Atlas Network’s annual Liberty Forum is the international freedom movement’s must-attend event — enlightening, instructive, and inspiring!

Save the date for a program that promises superior networking opportunities and exposure to “big ideas” that will boost your own efforts to foster a freer society. The 2016 Liberty Forum will be held at the InterContinental Miami on Sept. 24–25, immediately following the General Meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society (MPS). Highlights will include:

  • A special presentation by Emmy Award winner John Stossel
  • Dr. Lawrence H. White presenting the 4th Annual Liggio Lecture in honor of Atlas Network’s late executive vice president (and former MPS president) Leonard Liggio
  • Our Lights, Camera, Liberty! Film Festival showasing the freedom movement’s best use of video storytelling
  • The John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition, in which recent graduates of Atlas Network’s most elite training program for leaders of the freedom movement will compete on stage to a win a prize named for the late John Blundell (past Atlas Network president and CEO). The audience is the judge in this fun contest that introduces the rising generation of freedom champions.
  • Our Liberty Forum tradition of Speed Networking — make new friends and find potential collaborators within our audience of freedom champions in a fast-paced “speed dating” format
  • Our interactive Un-Conference, which offers an opportunity to shape exciting new projects by Atlas Network partners through hands-on sessions
  • Our State of the Freedom Movement session, which provides an overview of where the global freedom movement, connected by Atlas Network, is achieving growth and having impact

And there will be much more:

  • Panel discussions about big ideas, regional challenges, and policy opportunities
  • The announcements of the winners of the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award and the Smith Student Outreach Award
  • Announcement of the finalists for the 2016 Think Tank Shark Tank competition and the prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award (winner to be announced in New York City on Nov. 10!).

And, as great as the formal program is, the real magic of Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum comes from the attendees, who travel from scores of countries and throughout the United States. It’s an inspiring group that assembles for Liberty Forum, and we invite you to be a part of it.

For more information, contact Chelsea Schick at or 202-449-8434.


The 2016 Liberty Forum will take place just after the General Meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society (MPS), which our team is honored to be organizing as well from Sept. 18-23. Please note that attendance at MPS 2016 is restricted to the Society's members and their approved guests. For more information, visit

The 2016 Freedom Dinner will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at Capitale in New York City.

Photo: Marc Averette (CC BY 3.0)


The Liberty Forum 2016 schedule is tentative and subject to change.

       Wednesday    Saturday, September 24, 2016
9:00 a.m.  State of the Worldwide Freedom Movement
  Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips will give remarks on where progress is being made in the worldwide struggle for freedom.
9:30 a.m. -  5:00 p.m. Un-conference
  Top Atlas Network partners seek your help in taking their projects to the next level. You will talk in detail with partners working on projects such as a campaign to eliminate food subsidies in Indonesia, an effort to educate young people about the responsibilities of citizenship, giving an organizational facelift to a leading school choice advocacy organization, and several more.
10:15 a.m. John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition
  The late John Blundell called this his favorite part of Liberty Forum. Graduates of Atlas Leadership Academy's Think Tank MBA program will give a 60-second pitch about the importance of their work. The audience will judge the contest and particiate in selecting the winner of the grand prize. 
11:00 a.m. Speed Networking
  A great Liberty Forum tradition! In a "speed dating" format, you will quickly meet new freedom champions and hear new perspectives. Speed Networking is a great way to expand your contacts and experience the diversity of Atlas Network's worldwide partners. 
12:15 p.m. Lights, Camera, Liberty! Luncheon & Film Festival
  Knowing how target audiences consume and interpret information is key to our movement's success. Thanks to Atlas Network's Lights, Camera, Liberty! program, partners all over the world are working together to tell powerful stories through video and film. Check out the best videos of 2016 at the Lights, Camera, Liberty! Luncheon.
2:00 p.m. Regional Challenges: U.S. Election 
  Join a conversation with leading free-market thinkers on what the 2016 U.S. election fortells about the future of free-market reforms.
  Communications Workshop
  This is a skill-building workshop for think tank leaders and is part of the Atlas Leadership Academy track at Liberty Forum.
3:30 p.m. Regional Challenges: Latin America
  Freedom champions from countries like Brazil, Argentina, and Guatemala will discuss trends in the region and projects that have made a difference for liberty.
  Fundraising Workshop
  This is a skill-building workshop for think tank leaders and is part of the Atlas Leadership Academy track at Liberty Forum.
5:00 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m. General Reception
7:00 p.m. Liggio Lecture Dinner
  The 4th annual Liggio Lecture will feature lecturer Professor Lawrence White of George Mason University. 
  Sunday, September 25, 2016
9:00 a.m. Smith Student Outreach Award Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Regional Challenges: Asia
  Freedom Champions from countries like China, India, and Japan will discuss trends in Asia and projects that have made a difference for liberty.
  Projects you can Replicate
  This session will shocase "champagne ideas that can be done on a beer budget" with presentations by Atlas Network partners that have made them work. This is a skill-building workshop for think tank leaders and is part of the Atlas Leadership Academy track at Liberty Forum.
11:15 a.m. Regional Challenges: Europe
  Freedom Champions from countries like Germany, the U.K., and Italy will discuss the direction of the European Union, opportunities to advance freedom in various countries, and projects that have made a difference for liberty.
  Regional Challenges: Africa
  Freedom Champions from countries like Egypt, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Nigeria will discuss opportunities in various countries to advance freedom and how projects by Atlas Network partners are changing the narrative about how to bring greater development to Africa.
12:30 p.m. Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award Luncheon
  Incoming Atlas Network chairwoman Linda Whetstone will discuss the legacy of her father Antony Fisher and how his vision is being realized in nearly 100 countries with Atlas Network partners. The luncheon will include the announcement of the 2016 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for the best think tank publication, as well as the announcement of the finalists for the prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award.


Charles Murray is a political scientist, author, libertarian, and Atlas Network's 2015 Templeton Leadership Fellow. He first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground, which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. His 1994 New York Times bestseller, The Bell Curve (Free Press, 1994), co-authored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America’s class structure. Murray’s other books include What It Means to Be a Libertarian (1997), Human Accomplishment (2003), In Our Hands (2006), and Real Education (2008), and Coming Apart (2012). His most recent book, By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission (Crown Forum, 2015), urges Americans to stem governmental overreach and use America’s unique civil society to put government back in it’s place.

John Stossel joined Fox Business Network (FBN) in 2009. He is the host of "Stossel", a weekly program highlighting current consumer issues with a libertarian viewpoint. Stossel also appears regularly on Fox News Channel (FNC) providing signature analysis. 

Prior to joining FBN, Stossel co-anchored ABC’s primetime newsmagazine show, "20/20." There, he contributed in-depth special reports and recurring segments on a variety of consumer topics, from pop culture to government and business. His "John Stossel specials" asked tough questions facing Americans today: "Sick in America" delved into the debate between private vs. government health care; "Stupid in America" exposed the government school monopoly; "John Stossel Goes to Washington" revealed government growth under both parties, while "Hype" exposed media distortions.

Lawrence H. White is Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He specializes in the theory and history of banking and money, and is best known for his work on free banking. He received his A.B. from Harvard and his M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He previously taught at New York University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Professor White is the author of The Clash of Economic Ideas (Cambridge, forthcoming); The Theory of Monetary Institutions (Basil Blackwell, 1999); Free Banking in Britain (2nd ed., Institute of Economic Affairs, 1995; 1st ed. Cambridge, 1984), and Competition and Currency (NYU, 1989). He is the editor of F. A. Hayek, The Pure Theory of Capital (Chicago, 2007); The History of Gold and Silver (3 vols., Pickering and Chatto, 2000); Free Banking (3 vols., Edward Elgar, 1993); The Crisis in American Banking (NYU, 1993); William Leggett, Democratick Editorials (Liberty Press, 1984); and other volumes. His articles on monetary theory and banking history have appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, and other leading professional journals.


Liberty Forum will take place at the InterContinental Miami.

InterContinental Miami Hotel
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131
Front Desk: (305) 577-1000 

You can book your hotel room at the InterContinental Miami by using this link or calling 1-800-327-3005 and requesting a room within the “Atlas Network” room block.  We have a special room rate of $234++. The deadline to receive the discounted room rate is August 15, 2016.

You will see rooms listed at $224++. There is also an additional daily room charge of $10, which entitles you to premium high-speed Internet service in your room and our meeting space; access to the 24-hour fitness center; access to MySpa sauna, steam, drench shower, and relaxation rooms; poolside access to refreshments and sun care; daily access to 2,000+ newspapers and magazines in 58 languages via PressReader on your personal smart device; in-room Keurig coffee and tea; two bottles of water daily in your room; black-and-white copying/printing; turndown service upon request; and luggage storage for the day of your check-in and check-out.

Exhibitor Information

If you are interested in exhibiting at Liberty Forum, Atlas Network can provide complimentary 3 feet of table space for you to display your materials. You can indicate your interest at check out, or write to

Space is limited, so please reserve your 3 feet of table space as soon as possible.

Confirmed exhibitors can find shipping information for their materials at this link.