About

The Big Tent Foundation

The Big Tent is a charitable foundation dedicated to creating space for non-partisan conversations about big policy issues and to giving a voice to places and people left-behind, particularly focussed on regeneration.

We want to help people in areas that are in need of regeneration unlock their vision, encourage them to move beyond their day-to-day constraints and give voice to what can be done if enough belief, enthusiasm and co-ordination is brought to bear on local opportunities.

Our Mission

A movement to catalyse convene & curate the new conversations needed by people and places left behind by partisan politics to unleash real, transformational and lasting renewal and regeneration.
Crucially - the Big Tent is about Making a Difference. We were set up by a group of entrepreneurial Founders who share a deep belief in making an positive impact through a more direct approach to positive action.

We are not a Westminster Think Tank.
We are not aligned as the outreach wing to a political party.
We are not just a political “Talking Shop”.
Or just a summer Festival.

At its core the Big Tent project is about making a difference by actively supporting the new conversations, approaches and leaders required to refresh our political discourse.

Constitution

The Big Tent Festival Company Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Big Tent Foundation: a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee, soon to be registered as a charity.

Big Tent Foundation Trustees
A Little Of Our Story

Background

Founded in 2017, The Big Tent is a movement to tackle the deepening disillusionment with the increasingly shrill, populist, partisan politics of the Westminster bubble by:

Conversation:

Creating a space for the fresh, non-partisan but challenging conversations about the serious issues of our day

Outreach:

Insisting on giving a platform and voice to the people and places left behind

Empowerment:

Exploring ways to better spread political engagement and influence beyond mainstream party politics

Citizenship:

Showcasing and supporting active community citizenship

Innovation:

Exploring and showcasing new ways to tackle old public policy challenges harnessing technology and innovative approaches used in other sectors

Culture:

Celebrating the importance of a culture of impatient creativity and imagination which we insist are shared across the Arts Science and Enterprise

New Generation Leadership:

Supporting the new generation of leaders across our society who are delivering effective change beyond traditional party politics.