Here is a summary of May’s reading fare, the second course of my literary feast on collaboration…

Crowdsourcing by Jeff Howe – There is a substantial opportunity to apply the principles of Open Source software production to other businesses. You can leverage the crowd—now more than 1+ Billion strong—to produce, edit, filter, select and even fund portions of your business. Excellent read.

Wikinomics by Don Tapscott & Anthony Williams – A call to action to embrace a model of mass collaboration and openness fostered by the Internet and supporting technologies. Abundant examples across a variety of industries and applications demonstrate the power of such an approach, although the authors confuse matters by repeatedly attempting to coin new terminology and jargon (e.g., “ideagoras” and “New Alexandrians”).

The Culture of Collaboration by Evan Rosen – Businesses need to collaborate. There are lots of benefits. It has worked for lots of companies. Here are some tools (mostly technology) you can use. Blah,blah, blah. When reading I usually dog ear pages that include great examples, profound insight or well written sections; this book yielded only four.

More comments on how this relates to 2MinuteGenius in a later post. Stay tuned.