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Virtual Cynefin® Basecamp (English)

October 13 - October 19


Virtual Cynefin® Basecamp

Instructional language: English


Oct 13, 2021,  14:00 – 17:00  CST (UTC-6)

Oct 14, 2021, 14:00 – 17:00  CST (UTC-6)

Oct 18, 2021, 14:00 – 17:00  CST (UTC-6)

Oct 19, 2021, 14:00 – 17:00  CST (UTC-6)

The Cynefin® framework helps us make sense of situations so that we can more effectively guide our decision-making and management approaches. The framework and methods covered in BaseCamp can be applied to a range of business challenges by individual contributors, team leads and managers.

Virtual Cynefin® Basecamp is an immersive experience of complexity, introducing participants to the application of the Cynefin framework and its tools and methods through first-person participation. Currently offered in a highly engaging virtual environment, this course is a “must do” learning opportunity for those new to complexity and Cynefin®. For those who are well-read in the subject but want to refresh their knowledge, this course offers an opportunity to engage with others in learning about Cynefin practices in today’s context.

Course details

Four 3-hour virtually facilitated sessions.
Minimum participant requirement: 12

Maximum participant limit: 25

Meeting environments: Zoom.us; Google Slides / Docs; ConceptBoard

Course pre-work and in-between session study: Video lectures, reading (instructor / geography dependent)

Instructional language: English

Participants will:

  • Have an immersive experience of a complex facilitation and sense-making process
  • Explore the challenges of managing, leading and taking action in complex human systems
  • Play in the phase-shift from ordered to complex contexts and paradigms
  • Add new approaches to respond to uncertainty and complexity to your toolkit
  • Enhance their ability to contextualise issues and therefore to respond appropriately
  • Understand constraints and how we can manage them to influence change
  • Experience core Cynefin methods and tools to apply in thinking, decision-making and leadership
  • Understand the basics of a complexity-appropriate approach to strategy, forecasting and decision making

The methods and concepts learned and practiced in this course are applicable –

  1. to strategy, decision-making and leadership/management under conditions of uncertainty,
  2. for helping teams see differences between their perspectives and to gain a better understanding of their complex challenges
  3. in meeting or workshop environments tackling complex issues such as organisational change, culture, innovation, leadership development, and others; and,
  4. to the diverse professional and personal current challenges presented by participants.

This virtual course offers an enhanced interactive online learning environment, where a cohort of attendees from diverse backgrounds embark on a shared learning journey about how to apply Cynefin® and related methods in their organizations.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for people who work in constantly evolving, dynamic situations, dealing daily with uncertainty and risk, and looking for an enhanced compass to lead, manage and build teams and organisations that are both resilient and innovative. Whether you work in an organisation navigating intractable problems or are a consultant looking to include complexity principles into your practice – or if you are simply complexity-curious – this Virtual Cynefin® Basecamp class is for you.

Your trainers

Ian Macdonald (Brazil)

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

With over 20 years of experience, Ian has worked in areas of entrepreneurship, communication, leadership development and strategy. His experience encompasses several creative specialties such as advertising, photography and design and since 2014 consulting and facilitating the development of individuals and their teams in highly complex systems. 

He is currently a bi-lingual executive coach, consultant and facilitator for Cognitive Edge based in Brazil but attending to a wide range of individual students, governments and corporate organisations from varying sectors and sizes in Latin America, USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. Ian co-facilitates the design and implementation of SenseMaker® projects, Cynefin training courses and the digital facilitation of Cognitive Edge Master Classes and Retreats.

Ian has a Bachelor of Science from the University of London and his home is Sao Paulo, Brazil with his wife and two kids. Outside of work, Ian can be found creating new things in the kitchen or his carpentry workshop.

Dan Walsh (USA) 

Languages: English

Daniel Walsh is a transformational leader, product development coach, international keynote speaker, professional trainer, and systems engineer. He is a passionate advocate for Lean, Agile, and system engineering methods and practices with 23 years of engineering and product development experience. He was an engineering manager and a product consultant at Intel Corp. for 18 years and has developed heuristics for successful, sustainable Lean & Agile transformations that scale. Walsh led and coached transformation efforts of diverse groups including digital transformation in tech, energy, finance, and pharmaceutical sectors.

Walsh is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he received an M.S. in Engineering Systems and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Business. His current practice includes organizational transformations, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, Lean, Agile, Product Management, Cynefin™, Sense-Maker™, and applied complexity theory. His current interests include exploring autonomy, team science, exaptation, permaculture, and value as an emergent property.

Cancellations & Rescheduling

Voluntary cancellations by registrants are permitted at any time prior to the course start and a refund for the amount paid will be provided less a 10% refund processing fee. Substitutions are permitted at any time as well as rescheduling attendance to an alternate session within a year of the original course start date. Substitutions and/or rescheduling of courses for discounted tickets may be subject to rescheduling restrictions and/or fee supplements.

Cognitive Edge reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule training sessions. In the event of cancellation or rescheduling, a registered attendee can request a full refund of course fees. Refunds will be processed within ten (10) business days of refund requests.


October 13
October 19
Event Category:




Cognitive Edge


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Virtual Cynefin® Basecamp -Standard - 13/10/21
$ 495.00 {Taxes may apply}
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