Through our desk research, interviews with experts and reviews with our partner anthropologists, we identified the following themes to examine + existing gaps in the research thus far.
When things break down, ethics come out / values are obvious
- Components chosen - what are the positive and negative effects?
- Within a company - who is “responsible” / who has “control” / who has agency / who has power?
Roles and vocabularies
- Who are you and what do you do?
- Different roles → different ways of talking about ethics
- (marketing + engineers, company + investors)
Little e to Big E
- When and why do we talk about ethics vs. Ethics
- The gap(?) between talking about ethics and then making a decision that has Ethical implications
- What is the design-dev process like?
- What are the start-up’s process / phases?
- Slow thinking
- When does reflection occur? (generally)
- When does “ethics” occur?
Visions → materiality:
- What happens when you have to translate your ethical vision or what you think would be good into actual material decisions (networks, boards)
- No cards
- “Can I just have a coffee with you and talk about ethics?”
- End user of your product brought to the center
What has yet to be figured out?
- Desk research:
- How have other products / kits been integrated, if at all?
- Field research (workshops) →
- What defines their phases of work? Process?
- In order to integrate into their design-dev process, we need to know what it looks like.
- Are there different phases of work?
- What are the elements of their work?
- When do they switch from development to requirements, debugging to structuring?
- When do you order components / decide software platform?
- Are they ever in a holding pattern? Do they sprint or have an even pace of work?
- What tools do they use on a day-to-day basis? Weekly? Monthly? Etc.
- What tool for “fixing bugs”? Do they go on stack overflow etc?
- What do they have “control” over in their work?
- How do they see their own agency within the company / work?