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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

  •  Just a few photos by Alex Brenner form Radical Hope London on 16 May 2015 - We'll be posting a short write-up of the different topics and how you can get involved in the next few days.



  • Two weeks after the 1992 general election I could scarcely drag myself out of bed. So how come, two short weeks after another  heart-sinking election victory for the radical right, a large group of assorted radicals of the left managed to assemble in Birmingham to discuss the way forward for...

  • In August 2010, Labour leadership frontrunner David Miliband made the argument that his brother Ed's policies risked returning Labour to "the comfortable but deadening policies of the past... its comfort zone", by which he meant the pre-New Labour era of the 1980s and early 1990s. And almost as...

  • 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...

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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 Taunton

    Saturday, 30 May 2015

    When: Saturday 30th May 

    Where: The Corner House Hotel (Wine and Sausage), Park Street, Taunton TA1 4DQ.

    Time: 10.00am

    Contact: Martin Peters – petersmartin@talk21.com 

    Our meeting on Saturday 30th May will be an opportunity to reflect upon the election result. It will be an "Open...

  • Interested in a local Compass group in Cambridge?Here's an invitation to join Compass supporter Stuart for an open meeting to chat about getting something off the ground. All welcome! 

    Stuart's message: 

    I am a local member of Compass and I write to invite you as a fellow local member or...

  • Welcome to join for an informal chat with people in Brighton and Hove to have to begin the conversation starting to build new progressive politics and alliances in Brighton and Hove and explore the idea of organising a Radical Hope event for the city (see the London event here for an idea of...

  • 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...

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