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Stories of War – A SenseMaker® Pulse



Is the course of recorded human history, from antiquity to modernity, doomed to cyclical violence that invariably harms the most vulnerable amongst us?

Making collective sense of war has never been more important. This SenseMaker® pulse asks survivors for their stories, creating a record of those who lived or are living in the heart of conflict. The stated or hidden political aims of a conflict can sometimes diverge sharply from the perspectives of people on the ground. With this SenseMaker® pulse, you can hear the voices of those on the front lines of war – be that civilians, refugees, or combatants. This pulse acts as a living historical document recording the narratives of everyday survivors of war for posterity. Unlike other methods, the micro-narratives shared here can be spliced and analysed for meaning to give a unique perspective on the cost, the struggle and the sacrifice of surviving war. SenseMaker® is a safe place to tell their own stories, therefore giving us an honest snapshot into the impact of war. The power of meaning is in their hands, 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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