Hybrids, Hybridity, and Hype

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NPQ is just going to press with the latest edition of its print magazine. This one focuses on “hybrids,” both organizations that are mixes of types—government/nonprofit, for-profit/nonprofit, and new and old styles of communicating and organizing—and evolutionary hybrids. The nonprofit sector is chock full of these, and the mixes are evolving and multiplying as the Digital/Knowledge Age affects our operating environments and the ways in which organizations manage and govern themselves.

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Spring 2014

As a first step into the topic of hybridity, I wanted to call your attention to this article by Rick Cohen about a recent forum on a few highly lauded forms associated with social enterprise—the benefit corporation and the L3C.