, written as Intelligence2
and also known as IQ2
, is a media company that organises live debates
and other cultural events around the world. It was founded in 2002 in London, where its head office is based, and it now also operates in the US
, and Hong Kong
. The debates, sometimes called IQ2 debates
, are held in the traditional Oxford style
, with as many as 2,500 people attending some events. It produces video and podcast
versions of them on a regular basis on YouTube
and other platforms.
Intelligence Squared was founded by two media entrepreneurs, Jeremy O'Grady
and John Gordon, in 2002.
In 2012, the company was bought by art consultant Amelie von Wedel, CEO of Serpentine Galleries Yana Peel
, and Commonwealth Bank of Australia Executive General Manager David Legg.
Hannah Kaye has been executive producer since 2006, and Matt McAllester became managing director in 2018.
In 2006, Intelligence Squared US was established by the philanthropist and CEO of Delphi Financial Group Robert Rosenkranz
through his foundation. It has hosted hundreds of debates across the US. Other Intelligence Squared licensees operate in Sydney
(since 2008) and Hong Kong
(since 2009). The company has also had partnerships in Kiev
(2008 – 2014), Athens
(2013), and Chile
Intelligence Squared uses the traditional Oxford-style debating format. A motion is proposed, with two speakers arguing in favour and two against. Opening speeches are around 10 minutes in length. This is followed by Q and A from the floor and a lively dialogue between the speakers and short closing remarks. The audience is polled on their opinion both before and after the debate and the winning side is determined by who changed the most audience members' minds.
Themes covered by the debates include "Foreign Policy", "Religion", "History & Social Policy", "Politics & Economics", "Science & Technology", "Art & Culture", and "Environment".
Another strand is the "Cultural Combat" debates, in which two cultural figures are pitted against each other. These began in 2013 with "Verdi vs. Wagner", which was staged at London’s Royal Opera House
with a sixty-piece live orchestra
, Stephen Fry
in the chair, and John Tomlinson
Podcast and video
All Intelligence Squared events are recorded and released on the company’s YouTube channel
and as part of a weekly podcast series which has more than a million followers.
The company also records standalone podcasts with authors and other intellectuals.
Intelligence Squared on TV
Intelligence Squared debates have also been broadcast globally on BBC World
Intelligence Squared has partnered with numerous organisations and companies. In 2012, the company produced the Versus debates with Google
. The first debate, titled "It's Time to End the War on Drugs", was held on 13 March 2012. The second Versus event was "Hip-hop On Trial". Intelligence Squared has also staged events in partnership with Shell 
on topics related to climate change and sustainable energy use. Other partnerships include The National Trust
, Wellington College
, Abbey Road Studios
, Baker McKenzie
in New York City
, the World Health Organization
in New York, the United Nations
, and the University of Chicago
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- ^ "NPR ends distribution of 'Intelligence Squared U.S.'".
- ^ "Intelligence Squared U.S." Public Radio Exchange.
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