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

  • The Common Platform will build a shared vision, programme and set of alliances for a good society; one that is much more equal, sustainable and democratic. Crucially, it will combine emerging new practice in civil society and the social economy with creative ideas and policy thinking to...

  • 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...

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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.

  • Introducing the Common Platform

    Wednesday, 04 July 2018

    “Short term hopes are futile, long term resignation is suicidal” - Hans Magnus Enzensberger We thought that cheery quote might grab your attention. Let us explain what it means in terms of Compass and why we’re sending you an important update on our big project for the next few years:

  • One month on, and the dust has well and truly settled on the local elections of the 3rd May. As we take stock of the new political landscape at the council level, many will find their attention drawn once again to Richmond, where collaboration between the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party...

  • 10:10 is far from your average campaign. As Leo Murray (Director of Strategy) explains, even their earliest beginnings were an “unusual way” to get started. It all began with a climate change documentary, which was released in cinemas and sparked considerable public interest and debate: The...

  • 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...

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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...

  • Don't miss Newham Compass' next meeting, looking into Community Land Trusts. Could be part of the solution to the UK's current housing crisis? Joining us will be: Paul Regan, Chair of the London Community Land Trust Councillor Mick Sullivan, London Borough of Islington Cate Tuitt,...

  • Imagine series - Forum on Action!

    Thursday, 28 June 2018

    Drawing on the Frances Foley from Compass will host a participatory session on moving from talk to action. (This is right after Zoe Williams speaks about media and we anticipate she will stay for the Forum.) Bring your ideas for initiatives (existing projects or new proposals)...

  • 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...

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