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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


The Hybrid Vigor Institute, founded in 2000, is a tax-exempt, 501C3 public charitable organization. The Institute is supported primarily by grants and donations, augmented by a small consulting practice. Please contact Denise Caruso, Hybrid Vigor’s executive director, for more information on consulting services, or how you can help fund the Institute’s work.

We are grateful to our visionary funders, past and present:


• The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Decision, Risk and Management Sciences program, for funding the Institute’s xenotransplantation project, “Understanding Genomics Risks: An Integrated Scenario and Analytic Approach,” in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University.

• The NSF’s Division of Behavior and Cognitive Sciences, for its support of the Institute’s study of interdisciplinary research networks, “A Multi-method Analysis of the Social and Technical Conditions for Interdisciplinary Collaboration,” Diana Rhoten, Principal Investigator.

• The Institute for International Studies at U.C. Berkeley, for its support of two working symposia on risk assessment methods for genetic engineering and xenotransplantation.


The Whitman Institute, for a generous grant for general operating support.

• The Rockefeller Foundation, for its support of the Institute’s work on risk and public policy.

• The New York Times Capital Foundation, for a grant to support general operations.

• The Surdna, Packard and Rockefeller Foundations, for a grant to explore intra-organizational collaboration (a.k.a. ‘cross-cutting’) in foundations.

Also thanks to the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, Bushkin Family Foundation, Glaser Family Foundation, Dan Lynch Family Foundation and ROSH Foundation for general operating support.


Many and ongoing thanks to Lisa Gansky, Martin King, Richard Miller and Ann Winblad, for general operating support. Also to Katherine Fulton, Don Hazen, John Gilmore, David Liddle, Avram Miller, Pamela Samuelson, Esther Dyson, Herbert Allen III, Sunny Bates, Ray Ozzie and Dawna Bousquet, Dan Kohn, Bob and Robyn Metcalfe, and Josh Steiner.


Hybrid Vigor’s publication of Intervention has been supported to date by donations from Pandefense, the Tides Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center, and many individuals, including Harriet Barlow, David Baron and Chris Bubser, Anita and Dana Cadonau-Huseby, Maggi Cary, Chris Desser and Kirk Marckwald, Katherine Fulton, Lisa Gansky, Don Hazen, Martin King, Rich Miller, Nancy Murphy, Norman Pearlstine, Tina Ragozzino and Stacy Williams.


Global Business Network, The Google Foundation, Interdigital Communications Corporation, InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters), The Monitor Group, The Packard Foundation (via the Monitor Institute), and Vulcan Ventures.