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Cynefin® Practitioner Foundations: Shanghai

This course is brought to you in collaboration with ThoughtWorks

This training is supported by a professional Chinese lecturer to facilitate understating by the participants, but a basic understanding of English will be expected.

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In today’s increasingly volatile and uncertain world, there is a need for more effective ways of making sense of situations and managing in new and rapidly shifting contexts. Our past practices and approaches are failing us and what had worked reliably during more stable times is unfortunately proving inadequate for the dynamic present. This course introduces new practices and approaches that effectively integrate agility, resilience, and innovation in organisations for managing under conditions of uncertainty.

This 2-day course is a compliment and accompaniment to our Cynefin® Online Foundations training — providing a blended learning experience. This Cynefin® Practitioner Foundations training session will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about the application of the Cynefin® framework, and how to put foundational Cognitive Edge facilitation methods to practice in organizations. You will experience workshop methods facilitated by practitioner instructors experienced in harnessing the ideas and activities covered in the online Cynefin® Foundations course. Access to the online Cynefin® Foundations course is included with your fee to this course adding to your learning opportunity.

Through this in-person session, you will develop hands-on experience in thinking through Cynefin® applications –

(1) for organisational change and transformation,

(2) to improve decision-making, and

(3) to create conditions for innovation, organisational resilience, and leadership effectiveness.

In-person practitioner training courses offer an enhanced interactive and embodied learning environment, where a cohort of attendees with diverse backgrounds, embark on a learning journey about how to apply Cynefin® and related methods across a range of applications

Who it is for

This course designed for people who work in constantly-evolving, dynamic situations, dealing daily with uncertainty and risk, and looking for a 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 Cynefin® Practitioner Foundations class is for you.

What we will cover

This has been designed as a 2-day session – a combination of deep immersion into the fundamentals of working in complexity, and with the Cynefin framework. This will be substantiated by lots of hands-on methods-based activities, and group-based discussions.

The session will begin with an introduction to complexity, and the natural and human science that sit behind the naturalising tradition in sense-making. Discover and manage the evolutionary potential of the present by increasing situational awareness of the types of systems that we sit within, and how to modulate within complex systems.

The Cynefin framework has subtleties and nuances which are not easily accessible to the casual reader. Building on the basics outlined in the Harvard Business Review article, this 2-day session will help you dig deeper into the uses of the framework, accompanied by facilitated workshop activities and tools that have been used in organisations as diverse as the European Commission, multinational telecoms companies and R&D departments of FMCG companies to bring diverse teams together in pursuit of corporate objectives.

What is included

  • 2 days of instruction with a Cognitive Edge authorised trainer and a sub-facilitor to assist with exercies and questions in Portuguese
  • access to the Cynefin® Online Foundations course materials
  • course handouts and slides in PDF form (after training session is completed)



Jesko von den Steinen is a speaker, actor, performer, choreographer, filmmaker, designer, and formerly a principal solo artist with Cirque du Soleil, and at “The House Of Dancing Water,” the world’s largest water-based show created by the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group held at the City of Dreams in Macau.

Trained and certified as a professional facilitator (IAF), certified executive coach (ICF), facilitator of LEGO® Serious Play® methodologies, as well as agile project management, Jesko brings the creative applications of collaboration and management of complex adaptive systems from the theatre and circus to organizations. Working on Strategic initiatives that focus on human-centred design and team alignment.  

He currently volunteers with TEDx Wanchai in Hong Kong, where he is the director of speaker coaching and presentation literacy. He works privately with executives in Hong Kong and Macau on organisational coaching and presentation literacy.

 Jesko is a frequently requested speaker and thought leader by providing clear pathways for integrating principles of the performing arts into Business. He has spoken at TEDx, Inno Design Tech Expo, AdAsia, the Summit Series, INK Talks Asia & India, and for corporate clients including Google APAC, Nike, FOX Media Asia, Thomson Reuters, Hong Kong Jockey Club,National Economic Forum Malaysia, Experian, FWD Insurance and HSBC.


November 8, 2019 – November 9, 2019


8:30 am – 4:30 pm


From: YEN 9600


Kathleen’s Waitan, 5F, No. 453, Wai Ma Lu