Action and Activism

The Harmony Conference 2018

Where: University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus

When: 14 March 2018

With Professor David Cadman, Professor John Sauven and Professor Alan Ereira

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. 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,

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

    Where: Arts Hall, UWTSD, Lampeter Campus.

    Inquiries:: Dr Nicholas Campion,

    If you would like lunch on the day then click the button below to register by Wednesday 7 March

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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

    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 Nick Campion, Director of the Sophia Centre, introduces Harmony and the day.

    Our three visiting Professors of Practice John Sauven, Alan Ereira and David Cadman will each give a 15 min statement on what they mean by activism.

    Our chef, Kevin Hodson, will join us in order to talk about the provenance of our locally-sourced, seasonal lunch.

    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 im 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 is preparing a locally sourced, seasonal soup lunch. We need to know numbers so it is necessary to register via the webpage.

    2:00 - 4:00 pm: In Dialogue

    Alan Ereira, John Sauven and David Cadman 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 Alan Ereira.

    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 - 4:30 pm: Tea

    4:30 - 5:00 pm: Global Activism

    Luci Attala will showcase the Bore Forest project, one of the flagship projects supported by the University's staff and students.

    5:00 - 5:30 pm: Final Panel

    Final thoughts from a panel including our three Professors.

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

    About the speakers

    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.

    Alan Ereira

    Alan Ereira is a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He is a distinguished film maker best known for his 1990 BBC documentary, From The Heart of the World: the Elder Brothers' Warning', in which he covered his visits to the Kogi people of the Sierra Nevada in Columbia. In this film he documented his unique visits to the Kogi people of Colombia, an indigenous ('Indian') ethnic group which survived attempts by the Spanish conquerors to destroy them by retreating high up into the mountainous area of the Sierra Nevada, where they now live. These meetings were only allowed by the Kogi Mamos who normally restrict any direct interaction with the modern world. In Ereira's case, the Mamos made an exception as they saw him as the filmmaker they wanted to convey their message to the world.Ereira regards the Kogi as unique amongst indigenous peoples in the Americas in that they have managed to retain their traditional culture almost entirely intact. Since the 1980s, the Kogi have warned, on the basis of their observation of ecological changes in the Sierra Nevada, that the world is facing an ecological catastrophe.

    They asked Ereira to make his films about them to warn the rest of the world (and particularly the West) that it needs to radically change its way of living, and its exploitative attitude to the natural world, if it is to avert this catastrophe. Ereira later wrote about the filming of the documentary in his book The Heart of the World (1990). This book has been republished and retitled as The Elder Brothers (1992) and The Elder Brothers' Warning (2009). Aluna is the sequel documentary to The Heart of the World: Elder Brother's Warning and was made by an indigenous film crew and the Kogi Mamos in collaboration with Ereira. This is to be the final warning to the world by the Kogi Mamos, as it is apparent to them that the world did not heed their original warning in the first documentary. Ereira collaborated with Terry Jones on the documentary series Crusades (1995), Terry Jones' Medieval Lives (2004) and Terry Jones' Barbarians (2006), with whom he also co-authored the respective companion books.

    Luci Attala

    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.

    Nick Campion

    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.

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