Aug 06 2020
August 6, 2020

Cynefin, Aporetic & Confusion – a premium members’ webinar

  • 01:00 pm
  • Online webinar - zoom

Cynefin, Aporetic & Confusion – a premium members’ webinar

Join us for a deep dive and ongoing conversation about the renaming of the disorder domain of the Cynefin framework into A/C (for short) standing for Aporetic or Confused. Zhen Goh will host the discussion with Dave Snowden, Chris Corrigan and John van Breda, and also explore with them the significance of this renaming and new insights for our practices and coherence with our methods. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions, share comments and join the conversation.

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Meet the panellists and host

Dave Snowden divides his time between two roles: founder Chief  Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge and the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Complexity at the University of Wales. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science-based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. His paper with  Boone on Leadership was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management award for the best practitioner paper in the same year. He has previously won a special award from the Academy for originality in his work on knowledge management. During his tenure at IBM, he was selected as one of the six on-demand thinkers for w worldwide advertising campaign His company Cognitive Edge exists to integrate academic thinking with practice in organisations throughout the world and operates on a network model working with Academics, Government, Commercial  Organisations, NGOs and Independent Consultants. He is also the main designer of the SenseMaker® software suite, originally developed in the field of counter-terrorism and now being actively deployed in both Government and Industry to handle issues of impact measurement, customer/ employee insight, narrative-based knowledge management, strategic foresight and risk management.

Chris Corrigan is an internationally renowned facilitator of participatory practices such as Open Space Technology and World Cafe. He specializes in large group facilitation process and participatory approaches to change, complexity and systemic innovation. He is known as an exceptional teacher, working in the Art of Hosting community of practice and teaching in university and continuing education programs at Simon Fraser University. His work has carried him to four continents and he works extensively with non-profits, indigenous communities, faith communities and civil society. He is passionate about building participatory communities and organizations and achieving sustainable innovation and powerful results.

Zhen Goh’s work  involves actionable research across government, non-government and corporate organisations. She is currently a senior Consultant with Cognitive Edge. She has worked on a wide variety of trans-disciplinary research, and is currently engaged in projects which range from an NSF-funded grant to understand how to enhance socio-technical resilience in a post-Maria Puerto Rico, to assisting UNDP in their attempts to introduce innovation into their working culture as a way of responding to increasing uncertainty, as well as to evolve how development is conducted. 

John van Breda is the Programme Manager: Centre of Complex Systems in Transition (CST) an inter- faculty research centre at Stellenbosch University which offers a transdisciplinary doctoral programme in sustainable development. John holds several post-graduate degrees in philosophy, theology and sociology as well as PhD with a specific focus on developing context-relevant transdisciplinary research approaches for conducting solution-oriented research in a developing world context. His expertise is in transdisciplinary methodologies and methods for tackling complex social-ecological systems challenges. The title of his PhD is as follows: “Methodological Agility for Sustainability Transitions in the Context of the Anthropocene” which can be accessed here: Prior to the CST, John has been actively involved in building and managing the TsamaHub and has been instrumental in raising international funding for conducting transdisciplinary doctoral programmes on food security and climate change on the African continent, known as the TRECCAfrica and ACCAI programmes.