“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!”
“The closest I’ve seen to a unified theory of what organizations must do to scale exponentially...the real “how to’s” that all AI and human driven systems will use to build infinite wealth.”
Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker is an Evolutionary Biologist, Innovation Consultant, and Biomimicry Professional with a doctorate in Evolutionary Anthropology from New York University. She was among the first cohort to receive the Biomimicry Masters degree from Arizona State University’s Biomimicry Center, where she now serves as Adjunct Professor. Her book TEEMING: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World is an a #1 Amazon Bestseller in Organizational Learning, Environmental Economics, Ecology, and Animal Behavior—testament to its interdisciplinary nature. The book has been read on every continent and is entering its second printing.
Dr. Tamsin fell in love with evolution and human nature as a child, exploring the diverse habitats and biological resources of San Diego County. She read and re-read her hero Jane Goodall's In the Shadow of Man more times than she can remember, and still has the remaining shreds of it, kept alongside The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle. She received degrees in Plant Sciences and Visual Arts from the University of California Santa Cruz under her mentor Robert Trivers, founder of Sociobiology and undisputedly one of the most important evolutionary theorists of the modern age. She backpacked the Hawaiian Islands studying biogeography, did a stint as a marine mammal biologist at sea in Alaska, made her way to the Ecuadoran Amazon and Galapagos Islands, and returned to a full doctoral scholarship and stipend from the New York Consortium for Evolutionary Primatology at NYU and Columbia. Her dissertation analyzing social structure and evolution in hybridizing baboons (with Anthropology great Cliff Jolly) is part of the longest-running and most complete study of any wild primate population, with important implications for human social evolution.
Despite a promising academic career, family brought her back to San Diego. She worked as a genomics biotech researcher—and witnessed corporate dysfunction firsthand—then left the corporate world to start her entrepreneurial career. As CEO, she grew her (now ex-)husband's photography studio to mid-six figures, while writing novels and raising their young children. Life was good. But one day, their 2 month old daughter just didn't wake up. A devastating chain reaction buried the family in a decade of scarcity—she lost a daughter, a husband, a business, and had three small boys and a mountain of debt to manage. It was a deeply finite world, without enough time, money, joy, or hope.
Fast forward ten years—Tamsin has worked as a certified Sustainable Business Practices educator, UN Global Reporting Initiative facilitator and guide and Biotechnology subject matter expert, Content Editor for the California Association of Museums (where she helped develop the Green Museum Initiative, now the national standard for American museums), and an executive coach, helping high-level biotech scientists make the jump to C-suite.
Then one day, a story came on the radio about something called Biomimicry—innovation inspired by nature. Instantly she recognized her calling—and never looked back. Her blog, BioInspired Ink, was picked up by Inhabitat.com, a digital magazine with nearly 4 million readers, as The Biomimicry Manual. Letters from the Tangled Bank is a popular anthology of these writings, and the basis for TEEMING. She began working as a "Biologist at the Design Table" with Biomimicry 3.8's consulting arm, as well as serving as Biological Strategy Editor for the Biomimicry Institute's Ask Nature database.
Today, Dr. Tamsin puts her 30 years deep expertise in evolution and 20 years in business to work to provide biomimicry innovation for a global clientele—everything from aerospace and automotive design, material science and consumer products, business models, resilient cities, green build and circular economy, leadership and organizational design, while transforming management-heavy institutional machines into living things that thrive on change—just as she did.