Hybrid Zone X (HzX) is both a community and an exploratory creative program.
The above illustration highlights insights and the importance of ideas from a variety of creative minds. Drawing similar inspiration, HzX is rooted in the understanding that discovery is a process of combining ideas, and that these ideas are most likely to emerge from a mind that is curious, open to possibility and consistently exposed to a variety of experiences.
Our community hybridizes the thinking styles of high-end scientists (from gamers to tissue engineers) and entrepreneurially wired thinkers and doers. At HzX, it wouldn’t be surprising to find a pig farmer who uses a relational database. Both the people we attract and the programs we develop embody a spirit of contrasts and share these values:
- independent, yet connective
- playful, yet rigorous
- curious, yet productive
Our HzX explorations are held a few times each year.
Our Creative Formula: We identify Xs — emerging movements rooted by the high-end science happening at WID that have both societal and business implications. We then treat these X variables as launchpads for exploration, finding specialists spanning the widest possible spectrum of disciplines to seed our discussions.
Our most recent eXploration centered on life and death, exploring the ways in which a company, like an organism, has a metabolism. Our eXploration integrated studies of metabolism, mindfulness and evolutionary theory to find connections between the life and death of the office, of the universe, of a person, of creativity, and of companies.
Our Output: New areas of research and collaborations that wouldn’t have happened outside of WID’s unconstrained environment as well as sharable insights to shape the global community.
Upcoming eXplorations in 2014: August 21, November 6th
For questions about Hybrid Zone X, contact Carrie Pagliarini.