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A synopsis of September 21–23 2022 — speakers, panel discussions, and group inquiry into the meaning and consequences of collapse.

Center for Complexity (CfC) held its 4th annual symposium at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) September 21-23, 2022. Hundreds of participants including students, faculty, staff and members of the public joined in workshops, conversations, making, and gallery talks over the three days. Engagements with scholars, artists, and peers explored the phenomenon of collapse in order to collectively confront the precarity of natural and human-made systems to consider how might we collapse the spaces that divide us to identify the insights, mindsets, and practices needed to move beyond collapse and achieve a sustainable, equitable and just future.

September 21–23 2022 — speakers, panel discussions, and group inquiry into the meaning and consequences of collapse.

We are pleased to announce plans for our fourth annual symposium. Once again live on RISD’s campus after two years of COVID-necessitated virtual events, the 2022 symposium will focus on collapse in relation to the dynamic and static forces of systems change. Speakers, panel discussions and group inquiry will advance a collective understanding of the meaning and consequences of collapse. From September 21–23 10:00am–5:00pm. Free and open to the public.

A call for proposals inviting RISD faculty & staff to contribute work to our 2022 Symposium. Deadline June 20, 2022.

CfC seeks 5-6 scholars/authors and 5-6 artists, designers, and/or makers from the RISD faculty and staff to explore collapse from a variety of perspectives and in a variety of media, producing either a 2,500 to 3,000 word essay, an original artwork, a prototype, a set of architectural drawings or plans, a film, or a creative proposition of any kind. Deadline: June 20, 2022

June 1, 2022

Read about some of our current efforts on opioids, addiction, equity and systemic change. 

February 8, 2022

RISD’s Center for Complexity uses the studio process of inquiry, iteration and innovation to envision novel solutions to the nationwide problem.

Register for our Interdisciplinary Spring 2022 Studio Course – Design Beyond Crisis – IDISC 1544

Hiring a graphic designer to work with us starting in 2022

January 2021

Read through the brilliant ideas and questions discussed at our 2020 Complexity Symposium – Generation C.

Complexity Symposium 2021

Please join us from June 14-16, 2021, for this year's Complexity Symposium titled 'Carry Forward'.

We are hiring 2 positions for Spring 2021. Open to all graduate students. Apply by Monday, March 1, 2021.

January 8 2021

RISD’s Center for Complexity launches Horizon 2045, a 25-year project aimed at eliminating the threat of nuclear war.

November 12 2020

The mainstay RI team presents at the 2020 Symposium on Substance Use Research.

September 9 2020

The Center for Complexity led a six-day strategic design studio undertaken for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). The studio – alongside practitioners working in the field – explored what a “Center for Arts and Health” should be for communities in Rhode Island and beyond. 

July 8 2020

Researchers at RISD's Center for Complexity share insights from a symposium focused on the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19.

A five-day virtual symposium to share ideas about the critical work of charting pathways forward

Continuum: Rituals for Change

Judah Armani shares his insights and practices from 15 years of work in design for social change. He presents his experience applying co-creation and service design, to support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in the UK improve the quality of their lives.

Join us for coffee and meet people across the campus!

A workshop facilitated by Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard

We send our kids to school to prepare them for the future. But for which future should schools prepare?

Complexity, Uncertainty, and the Need for Better Evidence

It can be hard for artists, designers and scientists to work together. Experts in their own domains, they often discover that the same words mean very different things in new contexts. Yet, sometimes this discovery fails to be recognized at all, resulting in circular arguments, confusion, and missed opportunities for shared discovery. With that in mind, this talk will present our experience and current lines of inquiry about working with evidence. What counts as evidence? What kind of evidence challenges evidence?

Mainstay proposal wins first place at the Hackthon

In collaboration with PopTech, the Center for Complexity (CfC) hosted a two day convening in March 2019 to discuss the future of food

“A Practice of Uncertainty: How Design Embraces Contingency” Lecture by: Justin W. Cook at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities

Marking the completion of N Square Innovation Network cohort one and the launch of cohort two, N Square and RISD co-hosted the intensive program with longtime partners PopTech and Nucleus.

The Practice of Complexity

Focusing on the role of design in today’s society, Dan Hill shares a range of methods for bringing possible futures into reality, tools for decision-making, and the structuring of teams to work on complex challenges.

The Center for Complexity (CfC) hosted its first symposium, in collaboration with Infosys to explore how complexity and uncertainty are forces enabling change across every aspect of our lives, organizations, and institutions