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Virtual Cynefin® Practitioner Foundations (ENGLISH)

Instructional language: English


Sep 1, 2020 1400 – 1800 CEST (UTC+2)

Sep 2, 2020 1400 – 1800 CEST (UTC+2)

Sep 8, 2020 1400 – 1800 CEST (UTC+2)

Sep 9, 2020 1400 – 1800 CEST (UTC+2)

Limited number of seats available at a Regional Discount. Certain regions with developing economies are eligible. Click HERE to apply.

We face a highly dynamic, uncertain, and at times an incomprehensible world. The events of 2020 have shown us how quickly and dramatically our lives can be affected by the complex nature of our reality. The thinking and decision-making that worked well for a more predictable past are no longer effective in navigating the rapidly emerging future. There is an urgent need for broader and more diverse thinking derived from the science of complexity. New patterns of thought, sense-making, and tools are needed to help guide us through today’s complex challenges. Cynefin® is the ideal framework designed specifically for complex environments.

The Cynefin® framework supports planning, decision-making, and management across a range of environments with differing levels of uncertainty. It has been adopted and applied in both the public and private sectors. In our current disrupted reality, Cynefin® has stood out as a framework that provides the right level of guidance for those seeking practical, hands-on support in business, government, and a personal sense of the current state of affairs.

Virtual Cynefin® Foundations training delivers a comprehensive introduction to Cynefin, and a core set of related methods. With uniquely designed practice exercises, wrapped in a highly engaging virtual learning environment, this course is a “must do” learning opportunity for those new to complexity and Cynefin®. For those who are well-read and well-studied in Cynefin® but want to refresh their knowledge, this course offers an ideal opportunity to engage with others in learning about Cynefin practices in today’s environment.


  • Four ½ day virtually facilitated sessions with each session having a runtime (including breaks) of 4 hours.
  • Minimum participant requirement: 12
  • Maximum participant limit: 25
  • Meeting environments: Zoom.us; Google Slides / Docs
  • Course pre-work and in-between session study: Video lectures, reading (instructor / geography dependent)
  • Instructional language: English

Participants will develop hands-on experience in applying Cynefin across a range of applications including –

(1) organisational change and transformation,

(2) improved decision-making, and

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

(4) managing in times of uncertainty

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


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® Practitioner Foundations class is for you.


Johann Entz-von Zerssen (Germany) – Authorized Cynefin® Trainer

Languages: German, English

With over 20 years as a coach and coach trainer Johann has come to understand how difficult and yet possible change for individuals and teams is once awareness and a willingness to address these challenges has surfaced. In his coaching/facilitation I make use of the newest as well as tested approaches based on developmental, systems and complex adaptive systems theory and practice. His aim is to find a healthy balance for his clients between doing and being in the way they make decisions, overcoming learned resistances, integrating ‘immunities to change’ and thus becoming more authentic in their own personal development and in the way they show up in the world. For the past 5 years he has immersed himself in the world of sensemaking and complexity thinking and training and how this translates into change on an organizational as well as individual level, accompanying various sensemaker projects, as well as running Cynefin trainings. Johann operates out of Berlin, Germany and has lived in various counties in tha past, most of the time in Canada.

Ian Macdonald – Authorized Cynefin® Trainer

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

With over 15 years in corporate communication and design as an advertising entrepreneur, Ian stepped into his current passion for supporting the development of leaders and organizations in complex systems when he was invited to be Head of Culture, Engagement and Diversity for the Subway of Sao Paulo.

Since 2015, Ian has been supporting consultancy projects in Brazilian as well as multinational firms in both strategic and human resources projects. He has co-facilitated the design and implementation of SenseMaker® projects in Brazil and the USA and has been a Cynefin® Foundation Course facilitator since 2018 as well as one of the creators of the current virtual experience. His project experience includes:

  • Corporate culture diagnostics and mapping (M&A and employee engagement)
  • Group facilitation and co-creative design
  • Corporate communication and strategic planning
  • Facilitation and integration of corporate Identity, Strategy and Management Models
  • Support facilitation for Cognitive Edge’s Virtual MasterClass and Sensemaker® Virtual Quickstart courses

Ian has a Bachelor of Science from London University and is a certified Facilitator, Consultant and Executive Coach. His home is São Paulo, Brazil with his wife and two kids. Outside of work, Ian can be found creating new things in the wood workshop or the kitchen!


The course fee is fixed for this session at 695 EUR. A limited number of regional discount tickets are available for certain by application. Click HERE to apply.


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. 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.

Course ref: 09_0120_VCPF_ENZ3


September 1 – September 10


8:00 pm – 12:00 am


From: EUR 695 (with Regional Discount: 395)