Sustainability, Cooperation, Ecology
Harmony, HRH Prince of Wales, Nick Campion

The Harmony Debates

Exploring a Practical Philosophy for a Sustainable Future

Edited by Nicholas Campion
ISBN: 978-1-907767227
22 Oct 2020
£14.99 – £19.16
Paperback, ebook; 605 pages

The word Harmony appears in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development no less than three times, yet with no definition. This anthology gathers together an interdisciplinary array of experts, academics, and practitioners to explore what Harmony means and how we can use it.

One traditional view of Harmony holds that everything in the universe operates in a state of balance, another assumes the interconnectedness of all things – an idea central to ecological thought. Such thoughts also lead to action and policy decisions: for example, how do we conduct business, educate children, conduct business, protect the environment, resolve conflict and promote health and well-being in a world in which all things are fundamentally connected?

The chapters in this volume explore Harmony from a range of perspectives, historical and philosophical, academic and personal. Rather than suggesting fixed answers, the goal is to ask questions about how we relate to each other, engage with the wider environment, face the challenges of the modern world, and work towards holistic solutions for today’s problems. The volume was inspired by the publication in 2020 of Harmony: A New Way of Looking at our World by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Tony Juniper, and Ian Skelly.

> University’s Harmony Institute
> Harmony Project


Table of Contents

  • Foreword: Harmony View PDF
    ~ HRH the Prince of Wales
  • Introduction View PDF
    ~ Nicholas Campion
  • ‘Towards a Definition of Harmony in Music and Agriculture’ View PDF
    ~ John Eliot Gardiner
  • ‘The Principles of Harmony’ View PDF
    ~ David Cadman
  • ‘Mind, Body and Dance’ View PDF
    ~ Wendy Buonaventura
  • ‘Harmony and Sculpture’ View PDF
    ~ Sophie Howard
  • ‘A Harmony Bibliography’ View PDF
    ~ Toto Gill
  • ‘Difference, Beauty, and the Divine: Harmony in Religious Plurality’ View PDF
    ~ Angus Slater
  • ‘The Harmony of the Cosmos, the Soul, and Society in Plato’ View PDF
    ~ Joseph Milne
  • ‘The Connected Cosmos: Harmony, Cosmology and Theurgy in Neoplatonism’ View PDF
    ~ Crystal Addey
  • ‘Harmony and Judaism’ View PDF
    ~ David Rubin
  • ‘The Bible: A Guidebook for Harmony?’ View PDF
    ~ Rhodri Thomas
  • ‘Harmony in Islamic Cosmology: Subjugation, Sujūd and Oneness in Islamic Philosophical Thought’ View PDF
    ~ M.A. Rashed
  • ‘The Perennial Philosophy and the Recovery of a Theophanic View of Nature’ View PDF
    ~ Jeremy Naydler
  • ‘Harmony and Ecology: Notions of Harmony and Balance in Nature’ View PDF
    ~ Jack Hunter
  • ‘Nature’s Fragile Harmonies’. View PDF
    ~ Stephan Harding
  • ‘Science and Spirituality’ View PDF
    ~ Rupert Sheldrake
  • ‘Harmonising with Land, Sea and Sky’ View PDF
    ~ Ilaria Cristofaro
  • ‘Peace from the Perspective of Harmony’ View PDF
    ~ Scherto Gill
  • ‘Rethinking Women and Leadership in Myanmar: A prerequisite of a Harmonious Society’ View PDF
    ~ Sneha Roy
  • ‘Harmony, Nostalgia and a Sense of Place’ View PDF
    ~ Louise Emanuel
  • ‘The Harmony of Place’ View PDF
    ~ Eve Annecke
  • ‘Learning By Heart: My Journey as a Pythagorean’ View PDF
    ~ Kayleen Asbo
  • ‘The Bigger Picture: Harmony and the Cosmos’ View PDF
    ~ Nick Campion
  • ‘Finding Sea Level: The concept of harmony in the culture of the Kággaba (Kogi) people of Colombia’. View PDF
    ~ Alan Ereira
  • ‘Harmonising the Land and Sky in Aboriginal Dreamings’ View PDF
    ~ Trevor Leaman
  • ‘Harmony and the Farm as an Ecosystem’ View PDF
    ~ Helen Browning
  • ‘Harmony and Permaculture’. View PDF
    ~ Angie Polkey
  • ‘The Food System’ View PDF
    ~ Gunhild Stordalen
  • ‘Mind the Gap! Exploring the Gap between Harmony and the Watery Materiality of Climate Change(s) in Rural Kenya’. View PDF
    ~ Luci Attala
  • ‘Harmony and the Climate Crisis’. View PDF
    ~ John Sauven
  • ‘Reflections upon Education for Sustainability: Supporting Students’ Knowledge, Understanding and Practice’ View PDF
    ~ Caroline Lohmann-Hancock and Nicola Welton
  • ‘Early Years Education, Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship and the Principles of Harmony’ View PDF
    ~ Glenda Tinney
  • ‘Harmony in Education: Applying the principles of natural systems to learning’. View PDF
    ~ Richard Dunn and Emilie Martin
  • ‘Harmony and Societal Challenges: Empowering Communities’ View PDF
    ~ Rachel Parker
  • ‘From Despair to Hope: Building Harmony in a Challenged Community’ View PDF
    ~ Mike Durke
  • ‘Harmony and Natural Capital’ View PDF
    ~ Tony Juniper
  • ‘Rediscovering the Human Purposes of Business’ View PDF
    ~ Mark Goyder
  • ‘The Circular Economy’ View PDF
    ~ Dame Ellen MacArthur
  • ‘Science and Spirituality’ View PDF
    ~ Marc Andrus
  • ‘A Reflection on Harmony’ View PDF
    ~ Patrick Holden


“The first UN Earth Summit in 1992 agreed ‘Humans have the right to live in harmony with Nature’ and yet we have patently failed to do that. Now activists the world over are searching for new ways to offer hope for future generations. Harmony as a core principle offers a way of seeing the world in inter-connected ways and thus offering inter-connected solutions. ‘The Harmony Debates’ open up new ways to explore meanings, solutions and practice – metaphysical, practical, ecological and spiritual – and will enrich your soul. Read and be inspired!”
~ Jane Davidson, author of #futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country


Dr Nicholas Campion is Principal Lecturer, Institute of Education and Humanities, and Associate Professor in Cosmology and Culture. He is the director of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, the only academic Centre in the world to deal with cultural relationships with the sky and the cosmos. He is responsible for taking forward the Centre’s research and teaching activities, through supervising PhD students, sponsoring research projects, organising conferences and other events, and publishing research via the peer-reviewed journal Culture and Cosmos. He also serves as Programme Director of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.

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