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Dave Snowden and the Cynefin Co have developed a series of complex methods and practices, as well as an approach to assembling those methods and tools into context-sensitive process designs and outputs using hexagons. 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... However, we also acknowledge that this is a broad field with many actors and as part of a broader open approach, our hexi kits will be open to others to collaborate in a multi-method, multi-vendor approach.

In 2022, the Cynefin Co are launching a core facilitation kit and approach with its own brand and identity, but also opening this process up to other partners and organisations to define their own methods and tools sets and create their own hexi “extension packs”, permitting a multi-vendor approach to scaling complex approaches.

In our initial launch, we are making available:
• Cynefin Co Hexi BasePack – our core methods and approaches
• The EU Field Guide hexi kit – containing all of the methods and tools set out in the Field Guide
• A bundle containing both the Cynefin Co Base Pack and the EUFG pack
• All with optional training support

Further kits from The Cynefin Co. and partners will be announced progressively in the coming months.


These hexi kits are designed to facilitate groups in workshops, planning or strategy sessions, encouraging new approaches to how they untangle and plan for sticky problems, and decomposing and recombining methods.

Taking any contextual setting, the hexi cards can be used to physically connect elements and methods into unique, context-specific solutions. Each hexi has explanatory text and a link to our open-source wiki with the method steps, a history of its development and practitioner tips. 

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.

hexi basepack 

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. 

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managing complexity (and chaos) in times of crisis kit 

This Hexi facilitation kit is based on our joint publication, with the EU Commission's Joint Research Centre, and our body of work using Cynefin as a lens for complexity and crisis. Complete with specific methods and tools to use within your organisation or community in times of crisis.
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bundled kit  - BASEPACK + EUFG KITS

This bundled offer includes both our Basepack and the Managing Complexity (and chaos) in times of crisis hexi kits, with optional training. Complete with specific methods and tools to use within your organisation or community in times of crisis, additional Methods and SenseMaker® based methods.

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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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