THE HYBRID VIGOR APPROACH
The organizing principle of Hybrid Vigor is the shared topic or
problem. An ideal Hybrid Vigor topic is currently studied by several
disciplines and has the greatest potential for shifts in traditional
thinking, and/or future technological developments or breakthroughs
by integrating disciplinary knowledge.
With this organizing principle in mind, the Institute has developed
a systematic method for cultivating disciplinary diversity, which
employs several complementary approaches.
Hybrid Vigor Journal. The Institute will regularly
publish monographs online, at hybridvigor.net
each issue organized around a single topic, within a specific
program area to bring researchers from different disciplines
in contact with each other's work. Although its content will be
targeted at researchers, the journal will be written for a general
audience by world-class science writers and subject experts, free
and available to anyone with an Internet connection.
Working conferences. The Institute will host an
ongoing series of invitation-only, working conferences or symposia,
also organized around specific topics within each program area,
for select groups of established researchers and, notably,
their graduate students and proteges from a range of disciplines.
Collaboration, knowledge tools. Hybrid Vigor will
deploy sophisticated software technologies as a means for researchers
to collaborate with others across their disciplinary and/or geographic
boundaries. The goal is to automate serendipity and speed problem
solving by providing a means by which researchers can share both
ideas and the information that is likely to be most useful to them,
as well as providing them with tools for further individual exploration.
These tools, as they are deployed, will be freely available at hybridvigor.net.