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INDIGENOUS ENTREPRENEURS THRIVE IN CHILE

January 19, 2018

For decades, the Mapuche indigenous community has been at war with the Chilean state. When the region of Araucanía was annexed by Chile in the 19th century, Mapuche lands were expropriated by the state. Venancio Coñuepan – founder and executive director of Fundación Chile Intercultural, an Atlas Network partner based in Temuco, Chile – argues that government intervention has hindered the Mapuche community’s progress. His organization’s Indigenous Private Enterprise project seeks to show the history of indigenous people who overcame adversity and legal pitfalls to engage and thrive in private enterprise and to spur a change in the status quo that continues to support the legal barriers to prosperity and opportunity.

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ATLAS NETWORK HIRES DR. LYALL SWIM AS NEW DIRECTOR OF TRAINING

January 19, 2018

Atlas Network is excited to announce that Dr. Lyall Swim joined the organization this January as Director of Training. In Dr. Swim’s role he will lead and manage the growth of Atlas Network’s robust suite of training and leadership development opportunities for our more than 475 partners in over 90 countries.

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LATIN AMERICAN ‘FREEDOM UNIVERSITY’ TRAVELS TO BOLIVIA

January 17, 2018

Since 2008, the Instituto Político para la Libertad Perú (Political Institute for Freedom Peru or IPL) has organized and hosted an annual leadership training program for exceptional youth leaders committed to democracy and basic freedoms, originally focused only on Peru but having since expanded to encompass Latin America more broadly. The program – Universidad de la Libertad (Freedom University or UDL) – has become a highly-regarded Latin American youth training program, with past participants coming from a handful of countries in Latin America & the Caribbean.

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THE YOUNG AFRICAN SCHOLARS COLLOQUIUM, OCTOBER 2017

January 16, 2018 | by Linda Whetstone

Last year I had the pleasure of attending the Young African Scholars Colloquium, which took place in Nairobi in October. It was a new initiative of Network for a Free Society (NFS), generously supported by the Goodrich Foundation, to give younger colleagues in Sub-Saharan Africa the opportunities afforded to those in other parts of the world by the Liberty Fund to foster thought and encourage discourse on enduring issues pertaining to liberty. The organizing theme of the colloquium was an Introduction to Liberty, Social Thinking and Constitutional Government.

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LATIN AMERICA THINK TANK ESSENTIALS TRAINING FOCUSES ON REVITALIZATION

January 9, 2018

Every year, Atlas Network holds a Latin America Think Tank Essentials training, which focuses on providing new think tanks in the region with the tools to establish or revitalize their organizations. With the help of instructors from Contribuyentes por Respeto, Libertad y Desarrollo, and the Archbridge Institute, 13 think tank staffers spent four days in November 2017 in Santiago, Chile, refining their business plans and discussing strategies for strengthening their operations. The following three participants share their workshop experiences and discuss the main challenges that their organizations face.

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IN MEMORIAM: GEORGE M. YEAGER, 1934-2017

January 8, 2018 | by Dr. Tom G. Palmer

Some in the liberty movement, but especially those in New York, may remember a tall, quiet, dignified gentleman who economized on words and often preferred to solicit the opinions of others over advancing his own. His name was George M. Yeager and he will be seen no longer. He left us on December 31 of last year, after dealing patiently and stoically with a variety of ailments.  

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BUILDING A BETTER BUSINESS-ENABLING ENVIRONMENT IN UKRAINE

January 2, 2018

Andriy Shpakov is the executive director of EasyBusiness, a Ukrainian think tank, whose mission is to create a better environment for business operation and economic growth. Shpakov has a background in finance and business analysis, and during the last three years he has advised the Ukrainian government on how to develop a deregulation strategy and improve Ukraine’s position on the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking. Shpakov gave Atlas Network a little glimpse into Ukraine’s current political climate and what EasyBusiness is doing to spread the message of freedom in Ukraine, in light of an upcoming Atlas Network event in New York City on January 10.

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