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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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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


While the potential benefits of collaborative problem solving are enormous, few people have the knowledge or the tools to approach a problem collaboratively. Collaborative Practice is where Hybrid Vigor spotlights best practices for conducting collaborative work, importantly including the concept of sensemaking — the process that is undertaken to understand the connections between people, places, and events in order to make decisions about complex or uncertain situations, so that individuals and organizations can act in a principled and informed manner. We also develop new methods that incorporate a practical understanding of the social nature of these kinds of processes, and look for others who are doing the same.

We want to study the components and factors that drive collaborations and sensemaking processes to success — and just as importantly, to failure. We also are interested in compiling worked examples and case studies of cross-sector, cross-disciplinary collaborative and sensemaking projects.



Lead, Follow, Get Out of the Way: Sidestepping the Barriers to Effective Practice of Interdisciplinarity” [PDF], Denise Caruso and Diana Rhoten, Ph.D., April 2001.

Organizing Change From the Inside Out: Emerging Models of Intra-Organizational Collaboration in Philanthropy” [PDF], Diana Rhoten, Ph.D., October 2002.

A Multi-Method Analysis of the Social and Technical Conditions for Interdisciplinary Collaboration” [PDF], Diana Rhoten, Ph.D., September 2003.


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