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Featuring: Clive Conway, Chris Chivers & Tom Shore

Event: 

Chamber Connects: What were Madiba and Arch really like?

Description: Two men who have had a long lasting positive influence on a racially divided country, bring people together, teaching respect and trust and believing in equality for all. 

Chris Chivers
During the times of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in SA, Canon Chris Chivers then Canon Precentor of St George's Cathedral in Cape Town shared time with Madiba and Arch, as Desmond Tutu is known to his friends.

What can we learn from two of the most "sensible" men in the world - both Nobel Peace Prize winners who directly influenced the political world of South Africa - beginning as activists against apartheid and ultimately becoming the sound, trusted leaders that brought together the Rainbow Nation.

What can we learn?  Chris will share his observations of and conversations with these two men during a very difficult time in SA's history - the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Clive Conway
Clive's link to Arch is the Tutu Foundation UK.  Clive knows Desmond Tutu well and will share insights to the man and the legacy he has generated.  One project is their Police - Youth Roundtable Project- Ubuntu in action. This is the foundation's flagship initiative, spearheading a new approach to police youth engagement.  Clive will share the work of bringing youth and police together to learn how to best engage and improve the lives of disenfranchised youths.

Tom Shore
His work with the Elders - those that work independently of nations, politics and organisations for universal human rights - founded by Mandela and including  Desmond Tutu.  He will share the development of the Nelson Mandela Memorial project - a permanent (island) living artwork in the city of Liverpool to commemorate and celebrate Nelson Mandela's outstanding achievements for humanity.

Biographies

Clive Conway

As a professional flautist with a wide network of distinguished friends and colleagues in the worlds of music and theatre, Clive Conway started producing anthology performances during the 1990s. They featured well-known actors like Derek Jacobi, Wendy Craig, Hannah Gordon and Robert Powell and leading writers including the late John Mortimer. The success of these shows, which brought top quality performances to regional theatres, inspired Clive to develop the "An Audience wih..." idea. Starting with Tony Benn in 2002, it proved an immediate critical and box office success, filling theatres across the country, particularly in the provinces. The formula blazed a trail that has since been followed with big names including David Frost, Alastair Campbell, Jonathan Miller, Benjamin Zephaniah, Michael Portillo, John Sergeant, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and a hundred others. He now concentrates his energy on leading the Tutu Foundation UK into new much bigger projects attracting greater public awareness, winning the Third Sector Awards Charity Chair of the Year in October 2016.

Chris Chivers

Chris Chivers has been principal of Westcott House since the summer of 2015. A graduate in music from Magdalen College, Oxford and Theology and Religious Studies from Selwyn College, Cambridge, he trained as an ordinand at Westcott and has ministered in parish contexts in London, in cathedral communities in Cape Town and Blackburn, and at Westminster Abbey. He is a regular presenter of Worship programmes on BBC Radio 4, a published poet, composer and writer, who teaches modules in interfaith and is the chair of trustees for USPG, the Anglican mission agency. He is married with three sons.

Tom Shore

Tom Shore is an Operations, Strategic Leadership, Programmes and Logistics specialist in the fields of Art & Culture, International Development and Human Rights.  He has been working internationally at the highest level for the past 17 years in these sectors in countries as diverse as Myanmar, South Africa, Uganda, South Sudan, North Korea, India, the UK, USA and Israel-Palestine to name a few.

As a member of the Senior Management Team at The Elders from 2009 - 2017 (www.theelders.org), Tom had the good fortune to work closely both one-to-one and collectively with some of the world's leading political and humanitarian figures of recent times, including; Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson, Ela Bhatt and Gro Harlem Brundtland. The Elders' were founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, and through this connection, as well as Desmond Tutu and Graca Machel. Tom has developed close links with South Africa.

Working both publicly and through private diplomacy, he has engaged with global leaders and civil society at all levels addressing conflict, challenging injustice, and promoting democracy, ethical leadership and good governance. Tom has also spent many years working in the cultural sector managing orchestras, producing popular music concerts, and as a musician himself.

Since 2015 Tom has been working with In Place of War, a global organisation that uses creativity in places of conflict as a tool for positive change. IPOW's focus is enabling grassroots change-makers in music, theatre and across the arts to transform a culture of violence and suffering into hope, opportunity and freedom. Most recently IPOW has been working in South Africa, setting up cultural spaces in Soweto and Lavender Hill, outside Cape Town.

Tom also spends time consulting for and supporting other projects based in the cultural sector, such as the Nelson Mandela Memorial project in Liverpool, Palestine Music Expo, and WOMAD festivals. He has a BA in Journalism and Creative Writing and his world view is helped along by his practice of Buddhism, however it is his training at the hands of his two daughters that has been the most rewarding.

Date:  6:00pm to 9:00pm, Wed 21st Feb 2018

Venue:  Hosted by: Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
Adelaide House
London Bridge
London, EC4R9HA
United Kingdom
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