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

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