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Intervention by Denise Caruso Read Intervention by Denise Caruso, Executive Director of the Hybrid Vigor Silver Award Winner, 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards; Best Business Books 2007, Strategy+Business Magazine

archive for October, 2007

TALKING ABOUT RISK, INNOVATION,
COLLABORATION AND TECHNOLOGY

by ~ October 24, 2007

The WELL, one of the oldest online communities still in existence, is hosting me as guest author for a two-week conversation in its ‘Inkwell’ book discussion topic about Intervention — and whatever topics come up as a result of talking about technology, innovation and risk. It’s been underway for several days now, and will continue until October 31st.

So far much of the conversation has been focused on deliberative processes for assessing risk, and we are just starting to wade into deeper waters with talk of the precautionary principle and whether or not Hillary could manage to re-start the Office of Technology Assessment without wrecking it with politics.

You don’t have to be a WELL member to read the conversation, but if you aren’t a member and want to start prodding me with some questions, just send an email to <[email protected]> to have them added to the thread.

The host of the conversation is the redoubtable Jon Lebkowsky, a Texan who I’ve known for many years from the technology world who now writes a regular column for Worldchanging.com.

‘WOMEN, SCIENCE AND INTERDISCIPLINARY WAYS OF WORKING’

by ~ October 24, 2007

Hybrid Vigor’s co-founder Diana Rhoten has just published an op-ed in the journal Inside Higher Ed that should be of interest to anyone who is trying to understand how interdisciplinary research works in the real world.

An excerpt from the article, which you can read in its entirety here:

… As researchers interested in interdisciplinarity as an object of study, we have both been asked repeatedly about gender as predictor of participation in or success with interdisciplinary practices. We have also been confronted by scientists telling us that we should not encourage junior women to conduct interdisciplinary research because “women have a hard enough time as it is, you need to keep them focused on rigorous science or they’ll never be taken seriously.” After a growing store of anecdotal data to the point, we started to ask ourselves why we weren’t looking at gender and began listening to our peers and readers. …

Rhoten and the co-author of the article, Stephanie Pfirman, are co-chairs of a workshop at Columbia University next month on Women, Minorities, and Interdisciplinarity: Transforming the Research Enterprise.