Martyn Perks is a management consultant, and he also regularly writes about design, technology and innovation for a number of publications including the Independent, spiked, Design Week, and the Big Issue. He has also organised and spoken at numerous events in America and in Europe, including at the Cheltenham Science Festival, London Design Festival, the Design Museum, Zurich and Dublin Salons, and at the tenth Anglo-Israel Colloquium in Jerusalem. He was a contributor to The Future of Community: reports of a death greatly exaggerated, co-authored Big Potatoes: The London Manifesto for Innovation, and convened its Big Potatoes: Manifesto for Design group.
Genocide denial: should we defend the right to speak evil?
"I was impressed by the intensity of the debate and the high level of intellectual engagement, not least by the audience. It was an invigorating, even exhilarating experience to be part of a festival based on the conviction that disagreement is good. The Battle of Ideas is a fantastic concept, may it spread epidemically to the rest of the world. I am already looking forward to next year's event."
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, professor of social anthropology, University of Oslo; novelist