January 18, 2021
Sharing Global Perspectives: A project by people, for people
In 2021, the Cynefin Centre hopes that we can start introducing and highlighting the work carried out by our members […]
November 24, 2020
Homo Narrans: preface
The  Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling were a key part of my formative years and I still refer to […]
November 12, 2020
Transcend I: cadence and control
This is the first of two posts that deal with existing from a crisis, the final stage of Assess – […]
November 11, 2020
Naming things
Naming things is always fascinating and learning the origins of names an education of itself.  Walking in the hills the […]
September 16, 2020
Owain Glyndŵr Day
Most readers will not be aware that today is Owain Glyndŵr Day, celebrating the day in 1400 when he was named […]
September 11, 2020
Anthro complexity
Anthro-complexity & aesthetics
Just before Christmas 2015 I posted on the subject of What’s in a name?  That was the first time I […]
September 10, 2020
The Triopticon revisited
Back in October 2017, I published a blog post on what I was then calling the Ticotocon.  The context of […]
September 9, 2020
Musings on Pelagianism, rules & agility
If I am honest about things I am probably guilty of Pelagianism in some form.  For those not on top […]
September 8, 2020
Needles in Haystacks
The banner shot here was taken by me last Sunday in the late afternoon of what was a delightful hike; […]
September 5, 2020
freely ye have received, freely give
The tenth chapter of St Matthew’s gospel has two of the best-known quotes from the bible: the advise that if […]
September 3, 2020
Self-destructive tendencies
One of the most painful ever scenes for anyone of a progressive mindset is the People’s front of Judea from […]
August 29, 2020
Rules of engagement
I got a little angry in a Slack group a day or so ago at an attempt to manipulate what […]
August 28, 2020
dum vivimus, vivamus
I’ve been occupied by and with COVID now for more months that I care to think about and the blog […]
April 30, 2020
Love Shouldn’t Hurt
300: the prolific film historically retelling The Battle of Thermopylae, where a comparatively small Spartan army courageously defied the odds, […]
April 20, 2020
COVID-19 & Leadership
This blog post is written by Dave Snowden (the Cynefin Centre) and Millie Begovic (UNDP) to launch a critical experiment […]
April 18, 2020
Narrative as abductive acts of knowing
This is the second post of several that I am publishing this month to update some of my original work […]
April 13, 2020
Its getting personal …
Last year was a difficult by any standards as I have previously recounted.  I entered 2020 on a pathway to […]
August 25, 2019
Coherent heterogeneity (1 of 2)
One of my discoveries this year was Dora’s Dairy just outside Swindon.  It sells raw milk without the destruction of […]
August 21, 2019
A year later … (2 of 3)
So its now Wednesday and we’ve had a whole day of synthesis here at the Cynefin retreat in Whistler, focused […]
August 13, 2019
Swarm ‘intelligence’ 2 of 2
Yesterday I talked about wikipedia as a technology mediated form of collective intelligence.  Today I want to broaden the subject […]
June 26, 2019
Housing 2019
This is a holding post 🙂 I will summarise the talk with links and details of the possible collaborative project […]
June 11, 2019
Climate Change, Waste & Festivals: a collective fight needing a common understanding
Social media feeds in Summer 2018 here in the UK were, for those of us who work in the festival […]
June 11, 2019
Climate Change, Waste & Festivals: a collective fight needing a common understanding
Social media feeds in Summer 2018 here in the UK were, for those of us who work in the festival […]
February 11, 2019
Narrative: paying the piper
One of my motivations in devising the Tricotocon approach to trans-disciplinary learning, which we will use in the coming narrative […]
February 10, 2019
Narrative: exploring the world
The first time I saw the Aran Islands was back in the 70s from the Cliffs of Mohr. I was […]
January 5, 2019
Twelvetide 18:12 lle i enaid cael llonydd
Writing this series has been an interesting process – a few of the posts were planned but in the main […]
January 3, 2019
Twelvetide 18:10 integrity
In my opening post I mentioned integrity as one of the key words I wanted to address and in this […]
November 25, 2018
Mapping ….
Back in March 2018, I posted on the differences between models, frameworks, methods, manifestos and creeds; the first in a […]
June 16, 2018
Triage & trivia
For my generation one of the seminal television programmes was M.A.S.H, one of those cases where the spin off for […]
June 16, 2018
Triage & trivia
For my generation one of the seminal television programmes was M.A.S.H, one of those cases where the spin off for […]
March 18, 2018
… which way I ought to go from here?
It’s been two very busy weeks (lots of big changes to be announced next week have occupied my time) since […]
January 26, 2018
Should we start again?
I interrupted this series for yesterday’s brief tribute to Ursula Le Guin. In the first post a couple of days […]
January 17, 2018
Origins & acknowledgements
It was satisfying to find my name on Brian Castellani’s updated map of the Complexity Sciences. The map is used […]
December 30, 2017
Acting at your own level of competence
One of the most common, and the most irritating aspect of change workshops is the number of times they end […]
December 24, 2017
Come on in, the water is lovely
Over the years I have had various encounters with cults from the overtly religious to those that might be better […]
July 24, 2017
Most large companies are prepared to invest in “incremental innovation” but very few are willing to grant decision authority to […]
July 9, 2017
Liminal Cynefin: first revision
I posted an early version of the liminal variant to Cynefin a few days ago, then presented it a few […]
May 10, 2017
Coping with ‘stress’
My last three days put this evening’s Gaping Void cartoon in context. Monday I picked up Kate from the Future […]
May 2, 2017
Small actions to create meaning
The last few days have seen one of the periodic retweeting of a three year old post I wrote with […]
May 1, 2017
Staying in the saddle
The bicycle puncture turns out to have been symbolic of a series of irritating events one side effect of which […]
March 3, 2017
Integration and an alarmist implication
Presenting similar material to very different audiences last week gave me the opportunity develop some ideas and make some new […]
February 23, 2017
In uncertainty lies resilience
This post is illustrated with Body of Knowledge, a steel sculpture created in 2010 by Jaume Plensa, located at the […]
February 19, 2017
More on travel
Just over fourteen hours from my last post and I’m in the lounge at Singapore having managed around four hours […]
February 9, 2017
Divination & perspective shift
I went to a seminar this afternoon on the ‘ontological turn’ in anthropology given by one of the early advocates […]
February 7, 2017
The bully tends to win …
A lot of the standard childhood books of my generation dealt with the subject of bullying. I was allowed Jennings […]
February 5, 2017
Children on mountains
I choose a shorter route today taking in the circular walk from Llanberis over Moel Eilio and then along the […]
January 8, 2017
Of places & presence
A couple of days ago in my first post on meaning I used a photograph taken on a walk with […]
December 25, 2016
1: when there were wolves in Wales
In various social media conversations about a possible subject for my Twelve days of Christmas posts this year I thought […]
October 13, 2016
Coherence through shared abstraction
Today’s offering from Gaping Void is wonderfully enigmatic and could be a source for a lengthy trans-disciplinary colloquium if anyone […]
September 13, 2016
A personal update
So I’m en route to San Jose to run a two day workshop for a tech giant on narrative as […]
July 17, 2016
Habitual change
I went for a walk today, catching the five o’clock early eventing train from Bedwyn to Kintbury and then walking […]
July 16, 2016
Fragmented, fractal and fertile
I argued in yesterday’s post that to resolve conflict we first of all had to change the filters through which […]
July 13, 2016
Understand backwards; live forwards
The headline of this post comes from Søren Kierkegaard’s famous quote “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must […]
July 11, 2016
Trust is a safe to fail exercise
I just came off a conversation with our lawyer about contractual arrangements for the new centre. Last week I had […]
July 6, 2016
… taken at the flood
I spent the bulk of today running a session for the leadership team of a major Financial Services organisation. Sod’s […]
July 5, 2016
Musings in the cold
  An interesting couple of days In South Africa. Yesterday we ran a small, invitation only session to discuss some […]
March 11, 2016
Emergency landing
I was involved in a emergency landing today, we lost one engine and had to return post haste to the […]
March 6, 2016
To the ducking stool
It is interesting to see old habits manifest in modern clothing. Back in the 17th Century it was easy to […]
February 29, 2016
Just stop!
I haven’t opened a post here with a Gaping Void cartoon for a bit so stuck for a subject capable […]
February 18, 2016
Three or five?
For some time I have been arguing that the study of complex systems in humans has substantial differences from those […]
February 13, 2016
Modern heresy
Catharism was a medieval heresy who believed there were two Gods, one evil and one good. All matter was evil […]
February 12, 2016
I don’t know if the author of this post advocating that AQ (Authenticity Quotient) to replace EQ and IQ appreciates […]
February 10, 2016
Ethnography Part II
Yesterday I expressed concern about the abuse of the term ethnography. In particular when all that people are doing is […]
February 1, 2016
SenseMaker® and 7 ± 2
It’s reasonably well known that retaining more than 5 different things in your memory is difficult. This is known as […]
January 24, 2016
The ageing workforce part 4
So far in this series I have been focused on knowledge in the context of decisions, both for discovery and […]
January 20, 2016
a posteriori
I promised yesterday that I would provide a list of some of the SenseMaker® based health sector projects we have […]
January 8, 2016
and so to satiable curtiosity …
… which the Elephant’s Child in Kipling’s Just So Stores had in abundance. I’ve previously mentioned in my 2012 Christmas […]
December 26, 2015
two turtle doves
While the conventional interpretation relates to devoted love I want to look at this more in the context of love […]
December 24, 2015
Do not an engineer or a therapist be
My Just leave it alone post of yesterday argued for a less control and against an excessive focus on hygiene […]
August 22, 2015
Navigating under conditions of uncertainty
The current trip to South Africa is pretty frantic. Traffic issues mean early starts and late finishes and we are […]
April 11, 2015
Torpantau & Neuadd round
  The last few months have seen restricted opportunities to walk. Last year at this time I had recently completed […]
April 10, 2015
Initial thoughts on Cynefin & LEAN
I’m still getting used to Blogo as a tool and the new web site conitnues to have some teething troubles […]
March 15, 2015
Tools & Process v Networked Human Judgement
Late in April, Gary Wong and I will be delivering our complexity and safety training course in Houston. This session focuses on how […]
February 27, 2015
Customer experiences as narrative landscapes
I was prompted by an email exchange earlier this week about a company seeing customer experience as the make or […]
January 9, 2015
Actions speak louder than words
I’ve made the point several times in speeches and conversations that I consider myself very lucky to have entered the […]
January 2, 2015
Trials need tribulations
8: Issues of evidence and judgement & a false dichotomy The phrase evidence based decision making is commonly touted and […]
December 22, 2014
A curmudgeonly Christmas & a critical New Year
I’ve always had an intensive dislike of saccharine approaches to anything in life, closely followed by a dislike of platitudes paraded as […]
December 19, 2014
Respect & sensitivity
The first work of Philosophy I read was Plato’s Symposium at the tender age of 14 and I fell in […]
December 14, 2014
Complex or Chaotic?
The distinction between complexity and chaos theory can be problematic depending on who you are talking with, or what you […]
December 9, 2014
Between the ideal and real?
An interesting extended weekend in an Agile Alliance think tank I joined last year.  Then it was held in Hillsborough, […]
December 8, 2014
Of experts and expertise
A long time ago when I first created the Cynefin framework in its five domain form my focus was on […]
September 2, 2014
Early Bird Discount for Washington DC’s CSM course ending 8th Sep
This blog is being posted on behalf of Michael Cheveldave. Summer's nearly over, and with it our Early Bird discount […]
August 31, 2014
Complexity and Public Administration
his blog is being posted on behalf of Thomas Townsend.  Thomas will be teaching our newest course – Cynefin & Policywith […]
July 31, 2014
Amsterdam Two-Day SenseMaker® Design: Only a week left to take advantage of Early Bird Discount!
There are still seats available at the Two Day SenseMaker® Design course in Amsterdam held over 16-17 September 2014. Enjoy […]
May 1, 2014
SBGC sponsors Cognitive Edge training in Brasil
SBGC sponsors Cognitive Edge training in Brasil Cognitive Edge (CE) is pleased to announce that Sociedade Brasileira de Gestão do […]
May 1, 2014
IPMA sponsors Cognitive Edge training in Brasil
IPMA sponsors Cognitive Edge training in Brasil Cognitive Edge (CE) is pleased to announce that International Project Management Association in […]
May 1, 2014
SOMA signs up as a Silver Sponsor for Cognitive Edge training in Brasil
SOMA signs up as a Silver Sponsor for Cognitive Edge training in Brasil Cognitive Edge (CE) is pleased to announce […]
March 27, 2014
CRIE sponsors Cognitive Edge Brasil training
Reference Center for Business Intelligence sponsors Cognitive Edge training in Brasil Cognitive Edge (CE) is pleased to announce that Reference […]
February 17, 2014
Down to Cardiff this morning for a two workshop which will define a series of SenseMaker® projects for the health […]
October 4, 2013
Design thinking & complexity pt 2
In a very important sense, then, from the perspective of material engagement, cognition has no location.  The active mind cannot […]
September 30, 2013
I♥NY but …
I've always had a sort of love-hate relationships with big cities, in particular London and New York.   I don't […]
January 1, 2010
June 3, 2009
Garden project - an invitation
A great opportunity for all of you out there to tell a story about your garden, contribute to tree planing […]