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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The following list highlights our current areas of interest in which The Cynefin Company team and members are currently building programmes and accepting new memberships.                                  The Numinous, Health & Care: making sense of the landscape, Education, Climate Change, Power, Discrimination & Conflict, Citizens Engagement & Democratic Innovation.

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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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The Cynefin Centre focuses on applied complexity for social good and works primarily with not-for-profit, government and academic programmes.
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Stairways to heaven
In tackling the shibboleths of mindset and mental models yesterday as I was at pains to make it clear that I understand and appreciated why the words and concepts had come into common use.  But I argued it was time to move on given greater understanding and knowledge.  I was also concerned with the capacity […]
A mélange of potential, not a mindset
Just under four years ago I wrote a blog post where I compared blaming failure on culture, incorrect mindsets and mental models with Miasma theory during the plague: nice idea, bad science, some good impact but mostly avoiding the real issue.  It was one of a series of posts on attempting to shift from Agile (as […]
Complexity in communicating
Communicating and interacting with others is a funny thing. Even when we speak the same language, communicating is a hot bed for confusion and misunderstanding. What I write down here will likely be interpreted in slightly, and maybe in some cases majorly, different ways to my original intentions. However, communicating and understanding one another is […]


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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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