In 1972 William Irwin Thompson founded the Lindisfarne Association as an alternative way for the humanities to develop in a scientific and technical civilization. Lindisfarne became an association of scientists, artists, scholars, and contemplatives devoted to the study and realization of a new planetary culture.
Lindisfarne began its activities in Southampton, New York, in 1973, then moved to Manhattan in 1976, and finally in 1979 to Crestone, Colorado. Lindisfarne fellows continue to meet yearly to renew discussions and friendships.
The Lindisfarne Tapes are selected recordings of presentations and conversations at the Lindisfarne Fellows’ meetings from the 1970s. They represent some of the most visionary thinking of the time, making the connections between culture, economics, society, and technology.
In March of 2013 William Thompson granted permission to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics to transfer the talks from the old reel-to-reel tapes to digital format for preservation purposes, but also to enable them to be posted online where they could be shared more broadly.
The 115 audiotapes, now at the Schumacher Center’s archive.org site, include lectures and commentary by Gregory Bateson, Wendell Berry, Robert Bly, Murray Bookchin, Hazel Henderson, Donella Meadows, Kathleen Raine, E. F. Schumacher, Gary Snyder, John and Nancy Todd, and Sim Van der Ryn, in addition to multiple talks by William Thompson.
We are pleased to share them with you. The Lindisfarne page at the Center’s website links to the individual tapes. Membership support enables us to provide these and other material at the intersection of Culture and Economics.