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Cynefin® Retreat: Athens, Greece *TO BE RESCHEDULED*

*COVID-19 and the Cynefin Retreats*
In our continuous reexamination of the retreat situation, we have concluded that we can not responsibly invite our faculty and participants to travel in July, and it is likely that many will also face significant travel disruptions. We will have to postpone this event once again into the first quarter of 2021 (but we are not cancelling it!). New dates will be announced by the end of June and the Super Early Bird and Early Bird offers adjusted accordingly. 

This retreat completes our series on decision-making, which moved from an exploration of cognitive aspects to looking at the future, and is now taking the final step by examining decision-making and governance. Athens and the athenian democracy loom large in the european imagination and have been made part of the great narrative of the history of governing, at least from a western point of view. We could imagine no better location for interacting with that topic in ways that explore, challenge, and ultimately create something new. Invited faculty bring together expertise on practice, theory, and organizational applications and will support participants, through the triopticon method, to work on areas such as different scale of governance, collective and individual processes, ideation and the concepts that shape governance and decision-making. The exploration of collective exercises in decision-making and the ideas that underlie this process will also form a link to our next retreat series that will be dedicated to Meaning and Identity.

This retreat is an experiment. Normally our retreats are large residential events. In this case we decided to invest in an inspiring location but lower costs for participants in order to encourage wider participation by giving you the flexibility to make your own arrangements for accomodation and some meals. Group days and collective evenings are going to ensure we don’t miss out on social interaction, which is an essential part of retreats, while capturing some of that symposium atmosphere.

As part of that experiment, we want to invite everyone who would like to sponsor places for people who might not have been able to apply otherwise, as a kind of scholarship, to contact us for more details.

This is what participants had to say about last year’s retreat in Whistler

“It is definitely worth every dime and then some, but really it’s about the connections and conversations that happen after we have sessions, when we sit down and have social time” – Brian “Ponch” Rivera, founder of AGLX Consulting and co-creator of the Flow System

“It is cutting edge, but it is also speaking to the intuitive sense of “hey, I’ve been searching for this, this is for me, it is the answer for so many question marks with the frameworks I’ve been working with (…) it keeps filling the blanks” (…) If there is any resonance, come”- Anne Caspari, Trainer, coach and consultant for transformative processes


Dr Jane Davidson was Minister for Environment and Sustainability in Wales from 2007-2011. As minister, she proposed legislation to make sustainability the central organising principle of government, creating legislation which has seen Wales become third in the world for municipal recycling and introduced measures to reduce the use of plastic. Before that, from 2000 – 2007, she was Minister of Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills in Wales, interweaving sustainable development and global citizenship with education. She holds several honorary fellowships in organizations that include the WWF and contributes regularly to international expert events. Jane is also active academically, having been invited as faculty in Harvard University and holding the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She has won a number of awards for her work. Currently, she is writing the story of why Wales was the first country in the world to introduce legislation to protect future generations.

Dr Aris Anagnostopoulos holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Kent. He has trained as a historian at the University of Leicester. His post-doctoral work is in the interdisciplinary field of archaeological ethnography. His research interests focus on the politics and poetics of the material aspects of the past in the present; he has also published extensively on the creation of public space. He currently works as a public programs director with the Heritage Management Organization, promoting education and working on community engagement internationally, from Iran to the Gambia. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork with several archaeological projects, including the Kalaureia Project in Poros, Greece. He has been the director and principal instructor of the Archaeological Ethnography Summer School in Gonies, Crete since 2014. Aris holds a Honorary Lectureship at the University of Kent, and is teaching at the Heritage Management MA (Kent & AUEB) in Elefsina as well as the Anthropological Research Laboratory at Panteion University, Athens.

Cancellations / Refunds / Transfers

8 weeks or more prior to event: 50% refund

No refunds for cancellations made 8 weeks or less prior to event; replacement attendees welcome anytime

Switching to a different retreat or training event is possible any time but is dependent on availability, and may be subject to a change fee (change fees are dependent on timing of request, venue considerations, special discounts)

Delegates are responsible for arranging their own travel to the designated “gathering point” or the venue itself as well as there own accomodation.

Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks are provided for attendees at the venue. For 1/2 days no lunch will be provided. An additional group dinner on us might be provided- more information will be offered in our information email two weeks before the retreat date. If you have any dietary requirements, please inform us when you book via this form.


February 14, 2021


(All day event)


From: EUR 1500


Museum of Cycladic Art, Neofitou Douka 4, Private Gallery