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Historical and Cultural Trauma- A SenseMaker® Pulse



Increasingly, we are understanding the long lasting impact of trauma on individuals and families.

What happens when an entire culture is traumatised?

Research is showing that trauma can be passed down from generation to generation when it is not fully shared, processed and understood. L.P. Hartley said that ‘the past is a different country, they do things differently there’ but the impact of the past continues on our present. Substance abuse, familial violence, suicide, and homicide rise sharply in communities that are severely mistreated. Profound grief, anger, and loss in combination with a lack of expression means that our hopes, values, and beliefs can be suppressed as we continue to operate in survival mode. Telling our stories helps us to process our intergenerational trauma—the meaning it has for us, our families and our communities. This is the way we begin to heal. 

SenseMaker® is a safe place where people can tell their own stories anonymously, giving us an honest snapshot into the way people think across the globe. The power of meaning is in the hands of the storyteller, and we can help them feel heard.

SenseMaker® Pulses

At The Cynefin Company, we’ve been working hard to build a programme for the development sector, consolidating years of work within the field of humanitarian aid and human rights, disaster preparedness, social justice and equality, conflict resolution, and trauma recovery. We will be releasing a number of off-the-shelf, pre-designed SenseMaker® Pulses around a prescient topic to enable quick, easy, and sharp data collection whoever and wherever you are! All you need to do is pick it up and run!

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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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