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Our story

Back in 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement emerged as a response to the murder of Trayvon Martin. The movement not only brought attention to  the inconsistency of our justice system but also brought to the forefront how ill equipped we are as Americans talking about difference and handling the conflict that arises at the intersections of our differences. During the 2016 election, we saw those tensions amplified. As we fast forward to today, it seems as if we have seen more and more evidence of conflict emerging at the intersection of differences and loud voices fomenting the divisions. Also, this same conflict and division that insidiously permeated a multitude of areas, from the progressive space to academic spaces and beyond, has intensified and put a magnifying glass on the ineffectiveness of the zero-sum model when dealing with conflict. In seeing the failings of the zero sum model, The Swell Collective was conceived in 2013 and received our 501 c3 tax status January 20, 2017.  

The mission of our organization is to serve change-agents and leaders from marginalized communities using a positive-sum approach. The Swell Collective’s means to achieve our mission are: to inspire change-agents with real world examples of positive sum practice by curating, producing and broadcasting stories of what is going right at the intersection of differences, to equip and coach them with the knowledge and growth opportunities to become mindfully accountable practitioners themselves by conducting trainings both online and in person that teach the skills of positive sum practice, resiliency, and collaborative leadership, and lastly to amplify their work through multi-media channels and a robust community of support and mentorship by creating intentionally diverse online social networks, and carefully growing them.


We are the swell

Our crew hails from all over the country. Since our inception, The Swell Collective has been a hybrid organization with both IRL and virtual workspaces allowing us the opportunity to connect with value-aligned change agents across geographic barriers. Whether we are a waystation or a long-term destination for crew members, we take seriously the responsibility for each crew member’s wellbeing and professional growth and evolution during their time here. 

We ground our workplace culture in wellness, equity and inclusion that nurtures a generative environment for innovation and discovery. #goodgrows

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