The aim of the CINet is to stimulate and facilitate interaction and collaboration between its members and between the network and its external stakeholders. In organizing and managing the network a continuous but dynamic balance is sought between self-organization and centralization, between co-incidence and control, between flexibility and institutionalization.
A strong culture is the key to the success of the CINet. Formal positions and arrangements are kept to a minimum.
It is essential that current and new members of the CINet subscribe to the research vision of the network. On an operational level, members of the network should support a welcoming and pleasant culture in which it is a 'routine':
CINet does not organize or manage (in any sense) local/national projects. It is hoped that a culture along the lines sketched above is enough to provide an environment in which interaction and collaboration will flourish. However, there are a few network activities that need active co-ordination including:
A small board, elected by the membership and supported by the Executive Secretary, is responsible for these activities.