Numinous: Religion and Spirituality
Religions and spiritual beliefs provide stories, structures and practices that provide participants with a lens and a pathway for making sense of, and acting, in the world.
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Religious communities, like congregations, synagogues, mosques and spiritual communities of practice, create a bounded social group within which members also experience identity, meaning and belonging within a particular social, cultural and geographical context.

But how can we work to bridge the gap between pew and pavement, and harness the unifying power of religious centres in our communities? How can we encourage people to reflect on the numinous and find meaning and purpose in their lives?

How can we help organisations understand the impact of their work and funding, and tap into the novel success stories of their fellow congregations across the globe? How can we do things differently?

This programme is open to churches, governments, not for profit organisations, academic institutions, and students. We welcome anyone with an interest in religion and spirituality in the modern world.

Reach out to us if you want to start a discussion!

The Cynefin Centre, powered by SenseMaker®, is embarking on a new research and development programme which aims to collect stories and provide tools for mapping how people make sense of their experiences and their relationships to the world through their participation within, or connection to, religious belief, sense of spirituality, community of faith and/or a community of spiritual practice.


Like all our programmes, members of the Numinous programme have access to the following support:

  • A network of practitioners in their area of expertise and beyond
  • Pre-designed and literature-supported material for their SenseMaker® collectors
  • SenseMaker® user licenses, the number of which depends on the type of membership
  • Training in designing and understanding SenseMaker® projects
  • Access to webinars and additional resources
  • Support in developing new methods, themes and areas of research that are consistent with the aims and direction of the citizens engagement programme.

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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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