Category Archives: Thought Pieces

Alternatives to Conventional Economic Development: And the Philosophy of Not Realising our Potential


Originally posted on Chris Perley's Blog:
More than 20 years ago a deep thinker, Richard Norgaard, wrote a book called Development Betrayed.  What he wrote wasn’t particularly new.  Other beautiful minds from Leopold Kohr, E. F. Schumacher to the…

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The Commodisation of Water and Life Itself


The commoditisation of life – humans as ‘work units’, as mere ‘things’, land as capital, produce as lifeless ‘pork units’ etc.  All the meaning reduced to the most basic measure; weight or volume or cost, at its worst undifferentiated by … Continue reading

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The Legalisation of Corruption – Bring back the Brown Bag Swap in the Park!


Why can’t we have the good old days back of honest corruption.  You know, brown paper envelopes filled with cash shifted between suspicious looking guys in trench coats, wearing sunnies.  Clever slights of hand in the kid’s playground at the … Continue reading

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Reimagining Landscapes I: Rejecting the Machine


How do you separate the personal from the professional?  We are taught to deal in the ‘objective’, in measured things.  But the whole idea of reimagining how we look at landscapes – our so-called ‘working lands’ of farms and forests … Continue reading

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Trust … in our Economy


Originally posted on Chris Perley's Blog:
They don’t think of ‘trust’ much when they talk about the economy. They split it up. They, the technocrats. They put such things as ‘trust’, ‘integrity’, ‘truth’ and ‘justice’ in the box marked…

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The Wisdom & Sanity of Indigenous Thinking


I read this line from a multicultural anthology of how we relate to the places within which we live.   “… helping us move toward a new sanity and an old wisdom in our relationship with nature.”  Barnhill, D.L. (ed) … Continue reading

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Listening to the Discordant Harmonies of Land


I have stood on hilltops in the south and felt the bone-biting blast of Antarctic winds. I have felt the difference between that and the relief you get when you shift to a space three to four tree heights out … Continue reading

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Instead of Dam Thinking from the 50s, Look to the Landscape


Originally posted on Chris Perley's Blog:
In the lowlands of the Otago Peninsula, within the hill streams that flow into the harbour, there are water wheels.  They stand as monuments to what once was, to what ‘functions’ there once…

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Confessions of an ex-Public Servant: Watching the slow death of the Public Sector


Remember Geoffrey Palmer suggesting we need an inquiry into the public service in 2014?  Low morale and the fear culture which gets in the way of “free and frank advice without fear or favour” were some of the issues.  There … Continue reading

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Reimagining the Potential of Landscape I: Start with the Deeper Story


This is a paper in two parts, or perhaps three.  This first part looks to some of the mechanical assumptions within New Zealand’s colonial land management, and a glimpse at the potential by shifting that view.  There is so much … Continue reading

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