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Dave Snowden
I was trying to remember when COVID started to impact me personally and touch wood despite lots of social contacts I either haven’t had it or didn’t notice if I did).  Yes, I was aware of it, and that awareness crept up slowly and remorselessly.  When it started it felt a little like SARS, not […]
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Dave Snowden
Yesterday I raised the idea of using a colony of different organisms that have evolved to collaborate as a single entity as a metaphor for new forms of organisation.  In that first post in respect of physical workspace I referenced using the familiar, in a modified context to cope with the familiar.  I started there […]
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Dave Snowden
I am indulging myself a little with the title to this post.  For those who don’t know it describes a type marine entity which, while it appears to be a single organism is in fact a colony of different zooids that are different morphologically and are functionally specialised.  One of the best examples is the […]
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catherinerussell
In 2021, the Cynefin Centre hopes that we can start introducing and highlighting the work carried out by our members more than ever before. Today’s blog post offers the stage to a project looking at experiences of the pandemic all around the world. Catherine Russell explains: 2020 saw a transformative series of events that have […]
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Anna Panagiotou
It is 2021, and many of us don’t know quite what that entails. Most were very glad to see the back of 2020, and many colourful, expletive-filled goodbyes were said. As this happened, I and many others reminded ourselves that 2021 will be just as difficult, if not even more demanding. What a moment then […]
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Anna Panagiotou
I have been thinking a lot about climate change during the COVID-19 times (and so have many many many others). Two things have struck many among us, and have repeatedly been brought up in discussions I have been a part of. The first main theme has been “nature returning”: clearer skies, cleaner waters (or in […]
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Dave Snowden
This key post in our COVID series has been written by our long term partner and friend Wendy Schultz a major thought leader in the Futures Community.  It describes the critical importance of starting to think about the future now, not once the crisis is over. The site is now open for public capture, but we […]
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Dave Snowden
This blog post is written by Dave Snowden (the Cynefin Centre) and Millie Begovic (UNDP) to launch a critical experiment in learning and understanding the evolving implications of the pandemic – to which we invite your participation. The resulting data will be used to better understand how to globally scale this distributed capture and further […]
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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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