Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

  Thursday, June 27, 2019  
8:00   Registration  
9:00 Crowdsource Networking  
  Begin Latin America Liberty Forum by meeting new friends in the freedom movement in a group gathering format! This will be the group you connect and build relationships with during the conference.  
10:00   Welcome & Introductory Remarks  
  • Dr. Roberto Salinas-León (Atlas Network, Mexico)
  • Mónika Melo Guerrero (Instituto OMG, Dominican Republic)
  • Ernesto Selman (Centro Regional de Estrategias Economicas Sostenibles, Dominican Republic)
10:15   The Road Ahead for Venezuela and Its Meaning for Latin  
  America  (Conducted in Spanish)  
  Venezuela is facing one of the most critical moments in it’s struggle to recover freedom. The outcome in Venezuela will have an immediate influence in Latin America, and especially in revealing the misery of sweeping statism and 21st century socialism.  
  Moderator: Rocío Marina Guijarro (CEDICE Libertad, Venezuela)  
  • María Corina Machado (Former Member of Parliament, Venezuela)
  • Sary Levy-Carciente (Academia Nacional de Ciencias Económicas, Venezuela)
  • María Teresa Romero (Ambassador to Guatemala from the Government of Venezuela Acting President Juan Guaidó, Venezuela)
11:00 Break  
11:15 Cornerstone Talks (Conducted in Spanish and English)  
  This session of the Latin America Liberty Forum sets the tone for the conference as it is about liberty in Latin America. Speakers will share what is happening in a particular project, in their institute, or in their country. The perspective of this session is broad enough to inspire a broad range of discussions.   
  Moderator: Antonella Marty (Atlas Network, Argentina)  
  • Martín Krause (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina) on "Institutions Matter"
  • Rod Richardson (The Grace Richardson Fund, United States) on “Clean Free Market Capitalism, and the Defeat of Climate Socialism"
  • Ian Vásquez (Cato Institute, United States) on "Human Freedom and Progress"
  • Beltrán Gómez Híjar (Instituto Político para la Libertad, Perú) on "Perú: la libertad bajo amenaza en el siglo XXI"
  • Felix Maradiaga (Fundación Libertad, Nicaragua) on "The Making of a Dictator: The Nicaraguan Case"
12:15 Break  
13:00 Luncheon: The Appeal of the Liberty Message  
  (Conducted in Spanish and English)  
  An exploration of the different narratives and innovative communications skills, that can help the liberty movement articulate a clear, attractive, and forceful message on behalf of freedom.  
  Moderator: Axel Kaiser (Fundación para el Progreso, Chile)  
  • Pancho Búrquez (Ola Libertad, Mexico)
  • Dr. Tom Palmer (Atlas Network, United States)
  • Dr. Frederic J. Fransen (Certell, Inc., United States)
14:00 Crowdsource Liberty  
  Too often, conferences ask you to sit down and stay quiet. Not here! You are invited to speak up and exchange ideas where presenters are ready to discuss projects under development to advance liberty. Play an active role in sharpening their plans to make a difference!  
15:00 Concurrent Breakouts  
  A) Public Security and the Free Society (Conducted in English)  
  Populist leaders have gained popularity by pledging to crack down on crime. Their strategies, however, threaten to create police states that are anathema to the free society. Is there a better way? Learn from reformers how policing strategies can build trust and cut down on violent crime in communities while remaining respectful of individual liberty.   
  Moderator: Brad Lips (Atlas Network, United States)  
  • Dean Ball (Manhattan Institute, United States)
  • Maximilian Holst (México Evalúa, Mexico)
  • Carlos Augusto Chacón Monsalve (Centro de Estudios Libertad y Paz, Colombia)
  B) Tipping Points: A Model for Social Change in Latin America  
  (Conducted in English)  
  The Overton Window has proved to be a powerful concept in helping organizations understand the political environment and to understand WHAT kinds of reforms are possible, but it doesn't show you HOW to move the window. The discussion in this session will be a discussion around the idea of innovation diffusion and how it can help organizations create momentum for reform.  
  Facilitator: Dr. Lyall Swim (Atlas Network, United States)  
  • Garret Edwards (Fundación Libertad, Argentina)
  • Pedro De Cesaro (Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Brazil)
  • Randy Hicks (Georgia Center for Opportunity, United States)
  *1 Atlas Network Leadership Academy Credit  
18:00 General Reception  
19:00 Latin America Liberty Awards Dinner  
  Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Roberto Salinas-León (Atlas Network, Mexico)  
  Keynote Speaker: Manuel Hinds (Former Minister of Finance of El Salvador) on "The Challenges of Liberal Democracy in the Americas"  
  Friday, June 28, 2019  
8:00 Think Tank CEO & Board Member Breakfast  
  (limited to CEO's or the equivalent in partner organizations, facilitated by Atlas Network staff)  
9:00 Populism and Its Causes (Conducted in Spanish)  
  Like most fatal viruses, populism seems to emerge and re-emerge across Latin American societies, despite its devastating and tragic consequences. The obvious question is: Why? But the answer is still an issue of debate and deliberation.  
  Moderator: Dr. Roberto Salinas-León (Atlas Network, Mexico)  
  • Enrique Ghersi (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Legales, Peru)
  • Ricardo Gomes (Red Liberal de América Latina, Brazil)
  • Pablo Arosemena Marriott (Guayaquil Chamber of Commerce, Ecuador)
9:45 Break  
10:00 Concurrent Breakouts  
  A) Global Trends, Leadership, and The Freedom Movement: Think Tanks Entering a New Era (Conducted in Spanish and English)  
  What are the most important and innovative global trends in the pro-liberty movement, and what are the new forms of leadership that we can learn to develop, and implement, in our age of disruption and mass information?  
  Moderator: Gonzalo Schwarz (Archbridge Institute, United States)  
  • Rafael Rincón-Urdaneta Zerpa (Fundación para el Progreso, Chile) on “5 megatrends and leadership: A framework for the 21st century”
  • Armando Regil Velasco (i2Co: School of Transformative Leadership, México) on “Creative Leadership to Re-imagine the Freedom Movement” 
  • Guillermo Peña (Fundación Eléutera, Honduras) on "Embracing technology to reduce bureaucratic discretion"
  • David Nott (Reason Foundation, United States) on “New Opportunities for a Maturing Movement.”
  B) Doing Development Differently (Conducted in English)  
  Think tanks can play a critical role in achieving economic freedom and prosperity all over the world. In this way, they provide a compelling alternative to traditional development efforts that have disappointed to date. During this session, we'll hear from filmmakers, think tank leaders, and development experts about the latest examples and strategies of how doing development differently can work.  
  Moderator: Matt Warner (Atlas Network, United States)  
  • Charlie Fritschner (Thatch Films, United States)
  • Lara Goldmark (Just Results, United States)
  • José Beteta (Peruvian Taxpayers Association, Perú)
  • Agustín Etchebarne (Libertad y Progreso, Argentina)
  *1 Atlas Network Leadership Academy Credit  
11:00 Break  
11:30 Concurrent Breakouts  
  A) La ética de la libertad (The Ethics of Liberty)  
  (Conducted in Spanish and English)  
  How can we overcome the fallacy that free markets and open societies lack a moral basis? What are the new challenges facing the ideas of liberty in the rhetorical space of what is good and right?  
  Moderator: Rómulo López (Atlas Network, United States)  
  • Enrique Ghersi (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Legales, Peru)
  • Professor Walter Castro (Fundación Libertad, Argentina)
  • David Schmidtz (University of Arizona, United States/Canada)
  B) Defending and Expanding Free Trade (Conducted in Spanish)  
  Now, more than ever, it has become doubly necessary to explain and enunciate the formidable benefits of free and voluntary exchange in an open market-- and especially the idea that, when trade is free and voluntary, one party benefits only if the other party benefits.  
  Moderator: Luis Henrique Ball (Atlas Network, Venezuela)  
  • Martín Krause (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Gustavo Velez (Center for Economic Renewal, Excellence and Growth, Puerto Rico)
  • Dr. Roberto Salinas-León (Atlas Network, Mexico)
12:30  Break  
13:00 Think Tank Shark Tank Lunch  
  Watch live as think tank leaders pitch their project ideas to a panel of judges!   
  Master of Ceremonies: Gonzalo Schwarz (Archbridge Institute, United States)  
  Constestants: José Beteta (Peruvian Taxpayers Association, Perú) • Mercedes Colombres (Libertad y Progreso, Argentina) • Emma Garcia-Prieto (FUSADES, El Salvador)  
  Judges: Gerardo Bongiovanni (Fundación Libertad, Argentina) • Antonio Caparrós (INICIA Education Fund, Dominican Republic) • Mariela Vicini (Fundacion de Corazon a Corazon, Dominican Republic)  
15:00 Additional Programming Hosted By:  
  A) Roundtable on Clean Free Market Policy Innovation: How Clean Capitalism can Defeat Climate Socialism with Free Market Prosperity and Clean Development (Conducted in English)  
  Explore new opportunities to shrink the radical leftwing base, and expand the freedom movement through international clean free market policy collaboration. Let’s discuss a clean free trade policy path where capitalism not only offers uplift and prosperity, but helps save the planet.  A shift in the economics of clean technologies, from unprofitable to profitable, not only renders leftwing climate and environmental policies obsolete, it means we can now answer – and leverage – the global demand for high-impact environmental policy solutions with a new, powerful range of  laissez-faire “clean free market” policies, based on free trade, property rights, greater economic freedoms and supply-side tax cuts for clean free enterprise.  By removing tax, trade and regulatory barriers for clean capitalism, we can incent huge international capital flows – a freedom-based carrot, not just for clean investment, but an incentive for less-than-free nations to adopt more market freedoms.  Just as Milton Friedman’s educational choice movement continues to pull moderate education voters away from the left, the freedom movement could potentially transform the environmental movement, liberating the way environmental voters think about policy and capitalism.  
  Facilitator: Rod Richardson (The Grace Richardson Fund, United States)  
  • Michael Mehling (MIT Center for Energy & Environmental Policy Research, United States) – On opportunities to present scholarly papers at the upcoming Clean Free Market Academic Research Conference hosted by CEEPR at MIT,  (papers to be published in a peer-reviewed journal) and participate in expert-level working groups on aspects of international clean free market policy innovation.
  • Guillermo Peña (Fundación Eléutera, Honduras) – On potential of clean free markets to spread sustainable prosperity, free markets, competition, rule of law, economic rights throughout the region, with suggestions for how to use these ideas to de-radicalize, stabilize, uplift, end cronyism and reverse mass migrations patterns driven by hopelessness; on establishing regional free market power sector competition following the Texas ERCOT model, so reducing barriers for advanced energy technologies.
  • Axel Kaiser (Fundación para el Progreso, Chile) – On how a clean capitalist industrial and policy revolution could energize young Latin Americans, pulling them away from climate socialism  and toward a new generation of free market environmental solutions.
  • Nicholas Lindquist (American Conservation Coalition, United States) – Discussing the ongoing collaborative policy innovation work of the Clean Capitalist Coalition, and ACC’s outreach work, disseminating clean capitalist policy ideas among students and environmentalists.
  B) A Roundtable Discussion on Innovation and Liberty: A Natural Alliance  (Hosted by Red Liberal de América Latina)  
  (Conducted in Spanish)  
  A conversation between members of Relial and Atlas Network to exchange experiences, explore potential synergies and consider opportunities for new agreements of collaboration, particularly in the fields of technological innovation and digital trends, as well as other relevant topics that present new challenges to the liberal point of view. Red Liberal de América Latina will announce a call for the new RELIAL Prize for Innovation.  
  This is an open invitation to all Latin American organizations that belong to Relial and Atlas Network.  
  Discussion Leaders:  
  • Ricardo Gomes (Red Liberal de América Latina, Brazil)
  • Agustín Etchebarne (Libertad y Progreso, Argentina)
  • Dr. Roberto Salinas-León (Atlas Network, Mexico)