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2018 Education Day will be at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research on September 12. Jamie Miller of Biomimicry Frontiers will be the keynote speaker.
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Jamie Miller is a biomimicry expert and the founder of Biomimicry Frontiers. He was trained by Janine Benyus (the woman who coined the term, biomimicry) as a biomimicry speaker and educator and has been working with her and her company since 2007. In 2012, Jamie started teaching 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 business. 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.
Biomimicry is an emerging philosophy that invites us to learn from the forms, processes and systems in nature to solve current complex challenges. It's an idea that has led to innovations like velcro, breathing walls, buildings that self-heal, structural colour like peacocks, or even circular economies. In this talk, Jamie uses biomimicry to unpack the glaring contrast between natural and engineered designs and the way that our thoughts, or our paradigms, are at the root of this contrast. Looking at the challenges of how to transform a rooted, built environment, the talk explores the ways that nature could teach us about safely transforming a complex system without collapse. Through biomimicry, we may uncover the keys to sustainability, finding clever ways to transform the way we think, behave, and therefore, create our own habitats.