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The Cynefin Centre is The Cynefin Company’s hub that primarily focuses on working within the not-for-profit, government and academic sectors. Our action research and development offering is membership-based and geared towards the application of complexity science to social good. We work at the limits, where research becomes practice, and we want to make (and are making) a difference.

The Cynefin Centre is Dave Snowden’s primary area of focus, with flagship research programmes into healthcare; education; climate change; power, discrimination and conflict; “the Numinous”; citizen engagement and democratic innovation.  

These programmes are, however, not exclusively for participation or application in the social good space alone: many commercial applications arise from the research and businesses are finding more and more opportunity and value from these, and other programmes.

Complexity is about constant emergence. There are many areas to explore and much to pioneer. The Cynefin Centre’s lab explores the edges. Partnering with other organisations to research and develop new spaces informed by Complexity. The focus of the lab is research within commercial spaces. The lab combines the latest from our academic research hub with commercial applications.

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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