Being a Zoeista

Why We Are Zoeistas

We have a vision for making a difference above and below the surface.

In a world oftentimes overshadowed with doom and gloom about the future we face due to climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and many disasters Colleen calls herself and all who support and advocate for her life-giving works of art Zoeistas. 


Zoe means "life" and "uniquely different."

As Zoeistas, we empower originality to create the conditions for life to flourish.



Join Us

There are many ways to join us and help support the movement. 


  1. Join the conversation. Follow our blogs and social media posts, share your thoughts, share your own projects and pictures, and tell us how you're being a Zoeista.

  2. Be a donor. You can donate as little or as much as you like to help support the maintenance of our current projects, research, advocacy, new technology, and new projects.

    We have several ways you can donate to fit your style, from automatic monthly donations to tax deductible donations.

  3. Have a great location and/or are able to assist in getting a new Living Sea Sculpture project in the water? Get in touch with us to collaborate on making it happen.

The Definition of Zoeista

 Zoe-i-sta

noun verging on proper noun.

slang sometimes shortened to Zoista in spoken and/or written usage.  

Definition: 
 

1. A human who willfully acts via creative interventions to cultivate restorative conditions for interspecies life to flourish in regions largely devastated by human activities.   

2. In the face of increased mortality during the 6th Mass Extinction, one who aspires to regenerate endangered ecosystems through interdisciplinary collaborations and uniquely different approaches.   

3. Zlot, a number of Zoeistas assembled to collaboratively work together.   origin: unrelated to the Polish currency, “Zloty,” except in its subtle harkening to the literal meaning, “golden.” Zlots perceive life to be more valuable than gold.   

4.(a) Electra-zoeista: n. hyperspecified subcategorized : a practitioner who provides life supporting habitat for corals via running low volt electrical current through large artistic metal sculptures which, once submerged in the ocean, serve as highly functional mineral fortified structures for coral reef restoration.  

Usage: When they heard about the recurring massive bleaching and die-offs of corals in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a zlot of Zoeistas rushed to the scene to initiate a massive coral reef restoration effort in hopes that global warming wouldn’t wipe out the corals completely.

“I was inspired to see my niece blossom into a Zoeista by planting special flowers in the abandoned urban lot so pollinators will have food to survive in our city.”

Origin: 

Colleen Flanigan, New York; 

Heidi Quante, California; 

Vickie Sullivan, Arizona 2017  

Roots: Zoe (Greek) meaning Life + Zoe (Japanese) meaning Uniquely Different + Ista (suffix) forming nouns denoting a person associated with a particular activity, person, cause, or system of belief.