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One of the key principles of scaling and program construction in complexity is “decomposition and recombination”.  In the early days of Cynefin, they developed an approach to assembling methods and tools based on hexagons.  The shape was chosen as it encourages nonlinear approaches to design.

We are the originators of a body of tools and techniques used with groups to work with complex and complicated issues, falling broadly under the umbrella of complex facilitation. But we also acknowledge that this is a broad field with many actors and our open approach here is important.  All hexi’s include QR codes that link to our open-source wiki which contains the current version of the method, a full history of its development and tips and advice.  In pre-ordering the kit you become a part of that wider community. 

We are now launching a radical new approach in which we will create a core facilitation kit and approach to which, but also other organisations can define their various methods and tools.  Permitting a multi-vendor approach to scaling.  The core kit has its own brand and identity. In our initial launch, we are making the core kit available, along with a separate kit of all the methods and tools set out in the EU Field Guide.  Further kits from The Cynefin Co. and partners will be progressively announced over the next few months. 

how they work

Perfect for use with groups in workshops, planning or strategy sessions to unpick and plan for how to approach sticky problems. Take the task at hand as the contextual setting and then use the hexagon cards to physically connect elements to create unique combinations of methods as solutions for your problem.

Launch offering

As part of the launch, we are offering a unique approach to pre-order the first kits which will include bundled training and coaching led by The Cynefin Company founder Dave Snowden, supported by members of The Cynefin Co team.



current packs

Over many years of working with a broad spectrum of clients, we have refined these tools and techniques and distilled them into distinct themes and categories that form the basis of these kits.

  • Core method pack. Including the key approaches to complex facilitation.  
  • EU Field guide. Including all methods that are featured in Managing complexity (and chaos) in times of crisis.
  • Cynefin co kit. Including additional Methods and SenseMaker® based methods. 
Sign up for pre- order 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.

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