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Our Core Principles

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… drive everything we do here at the Hive; they are our guides:

Present ambiguous and ambitious challenges

  • Provide tools and skills to explore the impossible
  • Go beyond boundaries toward the unknown
  • Give permission to fail

Cultivate generative mindsets

  • Foster openness and optimism
  • Use thinking and doing
  • Define challenges and a employ a maker’s mindset to address them

Infuse some doing into all learning experiences

  • Find ways to think with the whole body
  • Write or draw ideas, so they may be organized and interpreted visually
  • Move between understanding and making; and between real and abstract

Create a platform to amplify voices

  • Acknowledge the individual in the whole
  • Share tools of empowerment with everyone
  • Empower individuals to make a difference

Create permission to experiment and play

  • Create places to play
  • Curate and display past experiments
  • Support different ways of thinking, especially those that fail

Nurture connections

  • Bring people, ideas, and disciplines together
  • Create the need for collaboration — questions are not answered with only one person
  • Engage a wide variety of people


What is collaborative creativity?

Collaborative creativity is a way of approaching creativity (bringing new ideas, objects, or ways of thinking into the world) that recognizes the importance of diversity, interconnection, and exchange. It’s been the assumption that creativity is an individual pursuit by the lone genius or the cloistered artist, yet many of the the most effective creative efforts are collaborative. We work to accelerate the creative development of individuals while emphasizing the ways they cooperatively contribute their talent to a wide and diverse range of partners.

Why do we think collaborative creativity is important?

The interconnected nature of our world offers tremendous opportunities for problem solving, and the most significant challenges are so complex that no single discipline, mindset, or skill set will be able to solve them. The complexities facing us now and in the future will require more than creative individuals acting on their own — it will demand that we change the way we bring individual skills and approaches to a vast, varied, and often distributed set of potential collaborators. Although working together as a team can be tough, people able to thrive on a team will have the greatest impact on our future.