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Cynefin courses in 2015 - new thinking, practical exercises and great company

By Tony Quinlan  ·  December 15, 2014  ·  Cynefin, Narrative, SenseMaker®

Cynefin, Complexity, Narrative and Sense-making in 2015
As 2014 closes with a full-to-capacity series of CSM courses in London, we’re delighted to announce the first Cynefin and Sense-Making courses of 2015.  We start the year with courses in Zurich, Auckalnd and London.  Later in the year we plan to have more on the East Coast of North America, Asia and South America.

Zurich:  27 - 30 January 2015

Auckland:  4 - 7 May 2015

London:  8 - 11 June 2015

Why take these courses?
Old models and ways of working have been reaching the limits of their effectiveness. The same expiry of old approaches is evident in software development, government policy, aid and development work, marketing and many other areas.

This series of four one-day courses opens up new ways of seeing and addressing organisational problems and is aimed at thinkers and doers alike. And the usual mix of participants allows for excellent cross-fertilisation of ideas and learning.

What kinds of problems do they address?

  • Building resilience for future uncertainty
  • Creating better knowledge flows between diverse groups
  • Developing effective approaches to difficult problems
  • Understanding populations (of employees, beneficiaries, customers, etc) to support smarter interventions
  • Augmenting leaders and their decision-making without imposing further bureaucracy

These four one-day courses are led by Dave Snowden, Cognitive Edge’s Chief Scientific Officer, and are the best way to immerse yourself in the latest thinking on complexity, narrative and the application of these approaches to organisational practice. Dave is supported on these courses by Cognitive Edge practitioner colleagues - usually one of Michael Cheveldave, Zhen Goh or Tony Quinlan.

You can book for any combination of the days - click on through to the city of your choice and choose the days you need.

Day 1 - Understanding complexity
Learn how to put complexity theory to practice. Day 1 covers: characteristics of risk & uncertainty, safe-to-fail, resilience, and anticipatory awareness.

Day 2 - The Cynefin framework
Learn how to apply Cynefin for sense-making, change, and decision support. Day 2 covers: situational assessment, evidence and consensus, managing the dangers of group think and ignored mavericks, and strategies for working in uncertainty & complexity.

Day 3 - The organisation and knowledge
Learn how to create and manage situations and environments for enhanced innovation and knowledge flow. Day 3 covers: working with and disrupting cognitive bias, mapping knowledge flows in contrast with process, and stimulating social network creation and density.

Day 4 - The use of narrative
Learn how to work with narrative in facilitated sessions and in large volumes with SenseMaker®. Day 4 covers: Applying narrative for communicating, research/monitoring, knowledge capture, and making sense of culture through narrative archetype forms.
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Early bird and bulk discounts are available - so bring your colleagues and book early.

See you in 2015!