialized in services that generate non-conventional thinking and transformative action. On the stage stood out the presence of Pere Monràs, the founder and inspirational leader of Hèlix3c.

The celebration was organized as a continuous dialogue between Pere Monràs and some of his collaborators and friends who presented Hèlix3c origins and trajectory. The event was the practical demonstration of one of their main concepts, biomimetic, which promotes nature based innovation. In this sense, Hèlix3c was portrayed as an actor grounded on a biomimetic ecosystem, in which several projects had emerged.

One of them is Sangaku, defined as a “math-learning web application based on creativity inside a collaborative ecosystem”. Its methodology aims at non-mechanical learning approach, proposes alternatives to traditional questions, and promotes practices encouraging creative thinking. With this view, students provide answers using more advanced knowledge or are able to associate their responses to more practical scenarios:

Sangaku

This methodology goes further by asking students to share and compare their answers to develop their self-evaluation and critical skills. The Sangakoo project was presented by Pere Monràs and Judit Castro at the X International Seminar hold by this Chair, with a highly positive evaluation of the participants.

The event discovered Hèlix3c nourishing ecosystem, a vision of the world inspired by nature itself in which everything is connected: an innovation clearly exemplified with the artistic environment of this celebration. Reflexions from emotions and sensibility and transformative actions that permit getting over mental barriers. A different theoretical and communication approach that lead us to ask: Why “out of the box” visions too often have problem to be recognized?

by:

A. Garrigós, E. Kiselyova

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