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Part 1: this is what the new economy looks like

Welcome To Frome

In this first episode of our 3-part series, "Welcome to Frome", we explore how the small Somerset town of Frome started a revolution that has completely changed the nature of politics and economics.

In this episode, you'll meet the head of this radical new movement, and visit some of the new economics initiatives that have emerged in Frome. What is a "Share Shop?" How about a community fridge? What happens when a town council creates a position designed to address climate change? Listen to find out and to enjoy some great music along the way.

But the story of Frome, like most things in life, is not as simple as it may appear. This town has a long and at times dark history, and when parts of that history are uncovered, old wounds are revealed which tell a different story, a story of division. We'll touch on this history here before we dive much deeper into it in Episode 2.


Peter Macfadyen - Founder of Flatpack Democracy, Frome town councilor, former Mayor
Helen Johnstone - A manager at Share Shop
Anna Francis - Frome's Resilience Officer

Lauren Olivia Goodey - Community Fridge volunteer
Esther Deeks - Community Fridge Co-organizer
Bob Ashford - Chair of Trustees, Fair Frome



Molly Murphy (a million creatures)
Annabelle Macfadyen
Frome Street Bandits

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