Battles on Video

Battles on Video presents videos from previous Battle of Ideas festivals, interviews and opinion pieces by speakers and participants, as well as specially produced in-depth discussions.

Latest Videos

2014: Energy futures: how can we keep the lights on?

2014: From betting to minimum pricing: saving the poor from themselves?

2014: From bullet trains to driverless cars: where is transport going?

2014: Debating Matters Competition International Final 2014

2014: Cotton-wool campus?

2013: Is cheating ruining sport?

2013: Pathologising Israel

2013: First World War: the hundred years view

2013: What is the secret of Scandinavian success?


"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

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