The political status quo is broken. There is a hunger for change, but no faith in the government institutions that loudly promise it. There is deep dissatisfaction with our political class, but our representatives have gamed the system to return incumbents to office nine out of ten times. Politicians find no incentive to tackle long-term problems, so the risks of a genuine crisis mount year by year as an aging population puts new strains on the entitlement state.  

Clearly, our politics needs new ideas and outside voices. We need to make governments serve their citizens – not the other way around.  Just as entrepreneurs have transformed our economy via technological innovations, an entrepreneurial mindset is critical to reforming our politics.

On its 35th anniversary, Atlas Network is shining a light on its socially entrepreneurial partners, who have been catalysts to policy improvements in scores of countries. From securing property rights for apartheid victims in South Africa to creating policy vehicles for school choice in the U.S., Atlas Network’s more than 450 partners challenge the status quo in 96 countries while making a positive difference in people’s lives. 

Join Atlas Network on April 13 at the beautiful and historic CAROLANDS Château in Hillsborough for a dinner program about disrupting the political status quo. The dinner will feature Steve Hilton of Crowdpac (United States), Temba Nolutshungu of Free Market Foundation (South Africa), and Christina Sandefur of Goldwater Institute (United States).

The event is co-sponsored by Lincoln Initiative

Guests are asked to refrain from wearing narrow heels that may damage antique floors. As a courtesy to its neighbors, CAROLANDS Foundation requires guests to use complimentary valet parking. Dress code for the event is business cocktail attire.

Atlas Club Briefing: An update from the front lines with Dr. Tom G. Palmer

Atlas Club Briefing, a VIP reception taking place directly before the general reception, will feature Atlas Network Executive Vice President for International Programs Dr. Tom G. Palmer. Dr. Palmer will provide an exclusive update from the front lines, addressing how Atlas Network's partners are confronting ISIS in the Middle East, creating wealth in countries like India by securing property rights, and providing reasons for hope even in places like Greece and Russia.

Atlas Club Briefing is a VIP offering to VIP Ticket purchasers and our Atlas Club Members (our $1,000 and above giving club). Tickets are also included in the Silver, Gold, and Keynote Sponsorship packages. 


5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Atlas Club Briefing - This exclusive reception is an VIP offering to VIP Ticket purchasers and our Atlas Club Members (our $1,000 and above giving club). Tickets to the reception are also included in the Silver, Gold, and Keynote Sponsorship packages. 

6:30 - 7:15 p.m.  General Reception

7:15 - 9:00 p.m.  35th Anniversary Dinner featuring Steve Hilton of Crowdpac



Steve Hilton is CEO of Crowdpac, which provides technology to “give politics back to the people.” Hilton is former director of strategy for UK Prime Minister David Cameron, and the author of the newly released book More Human, which lays out a roadmap for government to reinvent itself to serve a citizenry that expects choice, transparency, competition, and innovation.

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Temba Nolutshungu is the director of the Free Market Foundation in South Africa, recently a finalist for Atlas Network’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award. Nolutshungu leads FMF’s Khaya Lam (“My House”) land reform project, which helps victims of apartheid obtain legal title of their homes.

He is also chairman of the Langa Heritage Foundation and trustee of the Helen Suzman Foundation, as well as several other bodies, including the Cape Town Carnival. He is a past director of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Langeberg Holdings Ltd.

His political background is rooted in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. In the early 1970s he was a pioneer activist of the black consciousness movement. Nolutshungu's dedication to the overthrow of apartheid system was based on the fact that it was an omnipotent and all-embracing system which sought to limit and control every facet of black people’s lives, from the cradle to the grave. He was detained twice under the Terrorism and General Law Amendment Acts and kept in solitary confinement. The influence of his personal experiences is manifested in his writings and interventions in debates on public policy and generally fires his determination to contribute to the enhancement of the individual liberties of all people.  He visited America in 1995 as part of a delegation sponsored by the US – SA Leadership Exchange Programme. He went there again in 2003 as a member of the International Visitor Programme and in 2007 as member of a panel which addressed the New York State University.

Nolutshungu has attended conferences and presented papers in many countries, including South Africa, Germany, Austria, Chile, the U.K., the Philippines, the U.S., the former Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, and Mauritius. In 1991 he visited Russia and saw for himself the damage done by communism to that country. Some of Nolutshungu's articles can be accessed at:

Christina Sandefur is the executive vice president at the Goldwater Institute, where she works in courtrooms, legislatures, and communities to defend and strengthen the freedom guaranteed to all Americans in the constitutions of the United States and all fifty states. She also litigates cases advancing free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights. 

Sandefur has won important victories for property rights in Arizona and works nationally to promote the Institute's Private Property Rights Protection Act, a state-level reform requires government to pay owners when regulations destroy property rights and reduce property values.

Arthur Chait is the founder and past CEO of EoPlex Inc., a company that developed new semiconductor mounting and packaging technology using a proprietary type of 3D printing that allowed mass production and was also environmentally friendly. EoPlex was acquired by ASTI Inc. based in Singapore in 2012. Mr. Chait is also President of the Antigua Forum, a think tank of entrepreneurs and reformers from around the world sponsored by Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM) and held in Antigua, Guatemala. He is also Adjunct Professor at Notre Dame de Namur, a Mentor at Stanford’s StartX incubator, a Mentor at Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurs, a Judge at Startup Chile and a private investor. Mr. Chait’s past experience includes senior management positions in both technology companies and major consulting firms.  

Dr. Alex Chafuen serves as president of Atlas Network and has previously served as president and CEO from 1991-2009, and was elected to its board in 2009. He joined Atlas Network in 1985 and worked alongside its founder, Sir Antony Fisher. He is a trustee of Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and he's been a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 1980. A graduate of the Argentina Catholic University, he was a professor at the Argentine Catholic University, University of Buenos Aires, and The Hispanic American University, CA. Dr. Chafuen serves on several boards including the Chase Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, the Fraser Institute (Canada), and is Honorary Active Member and member of the Member’s Committee of the John Templeton Foundation, the World Charity Foundation, and The Templeton Religion Trust. He is member of the board of advisers of The Philanthropic Enterprise, and was a member of the founding committee of Donors Trust. He is also the president and founder of the Hispanic American Center of Economic Research and is the author of Faith and Liberty. 

Dr. Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato, he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), and Peace, Love & Liberty (2014). 

Dr. Palmer will speak during the Atlas Club Briefing.

Brad Lips is the CEO of Atlas Network. He joined Atlas Network in 1998 believing sound policy ideas are best spread by organizations using sound business practices. Lips received his MBA from Emory University and his BA from Princeton University. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 1998, he worked on Wall Street at Smith Barney Inc. Earlier in his career, he worked with online businesses and dabbled in music journalism. Lips is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the John Templeton Foundation. He coauthored The Reagan Vision, published by the Goldwater Institute in 2004, and contributed to Freedom Champions, published by Atlas Network in 2011. More recently, his articles have appeared in American ThinkerRealClearPolitics, National Review Online, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator, and The Daily Caller. He speaks widely on the morality of free enterprise and the international freedom champions connected by Atlas Network.


The Atlas Network has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront hotel. The room rate is $239 plus taxes and fees. To make your hotel reservation, click here or call (888) 370-0980 and mention the Atlas Network group.

Shuttle transportation will be provided between the hotel and CAROLANDS Chateau for the dinner. 

Hotel Name: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront

Hotel Address: 600 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA 94010

Make a reservation online: Click here

Call to make a reservation: Dial (888) 370-0980 or (650) 340-8500 and mention the Atlas Network group.

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