The Life Center

martin adams

“I want to live in a world where everyone has enough—
a world where those who have more give to those who have less.”

Martin Adams is a social innovator, systems thinker, and community organizer. As a child, it pained him to see most people struggling while a few were living in opulence. This inspired in him a lifelong quest to create a fair and sustainable world in collaboration with others.

“We demonstrate a deep understanding of the process of social change when we realize that it isn’t an idea alone that matters, but the practice of it, no matter how small the implementation of our idea may be at first. In other words, we are called to implement new models of land stewardship that render our existing model of land ownership obsolete.”

“And that is precisely what a group of friends — Logan and myself included — are now attempting to do here in Middletown, California: We recently acquired a commercial property in the heart of Middletown. Pending the formal blessing of the people of Middletown, the plan is to construct a two-story building over the next few years that will house the next phase of The Life Center — this time with all of its intended components in place. The Life Center will provide food (via a café and a health food store), clothing, shelter (affordable living areas), education (human development workshops), and healthcare (treatment rooms) to the local community.”



Helping develop a ‘Culture of Wood’

Hillyfield is a 45 acre secluded valley within Dartmoor National Park with a remarkably rich diversity of environments. Woodland, Pasture, Lakes & the river Harbourne.

Their Aims:

-Develop & Implement a plan for truly sustainable farm & woodland management.

-Support and encourage ecologically diverse, rich, and varied environments.

-Involve the community in learning about and caring for the land.

-Bring people together in a positive active relationship with the land.

-Work closely with Dartmoor National Park, the Forestry Commission, and other partners including Universities & Colleges (Plymouth University, Bicton College, Schumacher & Dartington), Charities (Moor Trees, TCV, Woodland Trust), and local groups (Sustainable South Brent, Devon Rural Skills, Slapton FSC).

-Offer opportunities to learn sustainable holistic land management and traditional craft.

-Develop sustainable land-based business to provide quality produce for the local community including timber, charcoal, firewood, hay, and other products.

-Explore potential for green technology throughout all areas.

-Enjoy the land with annual camps and activities.

World Peace Game


“Musician, teacher, filmmaker and game designer, John Hunter has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. His own life story is one of a never-ending quest for harmony. As a student, he studied comparative religions and philosophy while traveling through Japan, China and India. In India, inspired by Ghandi’s philosophy, he began to think about the role of the schoolteacher in creating a more peaceful world.

As his online biography says: “Accepting the reality of violence, he would seek to incorporate ways to explore harmony in various situations. This exploration would take form in the framework of a game – something that students would enjoy. Within the game data space, they would be challenged, while enhancing collaborative and communication skills.”

In 1978, at the Richmond Community High School, Hunter led the first sessions of his World Peace Game, a hands-on political simulation. The game has now been played around the world, on a four-tiered board. It’s the subject of the new film World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements.”


Super Kitchen

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The Super Kitchen was set up to provide a communal space where families could eat one decent meal together a day for £2 to £3, made out of fresh, healthy ingredients.

It was founded by Marsha Smith, an unemployed single mum at the time, who saw the need for people to access better meals and to have social eating spaces in Nottingham. She borrowed £1,000 and the Super Kitchen was born. All food for the kitchen was sourced from wasted food from supermarkets.

The pilot originally consisted of 6,000 meals using six tonnes of food diverted from landfill – the menu was dependent on what was available, but there was always both a meat and vegetarian option.

Marsha has gone on to present TED Talks on her business and is now rolling out Super Kitchens across Nottingham. In the future, she wants to expand the Super Kitchen social eating model regionally, then nationally.

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Edventure is a social enterprise supporting young adults to take initiative and create viable, sustainable futures for themselves and their communities. In September 2012, Johannes Moeller and Temujen Gunawardena brought together a group of founding apprentices to co-create and pilot Edventure.

“There are over 1 million young people not in education, training or work in the UK. For many who do find work the conditions are far from ideal as they have to settle for part-time or temporary jobs that are often unrelated to their skillset, values and passions. This damages their personal and society’s potential.

The challenge is that many opportunities for young adults encourage them to ‘fit into’ an economic system that is changing, ecologically unsustainable and unjust; that much of education does not prepare young people with the transferable skills needed in today’s and tomorrow’s world; and that prolonged youth unemployment leaves devastating ‘scarring effects’ on the generation that society depends on for its future.

At the same time, we are facing unprecedented social, environmental and economic challenges. The problems we face call for a generation of young adults who can create positive change in whatever circumstances they choose to work – whether they are innovators, social entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, craftspeople, library staff, parents, carers or any other workers. We need people who can lead towards building viable, sustainable futures for themselves and their communities.”

Husbandry School


The Husbandry School was set up by Carole and Jonty Williams. A journey that started many years back, it is the passionately held culmination of both their lives.

“We feel that a much-needed contemporary re-working of the traditional values and practices of husbandry could offer some valuable answers to the global problems that we are all facing today.”

“The focus of our campaign is our practical application of the principles of husbandry on 47 acres of land near Ashburton. This land is intended to be an experimental learning centre where anyone who wishes can be involved in re-learning the most ancient of skills – looking after the ground which
looks after us.”



In a world that values winning and coming first L’Arche Communities are places where people can discover who they are not just what they can do.  

The first L’Arche community was founded in 1964 when Jean Vanier invited two people with intellectual disabilities – Philippe Seux and Raphael Simi – to leave their institution and come and live with him in a small house in Trosly-Breuil, which he named “L’Arche.”

The small community grew fast, soon welcoming new people with an intellectual disability and young people from around the world to share their lives. Unforeseen by Vanier, it did not take long for people to decide to create new L’Arche communities in their own countries. And so 1969 saw the creation of the first home in near Toronto, Canada, called Daybreak, the first of many later communities in North America. In the 1970’s, the vision of L’Arche also inspired people to found L’Arche in India, the Ivory Coast and Honduras.

This expansion meant that L’Arche needed to open up to a wide variety of cultures, languages, and social backgrounds. Although founded in the Catholic tradition, L’Arche communities rapidly became ecumenical or inter-religious, finding their point of unity in a common set of human values. Open and engaged in the world, they seek to be a sign of hope and solidarity.

The unexpected expansion of L’Arche on five continents revealed the need for proper structures in order to maintain the unity of L’Arche, and accordingly an International Board was established.

In 2014, L’Arche, with 147 communities in 35 countries on five continents, celebrated its 50th anniversary.