Ideas Market 2014

Saturday 18 October, 10.00 until Sunday 19 October, 18.00, Level G Festival Attractions 2014

Come and have a coffee while browsing a range of stalls promoting ideas to get you thinking and talking – with Debating Matters, WORLDbytes, Manifesto Club, spiked, and more.


spiked is the online magazine that has the modest ambition of making history as well as reporting it. Launched in 2001, it puts the case for human endeavour, intellectual risk-taking, excellence in learning and art, and freedom of speech with no ifs or buts. In the apt words of the New York Times, spiked has a fondness for ‘puncturing all manner of ideological balloons’.

spiked publishes daily, covering everything from coups and culture to sex and sport - offering up-to-the-minute perspectives on current affairs as well as reflective essays and reviews that explore the bigger questions that lie behind the daily fray.

In 2014, spiked launched its international free-speech campaign, Free Speech Now!. The campaign’s online hub features articles, essays, interviews, videos and podcasts. Through our daily free-speech alerts we log attacks around the world on people’s right to speak their minds, and then collate these into monthly reports assessing the trends in the world of censorship. Fast becoming the go-to group for people concerned about censorship, Free Speech Now! is currently running an international programme of debates and discussion, with live events planned for New York, the Newseum in Washington DC, and elsewhere.

Meanwhile, FSN!’s sister campaign, Down With Campus Censorship!, has taken the fight for free speech to universities across the UK, with a series of debates and reports produced in partnership with student volunteers. To submit an FSN Alert, email: Tweet: @free_speech_now - using the hashtag #FSN_Alerts.

As part of our commitment to fostering a new generation of gutsy journalists, spiked helped to found the Young Journalists’ Academy in 2007, a programme designed to give state-school students, who have skills but lack the contacts, the chance to pursue a career in journalism.

spiked is edited by Brendan O’Neill and managed by Viv Regan. If you want to find out more about spiked, or would like to contribute an article or apply for an internship, email Viv at: Phone: 0207 40 40 470


The Academy of Ideas’ Debating Matters Competition provides UK sixth formers with an engaging and rigorous competition format, challenging them to present well-researched and thought-through arguments about contemporary public debates. Through establishing an environment where large numbers of schools and students benefit from the intellectual challenge posed by the Debating Matters experience, we aim to raise aspirations for educational standards more generally.

Debating Matters offers a fresh, accessible and engaging format for debating contemporary issues. With its focus on substance over style, the competition takes ideas, argument and young people seriously. One of the central tenets of Debating Matters is that young people are intelligent and robust enough to have their ideas held up to critical scrutiny. This scrutiny is provided by a panel of judges in every debate – a mixture of scientists, journalists, lawyers, businessmen, policy advisers and artists. Debating Matters judges are encouraged to be bold and to challenge the students, asking probing questions and providing honest criticism of students’ arguments. It is this essential interaction between students and our judges which makes Debating Matters unique.

Come and talk to us about getting involved – whether as a school, judge or a sponsor – and help us to extend the Debating Matters challenge to more young people.


A unique online Citizen TV channel set up and run by the education charity WORLDwrite. Dedicated to challenging the status quo and advancing new knowledge, the charity promotes excellence in citizen reporting and provides free film training to volunteers to make this possible. Covering the ideas and stories rarely told, without the constraints of commissioners’ whims, mainstream ratings wars or fear of upsetting conventional wisdom, WORLDbytes’ motto is ‘Don’t shout at the telly, change the message on it’.

We cover a huge range of issues but as an education charity committed to international understanding and global equality we do have some basic principles that we promote on our news channel WORLDbytes. We believe in:

  • Open Borders and celebrating more people on the planet
  • Economic growth & serious development for all globally
  • Challenging all forms of prejudice, anti-democratic and anti-human trends
  • Freedom of speech and advancing civil liberties
  • Challenging distrust, fear and intervention in everyday life
  • Supporting our peers globally managing their own affairs without foreign intervention
  • Advancing new knowledge, ideas and critical thinking

To find out how to get involved please click here or come and meet us at the Ideas Market.


The Manifesto Club campaigns against the hyperregulation of everyday life. We support free movement across borders, free expression and free association. We challenge booze bans, photo bans, vetting and speech codes - all new ways in which the state regulates everyday life on the streets, in workplaces and in our private lives.

Our rapidly growing membership hails from all political traditions and none, and from all corners of the world. Come to our stall to find out more about our new brand of civil liberties campaigning – and sign up to our flagship campaigns.

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