Future Events


Warfare: The New Rules

Monday 23 October 2017, 7pm | Emmanuel Centre

Obama’s head of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and renowned digital technology expert Jamie Bartlett come to the Intelligence Squared stage to discuss the new rules of cyber war, where terror, crime and state hostility all intermingle on the same battlefield.
Break Up The Tech Giants

Break Up The Tech Giants

Wednesday 1 November 2017, 6.45pm | Emmanuel Centre

Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft have become the biggest companies on the planet, each utterly dominating the market they operate in. Is it time to break them up? Or should we protect and champion the benefits they have brought to the wider world? Join our debate and make up your own mind.
Jaron Lanier on the threats to the freedom of the web

Jaron Lanier on the Future of Our Digital Lives

Monday 13 November 2017, 7pm | Emmanuel Centre

Join us on November 13th to hear this extraordinary renaissance man, dubbed the ‘father of virtual reality’, who has lived at the the heart of Silicon Valley since the beginning – a deep, critical, radical thinker about technology who has always put humanity at the centre of his vision.
Words That Changed The World

Words That Changed The World

Thursday 30 November 2017, 7pm | Emmanuel Centre

This celebration of the power of oratory will be presented by Cody Keenan, Barack Obama’s director of speechwriting, and Philip Collins, Tony Blair's former speechwriter and Times columnist, with Emily Maitlis in the chair.
Brave New World vs Nineteen Eighty-Four

Brave New World vs Nineteen Eighty-Four

Tuesday 28 November 2017, 7pm | Emmanuel Centre

Both these novels imagined dystopian futures, but which better captures our present and offers the keener warning about where we may be heading? Writers Adam Gopnik and Will Self go head to head, with a cast of top actors who will illustrate the arguments with readings from the novels.

Michael Lewis On How Behavioural Economics Changed The World

Tuesday 14 November 2017, 7pm | Emmanuel Centre

Michael Lewis is one of the most successful non-fiction authors alive. On November 14th, he will explore the extraordinary story of behavioural economics - the theory which has revolutionised everything from big data to medicine, from how we are governed to how we spend, from high finance to football.
The Art of Debate

The Art of Debate: Learning to Speak your Mind

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 9.15am | Latymer Upper School

A three day debating workshop for students in Years 5-11 from Intelligence Squared and Debate Mate. In small groups students will craft their arguments, practise public speaking and take part in interactive lectures which expand their knowledge of topics such as human rights, criminal law, and the big political issues of the day.

The Art of Speaking in Public

Monday 30 October 2017, 4pm | The Royal Institution

Our team of experts at Genesis Debate Programmes will help you to develop your speaking skills and craft a cogent argument. In small interactive group sessions, you’ll improve your powers to think quickly under pressure, and respond to challenges with resilience and poise.
The Left has right on its side

The Left has right on its side

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 7pm | Emmanuel Centre

The Left has always championed a fairer, more equal society and fought to protect the weak from the strong. But do its adherents really care, or are they just bathing in the warm glow of virtue signalling? And is it actually the Right, with its emphasis on freedom of choice and the value of tradition, that has the best interests of society at heart?
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

Thursday 28 September 2017, 7pm | Emmanuel Centre

Satya Nadella is one of the world’s most inspirational business leaders, as much a humanist as a technologist and executive. On September 28th, he comes to the Intelligence Squared stage to discuss his personal journey from a childhood in India to becoming CEO of Microsoft.

James Rhodes And Armando Iannucci

Thursday 1 February 2018, 7pm | Cadogan Hall

Intelligence Squared is bringing Armando Iannucci and James Rhodes to our stage to discuss the transcendent power of music. These two exceptional minds will be using the concert grand at Cadogan Hall to show how the great composers can touch our hearts and change our lives.