How the people of CERN work

October 4th, 2012

Jeremy Keith, after visiting CERN in Switzerland:

“According to most established social and economic theory, nothing should ever get done at CERN. It’s a collection of thousands of physics nerds—a mixture of theorists (the ones with blackboards) and experimentalists (the ones with computers). When someone wants to get something done, they present their ideas and ask for help from anyone with specific fields of expertise. Those people, if they like the sound of the idea, say “Okay” and a new collaboration is born.”

I love this way of working. It reminds me a lot of how Valve works and also how this little team is being set up.

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