Dr. Chené Swart

Narrative Coach &

Consultant

I have been translating Narrative Therapy ideas and practices with organisations, communities and individuals from various cultures and contexts for nearly 20 years. I am committed to participate in and contribute to conversations and actions that re-author our world towards the common good, one narrative at a time!

Welcome to Re-authoring the World!

Re-authoring the World is an invitation into the adventure of being authors and co-authors of our world.

An adventure that speaks of:

– our acts of refusal and protest about the “way things are”

– the folding of the richness of our lives into our identities and relationships

– the invitation to re-member our communities and

– the ignition of hope through alternative narratives that dream of a different future.

Through a lens and set of practices what is taken-for-granted can be unveiled and precious moments can be enriched into narratives that can re-author the future. Come and join our community as we invite you to see, be seen, connect, dignify, listen, question, unpack, enrich, narrate and burst into aliveness!

| Workshops |

Re-authoring Identity

Experiencing Narrative practices in your own life story | The philosophical approach from where the ideas around identity grow | Discover and learn how narratives shape and maintain identities| Discover and learn how communities of concern can come alongside preferred identities| Explorations around community identities

Re-authoring the World

Discover and learn how to work with taken-for-granted ideas and beliefs within various contexts| Discovering the joy of acts of refusal and protest | Working with the influence of taken-for-granted beliefs and ideas | Inviting the alternative emerging narratives to come alongside

Re-authoring Diversity & Inclusion

Discovering the role of culture in constructing the “other” | The role of language in constructing the “other” | Understanding privilege and power in inclusion | Practices that includes and welcome the stranger

Re-authoring Narratives we want more of

Practices that uncover alternative moments and outcomes | Practices that enrich moments we want more of | Weaving alternative moments through embodiment and rituals | The impact of alternative narratives on the context | Narratives of our imagined futures

Re-authoring Problem Narratives

How to work with conflict and problem narratives in individual and group contexts| Understanding the role of taken-for-granted beliefs and ideas in conflict and problem narratives| Placing the problem in relation to individuals and communities | Standing against problems

Re-authoring Listening, Questioning & Documenting

Being with your client in transformational ways | Listening in transformational ways | Asking questions in transformational ways | Documentation, rituals and celebrations

Apprenticeship Journey

The Re-authoring Apprenticeship Path are for those who want to make this lens and practices a way of living and working. This Path consists of 6 x 2-day workshops with face-to-face teaching and learning. After completing the 2-day workshop, participants are immersed in a half day group integration session. Participants are then invited to deepen their experience by re-authoring their own stories as well as the stories of their work through individual coaching sessions (6 sessions). The integration- and coaching sessions help participants to weave their own life- and work experiences into their future re-authoring practice.

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“In the world of storytelling, Chené’s approach is unique and goes beyond traditional methods. It is the permanent curiosity that makes you go deeper and deeper and see things clearly and yet very personal. You will move away from schedules and numbers, and dive into personal stories which make it so real and yet so different each time.”

Marieke Gernard, coach and coordinator of a cooperative Werk met Zin, Antwerp, Belgium

Transformations
2019-12-19T10:13:17+02:00

Marieke Gernard, coach and coordinator of a cooperative Werk met Zin, Antwerp, Belgium

“In the world of storytelling, Chené’s approach is unique and goes beyond traditional methods. It is the permanent curiosity that makes you go deeper and deeper and see things clearly and yet very personal. You will move away from schedules and numbers, and dive into personal stories which make it so real and yet so different each time.”

“The re-authoring journey shows another way of looking at our stories and helps a person see the human in the being that they are speaking to.” 

Irisha Luhanga, Redefine Human Capital, Johannesburg, South Africa

Transformations
2019-12-19T10:13:41+02:00

Irisha Luhanga, Redefine Human Capital, Johannesburg, South Africa

“The re-authoring journey shows another way of looking at our stories and helps a person see the human in the being that they are speaking to.” 

“The narrative journey has transported me to new views and to new perspectives and to community and understanding of the process of co-creation/-construction. I have learned how constructive, necessary and powerful the deconstruction of power can be. I feel really enthusiastic about re-dignifying practices. I have had many situations in my life where I felt the need for this, either for me or in behalf of others. This journey really broadens the horizon."

Rose Gail, Social Worker, Pretoria, South Africa

Transformations
2019-12-19T10:26:57+02:00

Rose Gail, Social Worker, Pretoria, South Africa

“The narrative journey has transported me to new views and to new perspectives and to community and understanding of the process of co-creation/-construction. I have learned how constructive, necessary and powerful the deconstruction of power can be. I feel really enthusiastic about re-dignifying practices. I have had many situations in my life where I felt the need for this, either for me or in behalf of others. This journey really broadens the horizon."

“I have learned to let go of judging; that despite our diversity we have so much in common; that we need each other (and community) to make different choices. The re-authoring work starts off by giving you tools for your professional toolbox with which to manage change and yet it evolves and it ignites new beliefs.  The work will invite you to think differently about the ways in which you want to invite hope and growth – in yourself and the people around you."

Liesl Eksteen, HR management, Johannesburg, South Africa

Transformations
2019-12-19T10:25:45+02:00

Liesl Eksteen, HR management, Johannesburg, South Africa

“I have learned to let go of judging; that despite our diversity we have so much in common; that we need each other (and community) to make different choices. The re-authoring work starts off by giving you tools for your professional toolbox with which to manage change and yet it evolves and it ignites new beliefs.  The work will invite you to think differently about the ways in which you want to invite hope and growth – in yourself and the people around you."

The Re-authoring approach helps me to stop digging in the truth ‘in me’ (and ‘the truth’ about my identity, talents and deep ‘core’), and start focusing on ‘us’. It is in ‘us’ that that the seeds for a world where dignity and love can rule, grow." 

Griet Bouwen, Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner & Generative Story Worker, Bilzen, Belgium

Transformations
2019-12-19T10:27:49+02:00

Griet Bouwen, Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner & Generative Story Worker, Bilzen, Belgium

“The Re-authoring approach helps me to stop digging in the truth ‘in me’ (and ‘the truth’ about my identity, talents and deep ‘core’), and start focusing on ‘us’. It is in ‘us’ that that the seeds for a world where dignity and love can rule, grow." 
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