A renowned innovator in the space beyond coaching.

An integrative thinker offering a better way to learn and grow.

A seasoned guide for personal and collective thresholds.

David is a renowned innovator in the coaching space. 8x WBECS Summit speaker. Thought Leader for Institute of Coaching at Harvard. Creator of The Five Maturities Project. Opening keynote for first International Coaching Psychology Congress. Author of 70 peer-reviewed publications. Co-editor of Sage Handbook of Coaching. Advisor to AI-informed start-up, Ovida. Founder of Narrative Coaching.

David is a leading thinker and advocate for better ways to learn. Worked with thirty organizations to create real change in real time. Creator of The Narrative 720°, a dialogical feedback process. Creator of Narrative Release, the spiritual philosophy at the heart of our work. Creator of Integrative Development, a powerful new theory and set of practices for liberating the potential for growth in any moment.

David is a seasoned guide at personal and collective thresholds. Creator of safe and sacred spaces where individuals and groups can compost what they no longer need, curate what is most essential, connect more deeply with others, and channel what they are called to do on behalf of the world we need. Founder of The Moment Institute in Portland, Oregon, a global learning community based in David’s work.

David Drake
David Drake

David turns nouns into verbs

Nouns, like stories, enable us to be in conversation, but often keep us from making new connections or taking new actions. For that we need verbs. Verbs reflect the natural ebb and flow of Life, the arc of narrating our experience, the unfolding nature of change, and the energy to manifest what matters. David has spent his career helping people free themselves to live and work with a deeper humanity and ease.

David has mastered the art of deeply noticing clients' stories as they are lived and told as well as the openings to bring new stories to Life. We need that now more than ever. He helps leaders, teams and practitioners get to the crux of their issues, make real change in real time, and move forward in new ways in service of what matters most. As he walks alongside people, he:

  • Notices out loud what is present.
  • Speaks plainly about what seems essential.
  • Facilitates what is ready to emerge.
  • Invites them to step into what is next.

David creates moments of meeting

David works with organizations, groups, and individuals who are serious about releasing old stories about who they are, why the are, and how they are in the world to make room for what we need now. This work is vital as we seek deeper (re-)connections with ourselves, each other, and the world we live in. He knows that what adults often need most is a safe space to practice—new stories, new selves, new ways of being.

He offers people the scaffolding they need to learn and grow in the course of real work and real conversations. He allocates his client’s investments of time and money in line with what makes a difference—e.g., focused personalization and integration more than generic presentation and information. His clients love his gifts as a muse, thought partner, and guide in creating safe and generative spaces for learning and growth.

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