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

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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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Cynefin Retreat: UK, April 19 - April 22,  2023

Our next Cynefin Retreat returns to Wales, in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan (Bridgend, Wales) on the theme of education through the lens of complex adaptive systems.

Our theme is an invitation to explore the possibilities, challenges and dynamics of lifelong learning, unlearning and re-learning in the context of complexity. Cynefin Retreats are where we bring outstanding faculty and engaged, interesting participants together to sow the seeds of new creation.

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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 focusing on our methods. We have spent much of our focus this year on producing and testing 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.

Training and Learning with The Cynefin Company focus on Complexity theory-informed practices.

We offer various development pathways for Organisations and individuals through facilitated events (virtual and in-person), together with online self-paced learning products and mentoring journeys.

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Launching the Community & Housing Pre-designed Collector
Is your community thriving and connected? Is there energy for change but things stay stuck? Is it  just hard to determine what to prioritise? Where and how we live has a big impact on our wellbeing, and there is now an emerging field of ecopsychology and urban planning research to back that up. If you’re […]
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 […]
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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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