James Nestor Talks to Sperm Whales



Last year I made it up to Saratoga to see James Nestor talk about his fascinating research on free-diving, which became his fantastic book, DEEP.

Truly, the capacity of the human body is nothing short of stunning. Even more compelling is how free-diving allows researchers to get intimate with the enigmatic sperm whale. James told us about how they’ve been getting up close with these giants and recording their communications.

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I was completely transfixed, and when he told us about the project and commented “we just have to figure out what to call it,” I immediately thought of CETI, as a play on SETI, the extraterrestrial communications project. I went up and suggested it, and look what I just found in the news! That touches me mightily, and maybe someday I’ll get up close to a sperm whale and tell them about it in their own language!

Leaders Love Company (with Nicole Abboud)!

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I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Nicole Abboud for her podcast, Leaders Love Company. We talked about biomimicry, my column on Inhabitat called The Biomimicry Manual, as well as my book, TEEMING, and how nature holds the secrets to building powerful, sustainable businesses. As with all of Nicole’s podcasts, she ends with the following question: What is one defining leadership moment that you’ve experienced? Want to find out? Have a listen! Episode 017 is now live!

Website: www.nicoleabboud.com/llc17

Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/leaders-love-company/id1312479159

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/nicole-abboud/leaders-love-company

Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Ivodxj5tpmuwvxbo7h2e65xo2ei

Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2019 - webinar

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Every year, the Biomimicry Institute hosts the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. Generously funded by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, the Challenge is a powerful way to introduce students to biomimicry while developing solutions to real-life problems facing our world today.

I had the great honor of giving a webinar to this years’ first round winners, who have been participating in an Incubator run by Biomimicry San Diego founder, Jacques Chirazi.

Here’s the challenge:

“Earth has always been a changing planet, but the climate and ecological changes humans have set in motion in the last century are like nothing our species has experienced before. Hungry for energy, food, and other resources, our growing populations are pushing Earth’s systems toward a tipping point. To reverse course, we need a new generation of innovators, who know how to create human materials, products, and systems that are regenerative, circular, and generous to all species.

Your challenge is this: Create a nature-inspired innovation (product, service, or system) that combats climate change by either:

  • Helping communities adapt to or mitigate climate change impacts, or

  • Reversing or slowing climate change

Are you ready to learn how to design generously through the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge?

How 4 billion years of diversity can help us surpass our 'clone-drone' workstyles

Shutterstock Lebendkulturen.de  The lowly water flea has innovation lessons for your business.


The lowly water flea has innovation lessons for your business.


Businesses today face a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, but that's certainly nothing new. Earth has always been a volatile place, and innovation is ever at a premium. The critical ingredients? Diversity and experimentation.


Leaders Love Company!

Biomimicry: Business Innovation and Resilience Inspired by Nature with Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker [LLC 017]

Biomimicry: Business Innovation and Resilience Inspired by Nature with Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker [LLC 017]

Join me for this “Leaders Love Company” interview by Nicole Abboud, voted Best Legal Podcast by the American Bar Association!

How do honey bee colonies treat leadership? What can ants teach us about individuality and effective workplace structures? Evolutionary biologist and biomimicry expert Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker turns to nature to learn some important business lessons.


Kindle version of TEEMING!

December 6, 2017 at 9:42pm · 

TEEMING: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World (and you can too) launched in July, debuting at #1 in Ecology on Amazon, #6 in Environmental Economics, and #9 in Organizational Learning––unusual to hit the charts in Science AND Business categories, and when you read it, you'll see why!

I'm excited to announce that the long-awaited Kindle version is out, just in time for the holidays!


To celebrate, I'm offering a collection of digital freebies: a s  a set of “bite-size biomimicry” cards from my Evolving Adaptive Organizations collection, and an executive summary infographic booklet. Just purchase a paperback or Kindle edition and forward your receipt to TeemingTogether@gmail.com, and the freebies will appear automatically in your inbox!

Thank you for joining me in this mission to bring nature’s ancient recipes for thriving organizations to today's organizations. Together, I know we can evolve a more adaptive and resilient world for the future. Happy Holidays!