“Intelligence Squared has done something rare in New York – create an event that people feel they must go to.”
- Fareed Zakaria
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates reach millions through exclusive partnerships with NPR and more. In addition to our live debates hosted primarily in New York City, we’ve welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to our rapidly growing online community.
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Partnership Series Model: THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER
Debates: The President Has Constitutional Power To Target And Kill U.S. Citizens Abroad and
Individuals and Organizations Have A Constitutional Right To Unlimited Spending On Their Own Political Speech
In March 2014, Intelligence Squared U.S. was invited to partner with the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia, PA. NCC is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed: the U.S. Constitution. What began as a single debate has inspired a series of debates designed to invigorate NCC with spirited, lively conversation surrounding constitutional issues. Our first debate motion, “The President Has Constitutional Power To Target And Kill U.S. Citizens Abroad,” featured high-profile panelists Alan Dershowitz and Noah Feldman. A series of constitutional law debates, presented in partnership with NCC, is currently underway in New York City and Philadelphia.
Intellectual Partnership Model: ASPEN IDEAS FESTIVAL & ASPEN STRATEGY GROUP
Debates: The U.S. Has No Dog In The Fight In Syria
No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom Is Doing More Harm Than Good
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. with campuses nationwide, including Aspen, CO. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. With that in mind, Intelligence Squared U.S. was invited to present a debate at the illustrious Aspen Ideas Festival in 2012: “No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom Is Doing More Harm Than Good.” We returned the following year (August 2013) to partner with the Aspen Strategy Group on a robust national security debate: “The U.S. Has No Dog In The Fight In Syria.”
For one week, some of the greatest minds in their fields gather in Chicago to discuss, create and promote innovation on a variety of topics ranging from technology to sports. The event, co-founded by TIME, features programs ranging from forums with President Bill Clinton to Michael Bloomberg to more than 100 other participants. Intelligence Squared U.S. was a featured marquee event at Chicago Ideas Week for two consecutive years, presenting the high-profile and co-branded debates: “Too Many Kids Go To College” (2011) and “Ration End-Of-Life Care” (2012).
Private Partnership Model: PHILANTHROPY ROUNDTABLE
Debate: For A Better Future, Live In A Red State
The Philanthropy Roundtable’s mission is to foster excellence in philanthropy, to protect philanthropic freedom, to assist donors in achieving their philanthropic intent, and to help donors advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility in America and abroad. They invited Intelligence Squared U.S. —a unique philanthropic model—to present and demonstrate a debate for their private 2013 Annual Meeting of Philanthropy Roundtable members. Attendees of the meeting reviewed the debate, “For A Better Future, Live In A Red State,” among the highest-ranking and most enjoyable programs in the history of the meeting.
A new initiative and joint venture of Columbia’s Business and Law Schools, the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy fosters dialogue and debate on emerging policy questions where business and markets intersect with the law. The Richman Center has sponsored three debates from 2012 to 2014, including “Break Up The Big Banks,” “The Rich Are Taxed Enough,” and “More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall Is Obsolete,” which was presented on the Columbia University campus. Aligned with their goals as an organization, all debates featured debaters from Columbia’s vast network of alumni and current leadership, including Glenn Hubbard, Dean of Columbia Business School and Mitt Romney’s economic adviser; Frederic Mishkin, Professor at Columbia Business School; and Jonathan Cole, Provost and Dean Emeritus of Columbia University.
Debate In Partnership: THE MCCAIN INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Debates: Cutting The Pentagon's Budget Is A Gift To Our Enemies and Spy On Me, I'd Rather Be Safe
The McCain Institute for International Leadership is a center for research and action in national security and foreign policy. It seeks to promote leadership and decision-making, in the best American tradition of open inquiry, spirited debate and practical action. The McCain Institute approached IQ2US to present two debates in Washington, D.C., one of our most prominent radio and digital markets. Both debates confronted domestic policy issues of shared importance to The McCain Institute and IQ2US, including “Cutting The Pentagon’s Budget Is A Gift To Our Enemies” (June 2013) and “Spy On Me, I’d Rather Be Safe” (November 2013).
Corporate Sponsorship: NEUSTAR
Debate: The Cyber War Threat Has Been Grossly Exaggerated
In June 2010, IQ2US and Neustar, a global leader in the mobile communications industry, partnered to present the debate “The Cyber War Threat Has Been Grossly Exaggerated.” Neustar’s vision was to hold a debate on the topic, but not just anywhere—on their home turf at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Neustar executives and valued clients attended the private, post-debate policy dinner along with the panel of debaters and VIP guests from government, media and the private sector.
Foundation Sponsorship: AMERICAN CLEAN SKIES FOUNDATION
Debate: Clean Energy Can Drive America's Economic Recovery and No Fracking Way
The American Clean Skies Foundation, an organization devoted to research and debate on clean energy, sponsored the Spring 2011 series, in addition to two debates: “Clean Energy Can Drive America’s Economic Recovery” (2011) and “No Fracking Way: The Nature Gas Boom Has Done More Harm Than Good” (2012). With access to high-ranking debaters in the energy sector, the American Clean Skies Foundation brought the issues to the national stage.
Contact - Clea Conner Chang, Director of Marketing and Production