The process of "making things work" demands a collaboration involving many decisions, small and large, constrained by one's own plans and other people's, by material circumstance, and by cultural values, knowledge cultures, regimes of attention. Whether in the sciences or the arts, knowledge enactment is very rarely a value-free zone. Men, women, children, professionals and laymen, in and out of the workplace have explored and apprehended the nature of their world and its material contingencies, at everyday or specialist levels, and within ethical, cultural, social, and political agendas. A judgement about whether a product, a method, or a form of knowledge is good or bad, fine or coarse, correct or false, useful or superfluous, authoritative or transgressive, may sometimes draw on unspoken rules or values of custom and habit, and may sometimes refer to more explicit yardsticks such as ritual or religious norms, legal codes or established standards and procedures.
Members of this working group will meet regularly from Sep 2014 to Aug 2016 to analyze the role of decision making and organizational strategies in scientific and technological change, knowledge production, and the many layers of “making things work.”