Battle of Ideas 2009 31 October & 1 November, London

The Battle of Ideas 2009 was a two-day festival of high-level, thought-provoking debate organised by the Institute of Ideas and hosted by the Royal College of Art.

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Reading for Battle

Get in shape: lose the fat, Clive Bloom

Society is collapsing because you are greedy, Brendan O'Neill

Q&A with John Cooper, Luke Gittos & John Cooper


Battles in Print

Should schools be engines of social mobility?, Sally Millard

Remaking citizens for the ‘Big Society’, Kathryn Ecclestone

In drug policy, pragmatism is the only moral approach, Roger Howard & Leo Barasi


Speakers include
David Aaronovitch, columnist, The Times; author, Voodoo Histories; chair, Index on Censorship

Peter Barron, director of communications and public affairs, North and Central Europe, Google; former editor, Newsnight

Martin Bell, former independent MP for Tatton; author, A Very British Revolution: the expenses scandal and how to save our democracy

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

Colin Blakemore, professor of neuroscience at the universities of Oxford and Warwick; chair, Neuroscience Research Partnership, Singapore; chair, general advisory committee on science, Food Standards Agency

Vince Cable, deputy leader and shadow chancellor, Liberal Democrats; author, The Storm: the world economic crisis and what it means

John Cooper, leading criminal and human rights barrister; regular columnist, The Times and Observer; editor, Criminal Bar Quarterly

Jenny Diski, novelist, Apology for the Woman Writing; essayist; memoirist; author, The Sixties

Cory Doctorow, novelist; co-editor, BoingBoing.net; author, Content: selected essays on technology, creativity, copyright and the future of the future


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