Wednesday    Saturday, September 24, 2016
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
  Location: Versailles Foyer (Second Level)
9:00 a.m. Speed Networking
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  An Atlas Network tradition! Begin Liberty Forum meeting new friends in the freedom movement in a fast-paced "speed dating" format.  
  Moderator: Lisa Hazlett Roberts, Atlas Network (United States)
9:45 a.m.  State of the Worldwide Freedom Movement
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  Atlas Network strengthens a worldwide freedom movement of more than 450 partners in 95 countries. Learn about these partners' accomplishments and how network effects create a movement that is even greater than the sum of its partners.
10:15 a.m. John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  You will be the judge for our annual John Blundell Elevator Pitch competition! Over 20 participants from Think Tank MBA -- 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. At stake are serious bragging rights as well as special cash prizes for top winners, in the name of Atlas Network's late board member John Blundell. 
  Moderator: Cindy Cerquitella, Atlas Network (United States)
11:00 a.m. Breakout: The Direction of Freedom in Latin America
  Location: Brickell Ballroom (Lobby Level)
  The model of 21st Century Socialism that Hugo Chavez championed is in flames in Venezuela.  At the same time, Chile -- long held up as an example of economic freedom -- has seen backsliding. Which way are key countries in Latin America headed and how can Atlas Network partners turn the tide in the direction of freedom?  
  Moderator: Rodolfo Milani, Dominick & Dominick (United States)
  • Gabriel Calzada, Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala)
  • Jose Pinera, Cato Institute (United States)
  • Leonardo Brito, Bastiat Society of Venezuela (Venezuela)
  • Rodrigo Constantino, Instituto Liberal (Brazil)
  Breakout: The Direction of Freedom in Europe
  Location: Bayfront B (Lobby Level)
  The European project is being stressed by economic and political tensions. To what extent is Euro-skepticism healthy, and to what extent has it been hijacked by illiberal forces? How will Brexit play out in the months ahead and what will be the ripple effects of Britain’s example?  
  Moderator: Zilvinas Silenas, Lithuania Free Market Institute (Lithuania)
  • 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
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  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.
  Moderators: Matt Warner, Atlas Network (United States)
2:00 p.m. -  
  6:00 p.m. Unconference, Sponsored by EdChoice
  Location: Bayfront A (Lobby Level)
  You are invited to be a part of an exciting feature of Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum program - called "Unconference" - which brings a workshop atmosphere to the traditional policy conference. Rather than listening to lectures, attendees and presenters work together with the help of trained facilitators to take think tank projects to new levels of ambition and effectiveness.  
  You can help shape new and exciting projects being presented by:
  • Robert Enlow, EdChoice
  • Patrick Mardini, LIMS
  • Jared Meyer, Manhattan Institute
  • Nicki Neily, Franklin Center
  • Ayesha Bilal, PRIME
  • Maryan Zablotskyy, UEFF
  • Cindy Cerquitella, Atlas Network
  • Paul McCarthy, Mannkal Foundation
  • Roberto Gomides, Instituto Liberal
  • Scott Hodge, Tax Foundation
2:15 p.m. Breakout: New Zealand - A Policy Reform Case Study
  Location: Brickell Ballroom (Lobby Level)
  How did New Zealand transform itself from a bankrupt basket-case to an exemplar of economic freedom? This is the subject of a new Free To Choose Network documentary, “Trailblazers: The New Zealand Story” and a case study by Bill Freeza for UFM/Antigua Forum, “New Zealand’s Far Reaching Reforms.”  In this special session, you will learn from those who were leading actors in New Zealand’s transformation, and you will meet with up-and-coming Kiwis who aim to protect and extend this legacy.
  Moderator: Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas Network (United States)
  • Sir Roger Douglas, New Zealand Minister of Finance (1984-88)
  • Ruth Richardson, New Zealand Minister of Finance (1990-93)
  • Alan Gibbs, Gibbs Institute (New Zealand)
  • David Seymour, New Zealand Parliament 
  Breakout: Ask Freedom's Funders
  Location: Bayfront B (Lobby Level)
  This Atlas Leadership Academy 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!
  Moderator: Michel Kelly-Gagnon, Montreal Economic Institute (Canada)
  • Daniel Green, John Templeton Foundation (United States)
  • Lawson Bader, DonorsTrust (United States)
  • Eveline Mumenthaler, Rising Tide Foundation (Switzerland)
3:45 p.m. Breakout: Victories for Liberty
  Location: Brickell Ballroom (Lobby Level)
  An Atlas Network program sponsored by John Templeton Foundation has our team working with institutes around the world to advance concrete reforms that will bring upticks in measurements of economic freedom. This session offers a progress report on this work, with inspiring examples from around the world. 
  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)
  Breakout: Better Branding for the Freedom Movement
  Location: Bayfront B (Lobby Level)
  You're a think tank, not a brand, right? Wrong.
  This session will show why branding is fundamental to every business and every organisation – and why some brands are much more valuable than the products they actually make.
And it’ll reveal the things you can do to identify, create and build your own brand – without paying agency prices!
  • Glynn Brailsford, Institute of Economic Affairs (United Kingdom)
  • Daniel Anthony, Atlas Network (United States)
5:00 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m. Atlas Club Briefing with John Stossel (by invitation only)
  Location: Trainon (Second Level)
6:00 p.m. General Reception
  Location: Versailles Foyer (Second Level)
7:00 p.m. Liggio Lecture Dinner
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  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 Larry White (George Mason University).  Prior to dinner, we bestow a special Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award on Bob Chitester, founding president of Free To Choose Network.
  Sunday, September 25, 2016
9:00 a.m. Breakfast Program: Self-Control or State Control? You Decide
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  • Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas Network (United States)
10:30 a.m. Breakout: The Direction of Freedom in the U.S.A.
  Location: Brickell Ballroom (Lobby Level)
  Election seasons tend to be dispiriting to those who see politicians’ promises as threats to their wallets and their freedoms. Do freedom’s champions in the U.S. have reasons for optimism if we look beyond November’s elections?  How might the freedom movement win more converts among new and young audiences?
  Moderator: John Stossel, Fox Business Network (United States)
  • Matt Kibbe, FreeThePeople (United States)
  • Jennifer Grossman, Atlas Society (United States)
12:00 p.m. Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award Luncheon / Announcement of the Templeton Freedom Award Finalists
  Location: Versailles Ballroom (Second Level)
  You won’t want to miss the grand finale to Liberty Forum! Incoming Atlas Network Board Chair Linda Whetstone 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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