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Be a part of the expanding Health and Care Programme at Cynefin! We are exploring theory, stories, methods, ethnography, insight into action, and more in all that is the complexity of health and care.  Whether you’re still questioning, have just started, or have a wealth of experience, there’s a space for you.  Virtual QuickStart For […]
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Ethnography, the root of which is from the Greek ἔθνος ethnos meaning “folk, people, nation”, is widely practiced in anthropology, sociology and other social sciences that focus on human communication or the study of cultures. In a process known as participant observation, researchers embed themselves in the communities in at least some kind of marginal […]
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If you haven’t seen the glorious three series of Derry Girls then, if you do nothing else, watch this extract before reading further.  The Catholic girls are being forced into a peace and reconciliation process with the Protestant boys facilitated by a trendy priest and watched over by a cynical Nun (the best character in […]
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I’ve talked about granularity on many occasions and looking back to my original knowledge management work the idea was there as well – collections of micro-narrative not stories, multiple small projects with coherence rather than a grand strategy and so on.  That was during the period when complexity theory was starting to appear on the periphery […]
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This is going to be a rambling ride, so strap in. There was once a little TV show about vampires called True Blood. It run for several seasons, and I abandoned it around Season 4. Season 1 was interesting, 3 was deliciously campy, but season 2 contained seeds of wisdom. In Season 2, a maenad […]
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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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The Cynefin Co are delighted to announce that Dave Snowden and Beth Smith will be in Australia and New Zealand in July and August 2022, for a series of events and workshops, hosted in partnership with the Cynefin Centre Australia and Complexability After a long hiatus from global travel, we are looking forward to reconnecting […]
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I wrote about the significance of HTLGI in my Christmas Blog series on sacred places two years ago.  Then I was anticipating the 2020 festival but a couple of months later we were in lockdown and the Festival went online.  I enjoyed that but it wasn’t the same.  Today I was reminded of the pleasure […]
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“The art or practice of planning the future direction or outcome of something; the formulation or implementation of a plan, scheme, or course of action, esp. of a long-term or ambitious nature. Also: policy or means of achieving objectives within a specified field, as political strategy, corporate strategy, etc.” Oxford English Dictionary One of the […]
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