Transition Free Press (TFP) is a 24-page quarterly newspaper which grew out of the Transition Town movement. We report on anyone who is helping to build a more sustainable, relocalised and fairer society.
TFP was launched in 2013 and is run as a non-for-profit co-operative. The 24-page newspaper contains a mix of news, reviews and features, as well as dedicated pages to energy, the land, people, economy, food, well-being, the arts and sport.
Our most recent issue included articles on: the perils and joys of water; the new faces of the Totnes Pound; the German end of the Oil Road from Central Asia; a food waste cafe in Wales; Frome-style flatpack democracy; the Restart Project, who organise parties where people repair broken electrical goods; climate change and the reversal of the five stages of grief; rewilding the arts; the Natural Veg Men of Cheshire; walking in deep time; and coastal foraging.
In our Winter 2013 issue you can find articles on: joining up widespread fracking, political and economic protests into a solutions-based coalition; growing quinoa in the UK; life at the Grow Heathrow activist community; the smallholding vision of the Ecological Land Co-operative; music as an instrument of social change; the value of pop-up shops as environmental and social educational tools, the joy of eating acorns; combatting activist burnout; and dancing through winter’s depths.
Our focus is on context and solutions. Alongside the basic facts of traditional reporting, we aim to give context, the ability to place the story in a wider perspective, and, uniquely, an understanding of how readers can get involved in the solution.
At the heart of the TFP model is the circulation of good practice and solutions that help to mitigate climate change. We report on projects that are changing communities. TFP is full of new ideas and new ways of being and doing; it is all about facilitating, inspiring and reflecting change. By spreading the word, we aim to change behaviour and influence policy.
The paper is editorially independent and ‘working with’ rather than ‘working for’ the Transition Network.
Who we are
The team behind this new publication are already deeply involved in communications and the Transition movement:
- Charlotte Du Cann is Editor-in-Chief. An ex-mainstream journalist (Vogue, the Independent, New Statesman) she is now a writer and community activist, involved with Sustainable Bungay and Playing for Time – Making Art as if the World Mattered, an upcoming book about transitional arts practice.
- Alexis Rowell is Managing Editor. He was a BBC journalist in a previous life and has written “Communities, councils and carbon – what we can do if governments won’t”. A founder member of Transition Belsize in north London, Alexis has spent the last two years working with Transition Town Lewes in East Sussex.
- Amy Hall is News Editor. Based in Brighton, Amy is a freelance journalist and has worked for a number of publications, including New Internationalist and The Ecologist.
- Chris Wells is Design Director, runs the web and software company Folk Labs and is a founder member of Transition Kensal to Kilburn.
- Michaela Woollatt is Assistant Features Editor and is a founder member of Transition Nayland (Suffolk)
- Mike Grenville looks after subscriptions. He is the Editor of the monthly Transition Network newsletter and founded Transition Forest Row five years ago.
- Tess Riley and Eva Schonveld are Food and Drink Editors. Tess works for Street Bank and is affiliated with Transition Ealing. Eva works for The Fife Diet and is a mover and shaker behind Transition Scotland.
- Mark Watson is Distribution Manager. A writer and plant medicine communicator he is the chair of Sustainable Bungay in Suffolk.
We are not afraid to go deep, ask awkward questions, laugh or explore paths other papers don’t go down in order to get there. What we want is to capture the real-life experiences of people who are discussing and doing Transition, looking at the small details in the big picture. We’re optimistic in the face of tough times. But we are also real. We’re real about the awesome challenges of peak oil and climate change and the recession. We’re real about the hard work the projects featured in these pages take (including this paper!)