Making Sense of Complexity

The Cynefin Company is an action research and development hub working at the limits of applied complexity science: where sparks become light, light becomes research and research becomes practice. #makingsenseofcomplexity

Prevailing Currents

Learning & training, current events, trending publications and all kinds of interesting new things like programmes and webinars are at the top of our minds right now. Have a look.

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Leadership Development

Hexi kits, Estuarine mapping & EUFG workshop (UK)

Join Dave Snowden for the Exclusive UK November Event:

In-person at The Clifton Pavilion, Bristol Zoo Gardens, United Kingdom 🎉

This training includes:

👉  Hexi BasePack and EUFG Hexi packs methods, their interactions & assemblages
👉  Updates on the latest Cynefin and SenseMaker applications
👉  Dave’s latest Estuarine Mapping framework and processes

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Hexi method packs kits


As part of our effort to rewild The Cynefin Company with the move away from the Cognitive Edge name, we have started been focusing on our methods and have spent much of our focus this year on the production and testing of our hexi facilitation kits. 




We are the pioneer of the field of complexity, charting the way before complexity became mainstream. We created the concepts of Naturalising Sense-making, Distributed Ethnography, Flexuous curves (formerly Apex Predator theory), and have developed the whole field now known as Anthro-complexity: complexity as experienced in human systems.
We offer various development pathways for individuals and teams through facilitated events, online self-paced learning products, and mentoring journeys.
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Scaling by recombination
The Hexi packs around the EU Field Guide sold out much faster than we anticipated, and subsequent workshops and experiments using them have confirmed their power to engage people as well as to act as a form of extended memory which also extended the options available in programme design. The second edition will be out […]
Celebrating National Housing Day with Community Housing Cymru
Today is National Housing Day: The 18th November marks the 10th annual celebration of social housing.  However, it might seem like there is little to celebrate about housing in the UK today: As rent prices soar, so do house prices: The price of an average house is 9.45 times average wage. Mortgage interest rates are […]
The three frameworks
So it’s early morning here in Dallas and I’m still in part on UK time.  After a one-day delay due to flight cancellation daughter and I finally arrived in Terminal A in the early evening, but her bag went to Terminal C and mine to Terminal D, but at least they arrived!  The level of […]


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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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