Welcome to Compass, the home for everyone who wants to be part of a much more equal, democratic and sustainable future

Find out more

Fresh thinking that provides the policies and ideas to help us move towards a Good Society

  • The progressive alliance, or indeed alliances, is based on a series of local and national agreements to cooperate to secure the most progressive outcome at and after the next general election. For this to happen support for such alliances must be built within and across all the progressive...

  • This is one of two papers which attempt to explore the purpose, structure and culture of the modern political party. Ken Spours draws on Gramsci and Laloux to analyse the party in its 21st Century context.    

  • In the second of two papers examining the 21st Century Party, Indra Adnan explores how the meeting of the horizontal and vertical necessitates a fundamental shift in the structure, culture and leadership of modern parties.

  • ‘The context for a world without poverty’ is a paper that is part of series for a project that the Webb Memorial Trust (WMT) and Compass conduct together to develop a Theory and Practice of Change for a World Without Poverty. The aim with this project is to look at how poverty can be ended...

  • We're really delighted to announce that nominations are open for you to stand for the Compass Management Committee for 2016 - 2018 and hope that members will consider putting yourselves forward - you'll get to work with us (what a team!) to help Compass continue doing great work in the coming 2...

  • See more Publications

How would a Good Society look and feel? And how do we move towards it? Read our blog, comment, share and get involved in the debate.

  • Our Past and Present Reality

    Although the Labour Party has existed for over a century, only once have we actually come from opposition to win a convincing parliamentary majority. No, it was not in 1945, when Labour had been part of the wartime coalition government for 5 years already. The only...

  • This article is aimed at outlining a strategy to create authentically progressive communities, and help them to spread values such as social justice within society. Through the creation of progressive communities, individuals would have the possibility to perform social roles that are consistent...

  • Most misunderstandings concerning basic income arise from exaggeration about what a basic income can or ought to achieve. This is illustrated in reasonable points raised by Ruth Lister in her recent piece in this series. For me the basic income addresses some fundamental problems in...

  • Our storm of change

    Friday, 24 February 2017

    At the end of the film Terminator 2 Sarah Connor looks across the New Mexico desert and says ‘there is a storm coming’. That storm is here. The aftermath of Storm Doris is nothing compared to the aftermath of the political storm sweeping our country.  Last night it tore through Labour in...

  • I was for a time a serious competitive middle distance runner, nurtured on the mantra of the great Franz Stampfl who coached Bannister to the four minute mile: “Go on until you want to die .. and then .. sprint.” Success coming out of despair.

    Does the current political situation drive us...

  • See more Posts

Taking action where you are to make a Good Society a reality

  • Good London

    Friday, 01 April 2016

    Good London is a non-partisan Compass project funded by the Trust for London to start a conversation about the kind of city londoners want to live in as we head for elections in May and hold the next Mayor to account after the elections. Find out more below or check out our website for...

  • In the second of our two events focussing on the new Metro Mayor and the City Region, we get our chance to put our ideas to City-Region Mayoral candidates: Steve Rotheram MP (Labour) Councillor Tom Crone (Green Party) Tabitha Morton (Women's Equality Party) Councillor Carl Cashman...

  • Progressive Politics Moving Forward

    Wednesday, 19 April 2017

    As a follow-on from October's packed meeting on "Where Now for Progressive Politics?", we're holding another public meeting with local and national speakers with an opportunity for questions and discussion. Speakers include: Clive Lewis MP, Former Shadow Secretary of State for Business,...

  • A newly formed Progressive Alliance for Cornwall is hosting its first public meeting on the 25th March on how Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, Mebyon Kernow and Labour can work together to oust the Tories.  It will emphasise common ground rather than party differences and urge parties to...

  • Join us at this event to find out more about what the City Region and the Metro Mayor means for our communities, our families, our economy and our environment. This is the first in a two-part programme of events on the opportunities and challenges of the new Metro Mayor and the City...

  • See more recent content