After having identified our core question and its answer, we brainstormed how we’d like MITI to be in 10 years and what are the main success and failure factors for this vision to happen:
The main success factors we identified were:
→ availability of resources – in particular the development of financial capacity and research infrastructure and building an autonomous funding basis
→ attractive environment for people – capacity to attract and retain top talent, competitive hiring and career development and open but strong leadership
→ relationship with wider networks – an important factor due to the isolated geographical location, includes build a good local network (including University support) and reaching out in particular through publishing in top HCI conferences
→ appropriate scope for research – in particular a more clear vision and research core, including distinctive application areas
→ commitment to the M-ITI culture – building cohesion and commitment and integrating new people into the culture
Reality check and Tensions
In order to operate in a realistic way, identify and address challenges and problems that MITI might face in its future growth, we assed the that: M-ITI would like to produce sharing, inclusive, engaged and authentic work but some forces might still operate as obstacles.
The main obstacles to MITI success are:
→ competitive academic careers and ferce competition between people and institutions push M-ITI to have less time to share, create a social space and a unique M-ITI culture
→ bureaucratic inertia of larger institutional bodies, funding agencies, passive culture etc, make the changes slow and difficult.
→ the Madeira community is small and insular, the quality of life on the island is good, tending towards comfort and conformism, making many people reluctant to change the status quo.