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  • Progressive Alliance guide 2019

    Wednesday, 06 November 2019

    This guide is for anyone who wants to help achieve a progressive majority through cross-party collaboration in the 2019 general election campaign.   Two years ago, together under the banner of the Progressive Alliance, we demonstrated how collaboration between parties, candidates and...

  • Transforming society is complex and demands we work constructively with others. To do that we must appreciate the assumptions that drive their thinking and behaviour. So said David Bohm in his seminal treatise On Dialogue. In the quest to build alliances for radical change, perspective is...

  • For about 18 months following the May 2017 General Election there had been an electoral stalemate of the Conservative and Labour parties, both obtaining about 40 percent of voting intentions. During 2019 this electoral binary has given way to a highly unusual ‘four-way’ party situation...

  • Our democracy is under more pressure than ever - from social and economic polarisation, climate change, ageing, new technology and globalisation. As it creaks and groans, it opens up the space for political responses that at best demand a simpler democracy.   Populism, of the left or the...

  • This thinkpiece discusses ‘Common Platforms’ (CP) as a new stage of a progressive, collaborative, participatory and alliance-based politics.   Common Platforms extend the strategy of the ‘Progressive Alliance’, which found expression as an anti-Tory electoral pact in the 2017...

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  • The blog was originally published by the Global Fund for Community Foundations.

    In the 19th century, Victor LeGrand created an orderly, geometric railway system for France which was designed to bring about the full integration of the country. This was reckoned to be far superior to the...

  • Progressive Alliances 2019 - discuss!

    Thursday, 07 November 2019

    Climate inaction. Brexit chaos. Endless austerity. The hostile environment. That’s where we are after almost a decade of Conservative-led governments. 

    We now have a chance to elect a progressive government, but there are three things we’ll need to defeat to make that happen:

    The...

  • The article was originally published on Simon Reid-Henry's personal website.

    As another Winter of Discontent looms, progressives must look to build a more hopeful political spring. That’s why I’ve joined the Up to Us campaign as one of its founding supporters. You can read more about...

  • On 17th October, former Compass Management Committee Member and Visiting Professor of Human Rights at the LSE, Francesca Klug participated in a discussion, hosted by Prospect Magazine, with David Runciman, Professor of Politics at the University of Cambridge. Below are Professor Klug’s...

  • Getting Election Ready in Manchester

    Thursday, 24 October 2019

    Compass Manchester recently hosted our first ever event, about getting ready for the next election. We’d hoped for an easy topic to start with, but then Boris Johnson prorogued parliament and so we decided we had to do something.

    Our aim was to help people consider how they could make a...

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

  • Campaign for a Citizens' Convention

    Thursday, 24 October 2019

    We know our politics is broken and we the people must resolve to fix it. At the root of this crisis is a democratic system in desperate need of renewal. In times of social and political unrest, we need our democracy to keep pace. But right now it's in a mess: Nobody knows what the rules...

  • Compass associate Stewart Lansley will be speaking at the University of Birmingham on 'Basic Income for All: the key to a progressive future or a dead end?' Where: 1150 Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT When: 23rd October, 16.00 - 18.00 To register and...

  • On Saturday 12th October, Calderdale Compass is hosting a public meeting on Democracy, Inequality and Brexit. Speakers include: Alex Sobel MP, Labour Jane Speller, Compass Coordinator The main focus of the meeting will be about how our democratic system and neoliberal economic system...

  • On 10th October, Compass Manchester will be gathering to discuss how people of all parties and none can come together in the next election. Speakers include: Kate Green MP, Labour April Preston, Lib Dems Chris Ogden, Green Party Tabitha Morton, CEO of More United and spokesperson...

  •   Saturday 6 April 2019: Watch a recording of the opening panel. Watch a recording of the closing panel. Right now, finally, the moment has arrived for radical change to our democracy and our political system is shaping itself. At Westminster, the realignment looks too much like...

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