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Dave Snowden
Dave Snowden
Sense Making | Complexity Science applied to organisations | Founder, Cognitive Edge
Sense Making | Complexity Science applied to organisations | Founder, Cognitive Edge

Derived from David’s LinkedIn Profile and Wikipedia page:

David is currently working on the application of natural sciences to social systems through the development of a range of methods and the SenseMaker® software suite. He is known for the development of the Cynefin framework and is the founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge, a  management consulting firm specializing in complexity and sensemaking.


  • Sensemaking
  • Knowledge Management
  • Complexity Science applied to organisations
  • Narrative 


Cognitive Edge
Making sense of complexity in order to act

Absorb uncertainty, create resilience, detect weak signals


From the website:

Cognitive Edge was founded in 2005 with the objective of building methods, tools and capability to utilise insights from Complex Adaptive Systems theory and other scientific disciplines in social systems. This approach, known variously as Naturalising Sensemaking and Cognitive Complexity has developed three main focus areas:

The development of SenseMaker® – a software ecology which integrates decision support, research, monitoring and knowledge management

Comprehensive global education programme –  a broad network of practitioners able to use the methods and tools developed by Cognitive Edge.  Approximately 2,700+ Network Members now exist both within organisations and as independents

The research agenda – acknowledged by the Academy of Management with two awards for the Cynefin framework, which is at the heart of the approach




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April 18th, 2023 The possibility of a wisdom commons – a place that makes wisdom more common – has been an attractor to those drawn to The Stoa. What has …Read more
February 3rd, 2023 Is there any real magic in meta-modernism? Is it a distraction (and a dangerous one) from genuine engagement with change? Is it a sophisticated form of Gas …Read more
Dave Snowden is one of the originators of the field of sensemaking, and the creator of influential frameworks such as the Cynefin model. In this conversation with David Fuller, he …Read more
  Jim talks with Dave Snowden about the document he co-authored, “Managing Complexity (And Chaos) In Times of Crisis.” They discuss the Cynefin framework, its development into a complexity-informed framework, …Read more
Just a general thanks to everyone for birthday wishes, before, during & after the 1st April. Much appreciated, and little overwhelming and there were too many to respond individually. So if your message contrained anything that other than birthday wishes you may need to resend …Read more
RT @CodeCraftsVie: Sign up for Anna Panagiotou’s workshop on using HexiKits in facilitation sessions. 👏 Anna will introduce you to the new framework from @snowded & teach you principles, processes & practices that you can use in your workshops or planning sessions. 👉 …Read more
Just added a supplementary to my recent post on eliminating incoherence …Read more
Highest point of the walk & over half way but under clouds for a few hours now …Read more
Made my day …Read more
“Eighty-two percent of them went through a redesign in the last three years. However, most of these redesign efforts fail”. How many were initiated by McK? …Read more
Our retreat on lifelong learning is more or less full, but there are day tickets and we can create some more accommodation if needed. Its next month so if interested book soon …Read more
RT @HeartOfScott: These are a very good reads… I have been having several deep conversations on the need for and role of expertise. Dave hits several nails on the head with these posts. Read them all. …Read more
Another post in the series on coherence, science, elimination of the absurd and so on. …Read more
Hopefully got the perfect 69th birthday planned this weekend, staying in a favourite pub near Abergavenny so two days of walking in the Black Mountains and a key evening Rugby match at the Arms Park Saturday night. Just need the weather to work out …Read more
Britons have more confidence in EU than Westminster, poll finds …Read more
RT @Cardiff_Rugby: Peter Thomas Obituary: “Peter will be remembered as one of the most important and influential figures in the unrivalled history of Cardiff Rugby. “The club was his lifelong passion and we will forever be indebted to Peter and the Thomas family.” …Read more
RT @tom_d_kerwin: Holy cats, nearly 4,000 people have read these notes from a recent strategy workshop, introducing @snowded’s Estuarine Framework, and I’ve had some amazing conversations off the back of it. I think this is gonna be BIG. …Read more
I’m going to be in France (Paris and the South) 10-20 October and Singapore-Australia-New Zealand August and September. Diary is filling up on all of those but we still have slots for events or meetings if anyone is interested …Read more
Disappointed in this. Even taking notes it only took 90 minutes to read and it’s magical solution is just a rather crude rehash of systems dynamics. Completely ignores complexity despite using the word …Read more
Second post on science and testing for incoherence – this one just building some of the core language I need for subsequent posts …Read more
New opportunities to gain a fellowship in Foresight Practice – I’ve been on the judging panel for some years and there are always interesting proposals so let yours be one 🙂 …Read more
Starting to develop the naturalising concept of using science as an enabling constraint – there will be several more posts – triggered by the recent lecture at Hull University …Read more
RT @NoraBateson: An old tweet: 10/25/2020 The bots don’t & wont ever ‘get’ it. Art is dangerously safe. The revolution will not be a washing machine manual or a newspaper article. The passion to be human together has always been more Unsayable. Algorithms are impervious to poetry. #WarmData …Read more
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