Book Contents

Chapter Zero

  1. Prologue by the Book
  2. Foreword by B. Latour
  3. Preface by J. De Bruycker J. Janmaat T. Middeldorp
  4. How to use this book / FAQ
Chapter Two

Anthropocene Observatory

  1. The Earth. by B. Latour P. Westbroek
  2. Understanding Animals by E. Meijer
  3. The venus flytrap: A brief history by N. Peeters
  4. The Landscapes. by A. Baaijens
  5. The Humans.
  6. The Things. by Monnik
  7. The Hybrids. by B. Latour
Chapter Three

Parliament of Things

  1. Tour by R. Van Tienhoven - L. Gibson.
  2. Hall of Fame. Founding fathers by S. van Leeuwen.
  3. Leading principles. Manifesto / rules of the game.
  4. Archive of Dead Ideas.
Chapter Four


  1. What if?
  2. Bio-emancipation by B.Bovenkerk. F. Wijdekorp
  3. Case Whanganui river by T. Middeldorp
  4. Case 7000 beeches by D. De Bruin J. Janmaat
  5. Case Material matters by T. Rau
  6. Case The Embassy of the North Sea by Case The Embassy of the North Sea
  7. Case Remember Paris by K. Hartog
  8. Case Artificial intelligence by T. Middeldorp
  9. Case Monkey by J. De Bruycker
  10. Case Autonomous nature reserves by Monnik
  11. Outro.
Chapter Seven

Walks (outro)

  1. Walk with future by Kurt Van Mensvoort
  2. Walk with another possible future by Monnik


A book for the 99,999 % and us. This book is a double agent in between two different eras. Change it, and get changed by it. It is yours, and you are his. The Parliament of Things Handbook is an omnibus that collects insights, experiments and actions exploring the question how to give a (political) voice to other animals, plants and things. It’s the first compendium of a long term, ongoing interdisciplinary project that started in 2015, only possible through a collective effort of scientists, writers, communicators, designers, futurists, philosophers, architects, and artists. The handbook is/ will be an inexhaustible mine of essays, interviews, illustrations, anecdotes, serious science and curious facts, cases and insights all concerned with the end of human beings as the measure of things, exploring what mindset could replace this worldview and how we should act upon it. All this in the full awareness of the paradoxical fact that the emancipation of non-human beings – through law and politics – is a human project to the bone.

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