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Innovation Lunch: What A Plant Knows

The book for this discussion is What A Plant Knows by Daniel Chamowitz.  Its only about 140 pages in paperback.  It provides a scientific description to the ways in which plants "sense" and interact with their environment.

It is a refreshing perspective on how another entity interacts with its environment.  Creativity involves seeing things from a new point of view.  Books such as What A Plant Knows provides that view as well as descriptions of plant characteristics.  Both of these are raw material for ideation activities in which each of us may participate.

I will provide a mindmap of the book during our discussion.

Take a look at the list of additional resources below.  Pick one out and look at it if you don't have time to read the book.  The long list is to ensure **something** fits your needs for a little background information.

Plant Knows Materials:

A. CBS Sunday Morning Video (6 min):

B. SciAmer mag review and extra links:

C. Amazon:

D. Book Web-Site:


Additional materials for you to look over include:

1.  NPR with a 2 min audio track: "Sounds of Thirsty Trees"

2.  Short News article at

3. Richard Attenborough's 1995 Science Series The Private Life of Plants


Full Episodes:

Short Segments of the Episodes:

Both short and longer segments:

Amazon Book:


Lets take this opportunity to learn about plants, how they interact with their environment, and pick up new material for our own creative problem solving activities.

Thanks, StephT

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