The Transformative Power of Community Narratives

Resource Type: Podcast | Speaker: Chené Swart
Dr. Chené Swart

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As communities, we are surrounded by – and participate in - layers and layers of stories or narratives that inform what we know about one another; what we can see; how we relate; what we value; who we are; and, who we can become. In this podcast, Dr. Chené Swart shares how she uses narrative practices drawn from individual therapy, and illustrates the role of community narratives in social change. Her premise is that, by re-composing and re-authoring the stories of our lives, together we can weave the fibres of hope, truth and possibility to create a shared sense of abundance and responsibility for one another.

Through her work at the consulting company Transformations, Chené provides leadership development, training, diversity journeys, coaching, research, facilitation and consulting services to small, medium and large businesses, communities, and educational institutions in South Africa, the USA, Canada and the Bahamas.

Listen to this thought-provoking and informative podcast.

Those who participated in the tele-learning call were able to ask questions and share their own experiences. Listen to these questions and ideas below.

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About the Speaker

Chené Swart has a doctoral degree in Narrative Therapy and she has applied the methodology and approach with great success into diverse organizational contexts as well as in the NGO sector. 

Currently, Chené is a consultant at Transformations, a consulting company that provides leadership development, training, diversity journeys, coaching, research, facilitation and consulting services to small, medium and large businesses, communities, and educational institutions in South Africa, the USA, Canada and the Bahamas. 

In her work, Chené uses Narrative practices to co-create transformational learning contexts and journeys with her clients that invite and enable participants to re-write and re-author the stories of their lives as individuals, communities and organizations in ways that honour the gifts, values, and knowledges of these groups or individuals. These alternative narratives open new possibilities for living into a new preferred future.  Earlier this year, Chené released a new book entitled Re-Authoring the World: The Narrative Lens and Practices for Organizations, Communities and Individuals which Angeles Arrien praised as "a remarkable resource guide" for re-authoring personal and communal stories through narrative inquiry and transformational conversations.