Tag Archives: Culture

Putting Culture back into Nature


We have spread across and changed our world. Change is the constant. But it is maintaining the integrity of our systems that is more important than whether there is any particular ‘natural state’. Continue reading

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The Purpose of Life: Assimilation into the Borg Collective?


I’m quoting this Hundertwasser idea (below) because I’m interested in human purpose and creativity. I don’t think we’re meant to be deconstructed into cogs in the Corporate machine, obedient and defined by tasks, job descriptions and money. That is Modernity … Continue reading

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Choice: A Bigger Machine, or Democracy & Culture


What are the critical factors determining good local governance? The recent amalgamation debate in Hawke’s Bay was certainly raised some issues, but the debate was narrow – focusing on the idea that bigger is better. The logic of the Local Government Commission, central … Continue reading

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Managing Complexity and Uncertainty in Natural and Socio-Ecological Systems


I wrote most of this as an internal document for a Regional Council in 2009 when it was apparent that both the internal management style and the approach to the wider natural systems and communities was not conducive to long … Continue reading

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Reflections on Wisdom, and the Log from the Sea of Cortez


Wisdom comes from connecting.  In order to connect, we first have to see what there is around us, what past lessons apply, and to know what matters, in this place, at this time. John Steinbeck’s Log from the Sea of … Continue reading

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Discovering Great Land Minds


My first blog post! All happened serendipitously. You start with this nagging thought that goes on for months and months. You love writing but love procrastination more. People prod you to produce prose. You are a mild technophobe, wonder about … Continue reading

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