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New publication: The Causes and Cures of Brexit

By Neal Lawson

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Two and a half years ago the UK saw the biggest democratic revolution of a generation. The vote for Brexit had been a long time coming. Millions of our fellow citizens had been ignored and humiliated for decades. Whatever you think of Brexit, even if you would like to stop it altogether,...

Part 2: division and oppression

Part 1 looked at how individual mistreatment can become self-perpetuating and evolve into structural oppression, and how punishment and blame lock this in place. Part 2 looks the relationship between division and oppression.


For thousands of...

Everyday democracy and Ecotricity: energy belongs to us all

By Avery Underwood

Tuesday 02 October 2018

Ecotricity was founded in 1996 when founder Dale Vince brought renewable energy to the supply grid off his own back. Having been a self-sufficient man and what he describes as having “dropped out of society”, Dale’s house was run solely on the energy produced from his own windmill. He...

Labour conference this week is an important staging post in the new Corbyn-led, energised mass party - not just the biggest in Britain, but bigger than all the other party memberships put together. The Jeremy Corbyn-John McDonnell leadership has been three years at the helm, and are the new...

A framework for understanding exploitative societies

By Karl Lam

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Human beings are capable of high levels of cooperation, love and caring.  However, for thousands of years most of us have been living in societies that systematically suppress these human qualities.  These inhuman social systems now function to sustain themselves, the systems, not the...

Introducing the Common Platform

By Neal Lawson

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:

The Progressive Alliance council – what lies ahead?

By Grace Barnett

Thursday 07 June 2018

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...

Everyday democracy: ‘what can I do?’ (10:10)

By Avery Underwood

Tuesday 29 May 2018

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...

Everyday Democracy and the Environment – a series

By Avery Underwood

Monday 23 April 2018

This blog series seeks to explore some of the fascinating work being achieved by various environmental NGOs in the UK, and builds on our growing Everyday Democracy project. Everyday democracy is about the broadening of our political power base; it is about expanding democracy, beyond the...

Everyday Democracy and the Green Schools Project

By Avery Underwood

Monday 23 April 2018

Green Schools Project is a small organisation run by Henry Greenwood which gives schools the resources and tools to set up eco-committees and become more sustainable. A teacher for 12 years, Henry noticed the school where he was teaching in Enfield lacked any environmental sustainability...

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