About David

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



  1. Thankyou David for working so hard for the peace movement. Last year I signed the petition to establish the department of peace. And I am so glad that I have been given the chance to express my gratitude to you today.
    It is time for change.The Government has always reflected the nations values and today I can confidently say the future that my children will live in, will be one of peace. Thanks Michelle Jones

  2. David,
    Thank you for this opening to see more of you and who you bring to the peacetable. Your photos are so sweet and your honesty a treasure. I am planning a dance training in Eugene in January and hope to join you and Val on your dance circle.
    candy c

  3. Just google’ing your name comes up with so much. More than anything, i appreciate your growth trhoughout your life. While i grow older myself I still see you growing older and wiser ever more. I still have yet to here about your stories and delve into your past, but maybe some of that is better left untouched. Thank you so much for your support in my life, i hope i’m able to do it some justice.

    Love you dad.

  4. Hi David ~

    My google alerts led me to a comment you recently posted in support of Department of Peace & Nonviolence legislation, and I followed it to here, where I see for the first time your lovely wife and family!

    Our brief encounters at national Peace Alliance conferences and planning phone calls in support of this legislation have left me feeling so happy to know you are a part of my world, my country and my life.

    It has been nearly a year since last we met, and I wanted to take this opportunity to say that I think of you often, with love and gratitude for all that you do and all that you are.

    Thank you for your willingness to express the love in your heart as, together with myself and others, you live every day with a vision to create a world that works for everyone.

    ~ Deki

  5. Greetings from Atlanta: City of Peace,

    Hello David,
    Thanks for connecting! With your Master’s Degree in Systematic Design & Planning perhaps we can interest you in helping us transform Dr. King’s birthplace into a global capital of peace. We also look forward to assisting you fulfill your commitment and vision for co-creating…
    “Eugene: City of Peace”
    Congrats on your progress.
    Thanks for your inspiration.
    Best wishes,
    John R. Naugle

  6. Hi David
    I am a boy from Nepal who is struggling for living .Your 2 sons gets chance to study and stand in their own foot because of your strrugle.I hope i will also make my childrens like the Michael and Cris in future.Thank you


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