COINS 2010

Every conference experience for me is a blend of what I share vs. what I learn.  Often times, what I learn is in the backchannel to the conference through the storytelling and rich sharing of your experiences putting rubber to the road.  I learn a lot from the questions I hear others ask… and every once in a while there are sessions that take me by surprise and push me to that nervous energy that helps me to grow in new ways.

There’s a conference on my radar that looks like it’s going to spur a lot of cognitive activity, suggested to me by Dennis Schleicher (@dennisschleiche) and Suresh Susarla (@ssusarla). It’s in the beginning of October and I’m planning on being there (when I’ve confirmed it, I’ll be sure to share it).

From the site’s description of the COINs 2010 conference:

“Collaborative Innovation Networks, or COINs, are cyberteams of self-motivated people with a collective vision, to innovatively collaborate by sharing ideas, information, and work enabled by technology. Although COINs have been around for hundreds of years, they are especially relevant today because the concept has reached its tipping point thanks to the Internet. COINs are powered by swarm creativity, wherein people work together in a structure that enables a fluid creation and exchange of ideas. ‘Coolhunting’―discovering, analyzing and measuring trends and trendsetters―puts COINs to productive use. Patterns of collaborative innovation frequently follow an identical path, from creator to COIN to collaborative learning network to collaborative interest network.”

This last summer, I presented a few times on what I’ve dubbed “The Architecture of Actualization.” If you saw the presentation or have followed along with my notes and some conversations on the subject, this conference looks especially meaningful as a way of expressing some of the concepts I introduced, specifically…

  • Are people who participate in COINS actually performing tasks of Trusted Brokers?
  • Is there some deep-level diversity required in COINS to help members of the networks stay peripherally (or pervasively) aware?  If it’s not entirely human-mediated, what kind of semantic analysis is involved to match relevant information sources with you that you might not normally be exposed to?
  • What do the feedback loops look like?  How is paradata used on the tech side? What kinds of digital relationship building skills are needed to establish trust and rapport on the human side?
  • What kinds of knowledge spaces can be mapped from a COIN?
  • With the information overload that I assume occurs within a COIN, how do people use narratives to help make sense of it all.

Right now I’m 90% sure I’m going to be there.  Are you? What should I be getting to know more about before I go? What would you like me to find out about that would be helpful for an idea you have?