Cynefin Centre Australia

The Cynefin Centre Australia applies the pioneering work in complexity of Dave Snowden in the Asia Pacific context.

How We Can Help You

CCA primarily focuses on working within the not-for-profit, government and academic sectors, with action research and development projects applying complexity science principles, methods and approaches to social good. We focus on research becoming practice, learning from doing, making sense of complexity accessible and understandable. For this, co-creation and collaboration with all involved in any project are fundamental principles.

There are Cynefin Centre flagship research programs into healthcare; education; climate change; power, discrimination and conflict; citizen engagement and democratic innovation. In CC Australia, we are explicitly focused on the integration and application of indigenous knowledge to complex issues, building complexity literacy for grass roots community activation, and the development and implementation of consultation and engagement processes using complexity based methods and processes that ensure equity in access and participation, sovereignty of data and decision making, and transparency of evaluation and results.

Upcoming Events

Masterclass: EU Field Guide and Strategy
Wed-Thur, 27-28 Jul 2022, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm | KPMG Canberra, 1 Constitution avenue, Canberra, ACT 2601

New ways of thinking: Organisational Development through a complexity lens
Tues, 2 Aug 2022, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm | Melbourne Central, TBC, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Masterclass: Rewilding AGILE
Wed, 3 Aug 2022, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm | Melbourne Central, TBC, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Local Self Reliance: A likely future landscape for Australian communities?
Tues, 9 Aug 2022, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Aerial UTS Function Centre, 235 Jones Street, #Building 10, Level 7, Ultimo, NSW 2007

Masterclass: Design practices for a complex world
Thurs-Fri, 11-12 Aug 2022, 9:00 am to 5:00 am | Aerial UTS Function Centre, 235 Jones Street, #Building 10, Level 7, Ultimo, NSW 2007

Collective Sense-Making: Multiple Methods, Multiple Perspectives
Tues, 16 Aug 2022, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Glenelg Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

Cynefin Retreat: Innovation in community engagement
Wed, 17 5:00 pm to Sat, 20 Aug 2:00 pm 2022 | O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, 3582 Lamington National Park Road, Canungra, QLD 4275

Facilitating complex sense-making & Hexi kits: Practitioner Workshop
Tues, 23 Aug 2022, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Glenelg Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101


Recent events

May 2022

  • Cynefin Centre Social Research and Learning in Action: a series of face-to-face and hybrid events including Dave Snowden and Beth Smith from The Cynefin Co with a focus on citizen engagement, large systems complex facilitation, Indigenous knowledge, climate change and sustainability and complexity based policy development

March 2022

  • The fourth Yarn in the Re-emergence: Complexity Yarns with Indigenous Thinkers series of Yarns with perspectives from Wales, Australia and New Zealand
  • Complexity in Action: A series of virtual events highlighting the application of complexity tools and methods used in a range of projects by Australian and International practitioners

December 2021

  • 8 December 2021 - The third Yarn in the Re-emergence: Complexity Yarns with Indigenous Thinkers series of Yarns with perspectives from Wales, Australia and New Zealand
  • 16 December 2021 - Making Choices About Water: How, as leaders in our fields, can we foster a culture between us that creates better choices for water in 2022?