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Virtual Cynefin® Practitioner Foundations (ENGLISH)

2020 is showing us how quickly our world can change. Learn how the Cynefin® framework can help you to navigate change and uncertainty.

Instructional language: English


Nov 10, 2020 0930 – 1330 AEST (UTC+10)

Nov 11, 2020 0930 – 1330 AEST (UTC+10)

Nov 17, 2020 0930 – 1330 AEST (UTC+10)

Nov 18, 2020 0930 – 1330 AEST (UTC+10)

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.


Vivienne Read (Australia) – Authorized Cynefin® Trainer

Languages: 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.

Ian Macdonald (Brazil) – 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 USD. 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: 11_1020_VCPF_ENZ1


November 10 – November 18


7:30 am – 11:30 am


From: USD 695 (with Regional Discount: 395)