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Battle of Ideas Festival 2008

Now in its fourth year, the festival fosters an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and open-ended exploration of new ideas, research and social trends. FREE SPEECH ALLOWED!

This annual weekend festival, initiated by the Institute of Ideas (IoI) and organized and supported by a wide range of partners and sponsors, makes virtues of free-thinking and lively exchanges of views. Now in its fourth year, the festival fosters an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and open-ended exploration of new ideas, research and social trends. FREE SPEECH ALLOWED!

We aim:

** to showcase new arguments about the core issues of the day, while avoiding getting bogged down in the minutiae of everyday policy

** to initiate open-ended discussions regardless of demands for immediate practical outcomes, which too frequently act as a brake on innovative thinking

** to shape the future through debate by better understanding the world with a view to changing it for the better.

The Battle of Ideas seeks to identify a new generation of public intellectuals and create a space where they can meet and have their ideas held to account.

The Battle of Ideas seeks to gather those who want to look behind the headlines and who are not prepared to be patronised with simplistic soundbites.

The Battle of Ideas seeks to attract attendees who are willing to challenge and to be challenged, and makes no apologies for putting ideas and argument centre stage.

Appropriately, this intellectual buzz all takes place at the Royal College of Art, a working art college, rather than a traditional conference venue, and a cherished home to creativity, which will also feature a specially curated RCA student exhibition on the theme, ‘designing the future’.

The festival’s flexible format allows attendees either to follow particular strands through one day, or mix and match discussions. The wide variety of partners from the arts, academia, business, science and media both new and old, and the 250 speakers from a wide range of disciplines and viewpoints, results in a potent mix of perspectives, and should produce debates that give us all plenty to think and talk about.

Strands: Battle for the Family, Biomedicine, America, Prosperity.

Keynotes: The Battle for Truth, The arts and identity, Capitalism: What is it good for?, The Battle for Progress, The legacy of 1968, The Battle for Leadership



Professor Frank Furedi | talks | www
Sir Christopher Frayling | talks
. Claire Fox | talks | www
Mick Hume | talks
Mr Jim O'Neill | talks
MP Frank Field | talks
Professor Joe Kerr | talks
Chirstopher McKenna | talks
Many Others | talks


Date and Time:

1 November 2008 at 9:00 am


Full Day



Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
020 7590 4444
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Institute of Ideas
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