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9 UNCONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS LEAVE WITH ACTIONABLE ITEMS

September 29, 2016

Do you think that Sharpies and Post-it Notes are normal, everyday office supplies? Not the nine project presenters of this year’s inspirational Unconference, sponsored by EdChoice, part of Atlas Network’s 2016 Liberty Forum. Unconference brings a workshop atmosphere to the traditional policy conference — aggregating the wisdom of crowds and bringing together insight and feedback from other think tank professionals from around the globe. With the help of trained facilitators, attendees and presenters work together within this innovative format to take think tank projects to new levels of ambition and effectiveness.

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TOP TEN MOMENTS OF #LIBERTYFORUM2016

September 26, 2016

Every year Liberty Forum inspires and rejuvenates the individuals in the worldwide freedom movement, and this past weekend was more inspirational than ever. More than anything, there was a palpable connectedness among our partners, our supporters, and various friends and family members. With 58 countries represented, Liberty Forum was jam packed with the energy of the John Blundell Elevator Pitch Competition, the emotions of the Lights, Camera, Liberty! Film Festival, the inspiration from the breakout sessions, the countless personal moments between old friends and new, and so much more. There is no way to truly capture everything that happened in one summary, so instead we compiled a list of our top 10 favorite moments to give you a glimpse inside this year's Liberty Forum.

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MANHATTAN INSTITUTE WINS 2016 SIR ANTONY FISHER INTERNATIONAL MEMORIAL AWARD

September 25, 2016

The Manhattan Institute has been awarded this year’s $10,000 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for the book Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young (Encounter Books, 2015), by Manhattan Institute scholars Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Jared Meyer. The award was presented at Atlas Network’s 2016 Liberty Forum in Miami.

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THINK TANKS IN ISRAEL, LITHUANIA, SWEDEN, U.S. NAMED 2016 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD FINALISTS

September 24, 2016

Atlas Network is pleased to present the six finalists for the 2016 Templeton Freedom Award. The award is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust and will be presented during Atlas Network’s Freedom Dinner on Nov. 10 in New York City at the historic Capitale. The winning organization will receive a $100,000 prize, and the five additional finalists will receive $25,000 prizes.

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GOLDWATER INSTITUTE NAMED FINALIST FOR 2016 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

September 24, 2016

The cruel coldness of bureaucracy is never more apparent than when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps potentially life-saving drugs out of reach of terminally ill patients, even after deeming them safe. The Goldwater Institute, based in Phoenix, Ariz., is driving a new national conversation around access to treatments for the terminally ill with its Right to Try Initiative, which has been named one of six finalists for this year’s prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award. With this initiative, the Goldwater Institute is forcing movement on policies that promote the access to a fundamental but overlooked human right: the right to save your own life.

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CENTRE FOR JUSTICE NAMED FINALIST FOR 2016 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

September 24, 2016

When government violates the individual and economic liberties of entrepreneurs in Sweden, the Stockholm-based Centre for Justice (Centrum för rättvisa) fights back by defending the dreams of these entrepreneurs in court. The organization’s Litigating for Liberty project has been named one of six finalists for this year’s prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award. The Centre for Justice has won landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights, and has a perfect record — 14 out of 14 victories — before the Swedish Supreme Court. Its victories have required trade unions to be held liable for property damages, set precedent for government liability when it violates rights guaranteed by the Swedish Constitution, protected business owners from double jeopardy prosecutions, and more.

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FIRE NAMED FINALIST FOR 2016 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

September 24, 2016

Nearly half of America’s colleges and universities maintain blatantly unconstitutional speech codes, which are the draconian and illiberal policies that administrators use to silence unpopular and inconvenient speech on campus. That’s why Philadelphia-based FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) is fighting back with its Legislative and Policy Project, which has been named one of six finalists for this year’s prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award.

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ISRAEL CENTER FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PROGRESS NAMED FINALIST FOR 2016 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

September 24, 2016

Despite more than 30 years of economic reforms that have helped transform Israel, its economy remains saddled with bureaucracy and regulation that make life difficult and expensive. The economic reform campaign developed by the Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress (ICSEP), based in Mevaseret Zion, has been named one of six finalists for this year’s prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award. Through its campaign, ICSEP has designed and enacted an array of successful reforms that include reducing the tax and bureaucratic burden for small businesses, breaking the banking industry’s credit card duopoly, scaling back duty fees, and liberalizing import laws so that goods and services are less expensive for families.

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