Glenn Ricart suggested the name "Stone Soup Group" because the group was attempting to create a useful academic network soup from a starting point that held no preconceptions (the stone in the soup pot) but to which everyone could contribute ingredients.
The Stone Soup Group moved to the position that the key stumbling blocks were a lack of solutions to problems in applying networking technology to issues critical to the future of their institutions. For example, the lack of an accepted authentication mechanism has made it difficult to provide accepted digital signatures, authenticate submissions of student academic projects, and provide software access to authorized users. A common solution to a problem like this would encourage vendors to build their software with these solutions in their products. It was felt that if the entire Stone Soup Group agreed to use a single, common solution, it would be the most important thing they could do to promote the development and use of advanced information technology to solve critical problems at their institutions. The set of institutions using the common solutions would in effect be creating a virtual university network.
To reflect this direction, the name of the group was changed in May of 1994 to the Common Solutions Group.