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Cynefin Meetup: Insights from a SenseMaker® study among economic decision makers in Germany

September 28, 2022 -  
01:0002:00  p.m.
Time Zone: UTC


Changing the foundations of economic thought in the midst of crisis – Insights from a SenseMaker®
study among economic decision makers in Germany

How can lasting sustainable economic change emerge from spontaneous solidarity during
the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic? The “New Imaginative Economies” project investigates
how during the crisis economic actors create imagined futures of the common good and thus
may transform “choice architectures” below the threshold of rational and habitual action. The
project’s goal is to contribute to understanding and strengthening imaginative, narrative, and
sense-making processes necessary to sustainably transform the economy, to establish a
socially relevant new trans- and interdisciplinary field of pluralist economic research, and to
promote a paradigm change in regard to cognition in economics. Our research combines
epistemological groundwork, economic and sociological research on imagination with an
empirical mixed-method approach borrowed from complexity research using the
SenseMaker® platform: Based on the first two areas mentioned, a new signification
framework for empirical surveys has been developed. This framework’s open-ended
questions offer economic decision-makers the opportunity to formulate micro-narratives of
their own concrete experiences of creative action during the COVID-19 pandemic. In close
cooperation with the Cynefin Centre, the network of the Senate of Economy as well as the
German Network for Business Ethics and the Global Ethic Institute, we have captured micro-
narratives of over 600 economic decision makers which we interpret against the backdrop of
the aforementioned theoretical framework.”

Links to project info in German here and in English on ResearchGate here.

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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.

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