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The Hybrid Vigor Institute is dedicated to rigorous critical thinking and the establishment of better methods for understanding and solving society’s most difficult problems. Our particular emphasis is on cross-sector and collaborative approaches; we seek out experts and stakeholders from a range of fields for their perspectives or to work together toward common goals.
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The Hybrid Vigor Institute is an independent, not-for-profit research organization and consultancy that is dedicated to interdisciplinary and collaborative problem solving.

The projects and problems that we find most interesting to pursue - such as curing and preventing infectious and epidemic diseases, analyzing the risks of science and technology breakthroughs, and designing enforceable global health and environmental policies - are those that have clearly overwhelmed the capabilities of any one area of expertise or field of study.

Instead, we actively seek out and connect experts from a range of fields, often for the first time, so they can exchange information and/or begin to work together toward common goals. We also strive to improve the methods used to convene and conduct these kinds of boundary-crossing inquiries.

The Institute is focused on two goals:

  • To establish new methods, tools and best practices for collaboration and knowledge sharing that can satisfy the demands of both the natural sciences, and that can accommodate the important and under-utilized contributions of the social and political sciences, arts and humanities; and,
  • To build a global network of diverse thinkers from both public and private sectors who are comfortable with these kinds of boundary-crossing inquiries, and who meet the highest standards of professional performance in their respective fields.

Introducing experts to each other’s work has long been known to be a powerful catalyst for breakthroughs in scientific research. But we believe that combining systematic deliberation and rigorous analysis in a collaborative setting can also speed the solution to many of today’s most intractable problems that exist outside the lab, in the real world.

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