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. #makingsenseofcomplexity

Prevailing Currents

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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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

Awkward, lumpy, rough or stilted …
I’m playing with fire a bit here as I am not a native Welsh speaker, and there are subtleties of meaning that I don’t fully understand.  Any feedback is appreciated, and please assume good intent.  Still, I was struck when reading a poem in translation – with the original Welsh on the adjacent page – […]
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Hiraeth, manure and spade work
Just over a month ago, I tagged an article in The Guardian which had picked up on the work of Italian anthropologist Vito Teti on the social value of nostalgia.   That sent me burrowing, but the only one of his books which I could find translated from la bella lingua (to quote Lucia, and […]
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Acumen Incited 2 of 2
My last post took the general position that acumen in human systems is not just an individual quality but is also linked to empathy and can be executed collectively, often without conscious direction.  It really can’t be encompassed by an algorithm.  But network intelligence has to be engendered, which means creating the substrate, enabling connection […]
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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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