I have been reading Peter Gloor’s new book, COINS @ Tipping Point – How to Convert Organizations into Collaborative Innovation Networks. It defines COINs as “self organizing cyberteams of intrinsically motivated people who get together around revolutionary new ideas and concepts.” Peter uses the development of the internet as a prime example of a COIN in operation. The book also looks closely at the experiences of the Swiss sailing team that created and then raced the Alinghi to victory in the America’s Cup. The book explores three main questions:
• What are Collaborative Knowledge Networks
• Why are Collaborative Knowledge Networks better than conventional organizations?
• How can my organization become a Collaborative Knowledge Network?
Peter talks a good bit about the openness and trust required to participate in a COIN. Then he models this behavior by putting his complete draft book available on-line for free download and invites comments from readers. With Peter’s permission, I invite anyone interested to take a look and provide their perspective. In a way, the creation of his book becomes a COIN, itself.
He also put his previous book on-line before publication and it is still available.
Peter was the former e-business practice lead for Deloitte in Europe and draws on his many relevant experiences there, as well as prior industry experience. Examples come from companies like DaimlerChrysler, Novartis, Intel Deloitte, UBS, HP, and IBM. It makes interesting reading and I urge you to join in this COIN.
Peter is now at MIT Sloan and Dartmouth Tuck doing research and development on the open source Collaborative Knowledge Networks, a very effective SNA tool that supplies movies of connection patterns over time. I have posted on it before.