global swarming

We’re a group of friends who enjoy working on projects together.

The BeeKeepers create unique events, design games, interpret history and make radio programmes.

We’re interested in connecting the past, the present and the future, and in people choosing their own adventures.

The Six Principles of BeeKeeping

1. The bees will do as they like, not as they’re told

Participation in any collective action is elective rather than coercive. Everyone is free to come and go as they please.

Assent to a collective goal or sentiment is shown by joining in – spontaneous acts of self -preservation, goodwill and joy – rather than by people being scared, brow-beaten or otherwise corralled and herded towards a common good.

2. The secret life of the beehive is recorded in the stories it tells itself

“You had to be there…” The collective memory and received wisdom of the hive mind exists in stories, rather than in committee meeting
minutes or press releases.

3. Bees learn by exploring their environment

Bees explore the world in many ways, experimenting with different pathways to achieve evolving sets of shared goals.

In studying the insect world, entomologists would call this “stimergy”: chemical trails left through the environment. Situationists would call this a “dérive.”

4. If a particular path seems to lead nowhere it not a mistake, it’s evolution

Each journey or activity is an experiment, an incremental increase in the commonwealth of knowledge shared with the hive mind.

5. The beehive learns through the diverse experiences of many participants

In the study of evolution, this would be variation through mutation, in Situationism “détournement“. What’s being deformed or mutated may be physical things or space: putting up tents in a public place, for example, or projecting a film on the side of a building.

Or it may be a change to an imaginary version of the environment, a temporary and theatrical transformation straying from a familiar story of a journey through the same space. No one has an identical experience of walking down a street although they may walk down the same street that many other people do, every day.

6. Instead of a meeting, hold a street party

All kinds of activities may contribute to the good of the hive, not just the obvious ones like fund-raising and long group discussions.

Collective activities that may be deemed frivolous – sport, hobbies, communal dancing, theatre – are important when people act as a group without leaders and pre-ordained rules, and little or no money involved. Sewing circles, games, and public art are important because they create the space for people to find ways to get along with one another and to enjoy other people’s company.