HIVE stands for human-centered, innovative, visionary, and empathetic, as a reminder to uphold these strategies and values in all of our work. We believe in the collaborative nature of a workspace and use the model of a bee hive as an example of a community that utilizes their individual strengths to create innovative solutions. A hive’s success is dependent on individual commitment and collaboration, and not competition. Like bees, we recognize that another’s idea may be more fitting for the project, or that we can work together to create a unified whole. We, the B•HIVE, strive to utilize our collective, creative confidence to see everyday challenges from a new perspective.




Having a human-centered mindset ensures that effective, intentional goals are met for the people we are working for and with.

To meet our goals, our work must be human-centered. Our number one priority is to design with and for the community in order to meet their goals. A human-centered mindset is at the core of Design Thinking as well as Social Innovation.


We think outside the box to find new and simple solutions to complex problems.   

Being innovative is at the heart of everything we do. We are constantly trying to generate new and innovative ideas to tackle complex problems. We do this by looking for simple and fresh solutions that take on the root of the problem. We find that oftentimes the craziest ideas generate the strongest and best solutions. We don’t see innovation as a grandiose idea, but rather as the art of using diverse perspectives every day to continually improve our projects.


Visualizing how small steps come together to create imaginative and innovative outcomes.

Being visionary is at the heart of design thinking, which requires big picture thinking and effective communication of a shared sense of purpose. As a cohort, we work to create a positive picture of future possibilities for Alamance County, as well as a clear sense of direction of how to get there. We strive to be visionary in order to create a lasting impact that will better the lives of individual people and the greater community.


Empathy motivates us to place ourselves in another's shoes, see the world and its problems from their perspectives, and discover how we can create sustainable solutions.

From studying theories around empathy to participating in activities which harness intuitive thought, our cohort has developed an appreciation and a desire for empathetic design. In order to develop innovative solutions, we must foster the ability to connect and communicate with those directly affected by the identified obstacles and barriers, so that we can better understand how to best accommodate them.