Chris Csikszentmihályi is European Research Area Chair at the Madeira Interactive Technology Institute, where he is helping to start a new research unit, and also Director of the Rootio Radio Project, which seeks to match the warmth of great radio with the bottom-up peer parallelism of the Internet. He prototyped Rootio in the US and Uganda. Before that, he was the first Visiting Distinguished Professor of Art and Design Research at the Parsons School of Design in New York.
He spent ten years at MIT, co-founding and directing the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, dedicated to developing technologies that strengthen communities. He was also a professor at the MIT Media Lab, where he founded and directed the Computing Culture group, which worked to create unique media technologies for cultural applications. He has worked in the intersection of new technologies, media, politics, and the arts for 20 years, lecturing, showing new media work, and presenting installations on five continents and one subcontinent. He was a 2005 Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a 2007-2008 fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, served on the National Academies’ IT and Creativity Committee, and has taught at MIT, the University of California at San Diego, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and at Turku University.