Battles in Print are specially-commissioned essays that explore topics being discussed at the Battle of Ideas, serving as introductions to the debate and encouraging further reflection. Battles in Print take a variety of forms, from short provocation essays to longer think pieces and interviews, and are available both online and in print at the festival itself. They are complemented by themed book reviews on Culture Wars, the Academy of Ideas' online review.
Editor: David Bowden
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The (Real) Power of Making, Paul Reeves
Real innovation should not be forced, Dr Paul Reeves
The staycation: making a virtue out of necessity, Jim Butcher
Building ourselves happy, Karl Sharro
Rethinking privacy and trust , Norman Lewis
Rethinking privacy, Sean Bell
The ‘Regeneration Games’, London, 2012, James Woudhuysen
The problem with design, Colin Davies
Moving into the future?, Peter Smith
The New Jerusalem - built on a house of cards?, David Clements
Surveillance society - protection from ourselves?, Karl Sharro
Putting design and technology to good use, Martyn Perks
IT: Threat or Opportunity?, Robert Killick and Nathalie Rothschild
Human enhancement: creating superhumans or dicing with our destinies?, Stuart Derbyshire
The Age of the Uber-Athlete, Jon Entine
What is innovation for?, Dr Norman Lewis
Reaching for the stars - realising the ambitions of the space age, Henry J McCracken
What have the ancient Greeks done for us lately?
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