Thursday, July 19, 2012


What is the Cynefin framework?

Nothing the Texas GOP is interested in, that's for sure.  

Cynefin has been described by its creator David Snowden as "an ecological approach to sense making and learning in formal and informal communities."  

As they say in Texas, "Boy, you ain't from around here, are ya?"
Cynefin was mentioned in a Homeland Security Watch post by Philip Palin.  I don't know much more about it than what I've read at Wikipedia, where we're told:

The Cynefin framework draws on research into complex adaptive systems theory, cognitive science, anthropology and narrative patterns, as well as evolutionary psychology. It "explores the relationship between man, experience and context" and proposes new approaches to communication, decision-making, policy-making and knowledge management in complex social environments. 

Cynefin is being applied by security professionals thinking about disorder, chaos, and emergencySnowden has a website and a blog I'll be spending some time at.

Very interesting stuff, except in Texas.