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Making Sense of Complexity – an introduction to Cynefin

Application to Burton School

shows the four habitats of the Cynefin Framework - Clear, Complicated, Complex, and Chaotic - plus Confusion as the state of not knowing
By - Own work - a re-drawing of the prior artwork found here ( that incorporates more recent changes, such as renaming "Simple" to "Clear"., CC BY-SA 4.0, Link


The (W.R.I.T.E) way informed by Robert’ Murphy’s Syllabus Design (The recipe)


. Negotiate Gray areas by standing between the black and the white spaces.


Practice “Ready, Fire, Aim” safe-to-fail experiments by 

  • R.E.A.D.Y
    • R – routines and habits
    • E – engage, express and enrich each interactions
    • A – apply and automatize systems that promote predictable processes
    • D – duration – Maintaining short-term attention and long-term retention of knowledge and students
    • Y – yearning – Motivated and compelled to to engage 
  • F.I.R.E
    • F – Focus with all your sense 
    • I – Inspect what emerges
    • R – Retain your grip on reality
    • E – Endure the endeavor
  • A.I.M
    • A – Assess the mark
    • I – Identify the knowns and unknowns
    • M – make adjustments


  • Be Water
    • Go with flow as a liquid
    • Evaporate or glide away when things get to hot
    • Form, unform, and reform principles/beliefs/processes as ice and EZ water
    • Enjoy the free fuel from how biological energy is harnessed through the interactions with EZ water

Learn more: The Fourth State of Water

Managing in Complexity

Constructor Theory