Learning & training 

Expeditions into Cynefin and Complexity

Training and Learning with The Cynefin Company focuses on complexity theory-informed practices. We offer various development pathways for individuals and teams through facilitated events (virtual and in-person), together with online self-paced learning products and mentoring journeys.

NOTE: Cognitive Edge Pty Ltd, t/a The Cynefin Co, is an accredited Cynefin® and SenseMaker® training and certification provider, operating under license by Dave Snowden and the Cynefin Center. All faculty are accredited to deliver our programmes by Dave Snowden and the Cynefin Co.

There are multiple starting points as shown below. Begin your journey with a Basecamp or an Online short course and follow your curiosity from there. Retreats and Exploratories will stretch your thinking and give you a faster immersion into the complexity-informed thinking and tools we offer… you can create your own learning path.

Online Learning

The most flexible option to learn at your own pace and explore topics that pique your curiosity. Modules range from 30 to 90 min in duration and typically have a balance of application and theory. They offer a great way to begin or complement your learning journey.

Learning Modules available now :
Cynefin® 101: Getting started Cynefin® 102: Models & decision makingCynefin® 110: Domain models (3×3)All Three Modules together

Entry-Level Learning

Cynefin Basecamp training offers an ideal starting point for your learning journey. Basecamp introduces the Cynefin® Framework and related key theory and methods to get you started. It is a four-session, virtual instructor-led course focused on learning the fundamentals of putting the Cynefin Framework to practice in strategy, decision-making, organisational change and leadership.

SenseMaker® QuickStart is a basecamp course for teams aimed at providing an accelerated way to learn about SenseMaker® on an actual project

join a basecampjoin a quickstart
Cynefin Learning Deep dive

Deep Dives & Masterclasses

Learning the deeper theory and application of specific topics and methods is achieved through Deep Dive and Masterclass learning events. The Cynefin Company’s most experienced experts will take you on a comprehensive learning and application journey as you explore how the frameworks relate to a particular area or field of work.

Deep dive training events: 

Movements in Cynefin Masterclass, Cynefin® Deep dive, narrative Deep dive, SenseMaker® advanced analytics.

Check Availability
Retreats and Exploratories

Retreats and Exploratories

Exploratories and Retreats take participants to the leading edge of theory and practice. Whether a virtual gathering or in-person at a unique venue, exploring the frontier of emerging fields yields a cascade of innovative ideas and solutions to your most complex challenges. 

Some Exploratories and Retreats have prerequisite training requirements so check each event for eligibility. Events will be virtual for the foreseeable future, but we will advise when this changes.

Check Availability


We regularly host or attend various events all over the world. From fascinating webinars, through participative discussions, to networking opportunities and casual meet-and-greets for members. Explore the upcoming events below to see where you can connect with like-minded individuals and get stimulating input from the foremost thinkers.

explore events


Get down, dirty and stuck in with one of our hands-on workshops.  Extract fresh insight, powerful sense-making and the ability to catalyse better actions and decisions with your teammates, co-workers and stakeholders. Complexity Catalyst sessions are hands-on interactive workshops that take participants through a collective sense-making process. 
Catalyst workshops are best run in-house with your team-mates. Develop shared language and frameworks for tackling your complex challenges. Utilise the workshop as a time to work through intractable problems with your colleagues. We recommend bridging across teams and departments to make the most out of the insights and understanding that can be developed from the workshops.

explore workshops


SenseMaker® Quickstart

Virtual Quickstart offers a 10-week learn-as-you-do journey, where we work with you to deliver your own, real pilot engagement, step-by-step.  The best way to learn about SenseMaker® is to apply it in context on a real engagement. Quickstart offers you an opportunity to benefit from a blended learning approach which includes access to our online learning platform, live tutorials, and consultation sessions with expert SenseMaker® practitioners.  This means you will receive expert guidance and support in designing and safely running your first pilot. 

Explore Quickstart 

SenseMaker® FastLaunch

SenseMaker® FastLaunch is for organisations that are looking to manage their own engagement timeline and who desire more dedicated support. Your team will have a designated SenseMaker® Consultant to guide you through the different phases of your engagement. FastLaunch is a mentored journey that focuses on providing backend support to you and your team, or client to deliver on a specific engagement. Our SenseMaker® consultants will deliver elements of the engagement alongside you, as well as focus on providing capacity building that will enable your future use of SenseMaker®.

Explore FastLaunch

Our Learning Philosophy

“Liberation is a praxis: the action and reflection of men and women upon their world in order to transform it.” - Paulo Freire

Best practices are fundamentally challenged by uncertainty and complexity. What worked in the past is highly unlikely to work in the future. We have realised that best practices are not context-free: what works in one context, will not work in another. In an uncertain and messy world, we cannot afford to rely on old answers or recipes. Instead, we need to base our learning on theory-informed principles so that we can be empowered to become more adaptive and resilient. An analogy we often use to describe our approach is that we don’t train recipe-book users. Instead, we partner with you on learning journeys to become chefs who are able to adapt to changing environments and create your own fit-for-context solutions. Our learning journeys are designed to build capability to navigate uncertainty, make complexity actionable and liberate your personal or organisational sense and respond capability through sound praxis.

contact  us  here

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.


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