About David Drake

Dr David Drake founded Moment Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. David B. Drake

Dr. David B. Drake

He has studied human dynamics for 30 years, with a particular passion for change and transitions. Lucky for him he has had plenty of practice at both in his own life. Along the way he honed his passion for big questions and small moments as openings for transformation. It appeals to his smart and quirky brain, which is secretly run by a generous heart.

What this means for David’s clients is that he can help them separate the signal from the noise to focus on what matters most. He is an integrative practitioner who draws on a rich academic and consulting background in helping clients figure things out.

My mission is to help create and spread new narrative methods that integrate personal and social transformation.
— Dr. David Drake

David has worked on narrative coaching, change and leadership initiatives for 70 organizations, including Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Google, Nike, PwC, Westpac and the Australia and US federal governments. Clients appreciate his systemic and innovative approaches.

He is the founder of the field of narrative coaching and the creator of the Narrative Coaching Labs for practitioners and Narrative Design Labs in organizations. David has trained over 10,000 people in 14 countries in his methods. He has started a global community of licensed Narrative Design Partners to bring this work to the world in new ways.

David is also the architect of integrative development, which brings together adult development and organization development in a unified theory of change. Narrative coaching is an integrative practice that can scale to any size.

David is the author of 40 publications on narratives and coaching and editor of The Philosophy and Practice of Coaching (2008, Jossey-Bass). His new book is Narrative Coaching: Bringing New Stories to Life (CNC Press, 2015), and his next book is as co-editor of SAGE Handbook of Coaching (Sage, 2016).

When not musing about clients’ well being and the meaning of life, David likes hanging out with friends at the pub, kayaking, gardening and hanging out with his daughter when she will let him (she is 13 after all).

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