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Interview Jamie Miller

of nature. It could be in creating disruptive technologies, new policies, circular food economies. Whatever area is of interest to you is the best place to start. Personally, I focus on systems-level biomimicry and specifically in land-use planning and design. My understanding is that the most effective thing we could do for climate change is to create more intact ecosystems and limit the destructive influence of our development practices (i.e. continuing to separate and control nature from our built environments). The other, more recent interest, however is in exploring what I call “Inner Biomimicry”. Inner biomimicry is an exploration of the thoughts and assumptions that inform our designs. It’s about understanding a person's biases, interests and assets, and leveraging those in the application of biomimicry. The key to Inner Biomimicry is to make sure that we focus on the mindsets of our next generation of inventors because our thoughts are the foundation of what we build, and it is human nature to want to use older thinking to innovate and design. How have you developed your interest in biomimicry/bio-inspired design? My interest in biomimicry is based on a continual pursuit of wanting to find a

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deeper connection to nature. This includes teaching the biomimicry program at OCAD University, focusing my PhD research on systems-level biomimicry, working early on with Janine Benyus and Dayna Baumeister at Biomimicry 3.8 and now, founding Biomimicry Frontiers and the Biomimicry Commons. Perhaps most influentially, I have been lucky enough to work with several Indigenous Communities who have shown me a deeper understanding of biomimicry. Specifically, they have given me a new perspective of how to relate to nature and to understand our place within it. What is your best definition of what we do? Biomimicry is a way of viewing the world. It’s about uncovering the genius of nature. By what criteria should we judge the work? As Janine Benyus outlined, we should always ask ourselves, does it create conditions conducive to more life? This is a layered and very powerful metric.

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