Hive GLP: A Life Changing Experience

Brendan Barbato
3 min readOct 25, 2016


100 Global Leaders. 35 countries represented. An unforgettable experience.

Adapting to a new environment can be quite difficult. Ironically, on the first night, Hive separated us into groups of roughly 6 Hivers, and made us comfortable with each other by making us uncomfortable. It worked. We all became vulnerable by sharing our “Crucible” story, where we share the darkest experience we have encountered. Doing so helped build a strong, emotional connection within your group.

All of the Hivers and Hive Staff at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. PC: Shira Lane

So what is Hive? Their website states, “Hive is a global community of 1000 CEOs, leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs from 95 countries who are working together on creating a better world.”

Two consecutive words stick out in this statement: “Global Community.” It has been two weeks since I left Hive and I have not lost touch with the friends (family) I made, and continue to connect with those I did not have the privilege of meeting. To me, community is the most important part of a society, as it fosters collaboration, communication, and brings people together.

Hive intentionally keeps a spontaneous schedule — to make the experience that more exciting — so I may refrain from mentioning certain parties or events we experienced. After our introductory night the following three days were separated into three parts: 1) The World, 2) Your Life, and 3) Your work.

The World: it is crucial you understand the world we live in so that we may discover our purpose in life and what drives our ambition and passion(s). We learned about rapid prototyping, systematic thinking, and ended the night with a fun, interactive art activity. Overall, it was an exciting day, but I was still curious as to what I wanted out of Hive.

Your Life: personally, this was my favorite day. It took me out of my comfort zone and I made a dozen or so deep connections with fellow Hivers. We speed-friended, started designing our life (design thinking for you), had a Playshop, heard the incredible story of Ryan Allis, and ended the night with a dance party. Today was a rollercoaster of emotions. From sleep deprivation to dancing to sadness to joy. To me, this best simulated life and I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it.

A photo during Playshop on Day 2 (Your life). PC: Shira Lane

Your work: once you understand more about yourself, your passions, and your purpose, you can pursue your work. We had two breakout sessions. The first one I attended was about SEO and building your brand, while the second was on creating a Fourth World Nation. We then continued to work on our purpose in life, in preparation for sharing it with all of the Hivers. Today was bittersweet, as this incredible experience came to an end, but it was only the beginning of what will become lifelong friendships and collaboration.

Sharing my purpose on the final day of Hive. PC: Shira Lane

My Purpose: To build and empower collaborative communities around a common cause

Hive was one of the most stunning and wonderful experiences I have been a part of. I highly recommend anyone with a social mindset who wants to make a difference to apply to Hive (

This trip would not be possible without the support of the Babson Professional Accelerator Fund, and I want to thank them for the bottom of my heart for allowing me to pursue this opportunity!

Please contact me if you have any questions about my experience or want to learn more:



Brendan Barbato

Twitter = @barbatobrendan. Brand Community Team@ Lime