A zoöp is an organisation whose board includes a representative for the voices and interests of non-human life. The zoöp model consists of several interlocking parts.
The Zoöp Institute is the driving force behind the zoöp movement and its network. It acts as its nexus of knowledge and supports zoöps and aspiring zoöps with knowledge, training, instruments and advice. It certifies zoöps and and thus licenses the use of the zoöp name and logo. It develops, curates and shares knowledge about ecological regeneration and governance. It establishes the zoöp as a model for ecological regeneration worldwide. The institute will be incorporated as a foundation.
The purpose of the Zoönomic Foundation, as stated in its statutes, is to represent the voices and interests of non-human life within the operational sphere of zoöps and to help translate these into organisational decisions that increase ecological integrity. When the Zoönomic Foundation takes a board observer seat on the executive board of an organisation, the organisation thereby becomes a zoöp.
The Zoönomic Foundation is then heard on all matters that relate to ecological regeneration. This ensures that the interests of non-human life are included in all relevant decisions of the organisation and prevents the need for climate action to be enforced in the courtroom.
Baseline assesment and yearly cycle
Every zoöp starts with a baseline assessment of the ecological integrity of the organisation. With this baseline assessment as a starting point, the zoöp
commits to a yearly cycle of interventions that re-align the operation of the organisation so that it becomes regenerative: contributing to the quality of life of all life.
Zoönomic instruments are a collection of tools and methods used by zoöps to track the deveopment of their ecological integrity. Each instrument or method works with a specific kind of knowledge. This can be quantified chemical or ecological knowledge, or knowledge about social, political and legal circumstances, situated relational knowledge , or sensory and aesthetic knowledge. Each zoöp works with a collection of different instruments and methods to develop diverse perspectives on the quality of the zoöp.
The Zoöp movement works towards the formation of a larger regenerative economy, or zoönomy - the network of exchange of energy, matter and meaning that sustains all bodies.