The Lindisfarne Tapes

Russell Schweickart: Discovering a New Planetary Culture from Outer Space

Episode Summary

Astronaut Russell "Rusty" Schweickart describes his experience during a camera malfunction in space. While his friend repairs the camera, Schweickart is able to take an unscheduled moment to gaze at the whole Earth from above. The result is a profound change in consciousness, an identification with the entire planet and an embodied feeling of global unity.

Episode Notes

The Lindisfarne Tapes are selected recordings of presentations and conversations at the Lindisfarne Fellows’ meetings. 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 so that they could be posted online and shared freely. In 2021, the Schumacher Center used the digital audio to create the Lindisfarne Tapes Podcast. Reposting should include acknowledgment of Learn more about the Lindisfarne Tapes here.

Schweickart delivered this lecture in 1974 at the Lindisfarne Summer Conference, "Planetary Culture and New Image of Humanity."