Future Events

Please let us have your feedback. We also welcome suggestions for other issues we might tackle.


This year we intend to host a Battle of Ideas festival over two days in association with Volkshochschule Zurich and our venue partner Zurich University: In German on Saturday 20th October, and in English on Saturday 10th November.

Potential topics include:

The nation state in the modern world.

Urban growth in Africa and China.

Is globalisation over? The future of world trade.

Citizen or consumer: what about our freedom of choice?

The rise of populism in the USA and Europe: old elites on the ropes?

From hate speech to fake news: is there too much freedom of speech?

Stagnating productivity, quantitative easing and the survival of the zombie economy. Is there an alternative?

Borders, refugees : the debate over so-called deserving and undeserving immigrants; open or closed borders; cultural clashes; law and order; economic challenges.

Future conflicts, roles and prospects of financial hubs such as London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York and…?

What’s wrong with identity politics?

After BREXIT: wither the EU?

Do animals have rights?

University campus Culture Wars.

The future of education.

Disruption or danger: why does society fear new technology?

Are we living in a ‘post-truth’ society?

Feel free to contact us with any ideas you may have…