Adelaide Three Day Program


When past tools methods and practices just aren’t working, the Cynefin™  Complexity framework helps makes sense of complexity in order to take effective action…

  • The Cynefin ™ Complexity framework is one of the most quoted and applied frameworks for environments characterised by uncertainty, diversity of opinions, multiple perspectives and options, limited resources and rapidly shifting and competing priorities

  • Your workshop practitioners have used the Cynefin ™ framework and associated methods in organisations as diverse as Federal and State government Departments and agencies, Australian and international NGO’s and aid organisations, in banking and finance, defence, and pharmaceutical, universities, utilities, and community organisations.


The course has two components:

  • Cynefin™ Practitioners Foundations Course – 2 days

  • Cynefin™ in Action – How to Boost Innovation and Collaboration– 1 day

Cynefin™ Practitioners Foundations Course – 2 days

This workshop will

  • Build on the basics outlined in the Harvard Business Review article ‘A Leaders framework for Decision Making,’ D Snowden and M Boone;

  • Explore in depth the principles of complexity, and the fundamental language and concepts for understanding and taking action in complex environments.

  • Specifically, this workshop will include

    • The principles of complexity and complexity thinking.

    • Exploration of Cynefin™ framework in depth, and applications different settings and contexts, and for different issues and challenges.

    • Working with foundational Cognitive Edge facilitation methods, for strategic and operational applications.

The ideas and activities are also covered in the online Cynefin™ Foundations course. Access to the online Cynefin™ Foundations course is included with your fee for this course adding to your learning opportunity.

The Practitioner Foundations Course Learning Outcomes
  • The ability to describe the framework, its origins and principles and how and when to use it

  • Hands-on experience in thinking through Cynefin™ applications –in areas such as

    • organisational change and transformation,

    • improving decision-making, and

    • creating the conditions for leadership effectiveness, engagement, collaboration and innovation.

The Workshop Process
  • The workshop will be facilitated by practitioners highly experienced in harnessing the ideas and activities covered in the online Cynefin™ Foundations course.

  • Small and large group processes and activities are designed to maximise the learning, which will be captured and shared at the conclusion of the workshop.

Cynefin™  in Action - How to Boost Innovation and Collaboration – 1 day

+ We need innovation

+ It must be evidence based

+ There are limited resources and a need for guaranteed results


Mutually exclusive notions?  Not necessarily…


What if… the evidence based innovation was created – in your own context, using the principles of complexity science, not traditional project management.


What if… what was learnt from others were principles, heuristics, boundaries, the questions to ask rather than copying exactly what to do and how to do it


What if…there were processes for small ‘safe to fail’ probes and experiments, testing out the results and research from others and adapting them to the specific context of your workplace before full implementation


What if… what has been done by others was seen through the cultural filters, of our country, our organisation, our workplace


What if…the team involved in creating the ‘evidence’ in the local context sought diversity, including customers and experts as mentors


What if… the feedback and monitoring mechanisms included outputs, outcomes AND impact of the project and the process, and enabled ongoing responsiveness and adaptation


This one day workshop extends skills and capabilities in applying the Cynefin™ complexity framework and associated methods in areas such as

  • Undertaking innovation in context

  • Partnering and collaboration – across silos, within and between organisations, with communities and multiple stakeholders

  • Maximising engagement and maintaining momentum

  • Embracing and leveraging diverse perspectives

  • Designing, monitoring and measuring the impact of change strategies

If you want to discuss your current knowledge and understanding, please email the facilitators and one of us will contact you -


The workshop process will…

Be based on complex facilitation principles and processes and

  • Assume a working knowledge of the Cynefin™ framework

  • Create the agenda based issues on the interest and concerns of the participants

  • Be highly experiential, with participants practicing the facilitation of the selected methods

  • Use the tools and methods available in the ‘On Line Foundations’ course


At the conclusion of the workshop will be able to
  • Articulate the difference between traditional and complex methods, and Integrate complex methods and facilitation processes into their existing practice

  • Design and facilitate processes appropriate to their context


The course fee covers
  • Morning and afternoon tea and light lunch

  • Notebook and copy of course materials (PDF post program)

  • Access to a range of Cognitive Edge techniques and templates

  • Membership of the Cognitive Edge practitioners network ( 6 months)

  • Registration for the Cognitive Edge Cynefin™ Foundations Online Training (valued at $A700)


The Complexability Team…

Will be a combination of some or all of the following, led by;

Viv Read, Senior Complexability Consultant and Authorised Cynefin™ trainer, has over 40 years experience in organisational development, workplace change and social research; and has been involved in some of Australia’s most innovative workplace and culture change initiatives. She integrated the Cynefin™ framework and associated methods into her consulting practice following her training in 2000. She has been involved in over 25 narrative (SenseMaker®) projects and has applied the methods in the design and sensemaking processes for these projects.

Viv has extensively used the complex facilitation principles and methods in areas of workplace and culture change, staff, stakeholder and consumer engagement, capacity building for partnering and community development, strategic planning, leadership development, and monitoring and evaluation. She is highly skilled in the design and facilitation of engagement and sensemaking processes and has co facilitated over 40 Cognitive Edge training and capacity building courses in Australia, NZ and SE Asia.

Laurel Sutton is an independent consultant and senior member of the Complexability network who takes a people focused approach to working with organisations. She believes that the people in the system are in the best place to understand and develop solutions to complex problems. Laurel has had considerable experience in working with Cognitive Edge methodology over the last ten years. She has employed the methods in working with communities to identify and understand their issues, collaboration and innovation in government, and evaluation of international programs.

Julie Cunningham. With a natural curiosity, Julie uses ‘new sciences’ research and thinking with leaders, executives and managers. She has a strong background in learning and organisational development and is an experienced mentor, coach and facilitator.  She has developed and delivered a large range of individual and group coaching, mentoring and training interventions to build skill, knowledge and team partnering for executive, administrative and professional groups (of up to 400 people), as well as facilitating planning and problem solving forums and workshops.  Her ability to quickly comprehend and analyse a wide variety of new information has enabled her to become a broker of knowledge, information and practical solutions.

Cynefin™ Practitioner Foundations Plus (2+1)

Adelaide Australia, August 12 - 14

Venue: Adelaide Royal Coach Hotel

Investment from:       $2640

This workshop is being presented in collaboration with Interface Consultants

Cynefin™ Practitioner Foundations Plus | Three Day
Adelaide Cynefin™ Practitioner Foundations | Three Day
Mon, Aug 12
Adelaide Royal Coach Hotel
Aug 12, 2019, 9:00 AM – Aug 14, 2019, 5:00 PM
Adelaide Royal Coach Hotel, 24 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town SA 5067, Australia
CE Main