Get off your horse and drink the spring

Get off your horse and drink the spring

Sun-Catcher, Yellow-Wobbler, Golden-Fairy, Five-Golds, Noddy-Shinehead, Custard-Crown, Goldie-Bowl WTF? Kennings (from Old Norse) - poetic phrases used in addition to the usual name of a thing. Find something, then write as many ways of describing it with new names, then share...
April 9
An invite to the 4th Capital C event

An invite to the 4th Capital C event

Here's an invitation to the fourth Capital C event, Thursday 16th April 2015 from 4.00 to 8.00pm at The Calthorpe Project, Kings Cross, Central London... directions here We've had great events so far in November, January and March, so Macmillan Cancer Support and Swarm are hosting...
April 1
Who owns the future? New forms of ownership for networked ventures

Who owns the future? New forms of ownership for networked ventures

There have been quite a few pieces on the relationship between value creation and ownership in the ‘new economy’ recently. Authors are rightly asking questions about how companies that are fundamentally reliant on the contributions of their users to generate...
March 23
Small worlds and networks for collective intelligence

Small worlds and networks for collective intelligence

At Swarm we’re really interested in how you can create networks that actually work, networks that succeed in mobilising a group of individuals or organisations to solve a particular challenge. Collaboration works but successful collaborations owe that success to many...
March 3
An invite to the 3rd Capital C event

An invite to the 3rd Capital C event

An invitation to the third Capital C event, Tuesday 10th March 2015 4.00 to 8.00pm Seven Dials Club, Covent Garden, Central London Following two successful pilot events in November 2014 and January 2015, Macmillan Cancer Support and Swarm are running...
February 23
An invite to the 2nd Capital C event

An invite to the 2nd Capital C event

An invitation to an event on Saturday, 24th January 2015 from 10:30am to 3pm at Impact Hub, Kings Cross in central London. Following our successful pilot event in November 2014, Macmillan Cancer Support and Swarm are running a second event focused on...
January 13
In Between Stories

In Between Stories

We use these three words a lot. They help describe why the world feels a bit weird at the moment. The reason things feel uncertain, unstable and challenging right now is because...
January 7
Generosity Economy

Generosity Economy

Today we live in a failing economic system where nearly every bit of nature has been productised, every relationship turned into a service, and almost every human exchange monetised. The core idea of ‘consumer’ has spread rapidly, becoming the central defining...
December 26

Swarm Live & Unplugged

We work with a lead organisation to identify and frame a problem and then bring a diverse stakeholder team together along with useful external experts to provide wider collective intelligence...
December 24
Re-Wild

Re-Wild

It seems that solutions to many of the 21st century issues that we are collectively facing lie right on our doorsteps. Outside of the man-made built environments that dominate our lives today. Ideas, inspiration and answers to the many challenges...
December 19
15 years of cancer research in just 12 months

15 years of cancer research in just 12 months

Some mightily impressive achievements this year from the Cancer Research UK team in partnership with the wider public on  a mission to accelerate cancer research using citizen science. The public gave 15 years of time in 2014 to analysing cancer research data for scientists...
December 19
Swarming with Ni Nyampinga in Rwanda

Swarming with Ni Nyampinga in Rwanda

Imagine starting up a youth-focused brand, the entire purpose of which is to empower young women. Now imagine growing it to the extent that it becomes the largest youth brand in an entire country. That’s exactly what Ni Nyampinga has...
December 10
WildCamp reflections from Year Here

WildCamp reflections from Year Here

Back in September, we were very excited about a collaboration with groundbreaking enterprise Year Here, who are the UK’s leading organisation for developing graduates to be leaders in social innovation...
December 10

Stealth Climate Change Denial

In light of the most recent IPCC findings on the beyond urgent state of affairs on climate change, US Republicans ask ‘what climate change?” enough to make you weep, but...
November 17
Spring

Spring

Co-designing an accelerator program for early-stage ventures with new products and services that improve the lives of girls in poverty. We worked with the Girl Effect team at the Nike...
November 1
3 things for a sustainable brand

3 things for a sustainable brand

I was invited to speak at Sustainable Brands conference in London and it struck me, "what is a sustainable brand"? In my simple mind, a brand that focusses relentlessly on these 3 things, is a sustainable brand. 1. Strive to...
October 23
Swarm Ventures

Swarm Ventures

Collaborative ventures where people and planet matter. We love seeing an idea turn into a venture, and working with innovators across sectors and disciplines to grow these into 21st century organisations. These are new types of ventures – collaborative ventures –...
August 24

Swarm Scout & Sherpa

Taking senior teams to the edges of systems to explore social innovation inspiration and new ways of working. A Scout is a one to two day experiential learning program for senior teams and leaders within organisations. The goal of this program is...
August 24

A Swarm journey has multiple ways in.

There are many ways to start a Swarm. We recognise that different people are at different places with different immediate needs and questions, so we look to meet you where you're at. From identifying relevant problem areas and framing challenges...
August 24
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