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The Cynefin Centre Climate Change Program
A deeper exploration of background
2021August

This document is both an introduction and a frame around our climate change program. It is an attempt to address the enormity of the problem of climate change and our responses to it, in action and inaction. In a sense, it is a continuation of the blog post Dave Snowden wrote to introduce the study (Snowden, 2019). There, he voiced his concerns about the risk of paralysis caused by horror stories of the potential impact of climate change and argued for the power of small actions to restore a sense of agency and inspire further action.

Our pilot climate change study (let’s call in here our Acorn Study) was just a first step, and we are now driven by the desire to go much deeper- encourage that seed we planted to start growing. We want to see it turn into an oak, and we want to allow a whole ecosystem to grow around it. In what follows, we will:

  • Explore the part we see ourselves playing in the response to climate change,
  • Outline some possible research avenues, and some significant implications and potential future actions, which are both
    backed by our results so far as well as a (by no means exhaustive) literature review.

We see these areas and directions of interest to be less of a final program to stick to, and more of a flexible scaffold around which discussion can grow.

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