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:

  • Dr. Lawrence H. White presenting the 4th Annual Liggio Lecture in honor of Atlas Network’s late executive vice president (and former Mont Pelerin Society president) Leonard Liggio
  • Our Lights, Camera, Liberty! Film Festival showcasing 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 Unconference, 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
  • A special VIP reception presentation by Emmy Award winner John Stossel
  • 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 $25,000 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. 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. 
9:45 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.
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 participate in selecting the winner of the $1,000 grand prize. 
11:00 a.m. Breakout: Which way goes Latin America?
  • Gabriel Calzada, Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala)
  Breakout: Which way goes Europe?
  • Michael Iakovidis, Greek Liberties Monitor (Greece)
  • Maryan Zablotskyy, Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation (Ukraine)
  • Pierre Bessard, Liberales Institut (Switzerland)
  • Eamonn Butler, Adam Smith Institute (United Kingdom)
12:30 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 & Film Festival.
2:00 p.m. -  6:00 p.m. Unconference, Sponsored by EdChoice
  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.
2:15 p.m. Breakout: New Zealand - A Case Study in Economic Freedom
  • Ruth Richardson, Former Finance Minister of New Zealand
  • David Seymour, New Zealand Parliament (New Zealand)
  Atlas Leadership Academy Workshop: Fundraising
  This is a skill-building workshop for think tank leaders and is part of the Atlas Leadership Academy track at Liberty Forum.
3:45 p.m. Victories for Liberty
  Moderator: Alex Chafuen, Atlas Network (United States)
  • José Ignacio Beteta, Contribuyentes por Respeto (Peru)
  • Manogya Sharma, Samriddhi Foundation (Nepal)
  • Zilvinas Silenas, Lithuanian Free Market Institute (Lithuania)
  Atlas Leadership Academy Workshop: Marketing Workshop
  This is a skill-building workshop for think tank leaders and is part of the Atlas Leadership Academy track at Liberty Forum.
  • Glynn Brailsford, Institute of Economic Affairs (United Kingdom)
  • Daniel Anthony, Atlas Network (United States)
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. Breakfast Program: Self-Control or State Control? You Decide
  • Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas Network (United States)
10:30 a.m. Breakout: Vision for the Future
  Moderator: John Stossel, Fox Business Network (United States)
  Breakout: Projects You Can Replicate
  This session will showcase "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.
12:00 p.m. Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award Luncheon / Announcement of the Templeton Freedom Award Finalists
  You won’t want to miss the grand finale to Liberty Forum! Incoming Atlas Network Board Chair Linda Whestone will announce the winner of the 2016 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award. In addition, we will announce the finalists for the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award and preview the festivities that will take place at Atlas Network’s gala Freedom Dinner (New York City, November 10).  There will also be a debriefing on the results achieved during Un-Conference, and recognition of graduates and award winners within the Atlas Leadership Academy.
  Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips, Atlas Network
  Fisher Award Announcement: Linda Whetstone, Atlas Network


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.

Jose Ignacio Beteta is executive director at Contribuyentes por Respeto, a non profit organization that promotes public policies based on the principles of Economic and Social Freedom, Public Administration Master with precedent Graduate Studies on Public and Social Policies (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). University Professor with nine years of teaching experience, expert in the design and evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects and strategies, for Peruvian and Latin American institutions, community communications and community relations programs for public and private stakeholders.

Glynn Brailsford is Director of Creative, Marketing and Development at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. His ieaTV film Sin Taxes won the 2015 Reason Video Prize in New York. Glynn was formerly CEO of Los Angeles-based PROMAX&BDA, a not-for-profit association for marketing and design executives in television. Before that, he was a multi-award winning Creative Director in the UK – working for Channel 5, Discovery, Nickelodeon and ITV, where he launched some of Britain’s most successful TV shows. He started out in print journalism before moving into radio and then TV, where he produced programs in news, sport, entertainment and politics.

Rodrigo Constantino is president of Instituto Liberal and a founding member of the Instituto Millenium, both of which are Atlas Network partners based in Brazil. Constantino has operated in the financial sector since 1997 and is a graduate in economics from Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC-RJ), as well as holding an MBA in finance from Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais (IBMEC). Constantine was a columnist for Veja, and is a columnist for leading Brazilian media like the newspapers Valor Econômico and O Globo. He won the Libertas Award at the XXII Fórum da Liberdade in 2009, and has published several books, including Privatize Já and Esquerda Caviar.

Michael Iakovidis is co-founder and marketing director of Greek Liberties Monitor (GLM). He initially worked as a civil engineer for nine years in major projects such as the Athens and Thessaloniki Metro, then became a business owner in Greece (MSP GROUP- provider of health and safety products). In December 2014, in partnership with Dimitris Pefanis, he established Greek Liberties Monitor in order to promote public discourse in regards to freedom and liberties within Greece.

Currently active in European liberal/libertarian affairs, he was one of the coordinators of the individual members of ALDE for Greece (2013-2015), and firmly believes that financial freedom and free markets being established in Greece are crucial for the propagation of liberties in Greece, as well as the betterment and growth of Greek society and economy.

As co-founder and marketing director of the GLM ( ) Michael has been the project manager of a number of prominent projects, including the Greek Crisis Success Stories, the Greek Tax Calculator, the production of a number of economic bulletins and papers, both in Greece and abroad.

Manogya Sharma is the Operations Manager at Samriddhi Foundation where he has developed and executed several flagship programs for the last 8 years. These initiatives have helped The Foundation reach out to students, young activists, journalists, parliamentarians, politicians and bureaucrats. This role is fundamental in the success of Samriddhi to help liberalize Nepal and achieve a free and prosperous society. He holds degrees in Business Administration and Political Science which allow him to better execute his role. His previous experiences range from non-profit organizations to commercial houses. These include leadership positions at youth led organizations to development and expansion of FMCG products.

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.

Maryan Zablotskyy is the head and co-founder of the Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation. He has a Masters in finance from the Lyiv Business Academy and PhD in finance from the Ukrainian National Science Academy. He is an expert in macroeconomics, monetary, economic, and agricultural policy. He took part in the development of a number of legislation proposals, six of which became laws. Some of those laws terminated 29 different permission procedures for businesses, improve land rights protection and boost international trade.


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.

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