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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...

The Progressive Alliance lives on in Richmond

By Remco van der Stoep

Sunday 22 April 2018

Here at Compass head office, we don’t usually get involved in local election campaigns. We do of course want progressive parties and candidates to win, but in many areas progressives are competing with each other over real and pressing local issues – the best we can do here is hoping that a...

Re-imagining politics – a collaborative democracy

By Bruce Nixon

Sunday 15 April 2018

In the 21st Century, we need a completely different political leadership model. Until now human history has been about building empires and nations fighting each other for power and resources. The British Empire, backed by a huge navy, was the most successful example. We were the best at war....

Dutch social democracy has hit rock-bottom. Rejoice!

By Remco van der Stoep

Wednesday 28 March 2018

Why a progressive alliance is the key to renewal for the PvdA. Across Europe, social democracy is in unprecedented decline. The French PS was irrelevant at last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections and in Germany’s recent general elections the SPD lost yet more ground to rivals...

Calderdale Compass draws a crowd

By Jane Speller, Finn Jensen and Elaine Hey

Tuesday 27 March 2018

On Saturday 24th March, Calderdale launched its first ever Compass group. A report from its organisers (Jane Speller, Elaine Hey and Finn Jensen) __ The launch event proved to be everything we hoped it would be: a fantastic turnout, inspiring speeches from a great lineup of speakers and,...

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