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March 27, 2021 11:12 AM | Lindsay (Administrator)

“What if we had a tool that helped people live more brave and creative lives?”  

By: Rachel Douglas Swanson

Curious. Creative. Coach. Urban ed. EdTech. Reader. Writer. Sketchnoter. #TOR16#GoogleET She/her "We need more peacemakers, not more peacekeepers."

Rachel Swanson Coaching

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Every Monday morning my friend Heather and I walk together along the streets of Oak Park, IL. On these walks we talk about the normal friend stuff, business plans, and life events. And then one Monday, we decided to make a deck of cards. 

We decided to build a card deck called The Create Brave Card Deck. 

Why cards? We knew right away we wanted something visual and tactile, something that people can hold and carry around with them. As a sketchnoter and lover of visual learning, I wanted to make a tool that would access that dual coding stuff I talk about in my training, helping people connect to the visual images on the cards while also connecting to the grounding word and phrase. 

I got to work on designing the cards. And then life happened. School started. It got busy. The holidays and the holidays and the holidays hit. And suddenly it was spring. The time had finally arrived. It was time to birth this project into the world. 

What is this deck of cards? It’s 48 cards, a little bigger than playing cards, each with a different image, a word, and a phrase. We chose words that will spark creativity and bravery. Words like awaken, play, dance, connection, and celebration. And then we designed a booklet to go with the cards, full of ideas for journaling, reflection, and ideas for making those words come alive in real life. 

Here is the link to our kickstarter!

We designed these cards for people like you, who guide people young and old each day in creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. 


This Kickstarter launched March 25th, six months later than expected and somehow just in time. We can’t wait to see how people use it to bring more creativity and bravery into their lives! 

By: Rachel Douglas Swanson

Curious. Creative. Coach. Urban ed. EdTech. Reader. Writer. Sketchnoter. #TOR16#GoogleET She/her "We need more peacemakers, not more peacekeepers."

Rachel Swanson Coaching


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