Scott Howard Swain bio

Author, Leader, Coder, Empathy Advocate, Shaolin Monk

Author of A Practical EmPath: Rewire your mind, available on Amazon
Scott Howard Swain has been actively studying communication, and conflict resolution since 1990, and people/systems management since 1995. He has been designing and facilitating communication and conflict resolution training programs for businesses, at conferences, in schools, and to workgroups for over nineteen years. These courses have ranged in length from thirteen weeks to one day to three hours.
He’s been writing code in various languages/platforms for over 30 years, currently working as a Python developer, with a hobby project being the creation, training, and continued evolution of Professional developer since 1995.
Finally, Scott has two decades of martial arts training under his Shaolin Kung Fu black belt earned in 2007, awarded title of “Shaolin Monk, Initiate” at that time. Prior to that, four years of karate with two years consensual garage fighting, and numerous tournaments.
  •  Founded Practical Empathy Play Group (formerly, Austin Emotional Intelligence Play Group) on May 6, 2015, which has met 1 to 4 times per month since that date for a total of over 600 meetings and over 2100 members. Details here:
  • Training wide range of ages and abilities in self-defense using Shaolin black belt and other experience.
  • Teaching NVC in a class format, from 13 week classes to weekend classes to one day classes to talks and one hour intros, starting in 2006.
  • Led “Intro to NVC” course for Zaaz’s customer service department.
  • Created Play to Evolve card game and the EmpathyBot a.i..
  • Assisting couples and families in resolving conflicts, increasing responsibility, understanding, and deepening communication in the home.
  • “NVC in Business: Its Time Has Come” – NVC Academy 4-day course – 2014.
  • Business mediation between Voice & Exit and a client of theirs, LightFaktor, who then hired me to do damage control within their company – 2014.
  • Trained owners (partners) and staff at LIGHTfaktor in clear & efficient communication, internal and external. Included management, negotiation, and client relations – Austin, TX – 2014.
  • Trained contract managers, negotiators, and other staff from National Contract Management Association – Austin, TX – 2012.
  • Trained staff at Active Life Healing Clinic – Austin, TX – 2011.
  • Taught “Empower Your Communication” class at Rethinking Everything Conference – Dallas, TX – 2013.
  • Taught using Nonviolent Communication at Children’s Discovery Center – Austin, TX – 2013.
  • Motivational speaking and public speaking at business, parenting, and relationship building events.
  • Attended Six-week NVC course by Pat Siebert – 2005.

Some sources for Scott’s publications

Scott Howard Swain
A Practical EmPath by Scott Howard Swain
Scotter on Integrity


Suza Kanon

this was a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend the day. intense & somewhat emotionally exhausting, but extremely worth it

Niki Acosta

When I first heard about NVC, I was skeptical, however coming from a relationship where the communication was destructive,