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  • In this piece, Hannah O’Rourke explores the ways in which our online world is shaping our social interaction - and political awareness. She explains how the use of certain tools incentivises forms of communication and exchange which can run counter to our political values. In response, she...

  • 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...

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  • 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

    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...

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

  • Progressive Alliance

    Monday, 28 November 2016

    The idea of a progressive alliance (PA) is now entering the mainstream of politics. No single progressive party or movement – on its own – is going to stop the lurch to the right.  We are going to need a powerful alliance to change the system so we can change society. The role of...

  • Join Neal Lawson and co-leader of the Green Party Sian Berry to discuss the current status of progressive politics and cross-party co-operation. Hosted by Newham Compass, the event is free to attend and all are welcome. Come be part of the debate!

  • Britain’s next Government must be a progressive one. And it can’t be shy. We need to radically break away from almost everything the Tory Government stands for. This challenge is too big, too important for one party to have all the answers. This is why we’re inviting progressives from all...

  • PR in NZ - Calderdale Compass event

    Thursday, 27 September 2018

    At this meeting, we'll be hosting Austin Mitchell, former Labour MP for Great Grimsby, to talk about the campaign for PR in New Zealand, and its benefits for progressive politics and the country. After decades of neoliberal politics, combativeness and constant infighting in the two main...

  • Causes and cures of Brexit

    Wednesday, 26 September 2018

    Join us at Labour Party Conference for the launch of our report on the 'Causes and Cures of Brexit', with contributions from 25 different thinkers, campaigners, journalists and MPs from across the progressive spectrum. Come and get involved in the discussion about the underlying causes of Brexit...

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