Organising for Ecological Repair

Reconstructing Land Management Practice

Robert Perey*, Suzanne Benn

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this article, we explore organising narratives that underpin the generation of effective ecological solutions. We examine the processes of meaning construction in relation to the development of sustainable land management practices in the Landcare organisation in Australia. Meaning construction is situated in a variety of contexts that are themselves strongly influenced by a meta-narrative, which Taylor has labelled the “modern social imaginary”: A shared system of meanings that captures the imaginations of individuals and shapes their social groupings and society. The shift in meaning construction is reflected in the emergence of a narrative of “ecological repair” that involved a process of learning and knowledge development we have labelled protracted sense-making. Our research findings have led us to conclude that the development of successful ecological solutions require an active rewriting of the social imaginary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)458-477
Number of pages20
JournalOrganization and Environment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • learning and change
  • meaning system
  • meta-narratives
  • sense-making
  • social imaginary
  • sustainability

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