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In this age, humans have turned almost every part of the Earth into their habitat. Some manage this habitat to squeeze out all the resources, while others seek to share it with the other creatures of the Earth. Only with the leadership of this second group can humans survive. We have the opportunity to design habitat where all creatures, human and non-human, can thrive. Join a discussion on the design of this inclusive habitat. Help change the world by changing your backyard, your corporate campus, your homeowners association, your school or religious grounds, your farm and your town.

Humans share the habitat they have built for themselves with hundreds of thousands of other species - the zoopolis. Some of these are our companions - both the ones we keep as pets, and the ones we raise for food. Some are the creatures whose habitats we've destroyed or reduced as we inserted our own, such as the opossums and raccoons; others are those who thrive in human environments, such as rats and pigeons. And there are those who are visitors, like coyotes and cardinals. Together, they make up the zoopolis.


ZoopolisNow! is about designing and operating our shared habitat so that both humans and the zoopolis can thrive.



Dan is an attorney, author of fiction and non-fiction works, and an international speaker and TEDx alum. He has been honored over the years to represent some of the leading green and pedestrian scale building organizations, including the US Green Building Council, the World Green Building Council, EcoDistricts, Congress for the New Urbanism, Groundswell, and Building Transparency. He has written chapters in nine books, co-authored A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development, and is finishing his next book, Saving the Dark Night and Her Children, due out in 2024. Dan has also authored a series of fantasy novels centered on human relationships with the world around them. Most of Dan’s practice and writing these days focuses on the design of human habitat and that design’s impact on interactions among humans and with other living creatures. More about Dan



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