Zuzalu, a unique pop-up city community overlooking Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, is making waves in the realm of longevity. Spearheaded by Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin, Zuzalu aims to bring together like-minded individuals interested in living longer and healthier lives and building self-sustaining communities. The two-month experiment has attracted approximately 200 core residents since its launch in March.
What sets Zuzalu apart is its vibrant program of events that resemble a music festival rather than a traditional longevity conference. From meditation and yoga sessions to dance parties and community learning, the schedule is designed to foster a sense of camaraderie and exploration. While there are organized sessions, participants are encouraged to engage in spontaneous discussions with one another throughout the mini-city.
The concept of Zuzalu aligns with the idea of a “network state,” a term coined by tech entrepreneur Balaji Srinivasan. A network state refers to online communities that gain the ability to collectively take action and even crowdfund their own territory, ultimately seeking recognition from existing nation states. VitaDAO, a decentralized organization focused on longevity, supports the longevity component of the Zuzalu experiment and has funded numerous projects in the field.
Notable figures in the longevity industry, including Joe Betts-LaCroix of Retro Biosciences and Nathan S. Cheng of Healthspan, have been active participants in the Zuzalu community. The ongoing events delve into various topics, such as evaluating the effectiveness of longevity interventions and exploring tissue and organ replacement options. Prominent speakers like Vitalik Buterin, Primavera De Filippi, and Ksenia Winslow contribute their expertise to enlightening discussions.
Zuzalu not only stimulates intellectual discourse but also promotes a health-conscious lifestyle. The community emphasizes nutritious food options, offers activities like cold plunges and regular exercise routines, and provides health assessments such as continuous glucose monitoring and biological age tests. Residents are immersed in an environment that encourages holistic well-being.
As Zuzalu nears the end of its two-month experiment, the outcomes and lessons learned will be eagerly anticipated. While the statistical significance of the results may be uncertain, the gathering of individuals with shared health measurements and goals could potentially yield valuable insights. Whether it becomes a remarkable success or a learning experience, Zuzalu represents an innovative approach to fostering longevity and community building.