Action and Activism

The Harmony Conference 2018

Where: Arts Hall, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus

When: 14 March 2018

With Harmony Professors of Practice David Cadman and John Sauven

Sponsored by the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture and the Faculty of Humanities and the Performing Arts and supported by the Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness

The third Lampeter Harmony conference takes place on 14 March on the Lampeter campus. Our question this year is 'What is effective action?' If we are to create a world which is more harmonious, where sustainable principles are observed, the interdependence of humanity and the environment respected, and social justice practiced, how should we act?

We will look at social harmony, environmental harmony and spiritual harmony and include:

  • Action and Activism in the University

  • Action and Activism in the Community

  • Action and Activism Globally

  • We will have speakers from across the university - staff and students - and the community. See here for the Speakers and Presenters.

    What is Harmony?

    The University has been exploring Harmony as a means of establishing a philosophical underpinning for our sustainability agenda. The principles of Harmony are summarised by David Cadman, TSD Harmony Professor of Practice, as Wholeness, Connection, Interdependence, Diversity, Cycles of time and season, Reciprocity and Justice and lawfulness. He adds "asks questions about relationship, justice, fairness and respect in economic, social and political relationships".

    Further information Dr Nicholas Campion,

    Date & Time: Wednesday 14 March 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, 2018

    Where: Arts Hall, UWTSD, Lampeter Campus.

    Inquiries:: Dr Nicholas Campion,

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    Download the Harmony Day 7 July 2016 Papers:

    David Cadman: The Quest for Harmony
    Tony Juniper: The Harmony Economy
    John Sauven: The Greenpeace Manifesto

    Download the Harmony Day 7 July 2016 Powerpoints:

    David Cadman Powerpoint presentation
    Tony Juniper Powerpoint presentation
    John Sauven Powerpoint presentation

    Download Papers for 2 March 2017:

    David Cadman 'Principles of Harmony' download

    Download Papers for 14 March 2018:

    Download a PDF of the Programme

    Download a PDF of the Barpak Village flyer by Mickey Gordon

    Link to the Press Release for the day.

    Programme 14 March 2018

    10 am - 5.30 pm Arts Hall Lampeter

    Time Table (subject to slight adjustments)

    10:00 - 11:00 am: Action and Activism

    Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement & Sustainability, and Dr Nick Campion, Director of the Sophia Centre, introduce Harmony and the day.

    Our two visiting Harmony Professors of Practice, John Sauven and David Cadman will each give a 15 min statement on what they mean by activism. They will be joined by Dr Carolyn Hayles. Academic Lead for the Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) and Mickey Gordon of the academic lead for the Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE), and Mickey Gordon of the Barpack Project.

    11:00 - 12:00 am: Local Action

    A panel chaired by Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. On the panel we will have Patrick Holden, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, Angie Polkey a founder member of the Lampeter Permaculture Group and Tom Yearly, Head of Sustainability Delivery, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

    What is the relationship between the University's sustainability agenda and local interests and concerns. We can consider such questions as how the University can better engage with local producers, or how local producers can engage with the University. The three panelists will each talk for 10 minutes and then we will open up for thirty minutes of questions and discussion.

    12:00 - 12:15 pm: Break

    12:15 - 1:00 pm: Revealing Action: Three Examples

    Mike Durke (Faculty of Business and Management): Disharmony and Harmony in Building Community
    Mickey Gordon: Mickey has been working with the village of Barpak in Nepal, assisting in its recovery from the earthquake.
    Sally Payen: Sally is a painter and activist. We will also be exhibiting her work

    1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch: Our chef, Kevin Hodson, has prepared lunch using as far as possible, local, organic or fair trade ingredients.

  • Beetroot and apple soup - made from organic Welsh produce
  • Vegetarian Welsh cawl - made from organic produce, sourced worldwide
  • Selection of Mark Lane bread rolls and breads
  • Selection of cheeses sourced from Wales supplied by Castell Howell
  • Fairtrade tea and coffee, from a national supplier
  • 2:00 - 4:00 pm: In Dialogue

    John Sauven, David Cadman and Carolyn Hayles will be interviewed by groups of students and we will have time for 15 minutes of general discussion after each interview.

    2.00-2.40: A group of Business Studies students, introduced by Louise Emanuel, will interview Carolyn Hayles.

    2.40-3.20: A group of Health Studies students, introduced by Tania Davies, will interview John Sauven.

    3.20-4.00: A group of Interfaith PhD students introduced by Catrin Williams or Angus Slater interview David Cadman.

    4:00 - 4:15 pm: Nick Campion: Harmony and the Sky

    4:15 - 4:45 pm: Closing panel with John Sauven and David Cadman and the speakers: conclusions from the day

    There will also be an exhibition by local stall holders in the Arts Foyer.

    About the speakers and presenters.

    About the Harmony Professors of Pactice

    David Cadman

    David Cadman is a Quaker writer. He has held a number of professorial chairs and is now a Visiting Professor at University College London and the University of Maryland. He is a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity St. David. He is a Trustee of The Prince's School of Traditional Arts and a Fellow of The Temenos Academy, of which His Royal Highness is Patron.

    David Cadman's recent publications include Speeches and Articles 1968-2012, of which he was co-editor.

    This is a collection of speeches and articles of The Prince of Wales, published by the University of Wales, Love Matters, published by Zig Publishing, 2014, Finding Elsewhere, a collection of stories for our time, published by Zig Publishing, 2015 and Why Love Matters, of which he was co-editor, published by Peter Land, 2016. His work can be found at

    John Sauven

    John Sauven is the Executive Director of Greenpeace UK. With a background in forests he was instrumental in getting protection for the Great Bear temperate rainforest in Canada. It was an epic battle between logging companies, timber traders and their retail customers in Europe and North America.

    John Sauven co-ordinated the international campaign to secure a moratoria on further destruction of the Amazon by soya producers and later similar tactics were used to get a cattle moratorium. Similar tactics were used elsewhere to tackle the drivers of deforestation including for paper and palm oil in Indonesia. Ultimately it changed the supply chains of many of the world's biggest corporations. It was one of Greenpeace's most successful campaigns to protect large areas of the world's last intact rainforests providing both climate and biodiversity protection as well as local peoples livelihoods. In 2010 John Sauven started the campaign to protect the Arctic from oil exploration. It turned into a heroic battle first with Russia's Gazprom and then Shell. In 2015 Shell pulled out of the Arctic.

    Contact Us

    Dr. Nick Campion,, (University of Wales Trinity Saint David) Chair

    For queries about technical issues or the website:
    Dr. Frances Clynes, (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)