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Co-Starters Graduates: The Transition



Johnson City’s summer Co-Starters course, a 9-week business accelerator program, concluded at the end of July. Hosted by JRH Brewing, there was a great turnout on hand to watch 5 of the Co-Starters participants give great pitches where you could clearly see the passion in each one of them. 

This week we’re going to talk about Co-Starters graduate, Nicole Bienfang, and her company, The Transition.

From Nicole:

“The Transition is an online and offline social change community focused on starting on a local scale, but acting with the intention of global change. We serve social change makers and provide them with support, space, resources they need to succeed in the work they do through an Action Plan, personal development, training, and an online and offline mutual aid network.”

I moved to Johnson City, Tn with the intention to focus local to teach the global community how it can be done. It’s my desire to make Johnson City the first flagship community for The Transition to get an example of how unifying effective social change makers can impact a community for the better and how that concept can be taken worldwide. Are you with me? Together we are creating a database and worldwide movement based on a set of practical values to give people a better understanding of the interconnection and impact we have with one another as well as our environment.

The average client we serve needs assistance getting their social change project or vision off the ground. They need resources (tangible and intangible) support, guidance or typically a mix of all 3. By The Transition providing this environment to develop themselves and their activism they are growing as a person, benefiting their community and gaining confidence in what they are capable of doing and the impact they have on the world at large.

We know that when you can connect and share assets, people and ideas, everything changes. The more registered users we enroll on the site the more assets and resources we have communally available to all who are part of our mutual aid network. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • food
  • shelter
  • land
  • free wi-fi
  • spaces to assemble
  • work space for projects
  • household goods
  • tools
  • training
  • education
  • volunteers
  • funding to support projects or get new ones off the ground”


To learn more about The Transition and the impact they’re making, check out their website!




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