Wednesday, November 7. 2018This 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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
  How Thinks 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.
   
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.
   
  Storytelling and Photojournalism Workshop 
  Atlas Network’s Daniel Anthony will feature the work of three Latin American partners through the medium of photography and storytelling. Learn more about how you can best tell the stories of the people affected by your think tank’s impact.
   
5:30 PM Liggio Lecture by Dr. Alejandro Chafuen
  A special program honoring the late Leonard Liggio featuring a lecture by one of his longest-serving colleagues and friends, former Atlas Network president, Dr. Alejandro Chafuen.
   
7:00 PM John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition
  Does your cause get audiences on your side? We’ll be the judge of that! In this popular session, training participants will pitch their work to an audience of peers and supporters who will vote to see who wins the prize!
   
  Thursday, November 8, 2018
   
8:00 AM Board Member / CEO Breakfast (Invite Only)
  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 Outlook
  The landscape of policy change around the world can have dramatic effects on capital flows and investment. Learn what think tank leaders and other experts are predicting around the globe.
   
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.
   
  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.
   
12:30 PM Interviewing the Finalists for the 2018 Templeton 
  Freedom Awards
   
2:15 PM Concurrent Sessions
   
  Easing the Burden: Taxpayer Wins Around the World
  Whether through comprehensive reform or single issue successes, this panel of think tank leaders explain how they cut the costs of citizenship.
   
5:30 PM Buses depart from Crowne Plaza for Atlas Club
  Briefing
  For Atlas Club Members, our $1,000 and above giving level.
   
5:45 PM Buses Depart from Crowne Plaza for Freedom 
  Dinner 
  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
  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 American Policy Analysis. 
   
6:30 PM Freedom Dinner General Reception 
  Location: Intrepid
   
7:30 PM Atlas Network Freedom Dinner
  Location: Intrepid
 

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 Overstock.com.

 
       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.