Proceedings from the Generation C 2020 Complexity Symposium

January 2021

The 2020 Annual Complexity Symposium entitled – Generation C – took place virtually during the week of June 15.

Open to everyone, the five-day event centered on a series of thought pieces responding to seven themes or compasses we called:

Culture & Constructs

Collapse & (re)Construct

Chaos & Control

Contact & Constraints

Crisis & Capacity

Commons & Capital

Compasses & Calibrations

Three months prior to the symposium—on March 11, 2020—the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In his incisive reporting of the crisis, science journalist Ed Yong refers to Generation C as those born into a world that will be “profoundly altered” by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We chose Generation C as the title of our symposium to suggest the generational changes that will be needed to address ongoing and emergent challenges in structures such as capitalism, climate, and community.

Through the symposium format, CfC assembled a group of thinkers and makers to offer their initial insights about this extraordinary moment in history. This thought-provoking compilation of collective wisdom can be read in it’s entirety on the symposium website,,  and as a digital publication –> Downloadable here.