Working with Cynefin to find questions

 

Working with a client tonight who is beginning a process of trying to find some questions for moving forward.  The client is a group of churches who are exploring how they might collaborate to undertake their joint mission together.  There are a number of factors at play, and the environment they are working in is diverse.

Tonight, with a few short hours, we’ll do a little story gathering.  We’ll begin by exploring an uncontextualized Cynefin framework and then invite small anecdote circles to form around the question of “What are the challenges and role of our Churches in this region, in this time?”  I’ll invite groups to explore this question using stories.  The idea is to gather anecdote fragments in each circle and then explore contextualizing a framework to give us a sense of the work that might lay before us, should people choose to work more collaboratively.  I am hoping that, despite a short time together, the exercise will open some inquires, especially in the complex space, that people might be interested in pursuing.

24. November 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Design, Stories | 3 comments

Comments (3)

  1. Serendipidity Chris.

    I’ll be interested in following up on how this one goes. I have some insights to share about blending Cynefin with MSC(Most Significant Change) Stories that emerged from paired interviews. Stories seemed to be a great way of helping people to understand Cynefin and the different mindsets needed in different domains.

    G

  2. Hi Chris,

    In your post : “explore contextualizing a framework to give us a sense of the work that might lay before us, should people choose to work more collaboratively.” and following Geoff’s comments about exploring the combination of MSC and cynefin, it prompted me to think about how the Collective Social Leanring spiral (Val Brown) may also be useful- see p9 of http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-610/paper01.pdf or p77 of Tackling Wicked Problems

    <a href=http://books.google.com.au/books?id=Evgk1z2SAeAC&pg=PA75&lpg=PA75&dq=collective+social+learning+cycle&source=bl&ots=xOjcW3AfS4&sig=K9_3IxEBjs86WpHvDmzOcj2V-Sk&hl=en&ei=jMHOTvmsDumYiAeL1fzsDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&sqi=2&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=collective%20social%20learning%20cycle&f=false

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