David Lamotte
David LaMotte
Saturday Dinner Keynote Speaker

David LaMotte is an award-winning songwriter, speaker, author and activist. He has produced 12 CDs and performed 2,500 concerts on five continents. The Boston Globe says he “pushes the envelope with challenging lyrics and unusual tunings, but he also pays homage to folk tradition," while BBC Radio praises his “charm, stories, humor, insightful songs, sweet voice and dazzling guitar ability.”

LaMotte suspended his music career in 2008 to accept a Rotary World Peace Fellowship and earn a master’s degree in International Studies, Peace, and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. As part of that program, he also spent three months in rural Andhra Pradesh, India, working with a Gandhian development organization.

David maintains a dense calendar of speaking and musical events worldwide. He spoke at the Scottish Parliament building this year, and was recently interviewed on Al Jazeera News Network. He serves as the president of PEG Partners, the non-profit organization he co-founded to support schools and libraries in Guatemala. He is also a consultant on peace and justice issues for the North Carolina Council of Churches, and serves as the Clerk (chair) of the Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group for the AFSC (Quakers). 

He has published two illustrated children’s books, S.S. Bathtub, a rhyming book for small children based on his award-winning song of the same name, and White Flour, a whimsical introduction to nonviolence, based on true events. David’s most recent projects include his 2014 book Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness (already in its second printing), and PickOne.org, a web site that nourishes positive change by inspiring and empowering people to take action on issues they care about. 

His most recent endeavor is as one-third of the interfaith trio Abraham Jam, whose debut album was released in July 2019.