Basics of Hybrid

What is a Hybrid committee?

A hybrid committee is a type of Model United Nations committee that incorporates both traditional and crisis elements, with the goal of better emulating the actual procedures of the bodies being simulated. Each hybrid committee blends debate styles differently depending on your committee executives’ pedagogical goals for the committee. The aim of a hybrid committee is for you to craft both short and long term policy solutions to problems faced in committee, as well as for you to experience the effects of your policies on committee itself.

Why do we do Hybrids?

Model UN allows delegates to understand complicated problems by trying to solve them. Both traditional and crisis committees allow for grappling with these problems in different methods. While both are tied together by strong communication skills, traditional committees more heavily emphasize research and careful deliberation, whereas crisis committees thrive on quick thinking and speedy adjustments to new events. Naturally, both cater to different types of learning. Hybrids allow delegates to get the best of both worlds: delegates can tackle larger questions in depth while also testing their ability to think on their feet, all in one committee.

How do Hybrids differ from traditional or crisis committees?

Hybrid committees are on the smaller end of the spectrum, usually between 25 and 50 delegates, and as such, rely on extensive participation just like a crisis committee.

Due to the unique and dynamic nature of these committees, there is no single type of document. Hybrid committees may pass resolution-like capstone documents (as in traditional committees), directives (as in crisis committees), or both.

Personal action
In keeping with the unique pattern, delegates on hybrid committees may represent countries or individuals as the hybrid nature of the committees is reflected in their format more so than their content. All hybrid committees have room for delegates to use their character or country’s personal powers to enact change in committee through notes to the backroom.

Rules of procedure
Hybrid committees have customized rules of procedure depending on the amount of crisis elements at play at a given time. Your background guide will detail atypical rules of procedure in the “Committee Structure and Mechanics” section.

All hybrid committees have one overarching topic, with smaller crisis and subtopics within it.