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A veteran of 10 CDs and 2000 concerts in 47 states and on four continents, David LaMotte is an award-winning song writer, a children’s book author, the founder of a successful non-profit and a popular public speaker. In all of his work, though, there is a common thread—he is about connecting people, both to themselves and to each other. LaMotte is warm without being overly sentimental, political without being strident, and he speaks without forgetting to listen.
As the co-founder and volunteer director of a non-profit organization, PEG Partners, he works with schools in Guatemala to improve learning environments there. His children’s book, S.S. Bathtub, is based on his award-winning children's song by the same name.
Because of his strong commitment to peacemaking, he has traveled in several of the world’s conflict zones, from Bosnia to Belfast and from Hebron to Haiti, promoting intercultural understanding and seeking to learn from people on the front lines of peace work.
David presents workshops and keynotes in citizen activism and song writing as well as teaching at conferences such as Augusta State University’s Sand Hills Writers Conference and Warren-Wilson College’s Swannanoa Gathering.
In 2008 LaMotte followed his heart once more, suspending his music career to give his focus to his other vocational passion, peacemaking. As a recipient of the prestigious Rotary World Peace Fellowship, he obtained a masters degree in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Resolution at Brisbane, Australia’s University of Queensland. As part of that fellowship, he also spent three months in rural India working with a Gandhian development organization.
Now he has returned to limited touring, also working with the North Carolina Council of Churches as their Peace Associate and writing a book, tentatively titled "World Changing 101: Why Your Hope Is Not Naive."