The Compass office and Compass groups all over the UK run events to bring people together to discuss current issues, create policies and organise for action. Many of our events are recorded and you can listen to them in our Library.


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Past Events

Leaving the 20th Century: A day of new politics to shape a better future

Saturday 6 April 2019, 10.00am
Mary Ward House, Conference and Exhibition Centre, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SN

  Saturday 6 April 2019: Watch a recording of the opening panel. Watch a recording of the closing panel. Right now, finally, the moment has arrived for radical change to our democracy and our political system is shaping itself. At Westminster, the realignment looks too much like...

21st Century power in Manchester – the state, citizens and civil society

Thursday 13 December 2018, 7.30pm - 9pm
Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester

It is time for a very different form of democracy.

This means more than a few tweaks to the existing democratic system: we need a fundamental recasting of relationship with power, defined as the ability to act. Can the state stop doing change to people and start to work with them, in...

‘A New Way of Doing Politics’ book launch

Wednesday 31 October 2018, 7.30pm (bar from 6.30pm)
Broadwater Pavilion, Godalming, GU73DH

Join Neal Lawson, Andrew George, Barry Langford and Andree Frieze for the launch of South West Surrey Compass' book A New Way of Doing Politics - working together to challenge a "safe" Tory seat  - about their progressive alliance campaign at the General Election. Sign up and buy your copy...

Is it time for a progressive alliance to beat the Tories?

Tuesday 9 October 2018, 7.30pm
Black Lion Pub, Plaistow High Street,

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, 7.30 - 9.30pm
The White Lion, The Courtyard, Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EX

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, 9am
ACC Concourse Room 1, Kings Dock, Liverpool

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...

How can Labour transform Britain?

Tuesday 25 September 2018, 8pm
Theatre of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool

Come and join speakers Lisa Nandy MP, Laura Parker from Momentum, Clive Lewis MP, Hilary Wainwright and others to discuss possibly the biggest question of Conference: if Labour got into government, how could and should it transform the country? Drawing on Compass' ambitious project - The Common...

Oxford Democracy Cafe

Saturday 22 September 2018, 10 - 12
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ

Come along to the second meeting of the Oxford Democracy Cafe. At the first meeting in July we shared alternatives to democratic processes, such as: changing our broken electoral system localism and alternatives to how local government is delivered democratic forms and...

Community land trusts: part of the answer to our housing crisis?

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 7.30pm
Black Lion, Plaistow High Street

Don't miss Newham Compass' next meeting, looking into Community Land Trusts. Could be part of the solution to the UK's current housing crisis? Joining us will be: Paul Regan, Chair of the London Community Land Trust Councillor Mick Sullivan, London Borough of Islington Cate Tuitt,...

Imagine series – Forum on Action!

Thursday 28 June 2018, 8.30 - 10pm
Anglia Ruskin University, Lecture Theatre LAB002 East Road Cambridge CB1 1PT

Drawing on the Frances Foley from Compass will host a participatory session on moving from talk to action. (This is right after Zoe Williams speaks about media and we anticipate she will stay for the Forum.) Bring your ideas for initiatives (existing projects or new proposals)...

Merseyside Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram – 12 months in…

Monday 23 April 2018, 7.20 - 9pm
Friends House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT

It's been almost a year since the Merseyside region got its first Metro Mayor. So what's he been up to? Compass Merseyside invites you to join Steve Rotheram and fellow citizens from the area to talk through the challenges and opportunities he has faced in his first year in office and most...