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. 

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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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Make sense of situations to guide decision-making and management approaches today.

Cynefin® Basecamp is an immersive and participative introduction to sense-making, complexity, and the tools and methods of the renowned Cynefin® Framework. Newcomers to complexity and Cynefin® will experience and explore the challenges of managing, leading, and taking action in complex human systems.

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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. 

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THE CYNEFIN CO. UPCOMING EVENTS

The Cynefin Co hosts a range of events including Masterclasses, Advanced Training, Retreat, Members & Public meetups,  and Partner events. 
TRAINING & LEARNING

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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SENSEMAKER®

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ANTHRO-COMPLEXITY

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.

WHAT'S NEW AT CYNEFIN - OUR THINKING

To Preserve Heritage: Local attitudes towards the preservation of wooden buildings in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
What do people’s feelings towards the wooden buildings they live in and around have to do with property development now and in the future? Quite a lot. Before the rise of ubiquitous concrete, glass and steel structures in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, locals relied primarily on wood and other natural materials to build houses, resulting […]
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Risk Matrix – first outing
I’ve been spending a fair amount of time over the last month stabilising the current version of Estuarine Mapping ready for the Hexi kit version, but I have also been looking at some of the work that needs to be done to embed it into a broader framing of strategy.  This has focused on questions […]
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Sidecasting – a summary
I went out to the hazel wood, Because a fire was in my head, And cut and peeled a hazel wand, And hooked a berry to a thread; And when white moths were on the wing, And moth-like stars were flickring out, I dropped the berry in a stream And caught a little silver trout.’ […]
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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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