Compass Youth held a highly successful workshop and debate at the Progressive London Conference. Over fifty people took part and the results of the 'progressive future' ideas and campaigns will be announced shortly.
The interactive event and all the ideas that came out of it had a fantastic write up in the Guardian Comment is Free:
" ...where the high-ranking politicians failed, the people succeeded. In a series of workshops, participants held serious debates about concrete policies. They talked about increasing vocational jobs by training a new wave of green plumbers and electricians. They talked about starting a campaign to end the rules forcing the voluntary sector to pay for CRB checks – a policy that effectively puts a £45 tax on every volunteer in the UK. In the Young London session, one young woman proposed a microfinance scheme to help young people turn their informal creative activity into income generating talent. Listening to the sessions, it became clear that the UK policy debate has widened, and the political enthusiasm has increased."Read the full article here.
In the meantime if you missed out catch up with all the action and discussion on Compass Youth TV on You Tube. Here is a taster - Chuka Umunna on a progressive young London interviewed by Compass Youth Chair Samuel Tarry:
Compass Youth Obama Campaign Workshop
Thursday 12th February, 6.30pm,House of Commons (Committee Room 6)
Obama won the Democratic nomination and then the American Presidency on the back of inspiring and innovative campaigning. Not only did he offer a refreshingly optimistic and hopeful message, but he harnassed technology in new ways to communicate with and mobilise his supporters.
There is much the progressive left can learn from his campaigning techniques, and with that in mind Compass Youth has organised a campaign workshop with three excellent speakers:
Matthew McGregor worked for internet strategy company Blue State Digital for three months during the Obama campaign, and has now set up Blue State Digital's London office. He also ran Jon Cruddas' deputy leadership campaign, winner of Channel 4's 'Political Campaign of the Year' award. He will talk about what set the Obama campaign apart, and what we can learn from it in the UK.
Tom Miller from Compass Youth has blogged for a number of years, now doing so on several platforms, including his own; newerlabour, and LabourList, the newly launched website which aims to provide a space for Labour-based debate. He will discuss the current use of technology in British politics and where things are heading.
Max Freedman is a Parliamentary researcher and the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Kingston and Surbiton. He helped canvass in Ohio during the Obama campaign, and will about how the field campaign operated so effectivly.
"The crisis changes nothing"
The crisis of global capital and the lefts reaction to globalisation; a Compass Youth think-piece - Adrian Bua-Roberts:
"...if the left reverts to the comfort zone it naturally finds within statist discourse it is surrendering its chance to influence the reformation of the transnational state structures within which capital is continually entrenching its dominance.
It is of crucial importance that progressives and the left realise this. Organized labour, acting within the nation state framework, has proved structurally incapable of combating the increased transnational coordination of capital. Improvements in communication and technology have enabled capital to tap into reserve armies of poverty stricken workers around the world, pitching their governments against each other to become more "competitive" in what amounts to a regulatory race to the bottom. In the West, this has began to dissolve the myriad of rights gained through centuries of class struggles and has created a huge downward pressure of wages. Stagnating wages led to increased debt, feeding the capitalist systems' fetish for consumption, laying much of the groundwork for the present crisis."