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

  • In this thinkpiece Ruth Lister explains why we need to move beyond statistics to understand the experience of poverty. She argues that we need to appreciate how people in poverty are 'othered' and as a result we need to truly acknowledge their agency.

  • This collection of short essays builds on thinking over the last few years – especially thinking in and around Labour and its policy review. The assembled authors share a trust in people to shape the state and see handing control over to people as essential to the redesign of the 21st Century...

  • Big Education - The Appendices

    Friday, 20 March 2015

    This document serves as the policy detail appendices to the final report of the Compass Education Inquiry, ‘Big Education’. They provide more context, analysis and policy detail to the overview contained in that report.

  • Big Education

    Friday, 20 March 2015

    Big Education: learning for the 21st century is the result of two years of conversations with students, teachers, parents, experts, members and supporters. The idea of ‘Big’ came to us as we surveyed the narrow, restricted and directed system of education we have – instead we wanted...

  • This short publication is designed for activists campaigning for environmental and social justice. It explains why sustainability, greater equality and social justice are interlinked and can only be achieved through a broader political project for a Good Society. In practical terms it aims to...

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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

  • Misinformation and vitriolic victim-blaming dominate politics in England. As we enter another five-year period under Conservative rule, policy may still roll out the old ‘what works?' mantra but with little pretence for who it works. The government will be seeking to implement what works for...

  • Hope and square one

    Thursday, 21 May 2015

    A square one moment: That was how Guardian columnist John Harris described this post election phase at the excellent Compass Radical Hope event last Saturday – a time for drawing hope and inspiration from the countless local endeavours that connect and support, that imagine a better world and...

  • I would bet my last penny that Labour is about to embark on a sterile debate. It will be symptomatic of the disease that has afflicted the party ever since it lost four elections in a row between 1979 and 1992. The focus will be on what the Party needs to do to win election.

    The focus groups...

  • At one level last Thursday was an un-expectedly bleak night. The way the daily lives of so many will now be crushed feels almost unbearable to countenance. But anyone reading the runes of Labour, not just for the last parliament but also for a long time, might have seen something like this...

  • Collaboration is a vital capacity for a more plural and participatory space.

    Whatever happens on polling day, the General Election 2015 has been chaotic. The growing complexity of British politics, signalled by the appearance of seven leaders in the leadership debate compared to four last time,...

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

  • Railways for people and planet

    Thursday, 23 April 2015

    All On Board is a campaign for everyone who wants to make our railways work better

    We live in an amazing country full of wonderful people and incredible places.  It should be everyone’s right to get around it: to travel to and from our home or work, to see the people we love and all the...

  • Radical Hope Birmingham

    Thursday, 21 May 2015

    Join us for a post-election gathering in Birmingham - everyone is welcome!

    Whatever the outcome of the General Election, politics needs to be transformed to go beyond fear and tribalism over small differences. It needs to be transformed to address growing inequality and climate change. The...

  • Culture, Power & Politics

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015

    Culture, Power & Politics -  Open Seminar Series

    Please note that the first seminar is already booked up, but do sign up anyway to go on the waiting list HERE and join the mailing list HERE.

    What will it do?

    It will mainly explore ideas from the traditions of cultural studies and...

  • Radical Hope London

    Saturday, 16 May 2015

      SOLD OUT!   Saturday May 16th - London   Now more than ever we need to come together to reflect, to understand and to connect – as individuals and as a progressive movement. This is a time for deep thinking and bringing radical hope to life by figuring out our next steps...

  • Post Referendum and a Tory win in the General Election, what now for a British Left? 

    We have seen a new and compelling left narrative led by the Scots and Welsh. Anti-austerity, against Trident and a thirst for an ‘all of first politics’.  

    Social Democracy has largely failed, but on...

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