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Virtual Cynefin® Basecamp (English)

November 9 - November 18


Virtual Cynefin® Basecamp

Instructional language: English


Nov 9, 2021 14:00 – 17:00 AEST (UTC+10)

Nov 10, 2021 14:00 – 17:00 AEST (UTC+10)

Nov 16, 2021 14:00 – 17:00 AEST (UTC+10)

Nov 17, 2021 14:00 – 17:00 AEST (UTC+10)

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 for building 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 course is for you.

Your trainers

Vivienne Read (Australia)

Language: English

Viv has over 4 decades experience in organisational change, strategy, leadership development and workplace reform. as a manager and trusted advisor. She has a reputation for innovative thinking and practice, with a breadth of application and expeience in all sectors of the economy and society.

She is founder and Director of Complexability Pty Ltd, a network of independent consultants engaged in working in the field of complexity in Australia and internationally, and trustee of ARIO Foundation, a not for profit organisation that undertakes social research and associated initiatives in Australia and SE Asia.

Her initial training in Cynefin and the associated methods was 2000, and she has subsequently focussed on their application specifically to assist in ‘making sense’ of complex issues, as the basis for taking action. She has participated in a broad range of projects, in varied industries, contexts and countries. Viv has been involved in over 20 SenseMaker® projects, as well as applying the Cynefin framework and associated tools and methods in a capacity building assignments such as experiential leadership development and community engagement. She has recognised international expertise in the design and facilitation of large scale complex consultation and stakeholder engagement strategies.

Since 2004, Viv has been involved in the design and facilitation of Cognitive Edge training in Australia, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambodia and New Zealand. She is currently an authorised Cognitive Edge trainer, preferred partner for both Cognitive Edge and the Cynefin Centre and has been a Cynefin® Foundation Course facilitator since 2018.

Julie Cunningham (Australia)

Language: English

Julie works closely with organisations to help lift performance through capability cultivation. She leads the application of a growing body of work assisting organisations to work with and understand complexity, develop curiosity, explore disruption and identify blind spots through a brain savvy lens. This is aligned with growing emphasis to drive innovation, think differently and build sustainable capability.


Throughout Julie’s career she has been called upon to become the ‘trusted adviser’ in diverse situations. Her ability to quickly comprehend and analyse a wide variety of new information has enabled her to become a broker of knowledge, information and practical solutions. This very pragmatic approach allows her to very clearly identify solutions and opportunities for the needs of organisations while informing and educating the people with whom she works.

Julie has been working in the fields of leadership, learning and change for over two decades and since 2015 has been working more deeply in the fields of complexity and narrative.  Julie is the lead contact in managing the relationship between Complexability and Cognitive Edge technical support team for all instances using SenseMaker® and SenseMaker® Pulse instruments.

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.


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Virtual Cynefin® Basecamp -Standard - 9/11/21
$ 495.00 {Taxes may apply}
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