Making Sense of Complexity

The Cynefin Company is an action research and development hub working at the limits of applied complexity science, where sparks become light, light becomes research, and research becomes practice. 

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Learning & training, current events, trending publications and all kinds of interesting new things like programmes and webinars are at the top of our minds right now. Have a look.

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Come and join our worldwide community of complexity, Cynefin® and SenseMaker® practitioners. Gain valuable insights from leading experts, access high-quality content, a learning platform, and an opportunity to connect and engage with other complexity practitioners globally. By enrolling as a Premium Member, you'll enjoy remarkable discounts on a wide range of learning products.

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Basecamp

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Make sense of situations to guide decision-making and management approaches today.

Cynefin® Basecamp is an immersive and participative introduction to sense-making, complexity, and the tools and methods of the renowned Cynefin® Framework. Newcomers to complexity and Cynefin® will experience and explore the challenges of managing, leading, and taking action in complex human systems.

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Hexi method packs kits

As part of our effort to rewild The Cynefin Company with the move away from the Cognitive Edge name, we have started focusing on our methods. We have spent much of our focus this year on producing and testing our Hexi facilitation kits. 

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THE CYNEFIN CO. UPCOMING EVENTS

The Cynefin Co hosts a range of events including Masterclasses, Advanced Training, Retreat, Members & Public meetups,  and Partner events. 
TRAINING & LEARNING

Training and Learning with The Cynefin Company focus on Complexity theory-informed practices.

We offer various development pathways for Organisations and individuals through facilitated events (virtual and in-person), together with online self-paced learning products and mentoring journeys.

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SENSEMAKER®

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ANTHRO-COMPLEXITY

We are the pioneer of the field of complexity, charting the way before complexity became mainstream. We created the concepts of Naturalising Sense-making, Distributed Ethnography, Flexuous curves (formerly Apex Predator theory), and have developed the whole field now known as Anthro-complexity: complexity as experienced in human systems.

WHAT'S NEW AT CYNEFIN - OUR THINKING

Patterns as, and via actants
Actant, a significant term in our work, is not just about humans but takes a broader concept of agency.  Its origin lies in Greimas’s structural semantics and narrative theory, and it builds on early work, including fascinating material on the morphology of folktales.  It is part of a body of work that builds on structuralism […]
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Patterning curiosity
Peder Söderlind pinged me on a LinkedIn post, which picked up a fair following, in part because of its very intriguing opening sentence: Doing my best to be a bit braver and trust my own thinking.  The link takes you to an article that seeks to view curiosity as a collective movement.   It coincided […]
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Patterns and patterning
Some years ago, I picked up Jeremy Lent’s book The Patterning Instinct: A cultural history of humanity’s search for meaning largely based on the title and the fact that it had an introduction by Fritjof Capra.  As a book, it seeks to break the pervasiveness of Cartesian Dualism and “the tired clichés of the science-religion […]
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About the Cynefin Company

The Cynefin Company (formerly known as Cognitive Edge) was founded in 2005 by Dave Snowden. We believe in praxis and focus on building methods, tools and capability that apply the wisdom from Complex Adaptive Systems theory and other scientific disciplines in social systems. We are the world leader in developing management approaches (in society, government and industry) that empower organisations to absorb uncertainty, detect weak signals to enable sense-making in complex systems, act on the rich data, create resilience and, ultimately, thrive in a complex world.
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