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Cynefin™ Retreat: Foresight. Snowdonia, Wales: November 24-28, 2019


November 24-28, 2019 – Snowdonia, Wales


A unique opportunity, an inspiring location!

Following in the Welsh tradition that celebrates debate, and competitive poetry, a Cynefin retreat provides a distinct opportunity to commune with nature, as well as the rich cultural tradition of creating emergent knowledge and understanding through informed discussion and debate, away from vicissitudes of the press and social media. Each retreat will be stimulated by a faculty of thought leaders, including Dave Snowden. 

Join us 24-28 November in the stunning Snowdonia Mountains in Wales where we will immerse ourselves in a deep exploration on Cynefin, Futures and Foresight.  Cynefin Retreats are residential and tickets are inclusive of accommodations, meals, and session activities. 



Dr. Wendy Schulz lives in Oxford, England and is the Director of Infinite Futures: Foresight Research and Training and she has over twenty-five years of foresight practice all around the world. She has worked with bodies such as the UK Foresight Programme’s Land Use Futures Project on foresight methods and has provided emerging issues analyses and scenario explorations for the UK Health and Safety Executive, the UK Environment Agency, the Food Ethics Council, and others. She is also working with Cognitive Edge to create an innovative crowd-sourced approach to evolving scenarios. Her conference keynotes, workshops, and publications include topics as varied as innovations and the future of art; future competitiveness for urban regions; the future of transport; the future of learning and higher education; and the role of women in designing our emerging technological futures. Her writing covers not only foresight methods for public policy, but also everything from the future of space habitation to the future of philanthropy. She is a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation; a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce; and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.

Roger Dennis consults in foresight, innovation and large scale change, helping organizations and their leadership teams learn from divergent and disparate information to address complex strategic issues. So far he has worked for telecommunications companies, publishers, banks, radio stations, government departments, and various consultancies. Based in New Zealand, he supports government bodies and companies across Asia, Europe and Australasia and has worked with public health providers in New Zealand and around the world.  In 2007 he co-led the Shell Technology Futures programme for the GameChanger team in The Hague and co-wrote and edited the book that resulted from it. Roger was also part of the core team for Future Agenda and has been guest faculty for the School of International Futures.   He is interested in weak signals from the edges that give clues about the future and the synergies between strategy, innovation capacity, and an awareness of the future. Roger is fascinated by the process of design and maintains his creativity through the reading habits of a true information omnivore.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and an Edmund Hillary Fellow.

David Chandler is Professor of International Relations at the University of Westminster. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding and Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses, as well as the editor of a number of other journals and book series. His c. 20 books cover subjects such as the unique characteristics of governance in the period we live in, resilience, adaptability, and international relations. He has contributed more than 200 articles to international peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, but also written for the press, and appeared on radio and TV. His research interests focus on analysis of policy interventions in the international arena, including humanitarianism, statebuilding and the promotion of resilience. He is also interested in contemporary theories challenging the anthropocentrism of modernist thought, particularly in relation to the Anthropocene, and the politics of critique and new technologies as they are practiced, including algorithmic governance, sensorial assemblages and Big Data. Professor Chandler has brought together the London Materialisms Reading Group and he makes sure to follow Nietzsche’s rules of intellectual engagement.



Hoping to attend more than one retreat? Or would you like to bring a group of people? Drop us an email at ce-office@cognitive-edge.com to inquire about special rates. The following retreats are planned:

  • 18-22 August 2019 — Whistler, BC, Canada: Decision making & perception
  • January 2020 — Norway: Leadership
  • April 2020 — Tasmania: Identity and meaning

** SPACES ARE LIMITED ** — Please note that the all retreat venues have limited accommodations and retreats will be limited by venue capacity.  

The start and end times on the first and last day will be confirmed closer to the event.  We expect to confirm for people to arrive on Day 1 in the afternoon in time for a group dinner and evening social and depart the last day around noon immediately following a morning wrap-up session.


Cancellations / Refunds / Transfers

  • 8 weeks or more prior to event: 50% refund
  • No refunds for cancellations made 8 weeks or less prior to event
  • Replacement attendees welcome anytime
  • Switching to a different retreat or training event is possible but depends on availability, and there will be a change fee to cover non-refundable costs

Delegates are responsible for arranging their own travel to the designated “gathering point” or the venue itself (this may vary with each retreat and is dependent on the remoteness of the locations). Availability of transfer services will be communicated to delegates 6 to 8 weeks before the retreat.

Full meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided for attendees. For 1/2 days either at the start or end of the retreat either breakfast or dinner will only be provided. If you require special dietary requirements, please inform us when you book via this form. Food items outside of a retreat’s meal plan including alcoholic beverages are subject to additional charges payable by attendee either directly to the venue provider or Cognitive Edge.


November 24 – November 28


8:00 am – 5:00 pm


From: USD 3950


Snowdonia Mountain Lodge
Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda, Bangor, Gwynedd
United Kingdom