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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


DENISE CARUSO (Founder, Executive Director)

Denise Caruso has more than 25 years of experience studying, analyzing and writing about technology and its social and political impacts. In 2009, she accepted a courtesy position as Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. In June 2011, she was hired managing director of a Department of Energy-funded research project on consumer behavior and electricity consumption, and in September became an adjunct professor in EPP, co-teaching a class on research methods and statistics.

In addition to her many years of contributions to the New York Times (first as its technology columnist, and later covering creativity and innovation), and her work for other high-profile publications and media outlets, Caruso has written an award-winning book, Intervention, on risk and genetic engineering. She also founded three pioneering technology newsletters that anticipated, then chronicled the revolutionary changes that gave rise first to digital media and eventually spawned the World Wide Web and the subsequent Internet revolution.

Her abilities and accomplishments have been recognized by her many appointments and advisory positions, most recently the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Strategic Foresight, a multi-stakeholder group committed to advancing collaborative solutions to global issues. The Stanford University Library is amassing a collection of Caruso’s papers from her years as a pioneer in recording and analyzing the global transition to digital technology.

The Hybrid Vigor Institute, which she founded in 2000, focuses on interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and ways to improve critical thinking and decision skills in and across sectors in business, government and academia. Through Hybrid Vigor, Caruso has convened or co-hosted meetings of faculty and investigators that include world-class natural and social scientists and decision analysts from some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions and organizations. She continues to work on projects both in academia and the private sector to improve the methods for analyzing the risks of science and technology-related innovations.

Caruso is an affiliated researcher at the Center for Risk Perception and Communication at Carnegie Mellon University, a member of the Global Business Network, and a contributing editor for Strategy + Business magazine. She was an early advocate of First Amendment rights online, and one of the first journalists to focus on the intersection of technology, commerce and culture. She holds a bachelors degree in English from California Polytechnic State University. Download Denise Caruso’s full biography here.

KATHERINE FULTON (Board Secretary)

Fulton is a senior advisor at Global Business Network, a partner of the Monitor Group and president of the Monitor Institute, the vehicle through which the Group applies its knowledge, expertise, skill, and capital to complex social problem solving. During much of the past decade at GBN, she helped organizations in more than 12 industries manage more skillfully through increasing uncertainty. She has also served as co-head of GBNs consulting practice..

In recent years, Fulton’s consulting practice has focused on the future of philanthropy and nonprofits, and she has given more than three dozen major speeches on the subject, including one at the prestigious TED Conference. She is the co-author of two publications on philanthropy published in 2005, Looking Out for the Future: An Orientation for Twenty-First Century Philanthropists and On the Brink of New Promise: The Future of U.S. Community Foundations. She also co-authored the 2004 publication, What If? The Art of Scenario Thinking for Nonprofits.

In a varied career that has included organizational consulting, journalism, and teaching and volunteer service, she has pursued her passionate interests in the use of private resources for public purposes and the connection between leadership and learning.

Before joining GBN, Fulton spent more than three years based at Harvard and Duke Universities. At Harvard, as a recipient of a Nieman Fellowship for journalists, she deepened her interests in organizations, new media, and pluralism, and organized two major national conferences on the future of journalism. At Duke, she developed new courses on the future of leadership and organizations, the future of communications media, and the future of democracy. Her innovative teaching was featured in Time magazine.

Her efforts have won her both a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and a Lyndhurst Foundation prize for community service.

RICHARD MILLER (Board Treasurer)

Miller, a pioneer in the design and implementation of electronic messaging and group communication, is the CEO of the Silicon Valley-based networking company Replicate Technologies. He began his career at the nonprofit Institute For The Future as are searcher for the U.S. Government’s renowned Advanced Research Projects Agency. Here he participated in some of the earliest technical design and development of computer based messaging (today’s ubiquitous e-mail) and computer conferencing using the distributed data network called ARPAnet, the precursor to today’s Internet.

Miller then co-founded Infomedia Corporation, where he was responsible for development and operations of Infomedias computer messaging,conferencing and information services, and later Telematica, Inc., a venture consultancy specializing in electronic messaging. As VP of Communications Technology and VP of Business Development for General Magic, he directed technology and commercial strategy for the pioneering startup.

After almost ten years running the venture consultancies Telematica, Inc. and Breo Consulting LLC, Miller co-founded Univa Corporation, an Illinois-based open-source software company where he served as COO for two years until leaving to assume the CEO role at Safe Data Sharing Inc., a Silicon Valley software company providing technology that permits use of sensitive information (such as personally identifying information) without risk of privacy breach.

OLIVER MORTON (Founding Fellow)

Morton, a Hybrid Vigor Fellow since its founding in 2000, has been writing about scientific knowledge, technological change and their effects, for a wide range of publications since 1997. He took a degree in the history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University in the mid 1980s, after which he served for several years as special features editor and science and technology editor at The Economist, a position to which he has recently returned.

He has been a contributing editor at WIRED and a contributing author to the New Yorker, Discover, Newsweek International, and Talk; to the journals Nature and Science; to the news papers The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal; and, to the magazines New Scientist and Prospect.

In 2001, Morton worked as a writer and editor on Improving Health Outcomes for the Poor, a report prepared for the World Health Organizations Commission on Macroeconomics and Health. Just previous to his current position, he was chief news and features editor at the London-based scientific journal Nature.

Morton also was managing editor of The Daily Davos, a Newsweek website covering the World Economic Forum annual meeting, as well serving a brief stint as the editor-in-chief of Wired UK. Author of the widely acclaimed Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World (St. Martins Press, 2002), his most recent book, Eating the Sun: How Light Powers the Planet, was released in the U.S. in 2008. He is a consultant to the Near Earth Object working group of the International Astronomical Union, and a member of the World Technology Network.

DIANA RHOTEN, PH.D. (Co-founder, Fellow)

Rhoten was appointed a Hybrid Vigor Fellow in June 2003 after co-founding the Institute and serving as its research director. Currently, she is director of the Knowledge Institutions program and the Digital Media and Learning project at the Social Science Research Council in New York. With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, Rhoten is leading the Learning Networks project in New York City, which uses a design-driven methodology to help institutions develop collaborative and interactive ways of crafting digital media and learning activities. She also was founding director of the Virtual Organizations and the CyberLearning programs in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation. While at Hybrid Vigor, she served as lead principal investigator for Hybrid Vigor’s NSF-funded pilot study on interdisciplinary research networks and methods, completed in June 2003.

In addition to her research and publications on interdisciplinary research, Rhoten works with various academic and non-academic organizations on the design, implementation, and assessment of new forms of collaboration, work, and training. In this context, she is particularly interested in the implications that current trends in social and natural science research pose for traditional institutions as they confront contemporaneous societal and market issues. For her work in this area, Rhoten was selected as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer (July 2005 - June 2007), an award that honors individuals at the leading edge of science.

Rhoten has a Ph.D.in Social Sciences, Policy, and Educational Practice and an M.A. in Sociology and Organizational Studies from Stanford University, as well as an M.Ed. in International Development Education from Harvard University. Her unique interdisciplinary approachhas been funded by grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Stanford University Center for Latin American Studies, and the Stanford University Lieberman Fellowship Committee.