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  • This is the fascinating story of Christian Wolmar's bid to become Labour's candidate for Mayor of London. It charts the highs and the lows, the strategic decisions and the people involved. It's a revealing piece that shines a light on what it's like to create a campaign from outside of the...

  • The new Jerusalum at our feet?

    Wednesday, 05 August 2015

    We are in the middle of a contested transition between the forces of the corporate led market and the emerging forces of organised, productive and knowledgeable citizens. This thinkpiece outlines four powerful examples of where new forms of democracy have been created experimenting with a...

  • The Conservative government is now committed to introducing some form of English votes for English laws as soon as possible. The
    Labour Party and the wider progressive community have to react strategically. This paper discusses how developing localism and devolution, establishing a constitutional...

  • This thinkpiece examines the possibility of introducing one or more social wealth funds in the UK. Such funds would aim to capture some of the financial gains from the private ownership of capital and use the proceeds for wider community benefit, such as investment in social infrastructure,...

  • 2015 was not like any other defeat. There are no safe places to go to, no easy answers and no comforting new leaders. There is only hard thinking in a process that must confront the party’s economic, political and cultural demons. Outside of Labour, progressive and radical politics is...

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  • Clause IV’s moment?

    Monday, 24 August 2015

    Clause IV as the foundations for the Next Economy

    There’s been quite a lot of talk about Jeremy Corbyn shifting back to the much disputed ‘clause iv’ of the Labour Party’s constitution. But its important to recall that the clause’s wording which the neoliberals under Blair and Brown...

  • The need for heroes, to admire them, to be inspired by them, runs deep in our cultural and social make-up.

    And with good reason – such figures epitomise the nobler sentiments of the human condition. Not only that, in times of existential angst or threat, they provide beacons of hope for...

  • Take Back The City: Utopia

    Monday, 17 August 2015

      “Well I suppose I am political, I do vote” 

    -  Deborah, Camelot Properties, Walthamstow

    In today’s political system the level of involvement that is expected of a citizen constitutes one vote every five years, for a party whose policies are developed largely by wealthy, white men...

  • Only connect, always share

    Sunday, 16 August 2015

    The only thing you have to fear is fear itself, but here we’ve managed to iron that out - there’s none of that need to own, to guard against the unknown. No fear. The giant vampire squid of capitalism has eaten itself, sucking it’s own blood until its banks and towers and ideas desiccated...

  • Extend democracy to every sphere

    Friday, 14 August 2015

    Utopianism is a charge I lay against the ‘everyone-for-themselves-individualists’ who are all too powerful today, those who use the rhetoric of individual self-empowerment as a cover for a power grab for a tiny rich elite. My ambition is based on realism, even if it is a clear departure from...

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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...

  • Brighton & Hove get together

    Wednesday, 26 August 2015

    Come and join the local group of Compass for a relaxed evening of political discourse. We welcome members and non members alike to share ideas about the Good Society. 

    We are pleased to welcome our guest Greg Hadfield, Consulting Editor at the Brighton and Hove Independent who will speak about...

  • London - Utopia at the Roundhouse

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015

    Join us at the Roundhouse in Camden on Wednesday 19 August for an evening of utopian propositions, ideas and performances programmed by Compass in partnership with Penny Woolcock and the Roundhouse, featuring a provocative line-up of artists and speakers.

    Tickets and more about the...

  • Rail fares are rising again, yet the cost of living isn’t get any cheaper. In January 2016 passengers will be asked to pay out even more for their rail fares. Passengers and taxpayers are paying a high price for the failures of rail privatisation.

    On Tuesday 18 August Action For Rail is...

  • Join  Caroline Lucas MP, Brighton Pavilion, Neal Lawson, Chair of Compass, Nancy Platts, Chair Brighton & Hove Labour and Luke Martell, Prof of Political Sociology for a panel discussion followed by group discussions. 

    Nick McMaster a Local Compass Organiser says: “The outcome of general...

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