Zoöp is short for Zoöperation: cooperation with zoë, Greek for ‘life’.
Zoöp is an organisation model for cooperation between human and other-than-human life that safeguards the interests of all life.
Zoöp is a governance model in combination with a learning process. A Zoöp makes the interests of other-than-human life part of organisational decision making, by installing a so-called Speaker for the Living as advisor, teacher and board observer in the organisation.
A Zoöp is committed to follow the Zoönomic Annual Cycle, through which it learns how to become a supportive member of the ecosystems it participates in. 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. Zoöps call this: Zoönomy.
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.