Institute of Ideas

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House Description The Institute of Ideas is a forum for intelligent and lively public debate of complex social issues: a new academy for ideas in the UK and internationally. It challenges orthodoxy and prejudice, not for the sake of it, but because people are more than capable of deciding things for themselves.
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22.11.2016

Brexit: a victory for democracy or fact-free politics?

A de Buren & Institute of Ideas affiliate debate
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The will of the people? Populism, post-factual politics or taking back control? de Buren and the Institute of Ideas look at the conduct and the conclusion of the Brexit referendum in this Battle of Ideas satellite debate, asking whether the British people have got what they want or been sold down the river and what it all means for the future of democracy.
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22-23.10.2016

Battle of Ideas 2016: free speech allowed

An Institute of Ideas affiliate festival
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Out of the echo chamber This year's Battle of Ideas focuses on free speech, but looks at a myriad of different areas from Brexit and Trump through to coups in Brazil and Turkey and tensions in and with Eastern Europe. Join 400-plus speakers in London's Barbican for a debating festival of considerable breadth, which demands that its audiences challenge and be challenged! Watch the recordings!

10.10.2016

Diversity: empowering some, silencing others?

A De Balie & Institute of Ideas affiliate debate
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Positive discrimination? Does the current focus on diversity do more to divide than to unify societies? Join De Balie and the Institute of Ideas for this Battle of Ideas debate on the differences in our societies and how we think about politics and citizenship.
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16.06.2016

Should the UK leave the EU?

An Institute of Ideas Debating Matters Competition affiliate debate
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Stronger in or taking control? As the UK's EU referendum looms large, two groups of sixth formers come head to head. This debate sees students of Queens’ School & Havering College pushed to get to grips with the focal points of both the pro and anti EU campaigns while bringing in their own arguments for remaining in or leaving the EU.
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12.11.2014

The vote against the EU: populism or protest?

A deBuren and Institute of Ideas affiliate debate
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Here to stay? The European elections of 2014 sent shockwaves through the European political establishment. deBuren and the Institute of Ideas ask, what significance should be apportioned to these results and how we should perceive the parties involved - how are we to interprete the results of the elections, as populism, protest, a soon to be forgotten blip or the start of something new? Read more!

14.10.2013

Free speech: should there be limits?

An Agora CE and Institute of Ideas debate
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Freedom of speech Theoretically democratic institutions defend our right to free expression, yet there are an increasing amount of clausal restrictions on what we can say. How freely can we express ourselves nowadays, are the restrictions that are in place well founded and who should determine what we are allowed to say in public?
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20.10.2012

Europe’s new far right: fear or fantasy?

An Institute of Ideas debate
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Extremism The National Front are resurgent in France, the English Defence League an emerging threat in the UK and Golden Dawn a rising force in Greece. How much of a threat are these groups in reality, is the so called "new European far-right" a serious concern or simply a serious exaggeration?
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20.10.2012

European Spring?

An Institute of Ideas debate
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Political Unrest Is European politics starting to witness new forms of participation which could lead to a European equivalent of the recent Arab Spring or are we just seeing a rise in the superficial politics of populism? What is the reality of European politics today and how can we expect it to look in the future?
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20.10.2012

The euro and the economy: the final countdown?

An Institute of Ideas Battle of Ideas/TTT debate
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European Economics What is myth and what is reality in the current European economic crisis? Are the solutions to be found in further federal integration, in renationalisation or in a North/South divide? More importantly, who should decide which of these options is ultimately adopted?
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20.10.2012

Is Europe…boring?

An Institute of Ideas debate
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Image and Identification Europe is safe and still relatively prosperous, the largest economic unit in the world. One can travel throughout most of the continent untroubled, tourism is booming and the thought of conflict risible, however, is something missing, is Europe...boring?
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08.10.2012

Riots and revolutions: Europe’s young radicals?

An Institute of Ideas debate
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Youth Radicalism When the Arab Spring was sparked off by youth led protests, a string of copycat demonstrations occurred throughout Europe as the previously apathetic Western youth refound its voice. As Europe's economic woes continue, the Institute of Ideas considers where this new rebelliousness may lead.
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