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Zoöp Cartopological Instrument

For Het Nieuwe Instituut we’re developing a cartopological instrument that enables mapping policy in the framework a Zoöp. This instrument will be presented at the Triennale di Milano from July 15th till Nov 20th, 2022.

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. From 22 April 2022 (Earth Day) onwards, Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam will be the first zoöp in the world. After Het Nieuwe Instituut is officially inaugurated as a zoöp, others will quickly follow. Currently, almost 20 organisations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Slovenia already work with aspects of the zoöp model, the so-called proto-zoöps.

The zoöp model is the outcome of research by Het Nieuwe Instituut and is a co-creation of a group of ecologists, philosophers, artists, entrepreneurs and lawyers. The zoöp approach works with existing legal instruments, and can be applied immediately. It is therefore not dependent on legislative changes or new policy frameworks, as rights of nature implementations would be.

In order to develop a zoöp, a clear understanding of the policy ‘taking place’ and its dynamics (and borders) is vital. Which policy takes place where and to which extend? The cartopological instrument developed by Dear Hunter will add to the understanding of the place and will enable working with (instead of against) different types and layers of policy.

Client: Het Nieuwe Instituut
Date: 2022

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