Michelle Merrill and
Gary Merrill are available to give keynote
addresses or presentations on a variety of topics, including:
Presentations include engaging and elegant use of images
and presentation software, and may also incorporate experiential activities
and participant conversation. Presentation lengths can be tailored to
Michelle is also available to coach you on presentation
preparation, using Power Point presentation software and incorporating
images in your presentations.
Sim-Bio-Sys: Life as a Business Partner
Strategies for sustainability are all around us in the
living world. What can we learn from living systems that will help us
shape a vital future? An understanding of evolutionary "strategies"
and ecological processes form the basis of a new, but time-tested, approach
to product and organization design. Participants will be challenged
to engage both rational and intuitive faculties through experiential
learning activities and dialogue (where 90 to 180 minutes are allotted).
In simulating biological systems, we explore how the "facts of life"
are providing the energy and ideas for a new revolution in industry
Sources of Inspiration and the Emergence
of Sustainable Technologies
Themes of ecological breakdown have formed a basis for
much speculation about the future. How do we envision futures where
we have solved some environmental challenges? What ideas and technologies
are emerging for mitigating ecological crises? Who are today's thought
leaders in sustainability, and where do they seek inspiration?
Great Apes and the Evolution of
Michelle Merrill has
a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology. Her research focused on the social
behavior, tool use and cognitive complexity of living great ape species,
and how these can shed light on the evolution of human intelligence,
technology and social complexity. These topics are not only fascinating
in their own right, they can provide insights into human organizational
challenges and strategies, as exemplfied by this brief paper on orangutan
social learning. Topics for presentations include (but are not limited
Communication and Ape Intelligence
Origins of the Human Mind
Field Studies of Great Apes
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