In my experience, the Battle of Ideas is unique. Over the 15 years of editing Novo magazine in Germany, I have rarely attended such a great weekend conference which manages to inspire for so long. Today, in our a- or pre-political times, I cannot think of anything which resembles it anymore. The pool of new and universalist ideas you get out of it is tremendous, and the Battle is brilliant to connect with curious and intellectually ambitious people from all over the world. We have been more than happy to be an official German partner, right from the first Battle of Ideas in 2005. We hope it will continue to grow and spread its spirit around the globe and (not at least out of our own interest) we will continue to do our best to support this forum where you can find and challenge a new generation of proper public intellectuals.
- Thomas Deichmann, Editor, Novo
"Participating in the Battle was a little like entering a Bombay train at rush hour - it's a plunge into a swirl of wildly differing notions of how people should arrange themselves in a really tight situation. When you eventually emerge, you find that you're in a different place from where you started - and that you've been thoroughly energised from the journey. I can't wait to take the trip again next year."
Naresh Fernandes, editor-in-chief, Time Out India