The Lindisfarne Tapes

Gil Friend: Local Action for Global Transformation

Episode Summary

Gil Friend, former Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, relates some of the strategies and problems involved in helping urban communities gain self control and emphasizes the importance of diverse, place-based action in addressing the formidable challenges we face. (Episode photo courtesy of

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.

Friend delivered this lecture in 1976 at the Lindisfarne Summer Conference, "A Light Governance for America: The Cultures and Strategies of Decentralization."