Read about the organisation here: “Welcome to The Cambridge Commons”
TCC members are primarily from Cambridge or the surrounding area and share a common passion for social justice.
The founders came together in 2014 inspired by the work of the Equality Trust with the primary ambitions of improving understanding of economic inequality as an issue and finding real ways to combat it in our local community.
Here is a sample of some of our more active members.
Henry is an expert on the development of inclusive communities; author of academic books and dystopian novels; lecturer at the University of Cambridge and the WEA; speaker on democracy at events from Strasbourg to Washington; and the UK
Government’s Head of Civil Renewal (2003-2010). More information can be found at ‘Henry Tam: Words & Politics’.
Deborah has worked for many years as a Citizens Advice Bureau general adviser, benefits caseworker and supervisor. She formerly lived and worked in the London Borough of Newham. She also has experience of personally managing mental health problems and of working with others in the same situation. Her publications include articles on OpenDemocracy and in the Journal of Mental Health Law.
Stuart was editor of the New Statesman (1987-91) and from there founded Charter 88, a movement for democratic reform. As director of Democratic Audit (1991-2002), he wrote a series of books and reports and has been a consultant for International IDEA (contributing to some two dozen democratic audits) and to countries in sub-Saharan Africa. He is now policy vice-chair at Unlock Democracy.
Mark was born (at the old Rosie maternity hospital on Mill Road) and brought up in Cambridge. His eclectic working life has included electrical engineering, music performance and teaching, school science teaching and software development. He is now a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and an internet technology consultant. He lives in the constituency of South East Cambridgeshire.