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  • 1968 has shaped radical progressive politics perhaps more than any other year. It was a moment when the social movements of women, race and peace, which had been developing throughout the decade, collided with new left thinking and ideas. It was crystalised through mostly student protest on campuses and in cities across the West. As Mark Perryman sets out here, no government fell as a consequence, but space was opened up for a libertarian and non-statist left to flourish. The reverberations of ‘68 continue to ripple through our politics half a century later.

  • Beyond Monopoly Socialism

    Sunday, 25 February 2018

    This paper was written to help the Labour Party think through its approach to power so it can build relationships with other parties and forces it is bound to require if it is not just to gain office but have and use power for transformative effect. Equally this was written so that Green,...

  • This thinkpiece makes the case for radical liberalism in today's political context. Paul Pettinger and Chris Bowers make the case that the Lib Dems should embrace and advance radical social liberal values, such as seeking the devolution of power as well as wealth, and empowering people as...

  • The old economic order is dying morally and practically. To build a new one we need not just different forms of ownership for more social purpose, but workers with rights underpinned by a new system of social security. Here Ursula Huws makes the case for a new Bill of Workers' Rights and a new...

  • Good London report

    Friday, 24 November 2017

    The Good London project addressed how rising inequality and rapid change are excluding too many Londoners from a good life. The project started with a single question: what kind of city do you want to live in? At the heart of Good London was the intention to question how democracy operates in...

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  • Women’s Environmental Network was founded in 1988 by women working within the environmental sector, who often saw that their perspectives were “completely overlooked”.  They decided to form an organisation to champion these issues and make sure they got the attention they deserved. They...

  • Richmond’s Progressive Alliance beats the Tories and introduces a new and more radical politics. On a night when the two big parties stood still, an experiment in Richmond, southwest London, proved that alliances between progressives work. The product of local decisions and...

  • This blog series seeks to explore some of the fascinating work being achieved by various environmental NGOs in the UK, and builds on our growing Everyday Democracy project. Everyday democracy is about the broadening of our political power base; it is about expanding democracy, beyond the...

  • Green Schools Project is a small organisation run by Henry Greenwood which gives schools the resources and tools to set up eco-committees and become more sustainable. A teacher for 12 years, Henry noticed the school where he was teaching in Enfield lacked any environmental sustainability...

  • Here at Compass head office, we don’t usually get involved in local election campaigns. We do of course want progressive parties and candidates to win, but in many areas progressives are competing with each other over real and pressing local issues – the best we can do here is hoping that a...

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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...

  • It's been almost a year since the Merseyside region got its first Metro Mayor. So what's he been up to? Compass Merseyside invites you to join Steve Rotheram and fellow citizens from the area to talk through the challenges and opportunities he has faced in his first year in office and most...

  • Calderdale Compass launch

    Saturday, 24 March 2018

    Compass is a home for people, political parties and other organisations to work together to create a fairer society based on equality, sustainability and democracy, and to campaign together to achieve these aims. A new Compass group is starting up in Calderdale, which we hope will lead to the...

  • Don't miss the next meeting of East London Compass, to debate the question: "Do we live in a parliamentary democracy?" We'll be joined by Alex Runswick from Unlock Democracy and Christine Shawcroft from the Greater London Assembly and the event will be chaired by Rachel Collinson. They'll...

  • Lib Dems grapple with radicalism!

    Saturday, 10 March 2018

    Compass is co-sponsoring a fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrats' spring conference in March aimed at establishing a radical platform within the party, and doing so in a way that will allow or progressive cross-party co-operation. The meeting is being hosted by two Lib Dems who have worked...

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