A pioneering learning programme where brand and business meets social innovation.

HIVE is experiential learning from Swarm

HIVE exists to equip and nurture a new breed of soulful, courageous leaders to use brands and business in pursuit of a more beautiful world


Accelerate business unusual by working with purpose, participation and new ‘doing and being’ practices


In the near future, the most loved brands will fix problems, not just sell products

Get inspired by the rise and potential of values-driven business. Identify opportunities to build ‘fixer brands’ tackling the gnarly challenges facing people and the planet


Learn how to harness the power of participation and co-creation

Learn how to work with diversity, engage wider audiences, bring unusual suspects together and co-design ways to prototype participation products, services and ventures


Learn how to thrive by building inner capacity, resilience and courage

Learn when to slow down, reflect and amble as well as when to accelerate and sprint. Experiment with new practices for ‘doing’ and ‘being’, learn how to build very human organisations

 What You Will Learn

The benefits of participating in the HIVE

Inspiration from the cutting-edge of business unusual

Inspiration, approaches and understanding

What’s happening at this exciting new intersection of brands, business and social innovation, who’s leading, what is a fixer brand and where is this movement heading?

New ways to work more creatively – doing and being

A set of practical tools and techniques

Work with your heart, head and hands, do more with less, accelerate AND slow down to reflect, build emergence, resilience and courageous leadership into your work

Apply yourself to an accelerated learning challenge on a live project

Learning by doing + challenge-based working

Learn how to work with constraints, prototyping and testing ideas fast, using open, accelerated and participatory approaches

Join a growing network and community of practice

Make new contacts and relationships

Tap into more diverse perspectives, experiences and skills, access peer-support and mentoring opportunities, find new partners for collaboration


2 months of personalised coaching and support, built around a 2 day learning sprint


1-on-1 briefing

Online journal and Skype briefing with Swarm team

Define personal learning goals based on your individual needs


Day 1 focus

Immerse in world of purpose, participation and new practices

Discover and play with new set tools and techniques


Day 2 focus

Tackle a live ‘business unusual’ challenge with Swarm approach

Apply learning, reflect and develop personal action plans



2 x Skype sessions + access to digital content + network

Personalised coaching and content to embed learning


3 founding partners of Swarm with 60 years plus of business as usual and business unusual experience A set of guest partners bringing different flavours to the learning space

Stephen King


Genius at building beautiful teams from strong values and foundations

Dan Burgess


Genius at creating beautiful ideas, mashing ideas up and adding magic

Tom Farrand


Genius at holding beautiful spaces and harnessing human energy


Andres Roberts

Maggie Du Pree


What participants say about Hive

Marketing Director

“Like business school hacked for the 21st century. A very interesting way of working which brings energy and collaboration. An amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn how to accelerate more purposeful work”

Social Entrepreneur

“Mind-blowing. Awe-inspiring. Welcoming. Fun. It was great to have a really unique mix of people in the room and the space away from the daily grind to work on an interesting project in such a different way. Hive gives freedom and structure in just the right measures.”

Freelance Designer

“I thought it was an amazing, amazing 2 days. The mix of people, the energy and the content produced was wonderful. How I want to work. Where the environment shapes the experiences – e.g. a creative, intelligent, playful, hard-working, integral approach.”

Campaign Director

“I went to work today and it was different. The Hive process has given people more direction, clarity of thought and understanding of what can be achieved in such a short space of time. Your large brains, lightness of touch, original thinking made it unforgettable for me.”


Each HIVE has up to 30 places. Register your interest below for the next session on July 13/14 in London.

Cost for participants:
Corporate: £1,000
NGO/large charity: £750
Small charity/social enterprise: £500
Individual: £500

This includes 3 x sherpa briefing sessions, the 2 day learning experience including food and drinks, a simple physical HIVE toolkit and access to HIVE content online and the newsletter.

They don’t include VAT or travel/accommodation.