The Cynefin framework is a sense-making framework that guides how to respond in different “domains”. Many humanitarian, development and peacebuilding interventions take place in complex adaptive environments where the traditional “cause and effect” model is not appropriate. Using the Cynefin framework can help understanding of what could work, and how to react, in complex environments.
A short video of Prof Dave Snowden presenting the Cynefin framework is available on You Tube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7oz366X0-8
Since this video was made the name of the “simple” domain has been changed to “obvious”.
The home of the Cynefin framework is http://cognitive-edge.com/
Here’s a more detailed copy of the Cynefin diagram: