David FoeckeSocial Entrepreneur, Investor, Student of Gift Economics
David Foecke has practiced meditation since 1982, the same year he left medical school to start an anti-nuclear lobbying group. His activism expanded into race and privilege issues when he helped save from closure a struggling public school, threatened with displacement by the neighboring private school, in his mixed-race Seattle neighborhood. His entrepreneurship extended into the for-profit arena in 1991, as co-founder of the award-winning Cafe Flora restaurant. He participated, from 2001-03, in the second cohort of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leader (CDL2) program. When racial tensions surfaced in the program, David co-chaired the CDL2 Diversity Committee that explored issues of race and privilege, through a dharma lens, with the CDL2 students. He then served for two years on the Spirit Rock Board of Directors, after which he was invited, in 2006, to join the startup Board of the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) where, over his seven year tenure, his role evolved into a de-facto volunteer Executive Director, and he was the primary architect of EBMC’s Gift Economics operating system. He moved into semi-retirement in 2013 and lives in Oakland with his wife and two-year-old son, his current primary focus. An expanded version of his brief presentation at the Wisdom 2.0 conference can be found on his blog (David Foecke Blog).