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Michelle Merrill and Gary Merrill are available to give keynote addresses or presentations on a variety of topics, including:

Sim-Bio-Sys: Life as a Business Partner

Sources of Inspiration and the Emergence of Sustainable Technologies

Great Apes and the Evolution of Culture

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 your needs.

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 and organizations.

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 Culture

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 to):

Orangutan Cultures
Communication and Ape Intelligence
Origins of the Human Mind
Field Studies of Great Apes

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