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  • This is one of two papers which attempt to explore the purpose, structure and culture of the modern political party. Ken Spours draws on Gramsci and Laloux to analyse the party in its 21st Century context.    

  • In the second of two papers examining the 21st Century Party, Indra Adnan explores how the meeting of the horizontal and vertical necessitates a fundamental shift in the structure, culture and leadership of modern parties.

  • ‘The context for a world without poverty’ is a paper that is part of series for a project that the Webb Memorial Trust (WMT) and Compass conduct together to develop a Theory and Practice of Change for a World Without Poverty. The aim with this project is to look at how poverty can be ended...

  • We're really delighted to announce that nominations are open for you to stand for the Compass Management Committee for 2016 - 2018 and hope that members will consider putting yourselves forward - you'll get to work with us (what a team!) to help Compass continue doing great work in the coming 2...

  • Howard Reed and Stewart Lansley discuss the growing demands for a UBI and how it could be introduced in the UK.

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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.

  • Money is a women’s issue

    Friday, 17 February 2017

    After Thomas Paine published Agrarian Justice in 1795, it was for a long time thought to contain one of the earliest proposals for a form of basic income. He proposed a grant for young households and pensions for all over 50. But Thomas Spence went the whole way and proposed an unconditional...

  • Basic income: the power of choice

    Friday, 10 February 2017

    Life is not a level playing field. From our birth to our death, each of our journeys is never quite the same. Nature and Nurture play a fundamental role in our lives. From our birth place to our caregivers, our physical and mental genetic make-up and the lottery which we call life. If we were...

  • Debunking the Democracy Myth

    Wednesday, 08 February 2017

    Democracy occupies a special place in our hearts. Conceived in Ancient Greece, debated over in the Magna Carta and fought over in the English Civil Wars; the right of the demos - the people - to have their say has always been a cherished ideal. A political system devised for power sharing is...

  • Here we go again – another blow to our fondly-held beliefs about democracy! This book not only repeats many of the criticisms of democracy made in Democracy for Realists by Achen and Bartels, but actually argues that we should ditch democracy in favour of another form of government – not...

  • A day in the life

    Friday, 03 February 2017

    England, 2017 It’s 5:15am and the alarm goes off. My husband Daz is very disciplined in the morning and leaps out of bed to pull on his hoody and road-smelling hi-viz trousers. He’s off to Banbury to lay 80 tons of tarmac footpaths. The number of jobs Daz’s boss sends his gang to do has...

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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...

  • A newly formed Progressive Alliance for Cornwall is hosting its first public meeting on the 25th March on how Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, Mebyon Kernow and Labour can work together to oust the Tories.  It will emphasise common ground rather than party differences and urge parties to...

  • Uniting for a Progressive UK!

    Tuesday, 14 March 2017

    Join Neal Lawson and Zoe Williams, plus more to be announced for the launch of Progressive Principles & First Steps, as developed by a West Midlands grassroots initiative This is a participative Workshop which will ask: Can you live with the Progressive Principles & First Steps, as a...

  • West London Compass and Make Votes Matter are organising an Alliance Building Event in Richmond on 14 March. Speakers include Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, Vince Cable, ex MP for Twickenham , an unconfirmed Labour speaker and  non-party speakers including  Klina Jordan from...

  • Talkin' bout our Generation

    Saturday, 04 March 2017

    'People try to put us down, just because we get around.' So sang The Who in 1965. Now it's time for Generation 2017 to step up and write their own version. Join us on at 2pm on Saturday 4 March to take up that challenge. Bring your energy, your ideas, your voices – and your friends...

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