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LIFE Initiatives

Life University

Designed to change the world based on Lasting Purpose: To Give, To Do, To Love, To Serve – Out of a Sense of Abundance.

Global Initiatives

Global Initiatives supports the development, establishment and success of Chiropractic and a vitalistic paradigm around the world.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. John Downes, Vice President for Global Initiatives

Healthcare Policy

LIFE’s healthcare policy task force works to define, develop and promote relevant policy positions in areas of health and wellness that are in keeping with its organizational and clinical philosophy.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Gerry Clum, Director of Healthcare Policy

Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics

The Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics at Life University is dedicated to developing and promoting empirically-based programs that foster the human values most conducive to individual, social and environmental flourishing through research, dialogue, education and community empowerment.

The Center seeks to engender a world in which people act out of an awareness of our common humanity, innate potential, and inherent interdependence, as expressed in the University’s values of neo-vitalism and Lasting Purpose.


  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Community Empowerment
  • Transformational Leadership

Compassionate Integrity Training

Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a multi-part training program that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing. By covering a range of skills from self-regulation and self-compassion to compassion for others and engagement with complex systems, CIT focuses on and builds towards compassionate integrity: the ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values with a recognition of common humanity, our basic orientation to kindness, and reciprocity.

The Basis of Our Work
CIT is based on cutting-edge developments in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, trauma-informed care, peace and conflict studies, and contemplative science, and builds off of work done by Daniel Goleman (author of the book Emotional Intelligence) and Peter Senge, initiatives in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and other areas. Its development has been aided by the collaborative work of a team of experts with both academic and applied backgrounds in these areas.

The Program
CIT is normally facilitated in eleven two-hour sessions covering the following topics:

Foundational Concepts
Series I: Self-Cultivation
1. Calming Body and Mind
2. Ethical Mindfulness
3. Emotional Awareness
4. Self-Compassion

Series II: Relating to Others
5. Impartiality and Common Humanity
6. Forgiveness and Gratitude
7. Empathic Concern
8. Compassion

Series III: Engaging in Systems
9. Appreciating Interdependence
10. Engaging with Discernment

The Octagon

LIFE established The Octagon for world-changing dialogues on healthcare and the human endeavor. For the last three years, conferences and work groups have convened to address the need for a new, vitalistically based paradigm as a way of reframing how we look at subjects such as health, growth, development and healing.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Gerry Clum, Director of Octagon

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Strategic Accelerator

LIFE’s Strategic Accelerator (LSA Ventures, LLC) is a means of developing the potential of a diverse portfolio of business interests to broaden LIFE’s revenue sources and diversify its interests and professional opportunities for its graduates.

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Living Communities and VillageLIFE Town

Life University sees the importance of applying aspects of its clinical and organizational philosophy to social and community structures, both physical and virtual. Living Communities is a concept reflecting a ‘cradle to grave’ continuum of services and support for a vitalistically oriented lifestyle. The VillageLIFE Town concept sees a long-range, extended community in and around the University that incorporates a variety of social settings and commercial services reflecting an urban planning application of its vitalistically based philosophy regarding human growth, development, learning, health and healing.

For more information, please contact:
Mr. William Jarr, Director of Living Communities and VilliageLIFE Town

Branding & Thought Leadership

LIFE is developing a significant thought leadership position in multiple areas where its intellectual capital has the potential for making meaningful contributions in societal health. Management of these efforts and related branding responsibilities lie within the Life University Executive Office.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Guy Riekeman, Chancellor of Life University