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Virtual Cynefin® Basecamp (English)

October 11 @ 2:00 pm - October 15 @ 5:00 pm


Virtual Cynefin® Basecamp

Instructional language: English


Oct 11, 2021, 14:00-17:00 CET (UTC+1)

Oct 12, 2021, 114:00-17:00 CET (UTC+1)

Oct 13, 2021, 114:00-17:00 CET (UTC+1)

Oct 15, 2021, 14:00-17:00 CET (UTC+1)

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

Anne Caspari (Germany)

Languages: (German, English)

Anne has an MSc in Environmental Planning and has worked in many different countries on nature rehabilitation and sustainability projects. In working with ecosystems, she can rely on a solid body of knowledge of how complex adaptive systems work and what tends to get in the way of self-organizing processes. 20 years ago, she started with coaching, adding humans to the equation, which over the years has become her main focus. In her work with individuals and organizations, she specialises in transformation, change and leadership from the perspective of complexity and relational dynamics. Anne is an experienced Cynefin trainer and facilitator and has great fun with running SenseMaker projects.

Friso Gosliga (The Netherlands)

Languages (Dutch, English, German)

Friso Gosliga (1972) is an organisational psychologist born in Friesland (The Netherlands). He has always worked in the field of organisational development, helping people to deal with complex change and uncertainty. Friso is one of the original IBM Cynefin team members, working with Dave Snowden since 2000. He was part of the prototype development team for SenseMaker® (in 2004) and has since been running projects all over the world using SenseMaker®, Cynefin and insights from complexity theory, in various fields like citizen engagement, monitoring & evaluation and development work. He regularly runs courses for Cognitive Edge about the principles behind Cynefin and SenseMaker® and is currently working on a book about complexity and uncertainty.

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 11 @ 2:00 pm
October 15 @ 5:00 pm
Event Category:




Cognitive Edge


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