A scenario building workshop with nine researchers from Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, 20140116-17.
In this two-day workshop the participants asked themselves what are possible futures for an academic institution such as M-ITI and what might be their “raison d'être” in the years to come. At present, research institutions are stretched between fierce competition, bureaucratic inertia, job (in)security and a strong desire to create a culture of sharing and innovation - a culture from which transformative experiences can emerge, enabling people to live the best possible lives in harmony with their environments. What is M-ITI like in this context, how will European Research Area (ERA) develop and what impact will its future have on M-ITI? What is the profile of the person who could become the interface between M-ITI and ERA? How would this person work in the existing M-ITI context and team?
The core question for the participants of the workshop was “Why should M-ITI exist?”
A selection from identified macro trends:
The participants found the following trends and factors extremely important for the core question:
Two scenario axes (critical uncertainties):
When plotted as the two scenario axes, the following possible futures were revealed:
NOTE: The workshop focused specifically on M-ITI, but the scenarios have been written as possible futures for research institutes in general.
As part of this workshop we planned a formal debrief at the M-ITI all hands meeting five days after the workshop. The meeting began with the summary of the workshop and continued with a discussion about the next steps (creating a cafe, a twitter stream, physical exercises, research seminars, a retreat at the end of the semester, sharing the process with ERAChair candidates, etc.)
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