An online lecture and in-depth discussion with Tamsin Woolley-Barker

Friday, October 7 at 12pm EST

The topic: Tamsin’s work is premised on the understanding that all living things evolved to create conditions conducive to life, yet our organizational “best practices” fundamentally stunt our natural capacity to adapt and thrive. A quick search for STEM logos reveals that what’s missing from our solution space is life itself. Even our highest decision-makers are blind and illiterate regarding evolution, ecology, and human nature. We cannot solve the world’s problems with this delusional mindset. This presentation introduces Tamsin’s novel and comprehensive approach to bring living systems thinking into everyday design, in every facet of life and work.

The speaker: Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker is an evolutionary bioanthropologist, sociobiologist, and biomimic known for her population genetic analysis of 1000+ wild baboons in the Awash Baboon Hybrid Zone––a 25-mile ecotone between the wet Ethiopian highlands and the very dry Afar desert––examining the relationship between social structure, individual and group level behaviors, and population-level evolution. This was the most comprehensive and longest-running analysis of wild primate populations, and serves as a model for early human population dynamics and introgression. After 15 years in corporate biotech and as a small business entrepreneur, Tamsin returned to her passion for field biology and evolutionary thinking through Biomimicry––innovation inspired by nature––providing Biomimicry R&D for a Fortune 100 clientele. Her blog The Biomimicry Manual was a popular staple on Inhabitat for many years, and her book TEEMING: How Nature’s Oldest Teams Adapt and Thrive was a bestseller in such wide-ranging categories as Ecology, Behavioral Science, Economics, and Organizational Design, and is now regarded as the defining work on Organizational Biomimicry: how can we learn from nature’s other organizations? Today, her company TEEMLab offers evolutionary business education and consulting to regenerative-minded organizations, networks, and leaders. As Dean for Geoversity’s School of Biocultural Leadership in Panama and founding Director of the Borrego Institute for Living Design (the BILD) in Borrego Springs, California, she provides immersive nature experiences, hands-on curricula, leadership development, and support for Indigenous and settler communities to come together with all our non-human relations for co-evolutionary thriving.

The lecture: Her lecture will focus on her novel interdisciplinary and interbeing approach to regenerative design, followed by a short Q&A with the audience.

The in-depth discussion: For those who want to dig deeper, Tamsin has shared some online material that can be read beforehand. Her book TEEMING is also available in book and audiobook form. A 30-minute discussion with a group that has read and discussed this material among themselves will follow the lecture and general Q&A.

Online material for the in-depth discussion:

More material, including extensive video collection at