To appear in the Advanced Studies in Pure Mathematics volume "Proceedings of the Conference on Differential Geometry and Tanaka Theory in honour of Professors Reiko Miyaoka and Keizo Yamaguchi"
For smooth manifolds equipped with various geometric structures, we construct complexes that replace the de Rham complex in providing an alternative fine resolution of the sheaf of locally constant functions. In case that the geometric structure is that of a parabolic geometry, our complexes coincide with the Bernstein- Gelfand-Gelfand complex associated with the trivial representation. However, at least in the cases we discuss, our constructions are relatively simple and avoid most of the machinery of parabolic geometry. Moreover, our method extends to certain geometries beyond the parabolic realm.