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our work and coronavirus

During the lockdown, the Academy of Ideas staff have continued to work - if anything, harder than ever. We have taken the opportunity to bring our events online and make them available to everyone. Visit our events page to find out about what's coming up. We are also continuing to work on our flagship project, the Battle of Ideas festival (see below).

At a time when the need to discuss the future direction of society has never been important, please consider supporting our work by giving us a donation. Any gift, large or small, is greatly appreciated. You can donate here.

We have a growing collection of recordings from our coronavirus-related discussions, on everything from the economy and education to politics and the media. You can find a selection of recent and past videos on our video page.

about our projects

The Academy of Ideas hosts a yearly two-day festival, the BATTLE OF IDEAS. We also produce satellite events for the Battle of Ideas across the UK and Europe. Find out more at the Battle of Ideas Festival website.

We also produce standalone events, as well as podcasts of our debates and discussions of current events.

The Academy of Ideas founded the acclaimed Sixth Form debating competition, DEBATING MATTERS, a weekend summer university, THE ACADEMY, and LIVING FREEDOM, a residential school in London for 18- to 25-year-olds. These educational projects are now organised by a new charity, boi. Find out more about the charity's work here.

latest podcasts

Friday 1 May

Podcast of Ideas: the lockdown lifts in Europe?

A Podcast of Ideas special.

Thursday 23 April

Podcast of Ideas: Has Coronavirus put an end to the generation wars?

A Podcast of Ideas special.

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We produce a new podcast each week, featuring recordings from our events, like the Battle of Ideas Festival, and our magazine show, the Podcast of Ideas.

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latest updates

in the media Monday 19 October

Covid-19: balancing the risks

in the media Thursday 17 September

A question of equality

in the media Friday 29 May

Don’t put democracy on lockdown

aoi news Tuesday 5 May

Academy of Ideas newsletter, May 2020

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