The Fabian Society is an independent left-leaning think tank and membership organisation founded in 1884. We influence political and public thinking and provide a space for broad and open-minded debate.
The society aims to promote: greater equality of power, wealth and opportunity; the value of collective action and public service; an accountable, tolerant and active democracy; citizenship, liberty and human rights; sustainable development; multilateral international cooperation. We publish insight, analysis and opinion; conduct research and undertake major policy inquiries; convene conferences, speaker meetings and roundtables; and facilitate member debate and activism across the UK.
We are one of the original founders of the Labour party and are constitutionally affiliated to the party as a socialist society. We have a stake in Labour’s democratic processes at local, regional and national level. But we are wholly independent of the party editorially, organisationally and financially.
We are a membership movement, active throughout Britain and open to everyone on the left, with over 7000 members. We don’t have organisational policy views but believe radical long-term goals are best advanced through empirical, practical, gradual reform.