Jess Miller | Designing Out Straight Lines

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Summary

Life. There is very little about it that is straightforward. Why then are so many of our decision-making processes, plans, and organisational structures all so reliant on 'straight lines'?

Wouldn't it make more sense if they way we interacted with each other reflected the intricate interdependencies, and elegance the design we find in nature?

Jess, Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee, the Cycling Advisory Committee at City of Sydney as well as a Program Advisor to sustainability and innovation company, Republic of Everyone led an inspiring and creative talk. It wasn’t about presenting all the solutions, although alluded to many - instead Jess looked at what makes straight line thinking vulnerable, highlighted some of the elegant design that we find within nature, that might help us be better prepared to deal with the unexpected, the chaotic and be better able to go with the flow.

About the speaker:

Councillor Jess Miller was first elected to Council in 2016, and is one of the youngest people to hold elected office at the City of Sydney. Jess served as Deputy Lord Mayor from 2017-2018. Jess is currently Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee, the Cycling Advisory Committee, and a member of the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils.

Jess is a Program Advisor to sustainability and innovation company, Republic of Everyone.

Jess is known for her creative and inclusive approaches to sustainability, strategy and innovation. Jess co-founded GreenUps Sustainability Drinks, Grow it Local and the Elizabeth Street Gallery, and she has worked on the Garage Sale Trail, Tweed Ride, and Grow Show.

For the last four years, Jess has curated the food program for TEDxSydney where she introduced 'Crowd-farming', 'Rebel Food' and 'Love Food'. Jess is passionate about the power of food to bring people together and celebrating local producers, and Sydney's food and drink.

A huge thank you to our event sponsors.

Coffee sponsor: Mobile Experience, who'll be keeping us caffeinated on the morning at Paramount Coffee Project.

Venue sponsor: Golden Age Cinema & Bar, who provide our fabulous venue