cynefin sensemaking framework – a 2 min fly-through

I tend to steer clear of “explainer” videos, but this one is pretty much just that. I’ve been exploring and learning a new 2 1/2 D (meaning “flat” drawings arrangeable in 3D space) drawing app called @mentalcanvas and cynefin seemed like a good thing to draw and elaborate in this new medium. 

Cynefin is often described as a sense-making framework (sometimes as a decision-making framework), created by David Snowden, that has come to inform my thinking quite a bit. 

If you’ve never come across it before I’d be quite interested in what this video prompts in you, be they insights, puzzles, arguments, ideas, or experiments.

Elevator Pitch — my 2013 mission

This animated short is my 2013 elevator pitch.
Underlying the content is a theory of learning and a philosophy of education: I believe that each of us constructs what we know (and do) from the ground up. I think of this literally, meaning that by engaging with ideas through conversation and play, we grow fresh connections in our embodied brains. Our habits of inquiry and exploration allow us to adapt to a changing world (and an aging body) and so are essential to a happy and healthy life.

Animated notes to my future self

I created this animated short as my final project in Otto Scharmer’s Sloan School of Management course on Leadership for the emerging future at MIT. It describes my sense-making around the experience of practicing his “Theory U”, particularly in reflecting ON the reflective practices he used in teaching the course.

Where it all started… the Franz animations

I began my animation career in 2010 while in graduate school at Harvard getting a Master Degree in Human Development and Psychology. My first efforts were 4 animations around a character named Franz, my prototypical adult learner. The first was on Universal Design For Learning and when I created it I assumed it was the only animation I’d ever make. The process was so enormously engaging for me that I went on to create three additional animations on: The Happiness Research, Flow States, and Complex Systems Theory! They are quite rough around the edges with wonky sound and low resolution. I keep them here to remind myself and others that anything worth doing is worth doing badly.