Hi! We're Co.school.

We provide co-creative education and facilitation for individuals, teams, and organizations. As fellow-learners and practitioners, we want to be a part of creating more equitable and sustainable realities in our lives, workplaces, and communities. Thanks for being here with us!
OUR STORY

We're a growing community of practitioners and learners who are building something pretty special.

In 2022, we began designing Co.school in response to what we’ve sensed over decades of serving countless teams and organizations as designers, strategists and facilitators: we all need support in learning to work together. We’ve taken what we’ve learned so far, channeling it into education and facilitation offerings that empower teams and individuals to find new ways of working. Our goal is to support communities and workplaces where all can thrive. On this journey, we’re partnering with an expanding network of diverse, like-minded collaborators. Join us.

Are you a facilitator, coach, or educator who is interested in joining our network? Please reach out to us. We’d love to talk.

Kevan Gilbert

CEO, Facilitator & Educator

Kevan founded Co.school with the hope of helping people work together, through conflict, towards peace. As a facilitator, he encourages deeper listening and helps cultivate environments that honour every voice. He has worked with a range of organizations, from grassroots community initiatives to global enterprises, helping people say yes to authenticity, collaboration and systems change. You can also work with Kevan as a coach and speaker

At the heart of Kevan's work is a strong sense that when people can contribute their authentic self and story, we become healthier and more whole. In Kevan’s own world, he practices living this out through music, story, and family life, with his partner Kendra and their four children. Their family lives on an intergenerational, solar-powered farm on the beautiful, unceded, traditional territory of the Syilx People of the Okanagan Nation, just outside Kelowna, BC.
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Charlotte Taverner-Whelpton

Director of Facilitation

Charlotte is a skilled facilitator and community cultivator, collaborating with people across North America and the United Kingdom. She brings a posture of curiosity and inquiry into her work of co-creating thoughtfully and intentionally designed spaces, where people can make meaningful personal and collective change. Charlotte has facilitated for teams across multiple sectors including non-profits, technology, higher education, and healthcare.

In her current season of life, Charlotte identifies most with being a mother and cultivating an intentional home with her family. The practices of co-creation and innovation could not be more apparent than in the realm of raising tiny humans, which she does alongside her husband on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people (presently Vancouver, BC).
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Tracey Falk

Experience Design (Quiet House Studio)

Tracey Falk is a senior design leader with deep experience in both visual and digital design. Her work spans decades of digital evolution—often at the emerging edge. An early practitioner of responsive design, Tracey was also a pioneer for web accessibility, and a leader in community research. She has led large design teams, and worked with clients across North America and Europe. With Co.school, Tracey contributed to strategy, and guides our visual identity and digital experiences. She lives on the unceded territory of the the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people (presently Vancouver, BC), where she enjoys textile art, crafting a home for her and her feline roommates, and being a short drive from the ocean.
Portrait photo of Tracey Falk
OUR PHILOSOPHY

Learning to work together is the first step to healing many of the fractures we experience as a global community.

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And working together—across political lines, amid generational traumas, privilege, oppression, power dynamics, conflict, and inequity—is not easy. 

But we have powerful tools as a human race. Tools like design. A colleague of ours often said, “Design is for everyone.” It isn’t always, but it can be. That’s where co-creation comes in. And it’s why we work hard to integrate a purposefully equitable approach in all our education and facilitation offerings. 

Like most things worth doing, the work starts with ourselves. What is true on a small scale, becomes true at a larger scale. Our curricula and facilitation design begin with self awareness, personal healing, and skill-building, before moving outwards to the way team members interact with one another, how organizations strategize and shift, and the ways in which each sector influences culture and the world at large. 

It’s becoming more and more apparent that top-down approaches by a privileged few are no longer working. We all need to learn new ways to create sustainable futures. Part of that shift is in learning to source, respect, and apply the intelligence, perspectives, creativity and willpower of all of us. 

Co. Together.
OUR VALUES

Authenticity

When we contribute as our authentic selves, our collaborations flourish. But this needs our first home, the self, to be greeted with love and self-acceptance. Making space for our own thoughts, feelings and needs is a core step in healthy partnership.

Hospitality

The experience of coming together to share perspectives isn’t always easy. To welcome differences, explore new ground, foster creativity, and engage in healthy conflict, we need hospitable spaces where honest work can be done. 

Peace

Nonviolence is an option, even when we disagree, towards a healed world. We are hopeful that even through trauma, pain and conflict, that peace is possible — that we can bring humanity, dignity and empathy to the stories we hear. 

Life

We want to see flourishing in the communities where we work and live. Inspired by living systems in nature, we see ourselves as partners in life’s interconnectedness. We plant seeds, cultivate conditions, and wait patiently, knowing that life springs forth not linearly, but in seasons and cycles.

Love

We want to lend our energy and creativity to causes that pursue inclusion, love and liberation. We hope our work helps co-create worlds and organizations that are more compassionate and inclusive, and want to do our best to co-create a work and life that models this as well.