Big Tent Ideas Festival

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The Big Tent Values

The Big Tent is strictly non-partisan in its politics, united by a desire to see this political crisis resolved through the broad engagement of multiple actors of all political persuasions and none.

We convene and connect innovators and the non-tribal with genuine, democratic policy making processes, while seeking to catalyse  progressive partnerships and to make a difference both locally and nationally.

We are harnessing the restless spirit of innovation and enterprise, challenging establishment politics, leading change in new and exciting ways, and democratising the way we come up with policy solutions.

We are committed to new ideas, widening political engagement, providing a platform for  all civilised viewpoints, and are committed to  50:50 gender representation.

The Big Tent Ideas Festival is a non-party political forum for people of all political persuasions and none, to come, hear and join in on the debates on the important issues of our time. Participation in the Festival does not represent the Big Tent’s endorsement of the views and actions of contributors. We believe that open, well-informed, civilised debate is a key part of renewing mainstream democracy.

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We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us create the Big Tent Ideas Festival. Over the next year we are planning to run multiple festivals across the country, and we need you to get involved, whether that’s helping to create the festival with our team, or joining us on the day.

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September 9, 2019

How a Labour member ended up running the Big Tent Ideas Festival

Written by Sam Julius, originally published by LabourList on 14/08/2019 The Labour Party has been a part of my family’s DNA for generations. My mother is related to the late…
September 9, 2019

Why HuffPost UK Is Partnering With The Big Tent Ideas Festival

Originally published by HuffPost on 30/07/2019 A few weeks ago we launched our new Opinion and Personal sections as we announced the closure of the HuffPost blogs platform. Creating those discussion spaces was a deliberate…
August 29, 2019

Proroguing and Brexit: Political Turmoil can Lead to Radical Change

Written by Frances Scott, Founder and Director 50:50 Parliament Brexit lacks women's voices.     In a truly representative democracy women would have equal seats and equal say! Thanks Big Tent Festival…