A cynefin reflection

January 29, 2016

One of the many wonderful things about Snowdonia is the way the architecture and the scenery blend into each other. The slate and stone of the hill sides becomes the building material of the farmsteads, byres, shepherds huts and terraces. As the weather changes, so the stones change texture and colour; there is of the year when both are not interesting and changing. The picture here is on the descent of the Devil’s Kitchen that sits between Glyder Fawr and Y Garn. Neither summit was reachable today with the wind blasting in and around so we descended back to the lake in what was an invigorating walk.

It’s been an interesting week, getting up at 0400 to clear work, leaving for a training walk (that Annapurna trek is just over a month away) bee returning to cook a meal and out another four to five hours in before retiring. I’ve been up with my daughter so conversation flowed both on the mountain and in the cottage. There is a rhythm to this type of working which is immensely satisfying and its the combination of reading or writing with physical exercise that is important. Ellie made the point yesterday as we took an old drover’s road over the hill that we neglect those who work who do physical work not just in terms of income, but in terms of respect and status.

Here in the mountains, my cynefin, I always feel at home. The sudden call of the raven, the sense that the wind is about to blast the surface of the lake into a cloud of spray, navigating paths that change character and texture with the weather. All of this is a part of what I am. Without that sense of physical place we are nothing, indeed the singularity would be a relief. For me the idea is abhorrent. If my wishes are respected my ashes will be scattered from the summit of Tryfan, I never want to be separated from these mountains.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Posts

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.

Cognitive Edge Ltd. & Cognitive Edge Pte. trading as The Cynefin Company and The Cynefin Centre.


< Prev

What’s it all about?

- No Comments

I spent the latter part of today in Pontio at Bangor University. I was there ...

More posts

Next >

The need to rethink research

- No Comments

One of the things that I could have added to my earlier post on CfAC ...

More posts

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram