Battle of Ideas 2009, London Oct. 31 and Nov.1

FutureTracker| This weekend’s London-based Battle of Ideas 2009 is a two-day festival of high-level, thought-provoking debate organized by the Institute of Ideas and hosted by the Royal College of Art.

Battle of Ideas aims to be the 21st century equivalent of Emerson’s ‘university of knowledges’. Founders hope that we all become thoroughly modern scholars, and a new generation of public intellectuals. 

You can watch videos from last year’s Battle of Ideas 2008 online, determining whether the group succeeds in its goal of rejecting safe concensus with free thinkers, inspired with verve, passion and idealism and a spirit of irreverent skepticism.