Sharing Global Perspectives: A project by people, for people

January 18, 2021

In 2021, the Cynefin Centre hopes that we can start introducing and highlighting the work carried out by our members more than ever before. Today’s blog post offers the stage to a project looking at experiences of the pandemic all around the world. Catherine Russell explains:

2020 saw a transformative series of events that have shaken the status quo. Around the world, countries and individuals have been forced to adapt to both direct and indirect impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. With vaccines now being distributed, and mitigation/adaptation strategies evolving, there is hope we may soon be able to shift the global focus to rebuilding towards a better future.

Our project asks: how has the world experienced the year 2020, and what has changed for us during it? This is a crux point in modern history and throwing a spotlight onto projects that provide deep insights into current narratives is essential to ensure we turn to the global future with our best foot forward.

The purpose of Sharing Global Perspectives is to generate an open access platform that can bring individual voices and experiences around the world to light. We believe that building these narratives can provide insights, understanding and compassion to the global community.

The project is run by a group of driven individuals from research groups in Aberdeen, Stanford, and Wisconsin Universities, in collaboration with the Cynefin Centre. All are working pro bono, with the strong conviction that working towards a better future should come from a whole system perspective – this can only be obtained by gaining deep insights into individual perspectives around the world.

Our team will be regularly expanding as we bring on more Local Leads who will play a crucial role in accessing communities that do not have access to technical devices or internet. The diversity, equity and success of the project depends on individuals and organisations taking on this responsibility.

In later stages of the project, we will be running webinars and workshops to share the results. We would like to be working with decision-makers to provide them with a live and ever-evolving picture of what is happening on the ground and work with them to better meet the needs of those they serve. Please contact us if this is of interest.

Sharing Global Perspectives is open to anyone and everyone to contribute – including your children and grand-parents!

For further details or questions, please take a look at our website or contact us directly.  The platform is officially launched and open to contributions – what was your perspective of 2020?


Dear Reader, while we have your attention: we are on a determined drive to expand our network around the world. We’re certainly living in uncertain times (sic), and we believe that it will take a large collective of like-minded people to help organisations and societies navigate stormy waters, make sense of the world and make good decisions. Consider joining the Cynefin Network by clicking on the banner below. Links to eBook and paperback copies of our latest book are also available on this page.

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