From ROB HOPKINS
Not many of us have lived at a time where we have seen the creation of a new newspaper. I remember the launch of the Independent, and also of the rather rubbish and not-that-much-of-a-shame-it-went-out-of-business Today newspaper, and I guess I have, now I think about it, also witnessed the emergence of the Sun on Sunday. Hmmm… this is already making me a bit depressed now I think about it, so on to the good news. We have the great honour, ladies and gentlemen, of being alive at this time and being able to witness the emergence of Transition Free Press, a new national newspaper dedicated to the emergent marvel that is Transition. How exciting is that?!
Transition Free Press will be a quarterly, 16 page, full colour, tabloid size newspaper, and is the creation of its core team, some of whom may be familiar to regular Transition Culture readers. It is edited by Charlotte Du Cann, designed by Trucie Mitchell and Mihnea Damian, the news editor is Alexis Rowell, food and wellbeing editor is Tamzin Pinkerton, the subeditor is Mark Watson, Production Manager is Mike Grenville (who began the enterprise) and Jay Tompt is Business Manager who will take it forward. What a team.
Here’s how they introduce the paper:
“You could say this is the worst and the best of times to be publishing in print. Worst because we are in a recession, at the tail end of an industrialised civilisation, where “growth at all costs” has begun to play out its consequences. Best because there is a whole new narrative out there, the happening story of Transition you might not see covered by mainstream media. That’s the story we’re aiming to tell.
Where are we going? We’re heading for the future. We are not afraid to share our views, 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, learning to share skills and resources, starting up social enterprises, thinking hard about alternative ways of organising the way we do energy and economics.
We’re 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 economic collapse. We’re real about the hard work the projects featured in these pages take (including this paper!) We want to reflect that feet-on-the-ground reality, mixed with the cheerfulness that comes when you’re working with your fellows for a common purpose.
Most of all we want to connect the dots. Our old-style, fossil-fuelled culture works by separating out all the important subjects, by keeping everyone separated and alone. We want to connect people in Transition, connect campaigners and thinkers and people who never heard of energy descent or alternative currency, open up a dialogue, write another story”.
You can see a digital version of the first edition here. So how can you support this mighty new addition to how Transition spreads, talks to itself and others, celebrates the amazing activities happening around the world? Firstly you could fill out this very quick Survey Monkey survey which will help the team to design their distribution system whereby each edition is lovingly passed with great ease to the four corners of the Transition universe. Secondly, there are a limited number of printed copies available. You could also order either 4 copies here or 8 copies here, which will help hugely with getting the paper out there and helping it financially to get established. The formal launch of Transition Free Press will be at the 2012 Transition Network conference in London in September this year.
I feel the need to smash a bottle of champagne over something. Welcome to the world Transition Free Press. Gawd bless her and all who sail in her.