14 episodes

Life is short. Time is long. Right now so many of us are burnt out and overwhelmed: by the pandemic; by the uncertainty of the future; and by huge challenges like climate change, systemic racism, and inequality. The Long Time Academy is an immersive and entertaining new podcast that steps into this space with one clear message: changing the way we choose to engage with time can be life-changing, both when it comes to the problems we’re facing day to day, and to the huge threats we’re facing as a species. Hosted by co-founder of The Long Time Project, Ella Saltmarshe, The Long Time Academy hopes to give listeners a sense of spaciousness, awe and passion to become good ancestors.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 87 Ratings

Life is short. Time is long. Right now so many of us are burnt out and overwhelmed: by the pandemic; by the uncertainty of the future; and by huge challenges like climate change, systemic racism, and inequality. The Long Time Academy is an immersive and entertaining new podcast that steps into this space with one clear message: changing the way we choose to engage with time can be life-changing, both when it comes to the problems we’re facing day to day, and to the huge threats we’re facing as a species. Hosted by co-founder of The Long Time Project, Ella Saltmarshe, The Long Time Academy hopes to give listeners a sense of spaciousness, awe and passion to become good ancestors.

    Part One: How We Got To NOW

    Part One: How We Got To NOW

    Life is short, but time is really, really long. So long that most of us can’t really comprehend more than a few years at a time into the future. It’s time to take a longer view. In Part One, we will look at how we’ve arrived at a short-term culture that is obsessed with short-term thinking, quick fixes and instant gratification. We’ll consider how the industrial revolution reshaped our relationship with time and why getting long-term could be essential to the survival of our species. Over your time in the academy you’ll learn how thinking long term can help make you feel more present, more connected, less anxious and more hopeful about the future.
    Are you ready? Good. Because class is now in session.
    Special thanks to the contributors to this episode, Celeste Headlee, Roman Krznaric, Toby Ord, Diane Schenandoah, Michelle Schenandoah, Jamil Zaki and Finley Rainbow.
    RELATED LINKS
    thelongtimeacademy.com
    headspace.com
    scenerystudios.com
    thelongtimeproject.org
    Celeste Headlee’s book, Do Nothing How to Break Away from Overworking Overdoing and Underliving, is available HERE, and in all good local bookshops
    Roman Krznaric’s book, The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World, is available HERE, and in all good local bookshops
    Toby Ord’s Book, The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity is available here and in all good local bookshops
    Jamil Zaki’s book, The War for Kindness is available here and in all good local bookshops
    Michelle Schenandoah is the founder of Rematriation magazine - read here
    The Long Time Academy is produced by Scenery Studios, and brought to you by Headspace Studios and The Long Time Project.
    CREDITS
    The series was created and produced by Lina Prestwood and Ella Saltmarshe
    Producer are Madeleine Finlay and Ivor Manley
    Executive producers at Headspace Studios are Ash Jones, Leah Sutherland & Morgan Selzer
    Original artwork by Mavi Morais
    Design by Loz Ives at Fieldwork
    Original music and sound design by Tristan Cassel-Delavois, Scott Sorenson & Chris Murguia
    Queer Eye clip courtesy of Scout Entertainment, ITV Productions and Netflix.
    The New Women's Shuffle Dance song performed by Gaehnew Printup

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    BONUS Part One Practice: Human Layers

    BONUS Part One Practice: Human Layers

    This practice has been created by Ella Saltmarshe & Hannah Smith. It is inspired by the work of deep ecologist, Joanna Macy. It enables us to walk across the generations, developing an emotional connection to the lives of past and future ancestors, read by host Ella Saltmarshe.
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    • 11 min
    Part Two: How To Stretch Time

    Part Two: How To Stretch Time

    NOTE: this episode contains discussion around death which some people may find difficult.
    In Part Two we learn how to stretch time! We journey back to the beginning of life on earth, and forward into the far, far future, we learn from Brian Eno himself about why he invented ambient music, and we discover how coming to terms with our own death can transform the way we live. 
    We dive deeper into indigenous thinking, discover how to look at the world like a geologist, and find out why you might be looking the wrong way when you think about the future … clue: it’s below you!
    This second episode is a time-travelling adventure through the glittering awesomeness of deep time - so buckle-up, and get ready to experience The Long Time!
    Special thanks to the contributors to this episode, Vincent Ialenti, Brian Eno, Alua Arthur, Kimberely Wade Benzoni, Jay Griffiths, Marcia Bjornerud, Tyson Yunkaporta and Stephan Harding.
    RELATED LINKS
    thelongtimeacademy.com
    headspace.com
    scenerystudios.com
    thelongtimeproject.org
    Jay Griffiths’s latest book How To Rebel, her book Pip Pip: A Sideways Look At Time and all her other brilliant works are available HERE
    More about Alua Arthur’s end of life work HERE
    Vincent Ialenti’s book, Deep Time Reckoning: How Future Thinking Can Help Earth Now is available here
    Marcia Bjornerud’s book, Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World is available here
    Tyson Yunkaporta’s book, Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World is available here
    The Deep Time Walk App and Field Kit is available here
    CREDITS
    The series was created and produced by Lina Prestwood and Ella Saltmarshe
    Produced by Ivor Manley and Madeleine Finlay
    Executive producers at Headspace Studios are Ash Jones, Leah Sutherland & Morgan Selzer
    Original artwork by Mavi Morais (instagram.com/moraismavi)
    Design by Loz Ives (idleletters.com)
    Original music, sound design and mixing by Tristan Cassel-Delavois, Scott Sorenson & Chris Murguia
    Track 1/1, Music For Airports (1978) by Brian Eno courtesy of Polydor Records
    Audio courtesy of The Deep Time Walk Project (Sound Design by Jo Hutton, directed by Jeremy Mortimer, performed by actors Chipo Chung and Paul Hilton)

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    BONUS Part Two Practice: Death Meditation

    BONUS Part Two Practice: Death Meditation

    Written and read by end-of-life specialist, Alua Arthur, this meditation asks us to imagine what it is like to die, in order to bring about a deeper appreciation of being alive. It’s a life-affirming practice that’s best done in its entirety, in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. And it’s important to say, that practice isn’t recommended for those experiencing depression or having suicidal thoughts. If this is you, we gently advise not to do this meditation today. Here’s a link to a collection of mental health resources around the world for those feeling, depressed, suicidal or needing emotional support: https://www.headspace.com/mental-health-resources
    More about Alua Arthur’s end of life work HERE
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    • 19 min
    BONUS Part Two Practice: The Well of Deep Time

    BONUS Part Two Practice: The Well of Deep Time

    Read by Kessonga Giscombe, this immersive and transformative meditation takes listeners back through time, and through the 4.6 billion year evolution of our living Earth. Experience a unique perspective of deep time!
    The Well of Deep Time was written by Stephan Harding and Robert Woodford of the Deep Time Walk Project, with thanks to Ella Saltmarshe and Lina Prestwood.
    The Well Of Deep Time is available in an illustrated .pdf from The Deep Time Walk Project website, alongside the Deep Time Walk App and other useful resources.
    The meditation was composed and sound designed by Casually Here for Scenery Studios. Audio courtesy of The Deep Time Walk Project with additional sound design elements from Jo Hutton.
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    • 17 min
    Part Three: Once Upon an Economy

    Part Three: Once Upon an Economy

    Greta Thunberg famously chided world leaders for pursuing “fairytales of eternal economic growth”. In this episode we learn how short-termism is baked into our current economic story, and why we need to change this narrative. Ella meets poet, podcaster, and economics student, GEORGE THE POET and together they visit “the belly of the beast” - The Bank Of England - and begin to reimagine a new economic storyline.  
    We then meet people all over the world, creating the new economic systems that work for the long-term future of all inhabitants of the planet. This is economics for people who feel like economics isn’t for them!
    Special thanks to the contributors to this episode, George The Poet, Jason Hickel, Kate Raworth, Andy Haldane, Temuera Hall and Sandy Darity, as well as Immy Kaur, Eduard Müller, Jared Bybee and Fanny Brøholm.
    George the Poet’s latest project Common Ground encourages interaction with his Peabody Award-winning podcast Have You Heard George’s Podcast?
    Jason Hickel’s fascinating work can be found HERE
    Find out more about Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics in action HERE
    More about Temuera Hall’s work can be found HERE
    More about William Sandy Darity’s book From Here to Equality HERE
    Watch Greta Thunberg's full speech at the September 2019 UN Climate Action Summit HERE
     
    CREDITS
    The Long Time Academy comes to you from Headspace Studios and The Long Time Project, and is produced by Scenery Studios.
    The series was created and produced by Lina Prestwood and Ella Saltmarshe
    Produced by Ivor Manley and Madeleine Finlay with research by Momoe Ikeda-Chelminska
    Executive producers at Headspace Studios are Ash Jones, Leah Sutherland & Morgan Selzer
    Original artwork by Mavi Morais
    Design by Loz Ives and Lewis Kay-Thatcher 
    Original music, sound design and mixing by Tristan Cassel-Delavois, Scott Sorenson & Chris Murguia
    Clip of Greta Thunberg at the September 2019 UN Climate Action Summit courtesy of the United Nations
     

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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

J Wilber ,

Love love love

Such a rich, stimulating, challenging collection of ideas, histories, and commentary. Extremely well produced and curated. I loved every minute of it and looked forward to every episode.

S.Easaw ,

A moving podcast

I wasn’t sure I wanted or needed any sort of “self-help” or “self-improvement.” But luckily, this podcast is entirely different. It’s a powerful and moving conversation that encourages you to experience great truths. Try it out! It may give some comfort or peace that you need, even for an hour. Sometimes that’s all you need.

alerox ,

The power of audio

I don’t what the past two reviews are even about so if you’re reading this start with this one.

This is an incredible experience. Emphasis on the word experience. Listen to this when you have the time and space to be present. On a calm walk or intentionally in your home. Be open.

This series is an excellent example of how audio can transport you, especially in the right hands. Not only is the writing and the project itself well thought out, from concept to interviewees and how they weave together, the sound design is masterful and beautiful.

I’m going to send this to as many people as I can. As a lesson in shifting worldview. As a lesson in listening. As a lesson in practicing connecting with others across time and space and deeper into ourselves, and coming out with calmer and stronger insight to shape a better world.

The first meditation exercise unleashed a powerful emotional response in me.

Thank you Long Time Project, thank you Scenery, thank you Headspace studios, and all of the guests. I can’t imagine the work that went into this. Thank you to everyone who played a part. I’m sad I haven’t listened sooner but I believe this came into my life at the right time.

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