Hive Learning Networks

Hive Learning Networks underpin a growing movement to put Connected Learning principles into action. The networks’ laboratory approach and catalytic funding model re-imagine how learning is organized and supported across youth-serving organizations in urban centers.

Hives are comprised of organizations (libraries, museums, schools and non-profit startups) and individuals (educators, designers, community catalysts and makers). Together, they create opportunities for youth to learn within and beyond the confines of traditional classroom experiences, design innovative practices and tools that build the field for greater impact, and contribute to their own professional development within an active community of practice.

Hive NYC and Hive Chicago were the first learning networks founded by The MacArthur Foundation in 2009. Later joined by Hive Pittsburgh and Hive Toronto in 2012, these four networks use their resources and expertise to provide project consultation, catalytic support, distribute and curate local innovations and forge new learning pathways for local youth. The model has since been remixed in ways that allow for other cities to leverage the unique assets of their local communities, and bring together organizations and learners to collaborate, connect and thrive.

As our reach grows and new Hive Learning communities emerge, we continue to explore how to better link to, learn from and support one other, while thinking strategically about how to make it easier for great programs to spread, and to connect mentors with shared affinities to generate richer experiences for youth.

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