Toban Shadlyn


Center for Complexity Annual Symposium  

June 14 – June 16, 2021

Center for Complexity, Rhode Island School of Design

︎︎︎Carry Forward
In 2021 RISD’s Center for Complexity (CfC) hosted a 3-day virtual symposium from June 14-16. The event invited an exploration of where we want to go as the world emerges from the global pandemic. Where is humanity now? Where are we as a civilization—and a species—and where do we go next, more than a year into the pandemic?

The redesign of a society that works for everyone looms large, as yet unfinished. What are the tangible and intangible things we will carry forward without our knowledge or consent? What will we choose to carry forward? Each of us can only carry so much. What will be left behind? Who will be left behind? How will these choices be made? What do we need to carry collectively that can’t be carried alone?

We invited a variety of scholars, thinkers and makers to explore what to keep, drop or modify in systems and practices such as education, healthcare, nuclear threat reduction, exhibition planning, the search for certainty and more.

A series of experimental unmoderated conversations between practitioners from the fields of design, art, science, medicine, political science, and more.   

An experimental unmoderated conversation between Emma Cocker and Stuart Firestein about embracing uncertainty.

Keep, Drop, Modify
Grounded by the framing “Keep, Drop, Modify”, we asked symposium contributors to reflect on what they would keep; drop; and modify in medical practice, medical education, and in care and addiction. 

Keep, Drop, Modify in  care and addiction. Contributors: Jon Soske, Elizabeth A. Samuels, and Matthew Murphy.