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.

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NEXT SATELLITE EVENTS
Tuesday 4 November 2014
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA
Wednesday 5 November 2014
Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, AB Box 16412, SE-103 27 Stockholm
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
Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, head of research, Oxfam GB; co-author. Working for the Few: political capture and economic inequality

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

Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization; director, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford

Chantal Mouffe, Professor of political theory, University of Westminster; author, Agonistics: thinking the world politically

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

Robin Aitken, co-founder, Oxford Food Bank

Clare Gerada, GP; past chair, Royal College of General Practitioners

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

Ian Crawford, professor of planetary science and astrobiology, Birkbeck College, University of London

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“Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views.”
Exeter University student

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