BRC and Friends is a 30-minute Google Hangout where I chat with friends and adventurers from around the interwebs. Each episode includes conversations about one of my guests passions, projects or area of expertise, a current events or two and we end with five random questions. This is basically an excuse for me to talk with interesting people about interesting things.

Today on BRC and Friends I spoke with David LaMotte, author of Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness.

Recorded live from my kitchen “studio” on November 3, 2014.

Recap and more info about David LaMotte are below the video.

Bruce Reyes-Chow

David LaMotte - World Changing 101About David LaMotte . . .

David LaMotte is an award-winning songwriter as well as a speaker, performer and author. A veteran of 11 CDs and 2000 concerts on four continents, he suspended his eighteen-year music career at its peak in 2008 to accept a Rotary World Peace Fellowship to obtain a Masters degree in International Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. As part of that degree, he also spent three months in rural Andhra Pradesh, India working with a Gandhian development organization.

David keeps up a dense calendar of concerts and speaking engagements, as well as directing PEG Partners, a non-profit organization that supports schools and libraries in Guatemala. He is also a husband and father and a consultant on peace and justice issues for the North Carolina Council of Churches, and he serves as the Clerk (chair) of the Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group for the AFSC (Quakers).

He has written three books, His third book, Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness

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Episode Recap: David LaMotte . . .


Segment 1:

David and I talk about world changing and peacemaking. David talks about the questions that are asked, assumptions made and how we deal with being overwhelmed by the tasks of wanting to make the world a better place. He talks about the super-hero narrative that impacts our understanding of how change comes about. We also talk about how we deal with passion, righteous and civility.

We should not confuse peace with placidity.

Segment 2: [14:18]

In this second segment, David talks about his involvement the Nobel Peace Prize selection process as part of the Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group for the AFSC (Quakers). Very cool especially the story about Quaker oats. Nominate [HERE].

We then talk about parenting and peacemaking. So fun.

Segment 3: [22:36]

Q1: Sound or smell that reminds you of your childhood.

Musty old house in the mountains.

Q2: What was your first concert? 

George Benson [Youtube Channel]

Q3: What was your first or your worst job was?

Top 40 DJ in Roanoke, VA.

Q4: You get to switch places with any person in the world, you get all of their talents, resources and networks, who would it be?

Leroy Barber (His new book, Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White—Who’s More Precious In God’s Sight?: A call for diversity in Christian missions and ministry)

Q5: What’s your “walk-up” song?

That Guy by Andy Gullahorm [VIDEO]

PAYING IT FORWARD: Name one organization that more people should know about

Rotary World Peace Fellowship

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Host: Bruce Reyes-Chow
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