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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Covid in Transition

With Covid in Transition, The Cynefin Company enables your organisation to engage staff, teams and diverse stakeholder communities in a collective act of reflection, meaning-making, mourning and celebration. This offer is an accessible entry into sense-making that requires no additional training to implement. Decision-makers and leaders can interact with the data and narratives in interactive dashboards as they are collected.
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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 been focusing on our methods and have spent much of our focus this year on the production and testing of our hexi facilitation kits. 




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.
We offer various development pathways for individuals and teams through facilitated events, online self-paced learning products, and mentoring journeys.
Browse learning

The Cynefin Company team and members are currently building programmes and accepting new memberships. The Numinous, Health & Care: making sense of the landscape, Education, Climate Change, Power, Discrimination & Conflict, Citizens Engagement & Democratic Innovation.

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“Protestants keep toasters in cupboards”
If you haven’t seen the glorious three series of Derry Girls then, if you do nothing else, watch this extract before reading further.  The Catholic girls are being forced into a peace and reconciliation process with the Protestant boys facilitated by a trendy priest and watched over by a cynical Nun (the best character in […]
Granularity: applying the gesso
I’ve talked about granularity on many occasions and looking back to my original knowledge management work the idea was there as well – collections of micro-narrative not stories, multiple small projects with coherence rather than a grand strategy and so on.  That was during the period when complexity theory was starting to appear on the periphery […]
Staring into the abyss; an exploration of chaos
This is going to be a rambling ride, so strap in. There was once a little TV show about vampires called True Blood. It run for several seasons, and I abandoned it around Season 4. Season 1 was interesting, 3 was deliciously campy, but season 2 contained seeds of wisdom. In Season 2, a maenad […]


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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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