A very early swarm intelligence ...
A really good example for swarm intelligence is King Arthur and the Knights of his Round Table (in the late 5th to early 6th century), see details at http://www.kingarthursknights.com/knights/default.asp. The Knights did represent different families/clans, different areas of the country and covered different hard and soft skills, to build a strong team together.
A great book, making use of the King Arthur story, is "Virtual Leadership Secrets From The Round Table For The Multi Site Manager" from Jaclyn Kostner, see e.g. https://www.eighbooks.com/read-now.php?q=virtual%20leadership%20secrets%20from%20the%20round%20table%20for%20the%20multi%20site%20manager. If you are responsible for a virtual team this book can really be helpful to think about some of the basics that are required to be successful. I used it back in the last millennium for the 1st time .
That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees. Marcus Aurelius, Roman - Soldier 121 - 180, https://fs.blog/marcus-aurelius/