I’m David Fulton, and I have lived a wild journey up to this point. What I’m most proud of is being the partner for the love of my life. I am grateful to have participated in accomplishing so much in the first half of my life, however what the highlights don’t tell is the story of my journey with mental health. It has been a breakthrough achievement for me to restore integrity with the majority of the relationships in my life, after 40+ years of pretending not to be experiencing and exhibiting undiagnosed bi-polar manic behavior. I now live through the integrity of my word, ensuring that “the audio matches the video.”
There is a certain kind of brilliance that comes from living with undiagnosed bi-polar. One can be extremely driven and achievement-oriented. I began investing when I was 20 years old. Over more than 30 years, I have held ownership in 29 small businesses across the United States (some were successful, some were not), and consulted and worked with over 100 start-up companies, bars, restaurants (such as the famed Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, CA), and large retail from New York to Hawaii. My contributions to others’ companies have directly resulted in more than $100M in revenues to those businesses, and I have personally raised over $14 Million in for-profit investment and non-profit contributions. I am an active real estate investor and steward -- my experience and portfolio has, over time, comprised a dozen properties, including land, residential, and industrial commercial buildings. As a long-time lover of antiques and being an “American picker”, I am a founding investor/owner of The Hunt NYC, a treasure shop of curiosities and oddities that has been in business for over a decade.
I first started coaching leaders and leading team building weekends in 1995. My work has been influenced by Marshall Rosenberg, Tony Robbins, Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Neale Donald Walsch, Deepak Chopra, Mantak Chia, David Deida, Caroline Myss, Justin Sterling, Werner Erhard, Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller, Alan Watts, and many others. Inspired in part by my Shoshone grandmother and indigenous heritage, I integrate the technologies of Councilship, as developed through my experiences with indigenous elders, and the Holographic Living Model™ into my work with individuals and organizations. My leadership consulting clients have included many industry leaders and mavericks, such as Paul Brainerd, the renowned software developer and philanthropist who revolutionized desktop publishing.
I am a master builder and craftsman (which I have my dad to thank for), and earned my chops growing up in my family’s engineering and construction business. I have built entire subdivisions, roads, irrigation pipelines, custom homes, buildings, factories, resorts, offices, and retail spaces. My toolbox (pun intended) includes mastery in prototyping, designing, engineering, site surveying, drafting, CAD software, heavy equipment operation, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing. I am currently bringing an innovative tiny home product through local community oriented, Wild Build Guild work. This unconventional approach to fulfilling community needs and desires is a next step of many to reverse the predominance of companies and institutions that are not beholden to the caring culture required for durable community.
I attended the US Coast Guard Academy, where I earned and maintained a Silver Star honor. As a platoon commander in my 3rd year, I approached leadership of my platoon newly, implementing an innovation on the existing top-down leadership structures, as a result our platoon expanded previous performance and qualifications records, including a zero attrition rate. Through the Academy, I sailed from New England to Australia and to 32 other ports aboard the United States’ prized USCGC Eagle, a 295’ long tall ship. I taught navigation and led numerous teams, later serving aboard other traditional tall ships including the White Cloud and USS California. I am an avid sailor, and am passionate about the role tall ships can play in the world of imagination, education, connectivity and regeneration.
I am a long-time contributor to the Burning Man community and disaster relief efforts since 2005, the same year that Hurricane Katrina hit the American South. I have been the driving creative energy behind the development of two dozen remarkable inventions, housing structures, community structures that have held space for more than one million people, art cars, mobile kitchens that can feed thousands of people per day, regenerative mobile bathrooms, and sculptures. I co-founded and co-directed Our Future Now, a three-year touring project for summer festivals that directly engaged with over 4.5 million people across the US, engaging them around regenerative practices, organic fair trade, and local human rights -- this created a grassroots groundswell, through large scale interactive art experiences at mainstream music festivals.
My life now is focused on being a contribution while creating a life of joy and adventure. My goal is to flourish in partnership with the love of my life, embody being a healthy family, and practice Good Ancestry.
I am a reliable source for Men’s Team because I sense that the gap in supporting men in their humanity has resulted in a dominant preconditioning that maleness is toxic, when if fact it can be beautiful, fun and necessary for our communities to flourish. I've observed that all the efforts of trying to figure this out do nothing substantial, where working it out in teams that are up to something together, can create results that are real magic. 🔥
Teams are where we can compete positively, remove our masks, clear and heal. We rediscover our spark and purpose and cultivate the very “wet edge” of our unfolding. Sourcing our intelligence through Men’s Team builds trust and resiliency, where we open to love and regenerate our polarity, our wildness and consequently our vitality. Men’s Team is where we choose to allow transformation where it matters in partnership, stewardship and legacy. 🦌
As a boy I imagined that I’d design spaceships and after sailing around the world, inventing solutions, responding to disasters, creating community groundswells, founding teams and projects for flourishing, experimenting with failures and successes, I’ve discovered that what truly matters is building time-ships. Durable Community are time-ships.
Durable communities are time-ships where we discover what is needed to embody and evolve within an ecology of essential processes and systems that support creating communities with the capability to create the capability and capacity for conscious community action that is of benefit to the wild.
(from reflections on the works of Forrest Landry)