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

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WHAT'S NEW AT CYNEFIN - OUR THINKING

… more things in heaven & earth
I picked up a mailing from New Scientist this morning with the headline Two of the UK’s water companies are still using dowsing to find leaks and it rightly says that method is scientifically discredited.  But it works for some people and I can attest to the truth of that from the two weeks I spent […]
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Narrative enhanced practice 2 of 2
As promised I did try and get all of this into a process map last night while getting through the last three episodes of The English (worth watching and the linked review is a good summary).  One of the reasons for that is that the type of system I am describing pretty much exemplifies what I […]
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Narrative enhanced practice 1 of 2
Yesterday in,  the space between exercises I was chatting with a research nurse about patient record keeping.  In the process of that discussion, we started to talk about effective communication about a patient’s condition and she made the point that a simple story can convey a lot of meaning, and that meaning is often lost […]
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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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