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Are you a change agent looking for a vibrant learning community? Seeking to refine and grow your skills in influencing your communities for the better? Swell School is for you.

Mindful Meetings
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Mindful Meetings

Tired of losing time and energy in draining meetings? Learn the skills to facilitate meetings that are efficient and effective, without sacrificing equity or connectedness. Level-up your leadership skills with this go-at-your-own pace course that will help you and...

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The Shift: Moving from Conflict to Inquiry
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The Shift: Moving from Conflict to Inquiry

“The Shift” is a rich collection of content that features teacher generated real world examples of how to respond to conflict in the moment. The course includes: A downloadable PDF guide covering 14 techniques of dialogue. 15 videos for a deeper dive that...

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The Field and Future of Facilitation
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The Field and Future of Facilitation

Facilitation skills rooted in equity and healing are foundational to being an effective leader in the 21st century. These skills are transferable to any multi-constituency and diverse participatory setting and across any topic of collaborative effort. These skills are...

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Conflict Alchemy
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Conflict Alchemy

Planning and preparation are so important to effective facilitation yet even in spite of our most thorough preparation, we can never predict with absolute certainty, when the humans in the room may find themselves confronting some “speed bumps”. These can...

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Facilitating Positive-Sum Decision Making
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Facilitating Positive-Sum Decision Making

Facilitated decision making is a dynamic and iterative process even as it have very defined phases. The phases may begin sequentially but the facilitator is observing always when the group may need redirection or guidance within the process. We have a number of tools...

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Facilitating Connection
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Facilitating Connection

Facilitators lead in the responsibility for curating, creating, and caring for the shared space occupied by participants, so that participants can be fully present in dialogue with each other. Sometimes we call this shared space the “container”. Some engagements...

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Identity, Equity & Power
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Identity, Equity & Power

More and more, facilitation is being recognized as an important role in any social enterprise and facilitation is an especially fundamental role for any leader representing systematically marginalized communities (or their allies) seeking to transform  “power over”...

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The Facilitator’s Mindset
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The Facilitator’s Mindset

Diverse communities, and others with the representation of systematically marginalized identities, need safe and thriving communities of care in which they can hold and be held through joy, strife, learning, and growing together. Research points to the additive...

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The Facilitator’s Toolbox
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The Facilitator’s Toolbox

Facilitators maintain a tool box of both digital and analog tools to support their practice. The tools help in service of group process by keeping things organized, and readily available so that the facilitator can be responsive and agile in the moment.

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