Mapping Tipu Ake against the Cynefin Framework Domains
The Cynefin framework (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynefin) developed by Dave Snowden of The Cognitive Edge is a SENSE MAKING model that acknowledges and illustrates the evolutionary nature of complex systems, including how to thrive within their inherent uncertainty and ambiguity
First view Shaun Callahan’s simple overview video(4mins) www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mqNcs8mp74 which explains the first four of its five domains each of which require different behaviours for success:
- Simple, in which the relationship between cause and effect is obvious to all, the approach is to Sense - Categorise - Respond and we can apply best
- Complicated, in which the relationship between cause and effect requires analysis or some other form of investigation and/or the application of expert knowledge, the approach is to Sense - Analyze - Respond and we can apply good practice.
- Complex, in which the relationship between cause and effect can only be perceived in retrospect, but not in advance, the approach is to Probe - Sense - Respond and we can sense emergent practice.
- Chaotic, in which there is no relationship between cause and effect at systems level, the approach is to Act - Sense - Respond and we can discover novel practice.
The fifth domain is Disorder, which is the state of not knowing what type of causality exists, in which state people will revert to their own comfort zone in making a decision. In full use, the Cynefin framework has sub-domains, and the boundary between simple and chaotic is seen as a catastrophic one: complacency leads to failure.
Then view Dave Snowden ’s video” (4 mins) How to Organise a Children’s Party”. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Miwb92eZaJg
Then for more detail view Dave’s video (9mins) www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7oz366X0-8
Here Cynthia Kurtz who was involved with Dave in the early development of Cynefin, describes some of her new discoveries on narrative sensemaking including what she leant from the ancient sensemaking practiced by indigenous (oral) cultures.
This leads to the Tipu Ake Organic Leadership Model, a multilooped BEHAVIOURAL MODEL which identifies Pests (events that must be responded to) and Birds (actions that are proactive) on seven levels. It is like the game of snakes and ladders. Alongside each is listed the Cynefin domains that each level relates most to, though of course each could involve action in all of them in different situations as appropriate.
Mainly Relate to Cynefin
} Complex (outcomes)
} Complex (sense / decide)
} Simple or Complicated
}(process / project outputs)
} Complex (relationships)
} Chaotic (innovation)
} Disorder (blocks action)
The tree on the left of the diagram requires all levels to be healthy and active for sustained growth. As Tipu Ake is a multi loop cyclic model (rather than a linear step by step improvement pathway) it requires us to learn to operate effectively on all levels simultaneously.
The undercurrent level amplifies appropriate actions in the Cynefin Chaotic domain which is where innovation is germinated. Pests cause us to fall from the Simple over the cliff into this, whereas birds go there by choice as a result of early sensing and collectively processing of weak signals. A culture driven by pests is a poisoned one. That relates to the Cynefin disordered state where people revert to the safety of their comfort zones losing the courage to germinate the new.
The future ORA that we aspire to grow towards with Tipu Ake is much wider and richer that the English word "Wellbeing". The NZ Local Government Legislation talks of the four wellbeings., Cultural, Social, Economic and Environmental)
The Mauri model developed by Kepa Morgan is about encouraging decision making balance with regard to our
social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being.. It is a tool that works strongly at the Tipu Ake Collective Sensing and Collective Wisdom levels. Kepa explans this on video at a youth forum with Cradle to Cradle design Guru Michael Braungart . Also here is paper on it "A Tangata Whenua Perspective on Sustainability using the Mauri Model"
More metaphors from the team game of rugby that help us extend AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT beyond the existing SCRUM Merthodology used very sucessfully in IT.
Auckland Supercity Structure a suggestion that the structure of the supercity could be more organic and community focused. Using both Cynefin and Tipu Ake.