Alastair Donald
associate director, Academy of Ideas; convenor, Living Freedom; co-director, Future Cities Project

Alastair Donald became associate director of the AoI in January 2017. He coordinates planning and programming across projects including Battle of Ideas and Battle of Ideas Europe, and is co-founder of the AoI’s residential school Living Freedom which allows 18-25-year-olds to explore the meaning and ideals of freedom in the twenty-first century.

Alastair is an experienced cultural programmer having worked in the UK and internationally to develop festivals, exhibitions and curated programmes. He is co-director of Future Cities Project, founding member of New Narratives and also of mantownhuman, which published Manifesto: towards a new humanism in architecture (2008). The Manifesto featured in Penguin Classics 100 Artists’ Manifestos. He is also co-convener of Critical Subjects, mantownhuman’s international residential architecture school based in London.

Alastair is the co-editor of The Lure of the City: from slums to suburbs (2011) and The Future of Community: reports of a death greatly exaggerated (2008). He has written for a range of publications including the Guardian, the Independent, City Metric, Architectural Review and Blueprint.

Follow Alastair on Twitter @MaximumCities

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

Saturday 13 October, 10:00 Level 1 Members' Lounge
Out with the old: what’s the future for party politics?

Saturday 13 October, 12:00 Level 1 Members' Lounge
Where is Europe going?

Sunday 14 October, 14:00 Exhibition Hall 2
Can we revive Britain’s ‘Rust Belt’?

Thursday 18 October, 21:30 Maus Hábitos, Rua Passos Manuel 178, 4º PISO, 4000-382 Porto, Portugal
The Empire strikes back? Post-colonialism and European culture

Saturday 20 October, 10:30 University of Zurich, 71 Rämistrasse, 8006 Zürich
The future of Europe in an age of populism

Saturday 20 October, 13:30 University of Zurich, 71 Rämistrasse, 8006 Zürich
Art, Music, Protest: The Cultural Legacy of 1968

Saturday 20 October, 13:30 University of Zurich, 71 Rämistrasse, 8006 Zürich
#METOO, one year on: where next for feminism?

Saturday 20 October, 13:30 University of Zurich, 71 Rämistrasse, 8006 Zürich
Immigration and citizenship: is there a future for free movement?

Saturday 20 October, 15:30 University of Zurich, 71 Rämistrasse, 8006 Zürich
Do we need an ‘urban revolution’?

Tuesday 23 October, 19:30 Flemish-Dutch House deBuren, Leopoldstraat 6, 1000 Brussels
What should we do about online hate speech?

Saturday 10 November, 14:00 STORM20, Stormgade 20, 1555 København V
The arts versus culture: what are the arts for?

Saturday 10 November, 15:45 STORM20, Stormgade 20, 1555 København V
Are we sanitising the city?

Saturday 17 November, 12:30 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
#MeToo, one year on: where next for feminism?

Saturday 17 November, 16:00 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
Immigration and citizenship: is there a future for free movement?

Saturday 17 November, 17:30 Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm
From Brexit to Sweden: what’s behind today’s anti-establishment revolt?