March 16, 2015
A Shared World and a New Book
A partner project between Martin Adams and Logan Rose envisions “a future in which (they are) stewarding community resource centers around the world that took care of the basic needs of people — food, clothing, shelter, education and healthcare. By having their basic needs met, people could focus on contributing their unique talents to society without needing to perform meaningless work just to survive.”
Adams looks at the power land has to transform communities in his book Land: A New Paradigm for a Thriving World.
He writes on his website: “I discovered through my economic studies, providing community services alone is not enough to increase the quality of life for everyone in the community: I learned that the value of land has to be shared with the community if we are to create a community that works for everyone. Without that essential ingredient, social services won’t create lasting benefits for everyone. Let me explain: If social services make an area more attractive to live in, land in that area tends to be in greater demand. A greater demand, however, leads to higher rents, and therefore to a higher cost of living — which not everyone can afford. In order to truly serve the local community, we need one other essential ingredient: community land contributions.”