Anna-Marie Swan


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Linkedin  Twitter  substack


Facilitation Commons Stewardship Consulting Group dynamics Organisational design Decision-making Self-organisation Harm and repair Relational-led systems


I am deeply in love with my work. I’m not quite sure how I ended up so fascinated with humane, relational-led organisational design and strategy, or embodied facilitation, or stewardship and commons, or how groups might disrupt unhelpful patterns and create new ones; but I am. I am awestruck by how such a simple question as ‘what’s alive here?’ can be a pathway into organisations, communities, and groups that are rooted internally and in the world around them.

Much of the time a client's situation and needs incorporates many of the above; sometimes, just one.

To all my focuses, I bring my experience in group facilitation, project strategy, from-the-inside-out brand and communication design, partnership and ecosystem weaving, organisational design, strategy, and facilitation, two years in DAOs and the regenerative-focused web3 sector, and supporting community-led and community-focused projects. I also bring a deep commitment to distributed and embodied decision-making environments that harness all intelligences and voices.


I am trained in Sociocracy 3.0, a partner in a Holacracy-governed organisation, a DEAL-affiliated Doughtnut Design for Business tool facilitator, and the founder of the recently-formed Seaspray Collective. I am also experienced in Circling, systems thinking, and design thinking.

I write a Substack focused on organisational design, embodied facilitation, stewardship and commons, and self- and shared-enquiry, and am learning how to DJ.

Based in Exeter in the UK, I work with clients in person or virtually. I prioritise deep work where we can build a strong relationship but am happy to support short-term needs. I usually work with clients as an external consultant or facilitator, joining the project for an agreed time, or acting as a reflective, investigative partner.


Areas of particular interest

  • The design and facilitation of humane, relational-led, rooted organisations and communities.
  • Self-organisation and distributed decision-making environments.
  • How we might root our organisations and communities in our local and regional environments.
  • Organisational clarity and alignment.
  • Communities and groups that are disadvantaged and devoiced by our current systems, and projects stewarding community-led initiatives.
  • Implementing Ostrom's design principles for commons into organisations and communities.
  • Design and facilitation of in-person and online workshops, gatherings, and retreats.
  • Disrupting unhealthy group and organisational patterns, and alchemising new ones.
  • Relational and organisational reconciliation and repair.
  • Facilitation of key, multi-stakeholder meetings.
  • The role of embodied facilitation.
  • Doughnut Design for Business.


Whether you need short-term facilitation support, a coach, a new member of your team for a specified period, or an event or retreat facilitator to work with you from concept to post-event reflection, we work closely with you to find the best constellation of facilitators and consultants to meet your needs and timelines.