Catch the Buzz: Get Small and Significant

The Power of the Small

Aganetha Dyck, my mentor on this project, has constantly reminded me verbally and through her work about the power of the small. Instead of scaling up the ZingHIVE project (I was generating a lot of grandiose ideas of what could be accomplished) I am in the process of scaling it down and finding the power of the small.

So rather than a long blog post about bees, organizations, and behavior, here is a short quotation to mull over from Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield and Andrw Shimberg in the Fall 2008 MIT Slodan Management Review article, How to have influence:

Effective influencers understand

that what shapes and sustains the behavioral norms of an organization

are lots of small interactions.

Catch the buzz and find the power in the small. By the way, if you LIKE the project Facebook page that will trigger a one cent donation to honey bee and human well being!

One Honeybee Lives: Strong Connections Between Humans and Honeybees

Let there be life: A compelling moment at the hives in 2011

One Honeybee Lives: To Sting or Not to be Stung? from David Zinger on Vimeo.

One honeybee lives.

This video offers you a moment at a beehive as beekeeper, Phil Veldhuis, is about to be stung in the palm of his hand by a honeybee. Rather than swat or kill the bee, Phil, a philosophy educator at the University of Manitoba, uses the event as a teaching and caring moment. The camera operator was Katharine Zinger, my daughter and a former student in Phil’s philosophy course. The video includes a slow motion replay of the non-sting.

This teaching moment gives us a glimpse at the relationship between human and honeybee that can take place at a much grander scale with the same principles in mind. We are joined to honeybees and they are joined to us. We can provide for each other. The bees not only offer honey and pollination, they offer us models of engagement, work and organization.

Let’s think differently inside all our hives.

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Thinking Differently Inside the Hive

Hive Mind Possibilities from a Musical Group

We can learn a lot about engagement and organizations by paying close attention to artists and musicians. I encourage you to watch this very short video on the Orpheus Camber orchestra explaining how they work. Here are some of their statements:

Each one of us is as responsible as a conductor

We use discussion and have group work and group consciousness

We reject, argue, deepen

There is chaos but each person has a say

Amazing how we start from nothing to something people want to hear

Watch and listen to the 3 minute video below:

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra from Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on Vimeo.

Video of David Zinger Speaking about ZingHive on TEDxManitoba

Here is the video of the TEDxManitoba talk  that I offered on February 9th. The video strives to help us understand the connections between honey bees and humans, how we can not just learn about bees but how we can learn from bees, and how bees may offer us a strong model and modelling to understand how our new social organizations are operating or could operate.

The video has the full morning from TEDxManitoba and I encourage you to watch it all. If you want to go to the specific session on the hive project it is at 1:50 into the video. Because the video is large, it may take a while to load.

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Think Differently Inside Our Hives: Slides for TEDxManitoba Talk

Here is a copy of my slides for the TEDxManitoba talk on Thursday February 9 at 10:20 CST. You can watch the talk live at:

Embark on the Honey Bee and Social Media Ecotone Adventure

Join in the Ecotone Adventure

I view entering the hive through social media as an ecotone adventure. The landscape of humans and the landscape of honey bees will join.  It will be interesting to see if we can transform the potential tension into celebration.

An ecotone is a transition area between two biomes but different patches of the landscape, such as forest and grassland.[1] It may be narrow or wide, and it may be local (the zone between a field and forest) or regional (the transition between forest and grassland ecosystems).[2] An ecotone may appear on the ground as a gradual blending of the two communities across a broad area, or it may manifest itself as a sharp boundary line. The word ecotone was coined from a combination of eco(logy) plus -tone, from the Greek tonos or tension – in other words, a place where ecologies are in tension. ~ From Wikipedia

Join in as we explore new landscapes in social….

Winnipeg Viewing: La Reine Malade (The Ailing Queen) with discussion on bees and sustainability

A community conversation

We are having a session in Winnipeg on bees and sustainability with a screening of the ailing Queen. There will be a panel of Dr. Rob Currie, a leading bee researcher, Phil Veldhuis, a beekeeper and the person who lets me use hives for ZingHIVE, and Charles Polcyn, President of the Red River Apiarists Association.

Here is a clip from the movie:

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David Zinger is the convener for the Summer Solstice Social celebrating social organization on June 20, 2012.

Honey Bees: Go Canada Go

Government of Canada Buzzing About Food Safety

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, Jan 26, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Canadian honey producers will continue to provide consumers with safe, top-quality honey with the support of the Harper Government. Member of Parliament Joyce Bateman (Winnipeg South Centre), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of over $30,000 to the Canadian Honey Council as beekeepers and industry members came together for the Council’s Annual General Meeting.

“Honey bees may be small in size, but there is no doubt that they have a big impact on the Canadian economy,” said MP Bateman. “Our Government’s top priority remains the economy, and a safe and healthy honey sector is an important part of creating jobs and growth. With this investment, the Canadian Honey Council will be able to maintain the high safety and quality of their world-class honey enjoyed by consumers here at home and around the world.”

The Canadian Honey Council will use this investment to update their on-farm food safety system, guided by feedback received from beekeepers. The Canadian Bee Industry Safety Quality Traceability (C-BISQT) plan will go through a thorough review by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to ensure that food safety risks during the honey production process are mitigated. Once the review is complete, processors will be assured that honey produced from members certified by the Council is done using a CFIA-approved Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)-based food safety system.

“The Canadian Honey Council is very pleased that the Government of Canada has supported our industry’s quest to complete an on-farm food safety system. It has taken a great deal of effort and hard work from a number of producers and without the financial and moral support of the Government of Canada, it would have never come to fruition,” stated CHC Executive Director Rod Scarlett.

In 2010, the total value of honey produced in Canada was $146 million of which $57 million was exported. Not only do honey bees make honey, but they also play a critical role in pollinating fruit, vegetables and canola. The value of honey bees to the pollination of crops is estimated at over $2 billion annually.

This federal Growing Forward investment is being made through the Canadian Integrated Food Safety Initiative (CIFSI). The Government of Canada is helping organizations develop national, government-recognized on-farm and/or post-farm HACCP or HACCP-based food safety systems. To find out more about this initiative, please visit .

Aganetha Dyck: Bee the Artist

Artists teach us to think differently inside our hives

Aganetha Dyck is a wonderful mentor on the ZingHive project. She brings fresh eyes, creativity, wisdom, and a child-like wonder to the work. Aganetha has captured the world of the small, co-creation, and communication with another species. I encourage you to watch this 9 minute video outlining an exhibition she had in Prince Edward Island. Aganetha has a studio and has worked out in the field with the bees yet I appreciate that she has had exhibits where the bees were invited to co-create and demonstrate art as a work in progress.

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Engaged Community Work: One Guitar Five Players

Beautiful Music From Walk Off the Earth: How to Really Play Together.

Walk Off The Earth, a Canadian band, perform a cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” using five people on one guitar. This has become a viral YouTube hit as the “honey bee democracy” votes and brings more people to the video every minute. I love the tune but what really stands out is how they think differently about playing a guitar as a community rather than isolated soloists.  A very fine demonstration of thinking differently inside the hive for a musical group. As you watch and listen think about how you can use community to think and play differently inside your hive.

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David Zinger is working at bringing honey bees and humans together through social media at an online summer solstice social on June 20, 2012.