Strategic

The tragedy of the commons

Who will provide the grand design, what is yours and what is mine?‘Cause there is no more new frontier, we have got to make it hereWe satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deedsIn the name of destiny and in the name of God The Last Resort. ¬†Glenn Frey…

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Out of the frying pan … into the fire (flood)

This century, many places in the world are experiencing record-breaking weather events, including drought, bush-fires and floods. Here in my country, in Western Queensland, those on the land have endured a seven-year drought. (Gascoyne River, Carnarvon, Western Australia). Then the rains came, and rained and rained, and rained some more….

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When enough … is enough.

Opulence, extravagance … or honourable, inspirational and reverential? When is enough money, for one individual, enough? And should those who have acquired extreme wealth, such as contemporary billionaires, be obligated to share their excessive wealth, whether via exceptional taxation legislation, or other civilised means? These thoughts came to my consciousness…

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The more complex our lives, the more simplicity matters

Complexity and simplicity, and much in between. Complex engineering, complex growing child’s brain; simple cruising at sea, simple pleasure for a child exploring rock pools, sensually, visually and with curiosity. Within a natural ecosystem that sustains us all. The simple pleasures. And almost always free. Watch a young child at…

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Opportunities to connect, to respect, to cooperate, every day

Two ships cooperating at sea. Rules based, safety first, good outcome. It is quite wonderful to live by the ocean near a shipping channel and observe the various workhorses of the world’s seas sail on by. Slowly, methodically, impressively, powerfully, and safely. So I was fascinated further to watch two…

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Build a bridge. And communicate over it.

Wooden bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam. Dates to the 1700’s. There’s a throw-away line in my cultural neighbourhood that suggests to people who complain or are experiencing self-pity to “build a bridge, and get over it”. This is certainly not a caring or helpful statement, but largely dismissive and indicative…

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Men. The solution starts with me.

A man on duty. Aiming to protect. We trusted him. Others too. Porta Princesa, Philippines. Men are everywhere. And where there are men, there is trouble. Violence, abuse, greed, power striving, competition, selfishness. In the democratic countries of the so-called West, there is the movement to diminish the power of…

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Doing nothing is doing something

Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Not sure where the seals came from … Some of us are so privileged that we can be told it is ok to do nothing. Further, we can be advised that doing nothing is good for our health. However, the scientist, rational thinker and contrarian…

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Flowers and engagement, gratitude even, in times of horror

Government House, Darwin Australia. A town unique in Australia as it experienced major bombardments during World War II. The beautiful ambiance now can remind us that nature can restore its beauty in time, even after periods of horror, war and evil human activities. I observe from afar the horror of…

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