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Cynefin Hong Kong Program Cognitive Edge: Making Sense of Complexity – March 2006

Although yesterday I didn’t have much time to create a weblog post here in elsua since I took half day off here we go again today with a few minutes to share with you an e-mail that I got earlier on this morning:

The following provides brief details of and web links to our March 2006 Hong Kong program, for your consideration.

Program: Cognitive Edge: Making Sense of Complexity (A Cynefin Centre approved program)

On: 28 and 29 March 2006 At: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Our working and living environments are increasingly complex, and some critical challenges and issues seem to be intractable and unresolvable. Many of the existing range of tools and techniques available assume a level of predictability and order not evident in complex systems; and are therefore less than effective in their application.

The Cynefin Centre, drawing on diverse disciplines including complexity science, cognitive psychology and anthropology, has developed and applied tools and processes designed to enable groups of people to make sense of their complex issues before determining the most effective intervention. Cynefin is a perspective or sense making approach, supporting people involved in the issues to make more effective decisions about their own issues. Cynefin focuses on making sense of systems, with meaning constructed by those in the system, rather than external experts.

Dave Snowden founder of The Cynefin Centre, supported by Australian Certified Cynefin practitioners, will be conducting the program. SOLA, as an education, research and training partner of The Cynefin Centre is organising the workshop.

The Cynefin Centre (www.cynefin.net) is an open source consulting network enabling the use any of the tools and methods in the program or on the website.

After completing the workshop, you will be able to

  • Use narrative techniques to capture multiple and diverse perspectives
  • Enable groups to make sense of complex and intractable issues
  • Map complex issues
  • Apply complexity principles and Cynefin methods to applications including:- Strategy Development; Scoping new projects; Knowledge capture; Capturing learning; Innovation

    The workshop will also show how applications can be supported by The Cynefin Sense Making software, which is currently in final testing.

    Investment – The investment is $HKD 5,800 ($AUD1,000). There are a number of possibilities for discounts; please refer to the brochure for details.

    Venue-Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    Information and Registration – Full details and secure on line registration are available under the Event listing at – www.cynefin.net/events.php

    We would appreciate you forwarding this information to any colleague that may be interested, and apologise if you have received more than one notification.

  • This is certainly one event that I wouldn’t have minded attending and participating from. I am sure that it would be as good as the brochure mentions and on top of that I am sure I would have been able to meet up with some folks who I have been working in the past or other fellow colleagues from Asia Pacific that will eventually making. So here I am, sending this notice out to everyone who may be reading it and also making it into the event so that they could provide us with an overview of how it went since I am afraid I will not be able to make it. Perhaps some other time. Thus if there is anybody out there reading this particular weblog post who will be making it into the event please do share with us all how it went. I am sure I am not the only one who would be interested in knowing how it went. Thus share it with us !

    [tags]Knowledge Management, KM, Cynefin, Sense Making, Complexity[/tags]

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