This schedule is tentative. Please check back for updates.

       Wednesday  Wednesday, November 7, 2018
8:00 AM Registration Opens
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)
  • Dr. Roberto Salinas León (Atlas Network Center for Latin America, Mexico) on "Business Leaders Must Stop Being Pro-Business, But Rather Pro-Market"
  • Dr. Tom G. Palmer (Atlas Network) on "Doing Development Differently"
  • Souad Adnane (The Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies, Morocco) on "Challenges of Advancing Liberty in the Arab World"
  • Martin Ågerup (Center for Political Studies (CEPOS), Denmark) on "Inequality and Income Mobility"
  • Ma Junjie (Unirule Institute of Economics, China) on "Defender of the Market of Ideas in China"
11:30 AM Lights, Camera, Liberty Luncheon and Film Festival
  Highlighting the best video storytelling work among our grantees, this lunch will feature three compelling short videos that have reached large audiences and made a difference for the cause of liberty.
  Master of Ceremonies: Daniel Anthony (Atlas Network)
  Lights, Camera, Liberty Film Festival Award Finalists:
  • Becket
  • Canadian Taxpayers Federation
  • Libertad y Desarrollo
12:45 PM   Great Communicators Tournament 
  In partnership with Think Freely Media, this competition represents the final round of sport among liberty advocates who will inspire you with their words.
  Master of Ceremonies: John Tillman (Illinois Policy Institute, USA)
  • Gerry Ohrstrom
  • Deroy Murdock
  • Matt Kibbe
  • Manuel Martin
  • Laura Williams
  • Peter Lipsett
2:00 PM Concurrent Sessions
  How I Fight for Freedom in an Unfree World
  Think tank leaders 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)
  • Dr. Bican Şahin (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- Croatian 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 Liggio Lecture Dinner 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 in under 60 seconds to an audience of peers and supporters who will vote to see who wins the prize!
  Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips (Atlas Network)
  Liggio Lecturer: Dr. Alejandro Chafuen (Acton Institute, USA)
  Thursday, November 8, 2018
8:00 AM Registration Opens
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)
10:30 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.
  Introduction by: Nikolaos Monoyios (Atlas Network)
  Moderator: Edward Stringham (American Institute for Economic Research, USA)
  • Jeffrey Tucker (American Institute for Economic Research, USA)
  • Peter Earle (American Institute for Economic Research, USA)  
  • 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.
  Introduction by: Linda Edwards (Atlas Network)
  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)
  Announcement of 2018 Smith Student Outreach Award Winner: Debbi Gibbs (Atlas Network)
  • Agustín Etchebarne (Libertad y Progreso, Argentina)
  • Patrick McLaughlin (The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, USA)
  • Zoran Löw (Lipa — Croatian 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
  All You've Ever Wanted to know about 
  Planned Giving (Sponsored by DonorsTrust)
  Join DonorsTrust CEO Lawson Bader and CFO Jeff Zysik as they go through the ins and outs of planned giving, tax law, and why it's important to have your estate in place. How will your charitable intentions be managed after your lifetime?  Perhaps more importantly, will they be managed in accordance with your principles?
  Introduction: Stephanie Lips (DonorsTrust, USA)
  • Lawson Bader (DonorsTrust, USA)
  • Jeff Zysik (DonorsTrust, USA)
  Unleashing the Future: Think Tanks and the Global 
  Biotechnology Revolution in Energy, Agriculture
  and Health (Sponsored by BIO)
  Breakthroughs in biotechnology promise a future of clean, renewable energy, more productive agriculture, and cures for previously intractable diseases. Unfortunately, protectionist trade policies and restrictive regulations stand in the way of bringing these benefits to many of the countries that need them the most. The creativity of think tanks is urgently needed to reshape the policy environment and make the fruits of biotechnological innovation available to everyone. Panelists will address the scientific and policy challenges that must be addressed to allow innovation to flourish, and highlight possible areas for think tank research.
  Moderator: Dr. Barbara Kolm (Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute and Austrian Economics Center, Austria)
  • Matthias Bauer (European Center for International Political Economy, Belgium)
  • Justin Duarte Pine (Biotechnology Innovation Organization, USA)
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 Dr. 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 Network's 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 and Founder of

  Master of Ceremonies: Brad Lips (Atlas Network)
  Tribute to the late Andrea Rich: Dr. Tom G. Palmer
  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)
  • Joan Carter (UM Holdings Ltd., 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)
  Announcement of the 2018 Templeton Freedom Award: Chris Stewart (Templeton Religion Trust, Bahamas)
       Friday  Friday, November 9, 2018
10:30 AM Central Park Tour - Tickets Purchased Separately
   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.
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