Neal is Chair of the good society pressure group Compass and was author of All Consuming (Penguin, 2009) and co-editor of The Progressive Century (Palgrave, 2001). He serves on the Advisory Board of the social democracy journal Renewal which he helped found and public ownership campaigners We Own It. He writes about politics and transformation on sites such as the Guardian, New Statesman and Open Democracy. He has worked as a trade union researcher, an advisor to Gordon Brown and ran a communications company. He is a partner at the progressive communicators Jericho Chambers where he works on responsible tax and the Caring Society projects. Neal has been described by the late Zygmunt Bauman as “one of the most insightful and inventive minds on the British political stage”, elsewhere as “the most optimistic commentator in western Europe” and as the “Eeyore of the left” by the Sunday Times.