“Teeming should be required reading for everyone working in (or managing) a team. Creative and design teams will find invaluable insight into applying the lessons of Nature to their own company, culture and process. I wish I had this book 20 years ago!”
“Woolley-Barker is the fresh and futurist voice our Age of Biology has been waiting for!”
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In today’s complex world, disturbance is inevitable, and the perfect solution rarely exists. That's a problem for traditional management. Efficiency models only work in a static, predictable world, and that world no longer exists. We desperately need a new operating system.
Earth has always been a volatile place, and every creature alive today had 4 billion years of ancestors that survived and thrived through change. But yesterday's success is tomorrow's fossil, and as Darwin said, “it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” The same is true in business.
It may surprise you, but people are designed for change. We're inventive, of course, but we're not just clever chimpanzees. People work together, more like ants do than apes. We fundamentally depend on one other to survive. Nobody can do everything that needs to be done, but together, we can do anything we put our minds to.
Working for a better future—freely, with people we trust—is what matters most to us. It's human nature. And yet, our nature is exactly what traditional management practices stifle and straitjacket, with predictable results:
Our creative, collaborative humanity is dismissed for mechanistic efficiency at every level of society. Can your organization afford to leave this potential on the table? And as our ecosystems, democracies, economies, and communities begin to fail, can any of us?
Every living thing is an evolutionary success, surviving and thriving on change. Biomimicry is the art and science of innovation inspired by life's proven strategies:
GeckSkin’s reusable tape was inspired by sticky gecko feet
Bumps on the leading edge of the humpback whale’s flippers minimize turbulence, and wind turbine blades mimicking them are 20% more efficient.
Lotus leaves repel water, keeping them clean of dirt. Lotus-San Paint mimics this to eliminate maintenance costs, time and energy, and toxic chemicals.
A chip in your smartphone separates signal from noise and amplifies it, the same way your ears and brain do.
And it's not just for products. Biomimicry is also a powerful gateway to a world of surprising processes, strategies, and systems that grow in value from one generation to the next.
Nature has been organizing for complexity and resilience for hundreds of millions of years. Ants, honeybees, fungal networks, and slime molds collaborate and innovate just as we do, with far less computing power. A compelling shared purpose, transparent communication and trust, diversity and autonomy, and a set of simple rules unleashes a powerful system of sense-and-response. No individual has the whole picture, and there is no top-down coordination, org charts, meetings, managers, predictions, targets, or incentives. Yet, strategy emerges—organically, all the time, everywhere, through many small, frequent, imperfect, and local decisions made by everyone.
We like to think of ourselves as biological architects of next-level organization, turning yesterday‘s clunky machines into agile, resilient, protean shape-shifters that eat change for breakfast.
We believe nothing makes sense except in light of EVOLUTION. The deep patterns in life appear again and again because they work. This is what stands the test of time, and the results are freely available for us to observe and apply.
We believe humans are vital participants in LIVING SYSTEMS that constantly grow, learn, heal, adapt, and evolve—or fail and die.
We believe in EMBRACING CHANGE as an opportunity for growth and transformation. All living systems survive and thrive despite—or because of—disturbance. We settle for sustainability, when we can regenerate living systems that flourish on change?
We believe in HUMAN NATURE. People are designed for creativity, collaboration, and change. Freedom, purpose, and meaningful relationships are what motivates us most, both individually and collectively. When we work with our nature instead of against it, we naturally adapt and thrive.
We believe in POTENTIAL. Every person and organization can make a unique contribution to something larger than themselves, and this is what gives our lives meaning. Manifesting potential requires discovering what makes you special, showing up fully and authentically, developing your talents, and activating networks that amplify impact.
We believe in BUSINESS as a force for economic and social good. Companies are ideally positioned to empower creative individuals to work together for richer communities, institutions, and ecosystems that benefit us all.