Online presentation and discussion 8 July 2021 more details at ANZSYS Events

Prof Dave Snowden

A Great Opportunity for ANZSYS and  ISSS conference delegates to engage with a Thought Leader on Critical Systems Thinking

ANZSYS invites all interested in systems thinking and knowledge management, especially CYNEFIN Domains of Knowledge, to join a collaborative venture with David Snowden

on July 8th at 7PM AEST (Sydney Time) - see https://www.worldtimebuddy.comto calculate your local time).

David has pioneered a science-based approach to understanding organisations and their behaviours, drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory.  He is well known for his pragmatic cynicism, iconoclastic style and is a passionate speaker on a range of subjects.

In this interactive event David will work with webinar participants to consider application of aspects of design thinking to Cynefin methods for building Method Kits* for use in a variety of contexts.

  • A short introduction to Cynefin and the Methods Kits opens a conversation about how participants might contribute to design/development processes for systems oriented Methods Packs.
  • Attention then shifts to working collaboratively on building some systems concepts tools into a viable contribution to Cynefin Methods Kits as an ongoing design.

*Method Packs are based on the metaphor of a chef who can combine and recombine different ingredients, and social contexts to create a unique meal. Thus the packs permit a shift away from context-independent linear processes, to a focus on context-dependent environment.


Professor Dave Snowden divides his time between two roles: founder Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge and the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Complexity at the University of Wales.  His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making.  He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory.  He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.

He holds positions extra-ordinary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch as well as visiting Professor at Bangor University in Wales.  He has held similar positions at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Canberra University, the University of Warwick and The University of Surrey.  He held the position of senior fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore during a sabbatical period in Nanyang.