I am a recovering violent person. The picture of me in the header is the inner child I wish to nurture. I have a passion for non-coercive conflict resolution and effective communication, having grown up in an era when physical punishment and nuclear bomb shelters were the norm.
I have a Master’s degree in systematic design-planning as taught to me by an associate of R. Buckminster Fuller, one of the early holistic thinkers. Having served 5 years as the Oregon State Coordinator for the campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace, an amazing systems approach to violence, has given me a vehicle for the expression of my deepest values. I am now asking the question, what would a Department of Peace be doing if it were established at the level of a city? I am convening conversations among stakeholders and initiating projects that promote a resilient and sustainable social fabric locally as experiments in a culture of peace.
Above all else, I wish to protect the future of my two sons, Michael and Chris, my two grand-daughters, Shaye and Paige, and all the children of the world.
David & Valerie, 25th Wedding Anniversary, August 2007
Michael and Lynx
Chris, Shaye, Paige & Cindy