FOR MORE LIFE

Zoöp is the title of an organisational model for cooperation between human and nonhuman life that safeguards the interests of all zoë (Greek for 'life'). The zoöp model makes the interests of nonhuman life part of organisational decision making.

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In a Zoöp, human and other-than-human life work together to foster a practice of ecological regeneration. To become a Zoöperation, an organisation appoints an independent 'Speaker for the Living', who helps translate the interests of other than human life into the organisation’s decisions. This Speaker guides the organisation through a structured learning process, based on a yearly cycle. In this way, the organisation discovers how it participates in ecosystems and how it can transform its negative impact step by step into a positive one.

 

WE ENVISION A WORLD WHERE OUR EXTRACTIVE ECONOMY IS TRANSFORMED INTO A REGENERATIVE ONE THAT SUPPORTS ALL LIFE.

 

Zoöp is a practical and actionable model to help create a world where all life forms can flourish. The Zoöp model can be adopted by all organisations, non-profit and for-profit, that want to make ecological regeneration part of their practice. Zoöps share knowledge and together foster the emergence of a regenerative economy or human-inclusive ecosystem, or zoönomy: an economy that sustains all life. 

The Zoöp model was developed at het Nieuwe Instituut, in a public research process in several stages, by a large group of legal experts, ecologists, artists, designers, entrepreneurs and philosophers.

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