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Nina Abrahams
Catholic Relief Services [CRS] started piloting SenseMaker® in 2015, and has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and implementation advice that they will be sharing with us. They have travelled the world and worked with people most in need. The journey has not always been easy, but, in the words of Dr Maria Veronica Gottret, Senior […]
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Dave Snowden
In bringing this three-part series of blog posts to an end I just want to remind readers that they are in effect an extension of the original post on learning which identified seven steps for mapping, three pervasive practices and three things to pay attention to.  I’ve been using a theme to the images, namely […]
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Dave Snowden
I’m spending the bulk of Sunday getting ready for an intensive series of sprints next week to get the Cynefin wiki populated with all the methods and concepts outlined within the recently published field-guide.  The decision to shift all the various methods that I, and colleagues, have developed over the years into open source was an […]
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Dave Snowden
I always have mixed feelings when I finish a Christmas blog series.  There is a rhythm to writing to a plan but it can also be a burden and you feel you are missing key subjects.  Whatever I took a day off and decided to summarise here some of the work I am doing on […]
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Dave Snowden
This post continues an earlier series on the theme of Leadership and is the third post in that series.  Links to the first two posts can be found in my post of yesterday.  Here I want to outline a previous IBM project which encompassed many of the principles of descriptive self-awareness in leadership development.  The […]
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Dave Snowden
Back in October 2017, I published a blog post on what I was then calling the Ticotocon.  The context of that post was a series of friendly exchanges I was having with Daniel Mezick about Open Space (he had popularised Harrison Owen’s original work within the Agile community).  From memory, we were both concerned about […]
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Dave Snowden
The tenth chapter of St Matthew’s gospel has two of the best-known quotes from the bible: the advise that if you not well received to “shake off the dust of your feet.” and in the context of going forth into the world at risk to “be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves”. […]
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Dave Snowden
So its Tuesday, second day of this years retreat at the Brew Creek Centre near Whistler in Canada.  We’ve just come back from an afternoon walk to the ‘train wreak site’ which makes for a good break.  A 1956 train crash (they went too fast around a bed) throw trucks into the wood and they […]
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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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