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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Virtual Cynefin® Basecamp (English) – October

The Cynefin® framework helps us make sense of situations so that we can more effectively guide our decision-making and management approaches. Currently offered in a highly engaging virtual environment, this course is a “must do” learning opportunity for those new to complexity and Cynefin® and also who are well-read in the subject but want to refresh their knowledge.
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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.
Browse learning

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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In the health space?
Be a part of the expanding Health and Care Programme at Cynefin! We are exploring theory, stories, methods, ethnography, insight into action, and more in all that is the complexity of health and care.  Whether you’re still questioning, have just started, or have a wealth of experience, there’s a space for you.  Virtual QuickStart For […]
Powerful distributed ethnography for a digital age
Ethnography, the root of which is from the Greek ἔθνος ethnos meaning “folk, people, nation”, is widely practiced in anthropology, sociology and other social sciences that focus on human communication or the study of cultures. In a process known as participant observation, researchers embed themselves in the communities in at least some kind of marginal […]
“Protestants keep toasters in cupboards”
If you haven’t seen the glorious three series of Derry Girls then, if you do nothing else, watch this extract before reading further.  The Catholic girls are being forced into a peace and reconciliation process with the Protestant boys facilitated by a trendy priest and watched over by a cynical Nun (the best character in […]


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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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