Citizen Action Monitor

Feel good story about a Free Store that means so much more to its town folk than just a store

Watch a short video profile of this amazing Free Store in Transition Town, Media, Pennsylvania

No 1501 Posted by fw, November 6, 2015

Click on the following linked title to access the Free Store’s website featuring the video and so much more. Alternatively, below is a repost of an embedded video plus a short passage on the story behind the story of Free Store. As an added bonus, at the bottom of this post is a link to a short video about our own Peterborough, Ontario’s Purple Onion Festival, whose story was selected for publication in 21 Stories of Transition. (See COP 21 Transition Network).


Transition Town Media – Free Store

Free Store

A few months ago, Rob Hopkins (founder of Transition Towns globally) put out a call to all Transition Towns asking them to submit a story about some cool thing their initiative had done in their town. He wanted to create a booklet with the 21 best stories around the world to present at the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris this December – sort of a positive reminder of what’s possible and, in fact, what’s already being done around the world to create a better future and strengthen our communities. Well, TTM [Transition Town Media] thought we had a pretty great story so we wrote in about the Media Free Store. Sure enough, we were one of the 21 stories selected! The book’s coming out very soon – [To send an email to order the book, click on] let us know if you’d like a copy. We can get it for a discount.

In the meantime, Rob asked us to create something to introduce our story that he could post on the international Transition website to promote the book. And this adorable little video is what our cool community came up with. Produced by TTM members Rhonda Fabian & Jerry Baber with their assistant, Ginelle Joseph, starring Eli Dietrich, son of Media Free Store founder, Marie Goodwin, still photos by Emma Medina-Castrejon.”

Here’s the 1:36-minute video profile of Transition Town Media’s Free Store


21 Stories of Transition

In the lead up to COP21, the Transition Network will publish one story every day. 21 days, 21 stories.

21 stories of TransitionWe invited Transition groups to send us the stories they’d like us to share. From those, we selected the stories that make up this book. They represent the experiences of people from all around the world who have stepped up. We offer these 21 stories in the hope that regardless of decisions taken by world leaders, at COP21 and subsequently, they will inspire you to step up too. We hope also that this powerful and heady taste of what is bubbling up from the ground will enthuse decision-makers with new courage, new ideas and new possibilities. Something brilliant and historic is already underway, and our message to the Obamas, Camerons and Merkels of this world is that it’s already happening without them, and they need to support and enable it, but even if they do nothing, it will continue to grow, because it’s the future. The future is being written now, and these stories offer inspiration and clear direction, whether you’re reading this before, during or after the talks in Paris. Rob Hopkins, Transition Network


Scaling up Transition in Peterborough [Ontario]

A story submitted by Transition Peterborough, Ontario was selected for inclusion in the 21 stories of Transition, To watch the story-related 1:54-minute video accompanying the text, click on the above link. (Sorry, no embedded video posted on You Tube).

Like many Transition, and other change-making initiatives around the world, Transition Town Peterborough (TTP) has been giving some serious thought to how it might scale up its impacts.  Founded in 2007, but built on REconomy principles long before the term ‘REconomy’ was even used, entrepreneurship has always been at the heart of what they do.  One of the group’s founders, Fred Irwin, was recently asked at the group’s annual Purple Onion Festival what gives him hope.


Links to 5 more stories featured in 21 Stories of Transitions at


A Brussels neighbourhood experiencing the daily impacts of being a red light district responds by creating a new food garden! Read story


How Transition currencies are re-imagining money as “wonderful invites to us all to step into a better future”. Read story


An award-winning urban food market which “stands as a powerful reminder about what can happen when people dare to put a dream into reality”. Read story


Repair Cafe began in 2010 when Therese Brummel, co-founder of Transition Pasadena, read online about a Repair Cafe in the Netherlands. Read story


When Transition uses its ‘power to convene’ to bring together those providing care to re-imagine a different approach. Read story

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