Human Futures No. 2 May 2018 - Page 6

THE PLACE OF HUMANKIND 2050: HARDANGER ACADEMY JOHANNE MARGRETHE HARTWIG The WFSF`s conference 2017 took place in Jondal, Norway, a small village, situated at the Hardangerfjord at the west coast of Norway, under the Folgefonna glacier. Johan Galtung`s ancestors and his name came from this area. One of the last years of the previous century he returned to this hearth, together with his wife Fumi, to make their summer home of a little hut by a lake at the mountainside. Every year since, they have spent some days, even weeks here in the summertime. And every last weekend in July people come to take part in a peace symposium arranged in 6 Jondal where Johan Galtung helds his “State of the world”- lecture out of his great wisdom and deep knowlege. Guesting researchers are also taking part this weekend, which is a great event every year. But how could the WFSF 50 years anniversary find a place in this little village with a significant number of researchers coming from all over the world? It happened that the little group of people arranging the summer symposia was asked to organize this conference and we guess that the idea must have come from Johan Galtung! The little group of people has grown the last years by the name Hardangerakademiet for Peace, Development and Environment and has enlarged their field to be a whole year academy. Seminars and meetings are M AY 2 0 1 8 arranged, guests come, not once a year, but all year around. It was possible for us to offer a heartily welcome to the WFSF because the Hardanger academy in 2014 by Jondal municipality was handed over a property with houses built as a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1934. The big main building is situated in a beautiful garden/park with all the air, light and space that the patients needed. The houses were not in use anymore and as an NGO, the Hardanger academy was given the confidence and task to take it over for new use. (A little more about this underneath). We were very honored to be asked by WFSF to host the conference last summer and very grateful to be able to say welcome because of the house with its room for dining, meeting and sleeping for 60-80 people. HUMAN FUTURES The subject at the conference was PEACE, DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT - so much to hear and later read about the different issues. We felt gifted by the visit of all the interesting and friendly researchers and guests and by their subject which in a way is also ours. We thank WFSF for coming this long way and being willing to celebrate in simplicity. From our side, Anne Helgedagsrud was the leader of the work pre, under and post the conference. She organized very thoughtfully, calmly and beautifully in all phases and our big voluntary staff will use this opportunity to thank her heartily as well! 7