Alastair Donald
co-convenor, Battle of Ideas festival; convenor, Living Freedom; co-director, Future Cities Project

Alastair Donald is associate director of the Academy of Ideas and co-convenor of the 2019 Battle of Ideas festival. He is also secretary of the boi charity and convenor of Living Freedom, its annual residential school for young people to explore the meaning and ideals of freedom in the twenty-first century.

Alastair has worked in the UK and internationally to develop festivals, exhibitions and curated programmes. He is the co-editor of two books, The Lure of the City: from slums to suburbs (2011) and The Future of Community: reports of a death greatly exaggerated (2008) and is a founding member of mantownhuman which published Manifesto: towards a new humanism in architecture (2008). The Manifesto featured in Penguin Classics 100 Artists’ Manifestos.

Follow Alastair on Twitter @MaximumCities


Saturday 13 October, 09:30 Free Stage
Battle of Ideas 2018 Welcome Address

Wednesday 16 October, 19:30 Flemish-Dutch House deBuren, Leopoldstraat 6, 1000 Brussels
Future of the EU: The return of remain and reform?

Thursday 17 October, 19:00 CIEE London Global Institute, 46-47 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4JP, UK
A British Bill of Rights: guarantee or threat to freedom?

Saturday 2 November, 09:30 Free Stage
Battle of Ideas 2019 Welcome Address

Saturday 2 November, 10:00 Level 1 Members' Lounge
30 years of the world wide web: utopia or dystopia?

Saturday 2 November, 10:00 Cinema 1
Can we build solidarity in a fractured society?

Saturday 2 November, 10:00 Exhibition Hall 1
What is the future of the Union?

Saturday 2 November, 14:00 Conservatory
Constitutional Crisis: do we need a British Bill of Rights?

Saturday 2 November, 14:00 Frobisher 1-3
How do we bridge the North-South divide?

Saturday 2 November, 17:30 Pit Theatre
Patriotism: the acceptable face of nationalism?

Sunday 3 November, 10:00 Cinema 1
The rise of toxic politics: can we be civil?

Sunday 3 November, 12:00 Auditorium 2
What will happen to immigration after Brexit?

Sunday 3 November, 12:00 Cinema 2
Are the old political parties dying?

Sunday 3 November, 12:00 Exhibition Hall 1
Individuals vs identities: can we move beyond ‘tribal’ politics?

Sunday 3 November, 14:00 Auditorium 2
Brexit: a revolution by or against the establishment?

Sunday 3 November, 17:30 Auditorium 2
After Brexit: the new political faultlines

Thursday 14 November, 18:00 Milan Foreign Press Association, Via della Palla, 1, 20123 Milano
Future of the EU: the death of Euroscepticism?

Saturday 30 November, 12:00 Under Fontänen/Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Sergelpassagen, Sergels torg
Europe divided: populism and the new political identities

Saturday 30 November, 13:30 Under Fontänen/Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Sergelpassagen, Sergels torg
The new superpower: how will the rise of China change the world?

Saturday 30 November, 15:15 Under Fontänen/Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Sergelpassagen, Sergels torg
Can public-service journalism survive the culture wars?

Saturday 30 November, 16:45 Under Fontänen/Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Sergelpassagen, Sergels torg
Generation wars: are the young being left out of their future?