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

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

Yaron Brook, Executive director, Ayn Rand Institute

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

David Didau, former teacher; blogger, The Learning Spy; author, The Secret of Literacy

Sonia Livingstone, professor, Department of Media and Communications, LSE; author, Media Regulation: Governance and the interests of citizens and consumers

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, philosopher and novelist; author, Plato at the Googleplex: why philosophy won’t go away; visiting professor of philosophy, New College of the Humanities

Frank Furedi, Associate, Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury; author, Wasted, Politics of Fear, On Tolerance and Authority: a sociological history

Munira Mirza, deputy mayor, education and culture, Greater London Authority; author, The Politics of Culture: the case for universalism

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“Some of the freest speech I have enjoyed in years.”
Baroness Ruth Deech QC, crossbench peer; chairman, Bar Standards Board

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