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Second Nature: Job Creation Through Biological Emulation
Dell said that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 do not exist today. This means that a new economy will emerge and that exiting companies and industries that lack resilience will be forced to either be disrupted or join the disruption. However, in this wave of uncertainty there exists a time-tested model and mentor for creating some of the most efficient and sustainable forms, processes and systems - nature. In this talk, Jamie explores biomimicry and the way that nature is transforming the way we think, behave and create. Think for example, of walls that can breathe like skin, buildings that can self-heal, and communities that generate zero waste like a forest. In a world of wicked problems, biomimicry brings a hopeful message about how to thrive on this planet, which in this talk, Jamie uses to reframe the relationships between our built environments and our natural ones - helping us create more harmonious, sustainable, and resilient systems.

Jan 22, 2019 10:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Jamie Miller
@Biomimicry Commons
Jamie is a biomimicry expert and the founder of Biomimicry Frontiers – a consultancy that applies biomimicry to the built environment. He was trained by Janine Benyus (the woman who coined the term, biomimicry) in 2007 as a biomimicry educator and speaker. From 2012, he taught OCAD University’s biomimicry programs, during which he completed a PhD in engineering that focused on systems-level biomimicry in urban development. Along with his consulting, Jamie has also founded the Biomimicry Commons, which is an innovation incubator space for entrepreneurs and disruptor studio for businesses. In all he does, Jamie’s mission is to apply biomimicry and to facilitate the next generation of sustainable design leaders who will transform our designs towards greater harmony with nature.