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Developing a post-Brexit economic strategy - Tuesday 25 April, 6:45pm

Tuesday 2nd May: First Tuesday Current Affairs discussion

Discussing First topical issue (Simon Belt) and Second topical issue (Mark Iddon)

Public forum for engaging and debating ideas
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Developing a post-Brexit economic strategy - Tuesday 25 April, 6:45pmDeveloping a post-Brexit economic strategy

Tuesday 25th April 2017, 6:45pm start

Phil Mullan, Kirsty Styles and Mindy Gofton will introduce a discussion on how to transform the zombie economy

Phil MullanIn January this year the Conservative Government launched its ‘modern’ industrial strategy to make Britain fit for the twenty-first century. Many welcomed the fine words about the government ‘stepping up to a new, active role’ to raise productivity across every sector and in every corner of the country. This focus on productivity is well justified and long overdue. Increasing what each worker can produce in the same time is the only durable source for increasing people’s living standards. Britain’s productivity remains at pretty much the same level it had reached in 2007 and is well below that of most of its developed competitors. There is much to be done.

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The AcademyUniversity as it should be

The Academy 2017

University as it should be: two-day summer school for anyone interested in studying ideas.

15-16 July 2017, Wyboston Lakes, Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire MK44 3AL

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Battle of Ideas 2017Battle of Ideas

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October

The Battle of Ideas festival, currently being held at the Barbican in London, was initiated by the Institute of Ideas 12 years ago to encourage free thinking and open-ended public discussion, and is supported by a wide range of partners. The Battle of Ideas festival comprises 400 speakers at 75 debates and satellite discussions confronting society’s big issues and unresolved questions. It affords the opportunity for some clear thinking, rational debate and agenda-setting - above all, it's future-orientated, whilst retaining a healthy regard for the past achievements of humanity.


Inspired by the Institute of Ideas, the Manchester Salon will hopefully be organising a couple of satellite events as part of this year's Battle of Ideas.


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