This schedule is tentative. Please check back for updates.

       Wednesday  Wednesday, November 7, 2018
9:00 AM Speed Networking
  An Atlas Network tradition! Begin Liberty Forum meeting new friends in the freedom movement in a fast-paced "speed dating" format.
  Moderator: Lisa Roberts (Atlas Network)
10:00 AM Welcome Remarks and Cornerstone Talks
  You don’t need all day to learn big ideas, and we can prove it! Join us to hear from some bright minds in our network sharing important, big ideas in 10 minutes or less.
  Welcome Remarks: Matt Warner (Atlas Network)
  • Ma Junjie (Unirule Institute of Economics, China)
  • Martin Ågerup (Center for Political Studies, Denmark)
  • Souad Adnane (The Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies, Morocco)
  • Tom Palmer (Atlas Network)
  • Roberto Salinas León (Atlas Network Center for Latin America, Mexico)
11:30 AM Lights, Camera, Liberty Luncheon and Film Festival
  Highlighting the best video work among our grantees, this lunch will feature three compelling videos that have reached large audiences and made a difference for the cause of liberty.
  Master of Ceremonies: Daniel Anthony (Atlas Network)
  Film Festival Award Finalists:
  • Becket
  • Canadian Taxpayers Federation
  • Libertad y Desarrollo
12:45 PM   Great Communicators Tournament 
  New to Liberty Forum this year is the Great Communicators Tournament. With preliminary rounds throughout the year, the 2018 Great Communicators Tournament finals will take place live at the Atlas Network Liberty Forum.
  Master of Ceremonies: John Tillman (Illinois Policy Institute, USA)
  • Gerry Ohrstrom
  • Deroy Murdock
  • Manuel Martin
  • Laura Williams
  • Peter Lipsett
2:00 PM Concurrent Sessions
  How I Fight for Freedom in an Unfree World
  Think tank entrepreneurs from the U.S. and around the globe share their stories of courage as they work to advance liberty at considerable personal risk.
  Moderator: Vale Sloane (Atlas Network)
  • Eric O'Keefe (Citizens for Self-Governance, USA)
  • Rejoice Ngwenya (Coalition for Market and Liberal Solutions, Zimbabwe)
  • Bican Sahin (Freedom Research Association, Turkey)
  How Think Tanks Create Tipping Points for Change
  Big victories like the Supreme Court’s Janus decision represent a major shift in the culture of ideas. Atlas Network’s Lyall Swim will interview a panel of victorious think tankers and hear how they created tipping points in the context of an innovation diffusion model.
  Moderator: Lyall Swim (Atlas Network)
  • John Tillman (Illinois Policy Institute, USA)
  • Joe Lehman (Mackinac Center, USA)
  • Zoran Löw (Lipa- Taxpayers’ Association, Croatia)
3:30 PM Concurrent Sessions
  Ownership and Opportunity: How Think Tanks Fight for Property Rights
  Whether unrecognized or under threat of taking, uncertainty in property rights can drag an economy down. Learn what think tanks are doing to secure rights and liberty on three continents.
  Moderator: Dr. Tom G. Palmer (Atlas Network)
  • Maryan Zablotskyy (Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation)
  • Temba Nolutshungu (Free Market Foundation, South Africa)
  The Power of Storytelling with Visuals 
  The words of our ideas will never be enough. The long explanations of policy reforms will only appeal to those already aligned. To really have an impact on culture you must shift your communications strategy to one of visual-driven storytelling. This workshop will explore trends in storytelling, tips for finding stories, and practical ways for you to tell the real stories of real people impacted by your policy ideas. Attend this workshop to learn about Atlas Network’s exciting new video and photojournalism project, generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, and learn how you too can share great stories with compelling visuals and meaning-based messaging.
  Facilitator: Daniel Anthony (Atlas Network)
  • Charlie Fritschner (Independent Filmmaker and Storyteller, USA)
  • Agustín Etchebarne (Libertad y Progreso, Argentina)
  • Mercedes Maria Colombres (Libertad y Progreso, Argentina)
  • Jose Beteta (Asociación de Contribuyentes del Peru)
6:00 PM General Reception
6:30 PM Dinner: Liggio Lecture by Dr. Alejandro Chafuen 
  and John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition
  This dinner program will honor the late Leonard Liggio featuring a lecture by one of his longest-serving colleagues and friends, former Atlas Network president, Dr. Alejandro Chafuen. Then during the John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition, you'll judge training participants who will pitch their work to an audience of peers and supporters who will vote to see who wins the prize!
  Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips (Atlas Network, USA)
  Thursday, November 8, 2018
8:00 AM Board Member / CEO Breakfast (RSVP Required)
  Current Board Members or CEOs of Atlas Network partner organizations are invited to this special breakfast and conversation.
8:00 AM General Conference Breakfast
9:15 AM Global Policy Impact
  The landscape of policy change around the world can have dramatic effects on trade, growth, poverty, and investment. Learn what think tank leaders and other experts are predicting around the globe.
  Moderator: Matt Warner (Atlas Network)
  • Randy Hicks (Georgia Center for Opportunity, USA)
  • Žilvinas Šilėnas (Lithuanian Free Market Institute)
  • Patrick Mardini (Lebanese Institute for Market Studies, Lebanon)
10:45 AM Concurrent Sessions
  Money Matters: Currency and Liberty
  Regulatory wars on cash and bitcoin reveal just how intoxicating money manipulation is to government. When it comes to currency and exchange, these think tank leaders and experts will share how they are working to keep the bureaucrats at bay.
  Moderator: Edward Stringham (American Institute for Economic Research, USA)
  • Jeffrey Tucker (American Institute for Economic Research)
  • Peter Earle (American Institute for Economic Research)  
  • Patrick Byrne (, USA)
  • Peter Layton (BOX, USA)
  Progress and Promise in Education Reform
  New innovations in education delivery promise to revolutionize knowledge and work-readiness, but what can be done to liberalize the education marketplace? Experts discuss the latest opportunities and encouraging breakthroughs.
  Moderator: Robert Enlow (EdChoice, USA)
  • James Tooley (Newcastle University, England)
  • Joe Scarlett (Scarlett Family Foundation, USA)
12:30 PM Luncheon: Interviewing the Finalists for the 2018  
  Templeton Freedom Award
  Moderator: Casey Pifer (Atlas Network)
  • Agustín Etchebarne (Libertad y Progreso, Argentina)
  • Patrick McLaughlin (The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, USA)
  • Zoran Löw (Lipa — Taxpayers Association, Croatia)
  • Robert Alt (The Buckeye Institute, USA)
  • Charles Mitchell (The Commonwealth Foundation, USA)
  • Mahmoud Farouk (Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies)
2:15 PM Concurrent Sessions
5:30 PM Buses depart from Crowne Plaza for Atlas Club
  For Atlas Club Members, our $1,000 and above giving level.
6:00 PM Buses Depart from Crowne Plaza for Freedom 
  For all attendees.
6:00 PM Atlas Club Briefing: The Future of Mexico - Will
  AMLO Steer Mexico Down the Road to Serfdom 
  (for Atlas Club Members Only)
  Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  The heartbreaking catastrophe of Venezuela should have spelled an end to its late dictator Hugo Chavez's dreams of a "21st Century Socialism" sweeping across Latin America. Yet the election in Mexico of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) creates new concerns of a hard-left authoritarianism emerging on our southern border.  What can we expect in the early days of the AMLO administration and what will be the impact in the U.S.? Are Mexico's institutions strong enough to check possible abuses of a power by a populist (and popular) President, who also enjoys an unprecedented super-majority in both legislative bodies?  What can Atlas Network partners and allies do to preserve limited government and free enterprise in Mexico, and elsewhere in the region?  We look forward to learning the answers to these questions and more, during an informative Atlas Club Briefing featuring Roberto Salinas León, president of the Mexico Business Forum and incoming Director of Atlas Network's Center for Latin America. 
6:30 PM Freedom Dinner General Reception 
  Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
7:30 PM Atlas Network Freedom Dinner
  Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The freedom movement’s most inspiring event of the year takes place at the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan. We will announce the winner of $100,000 grand prize within our Templeton Freedom Award program. Atlas Leadership Academy graduates will engage in our worldwide Think Tank Shark Tank competition, and we will raise our glasses in a Toast to Freedom by Patrick Byrne, CEO of

  Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips (Atlas Network)
  Toast to Freedom: Patrick Byrne (, USA)
  Think Tank Shark Tank Judges:
  • Terry Kibbe (Free the People, USA)
  • Monty Brown (Sarah Scaife Foundation, USA)
  • Fred Young (Independent Investor, USA)
  Think Tank Shark Tank Contestants:
  • Marianna Brashear (Foundation for Economic Education, USA)
  • Petar Cekerevac (Libertarian Club - Libek, Serbia)
  • Patrick Mardini (Lebanese Institute for Market Studies)
       Friday  Friday, November 9, 2018
10:30 AM Central Park Tour Tickets Purchased Separately
  Complete your Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner 2018 experience by joining freedom champions and supporters from around the world on a custom walking tour of Central Park on Friday, November 9. For more than 150 years, Central Park has been the centerpiece of New York City, drawing more than 25 million visitors each year. On this tour we’ll enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the Park has to offer.