Wednesday    Tuesday, November 7, 2017
   
9:15 a.m. Speed Networking
  Location:  Broadway Ballroom, 4th Floor
  An Atlas Network tradition! Begin Liberty Forum meeting new friends in the freedom movement in a fast-paced "speed dating" format.
  Moderator: Stephanie Lips (Atlas Network)
   
10:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks and Cornerstone Talks Part One
  Location: Times Square Ballroom, 2nd Floor
  Our first session features five Cornerstone Talks that provide a foundation for continued discussion during Liberty Forum. How can players in the freedom movement work more effectively together? What policy reforms show exciting potential? How is higher education evolving and can we seize the initiative to broaden support for classical liberal principles.
  Welcome Remarks: Daniel Anthony (Atlas Network)
  Speakers:
 
  • Gabriel Calzada (Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala) on The Future of the University
  • Michel Kelly-Gagnon (Montreal Economic Institute, Canada) on Philanthropic Tensions: Getters and Givers
  • Linda Kavuka (Students for Liberty, Africa) on Spreading Liberty in Africa
  • Rainer Heufers (Center for Indonesian Policy Studies, Indonesia) on Affordable Food for the Poor
  • Brad Lips (Atlas Network, USA) on Doing Development Differently
12:00 p.m. Opening Luncheon
  Location: Broadway Ballroom, 4th Floor
  Our opening luncheon showcases the winning video from our 2017 Lights, Camera, Liberty! program, and introduces you to freedom movement leaders with whom you can interact and collaborate during our Crowdsource Liberty session.
  Master of Ceremonies: Alex Chafuen (Atlas Network)
   
1:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
   
  EconTalk Podcast: Russ Roberts Interviews Simeon Djankov and Matt Warner 
  Location: Broadway Ballroom, 4th Floor
  Russ Roberts of Stanford University's Hoover Institution will tape his popular weekly podcast EconTalk with guests Simeon Djankov, founder of the World Bank's "Doing Business" report and Matt Warner, COO of Atlas Network. In this live episode, the conversation will cover the latest research in poverty and economic freedom and explore philanthropic alternatives to the prevailing government-led foreign aid strategy.
   
  Lights, Camera, Liberty! Film Festival
  Location: Times Square Ballroom, 2nd Floor
  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! Film Festival.
  Moderator: Casey Pifer (Atlas Network)
  Speakers:
 
  • Dugan Bridges (Taliesin Nexus, USA)
  • Dustin Hurst (Idaho Freedom Foundation, USA)
  • Basanta Adhikari (Bikalpa, an Alternative, Nepal)
  • Agustin Etchebarne (Libertad y Progreso, Argentina)
2:45 p.m.  Crowdsource Liberty
  Location: Foyer of Broadway Ballroom, 4th Floor
  Too often, conferences ask you to sit down and stay quiet. Not here! You are invited to speak up and exchange ideas in the Foyer where graduates of Atlas Network’s recent regional think tank training are ready to discuss projects under development to advance liberty. Play an active role in sharpening their plans to make a difference!
  Presenters:
 
  • Alexander McCobin (Conscious Capitalism, USA)
  • Rainer Heufers and Sara Sihaloho (Center for Indonesian Policy Studies, Indonesia)
  • Marianna Brashear (Foundation for Economic Education, USA)
  • Avik Roy (Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, USA)
  • Drew Johnson, Global Watchdog (USA)
  • Gonzalo Schwarz (Archbridge Institute, USA)
  • Alexander Skouras (Center for Liberal Studies (KEFiM), Greece)
  • Fred Roeder (Consumer Choice Center, USA)
  • Nouh El Harmouzi (Arab Center, Morocco)
  • Marty Cummins (Free Marketeer Institute, USA)
  • Lydia Walsten (Timbro, Sweden)
3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:
   
  Session A: Learning from Think Tank Luminaries (ALA Accredited)
  Location: Times Square Ballroom, 2nd Floor
  Learn about the secrets of success from distinguished think tank leaders. Bring your questions for an interactive dialogue about the opportunities and challenges that confront think tank leaders today! Attendance at the session will earn you 1 ALA credit!
  Moderator: Dr. Alex Chafuen (Atlas Network)
  Speakers:
 
  • Greg Lindsay (Centre for Independent Studies, Australia)
  • Michael Walker (Fraser Institute, Canada)
  • Kris Mauren (Acton Institute, USA)
  Session B: The Future of Higher Education Workshop
  Location: Balcony Room, 2nd Floor
  What are the best ways for those who love liberty to affect change in via academia?  In this workshop, you will identify high-impact strategies that can be pursued within university-based centers, as well as ways other opportunities for classical liberalism to find an audience within higher education.  
  Facilitator: Karen Maeyens (Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala)
  Speakers:
 
  • Peter Calcagno (College of Charleston, USA)
  • Rob Raffety (Mercatus Center, USA)
5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
   
  Session A: Reforms with Big Impact
  Location: Times Square Ballroom, 2nd Floor
  To achieve tangible, real-world impact in the think tank world, measuring the outcomes and results of our work is a key ingredient of the equation. In this panel, participants of the Atlas Network's Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform program share the results of their efforts to promote policy reform and influence their countries' scores on reputable international rankings and indices. 
  Moderator: Elisa Bishop (Atlas Network)
  Speakers:
 
  • Ernesto Selman (CREES, Dominican Republic)
  • Franklin Cudjoe (IMANI Center for Policy and Education, Ghana)
  • Richard Durana (INESS, Slovakia)
  Session B: Smart Philanthropy Workshop (ALA Accredited)
  Location: Balcony Room, 2nd Floor
  At its best, the partnership between donor and nonprofit fuels achievements through a combination of engagement, accountability, and trust. Discovering that ideal balance doesn’t always come easily, but our best results depend on us getting it right. In this workshop, you will develop recommendations for grant-makers or grant-seekers, so both sides can walk away with insights to contemplate. Attendance at the session will earn you 1 ALA credit!  
  Facilitator: Michel Kelly-Gagnon (Montreal Economic Institute, Canada)
  Featured Speakers:
 
  • Lawson Bader (DonorsTrust, USA)
  • Rachel Ayerst Manfredi (American Enterprise Institute, USA)
6:00 p.m. Reception and John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition
  Location: Broadway Ballroom, 4th Floor
  You will be the judge for our annual John Blundell Elevator Pitch competition! Our 2017 Think Tank MBA participants -- the premiere training program within our suite of Atlas Leadership Academy course offerings -- will each have just sixty seconds to persuade you of the importance of their work to promote liberty.  We will also announce the winner of $50,000 prize to a think tank that excelled in Atlas Network’s Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform program.
  Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips (Atlas Network)
  Presentation of the LIFE Award: Alex Chafuen (Atlas Network)
  Elevator Pitch Competition: Cindy Cerquitella (Atlas Network)
   
  Wednesday, November 8, 2017
   
8:00 a.m. Breakfast 
  Location: Broadway Ballroom, 4th Floor
   
9:00 a.m. Interviewing the TFA Finalists 
  Location: Broadway Ballroom, 4th Floor
  The Templeton Freedom Award is our think tank community’s most prestigious annual prize program. The winner will be announced at the gala Freedom Dinner.  This is your chance to learn about each finalist and the project for which they have been recognized.
  Moderator: Casey Pifer (Atlas Network)
  Speakers:
 
  • Brian Lee Crowley (MacDonald Laurier Institute, Canada)
  • Juan Pardinas (Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad, Mexico)
  • Franklin Cudjoe (IMANI Center for Policy and Education, Ghana)
  • Julio Lamb (Instituto de Estudos Empresariais, Brazil)
  • Justin Owen (Beacon Center of Tennessee, USA)
  • Randy Hicks (Georgia Center for Opportunity, USA)
10:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
   
  Session A: Navigating Political Disruptions
  Location: Times Square Ballroom A, 2nd Floor
  James Piereson’s 2015 book, Shattered Consensus, explained how the U.S.’s post-WW2 political order is giving way to something new. Will ‘what comes next’ be conducive to liberty? Join a discussion of these trends in the U.S. that are echoed in the U.K. and beyond.  
  Moderator: Brad Lips (Atlas Network)
  Speakers:
 
  • James Piereson (William Simon Foundation, USA)
  • David Nott (Reason Foundation, USA)
  • John O'Connell (TaxPayers' Alliance, United Kingdom)
  Session B: Social Media Workshop (ALA Accredited)
  Location: Times Square Ballroom C, 2nd Floor
  How can pro-liberty messages pierce through the cacophony of today’s media environment? This workshop provides an opportunity to learn strategies being used by Free The People, which has generated 87 million video views since its public launch less than 2 years ago. In this workshop, you will identify high-impact strategies that can be pursued within university-based centers, as well as ways other segments of the freedom movement can leverage the classical liberal infrastructure that does exist in higher education. Attendance at the session will earn you 1 ALA credit!
  Facilitators:
 
  • Matt Kibbe (Free the People, USA)
  • Terry Kibbe (Free the People, USA)
  • Kara Pally (Free the People, USA)
  Session C: Innovation as the Engine of Economic Development: Which Policies are Essential?
  Location: Times Square Ballroom B, 2nd Floor
  The developing countries are growing richer, but greater wealth and longer lifespans may bring new problems in the form of chronic diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease, pollution, and the need for new sources of energy and better access to communications. The solution to all of these problems lies in technological innovation, but innovation and the investment to make it possible require the right mix of policies. On this panel, Atlas Network partners will discuss which policies are essential to spur innovation in such fields as agriculture, communications, biomedicine and energy. Policies discussed will include regulation, taxes, trade and property rights, including intellectual property.
  Moderator: Brian Lee Crowley (MacDonald-Laurier Institute, Canada)
  Speakers:
 
  • Franklin Cudjoe (IMANI Center for Policy & Education, Ghana)
  • Stephen Sammut (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Federico Fernández (Austrian Economics Center, Argentina)
11:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
   
  Session A: Think Tanks vs. Populists of the Left and Right
  Location: Times Square Ballroom A, 2nd Floor
  The world is witnessing an authoritarian populist surge. Our challenge is not only to promote free markets but also to counter a global movement led by people who actively reject the ideas of liberty. In this panel, Atlas Network partners will share about how they are working to combat the new authoritarianism and to stop the rise of illiberal statist sentiment.
  Moderator: Casey Given (Young Voices, USA)
  Speakers:
 
  • Veronika Fajbíková (Institute of Economic and Social Studies, Slovakia)
  • Rocio Guijarro (CEDICE, Venezuela)
  • Javier El-Hage (Human Rights Foundation, USA)
  Session B: Ask the Funders (ALA Accredited)
  Location: Times Square Ballroom B, 2nd Floor
  This session provides an opportunity to learn directly from those who invest in the worldwide freedom movement. No pitches allowed, but bring your questions to refine how you can successfully present your work to win support from top foundations! Attendance at the session will earn you 1 ALA credit!
  Moderator: Clark Ruper (Atlas Network)
  Speakers:
 
  • Amy Proulx (John Templeton Foundation, USA)
  • Montgomery Brown (Sarah Scaife Foundation, USA)
  • Lawson Bader (DonorsTrust, USA)
  • Rod Richardson (Grace Richardson Fund, USA)
  Session C: Using Your Personal Story to Advocate for Education Policy Change
  Location: Times Square Ballroom C, 2nd Floor
  Many times the reforms that promise the best results require a lot of technical understanding to design and explain. Too often, think tank advocates lose opportunities to win over audiences by focusing too much on the details. In this workshop, you’ll learn and practice how to use your personal story to connect with audiences to better lead them to championing your reform.
  Moderator: Matt Warner (Atlas Network)
  Featured Speakers:
 
  • Lisa Snell (Reason Foundation, USA)
  • Robert Enlow (EdChoice, USA)
12:30 p.m. Liggio Lecture Luncheon
  Location: Broadway Ballroom, 4th Floor
  Atlas Network annually honors the legacy of its late Executive Vice President Leonard Liggio with a special lecture by one of the liberty movement’s thought leaders. This year’s after-dinner lecture will be given by Professor Peter J. Boettke (George Mason University). We will also announce the winner of the Smith Student Outreach Award, a $3,000 prize which recognizes the best student-focused project for liberty.
  Master of Ceremonies: Matt Warner (Atlas Network)
  Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Emily Chamlee-Wright (Institute for Humane Studies, USA)
  Keynote Speaker: Peter Boettke (George Mason University, USA)
   
2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
   
  Session A: Mobilizing New Audiences for Liberty
  Location: Times Square Ballroom A, 2nd Floor
  Learn what’s working at organizations that take seriously the challenge of spreading pro-liberty messages among new and young audiences. You will be inspired to see how much progress is being made in correcting the misperception that the future belongs to the socialists and statists.   
  Moderator: Tarun Vats (Atlas Network)
  Speakers:
 
  • Richard Lorenc (Foundation for Economic Education, USA)
  • Karin Svanborg-Sjövall (TIMBRO, Sweden)
  • Dr. Wolf von Laer (Students for Liberty, USA)
  Session B: Advancing Liberty in Difficult Countries
  Location: Times Square Ballroom B, 2nd Floor
  Can progress be made for freedom under a dictatorship? Can meaningful gains be made for our cause amid turmoil and corruption? Can the lone pro-liberty group in a country steer disparate political parties toward a shared agenda to introduce free-market reforms? You’ll find it eye-opening to discover how some of Atlas Network’s freedom champions have persevered -- and produced results -- in some of the most challenging parts of the world.  
  Moderator: Vale Sloane (Atlas Network)
  Speakers:
 
  • Jaroslav Romanchuk (Minsk Mises Center, Belarus)
  • Andriy Shpakov (EasyBusiness, Ukraine)
  • Patrick Mardini (Lebanese Institute for Market Studies, Lebanon)
  Session C: A Storytelling Three-Course Meal (ALA Accredited)
  Location: Times Square Ballroom C, 2nd Floor
  In this fast-paced, hands-on workshop, participants will go through pre-story messaging architecture, how to find the right story, and tips on telling stories with authenticity. In the end, they’ll leave with a concrete plan to find and write their next great story. This workshop will be led by messaging and storytelling experts Daniel Anthony of Atlas Network and Hilary Gowins of Illinois Policy Institute. Attendance at the session will earn you 1 ALA credit!
  Facilitators: 
 
  • Daniel Anthony (Atlas Network)
  • Hilary Gowins (Illinois Policy Institute, USA)
3:30 p.m. Cornerstone Talks Part Two 
  Location: Broadway Ballroom, 4th Floor
  To close our daytime conference, we have another set of concise and interesting Cornerstone Talks to provide further foundation for fruitful work on liberty over the months to come.
  Moderator: Matt Warner (Atlas Network)
  Speakers:
 
  • Dr. Tom G. Palmer (Atlas Network) on Global Anti-Libertarianism - and How We Fight Back
  • Bhakti Patil (Centre for Civil Society, India) on A Victory for Economic Freedom in India
  • Carrie Lukas (Independent Women's Forum, USA) on How to Make the Case for Liberty to Women
  • Martin Agerup (CEPOS, Denmark) on Reforming the Welfare State
  • John Tillman (Illinois Policy Institute, USA) on The Big Squeeze
5:30 p.m. Buses depart for Capitale (Atlas Club Members Only)
   
5:45 p.m. Buses depart for Capitale (all attendees)
   
6:00 p.m. Atlas Club Briefing at Capitale (Invitation Only)
  Capitale address: 130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013
 

Atlas Club Briefing is a VIP reception offered to VIP Ticket purchasers and our Atlas Club Members (our $1,000 and above giving club). Tickets are also included in the sponsorship packages. Atlas Club Briefing showcases the freedom movements most impactful and inspiring leaders. 

The Brexit vote rocked the policy world in 2016. More than a year later, it remains unclear whether the end result will produce positive or negative outcomes for liberty. For an update at our Atlas Club Briefing, we turn to Daniel Hannan who is devoting his considerable talents to positioning the UK to again be an example of free trade. Hannan is a Member of European Parliament, author of Inventing Freedom, and founder of a newly-created Atlas Network partner organization, the Institute for Free Trade.   

Moderated by Dr. Tom G. Palmer

   
6:30 p.m. General Reception at Capitale
   
7:30 p.m. - Atlas Network Freedom Dinner at Capitale
9:30 p.m. Capitale address: 130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013
  The freedom movement’s most inspiring event of the year takes place again at glamorous Capitale in lower Manhattan. We will announce the winner of $100,000 grand prize within our Templeton Freedom Award program. Atlas Leadership Academy graduates from the U.S., France and Turkey will engage in our worldwide Think Tank Shark Tank competition, and we will raise our glasses in a Toast to Freedom by British Member of European Parliament, Daniel Hannan.
  Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips (Atlas Network)
  Toast to Freedom: Daniel Hannan
  Special Remarks: Amy Proulx (John Templeton Foundation, USA)
  Think Tank Shark Tank Contestants:
 
  • Melissa Mann (Reason Foundation, USA)
  • Alexandre Pesey (Le Coquetier, France)
  • Bican Sahin (Freedom Research Association, Turkey)
  Think Tank Shark Tank Judges:
 
  • Fred Young
  • Linda Edwards
  • Terry Kibbe
  • Don Smith
  Thursday, November 9
   
9:00 a.m. Global Board Leaders Summit (tickets sold separately)
  Join us for the third annual Global Board Leaders Summit the day after Freedom Dinner 2017. The summit will take place Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Times Square hotel. This summit is for active board members of Atlas Network partner organizations. Learn more here. 
   
10:00 a.m.  Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Tour (tickets sold
- 4:00 p.m.  separately)
 

Join freedom champions and supporters of the free-market movement for a tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island following Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner on Thursday, November 9. 

The tour bus will depart from the Crowne Plaza Times Square at 10:00 a.m. and arrive back to the hotel at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are purchased separately than Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner tickets and cost $100. Lunch is not included in the cost of the tour. There are cafeterias on Ellis Island and on Liberty Island where you can eat at your own convenience. 

Contact Chelsea Schick at Chelsea.Schick@AtlasNetwork.org or 202-449-8434 with any questions.