Action and Activism
The Harmony Conference 2018
Where: University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus
When: 14 March 2018
With Professor John Sauven, Professor Tony Juniper and Professor David Cadman
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:
We will have speakers from across the university - staff and students - and the community. The full programme will be announced in early 2018.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date & Time: Wednesday 14 March 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, 2018
Where: Arts Hall, UWTSD, Lampeter Campus.
Inquiries:: Dr Nicholas Campion, email@example.com
Registration to open shortly
Download the Harmony Day 7 July 2016 Powerpoints:
David Cadman 'Principles of Harmony' download
About the speakers
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 www.lovematters.uk.com.
Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment adviser, including as Special Advisor with the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit , Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and as co-founder of sustainability consultancy group Robertsbridge. He is President of the Wildlife Trusts, President of the Society for the Environment and a trustee of Fauna and Flora International and Resurgence-Ecologist.
Juniper speaks and writes widely on conservation and sustainability themes and is the author of many books, including the multi-award winning best-seller What has Nature ever done for us? published in 2013. He began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth, initially leading the campaign for the tropical rainforests, and from 2003-2008 was the organisation's executive director. From 2000-2008 he was Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International. Juniper was the first recipient of the Charles and Miriam Rothschild medal (2009) and was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth (2013). His latest book, What is really happening to our planet?: the facts simply explained, will be published in June 2016.
Website: www.tonyjuniper.com, Twitter: @tonyjuniper.com
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.
Luci Attala is Programme Director in Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and winner of the Sustainability Staff Champion Award in the 2015 Green Gown Awards.
Luci believes that to stimulate genuine and lasting change people need to experience how their actions make a difference. Recognising that future leadership demands confident individuals who make clear, bold decisions; Luci works stridently to empower undergraduates in diverse ways. Luci's energy and enthusiasm is responsible for numerous projects, all designed to support students to recognise that their actions do have impact and can significantly alter other's lives. Her many initiatives include: encouraging staff to embrace new teaching and assessment methodologies in line with EfSDs; embedding sustainability at the heart of anthropology at UWTSD through the design of a new degree in Applied Anthropology; supporting student-driven community enterprises that raise funds for endeavours, and awareness of life-ways, in developing countries, and working with students to assist reforestation projects that encourage carbon absorption. Her community work with students in Kenya was recognised with a UN Gold Star Award in 2014.
Nicholas Campion is interested in how we construct meaning in the cosmos. He is Senior Lecturer in the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology and Director of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He is programme director of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.
He read History at Cambridge and was awarded his MA by the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1976. His recent books include The New Age in the Modern West: Counter-Culture, Utopia and Prophecy from the late Eighteenth Century to the Present Day (London: Bloomsbury 2015). Recent publications include "The Moral Philosophy of Space Travel: A Historical Review", in Jai Galliot (ed.), Commercial Space Exploration: Ethics, Policy, Governance (Abingdon: Ashgate, 2015), and "Sustainability, Harmony, Environmental Ethics and the Space Programme" in Nicholas Campion and Chris Impey (eds), The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena (Lampeter: Sophia centre Press, forthcoming). He was involved in community and housing politics in London in the 1970s and stood for election for the Green Party in Bristol in the 1990s.