Battle of Ideas 2014
18 & 19 October |
London

Our annual festival at the Barbican was a great success. If you would like a taste of the high-quality debates enjoyed by attendees at this year’s festival, there is still time to catch one of our UK Satellite events and our International Satellite events.

NEXT SATELLITE EVENTS
Tuesday 28 October 2014
Main Hall, Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL
Thursday 30 October 2014
Doggett's Coat and Badge, 1 Blackfriars Bridge, London, SE1 9UD
This year's festival featured 80+ sessions, over 400 speakers and nearly 3,000 attendees

Thanks to Tom Fenn, Tamara Hussain and Chris Sharp for the images

Battle of Ideas in the media

The Battle of Ideas 2014 has been widely covered in the press, and speakers and organisers have featured on TV and radio. Read the media coverage of the festival.

Speakers included
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, philosopher and novelist; author, Plato at the Googleplex: why philosophy won’t go away; visiting professor of philosophy, New College of the Humanities

David Didau, former teacher; blogger, The Learning Spy; author, The Secret of Literacy

Philippe Legrain, visiting senior fellow, LSE’s European Institute; author, Immigrants: your country needs them and European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right; former economic adviser to the President of the European Commission

Nicholas Kenyon, managing director, Barbican Centre; former director, BBC Proms (1996-2007)

Lisa Harker, Director of strategy, policy and evidence, NSPCC

Munira Mirza, deputy mayor, education and culture, Greater London Authority; author, The Politics of Culture: the case for universalism

Daniel Ben-Ami, finance and economics writer; author Ferraris for All: in defence of economic progress and Cowardly Capitalism

Brendan O'Neill, editor, spiked; columnist, Big Issue; contributor, Spectator

Robin Aitken, co-founder, Oxford Food Bank

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“Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words.”
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick

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