Americans are more concerned about education quality than they are about poverty, foreign policy, terrorism, national security, race relations, the judicial system, and income inequality, according to a 2014 Gallup survey.
Public choice economics shows that the voluntary institutions of civil society are far better than the inefficient bureaucracy of government at solving social problems, but burdensome regulatory regimes often stifle alternatives like non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community service organizations (CSOs). Atlas Network partner Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Prosperity recently released its Index of Philanthropic Freedom at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) conference in Paris. This project, the first of its kind, measures and compares the legal incentives and barriers to philanthropic giving in 64 developed and developing countries.
Atlas Network founder Antony Fisher began his work in changing the climate of ideas 60 years ago, when he founded the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in England. In the ensuing decades, the IEA laid the intellectual groundwork that made fundamental free-market reforms possible in the United Kingdom during the Thatcher revolution.
Parth Shah, founding president of Atlas Network partner the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) in New Delhi, shared with the Atlas Network team a sneak peek into his upcoming Trendsetters NYC talk about eliminating threats to freedom in India. CCS advances social change in India through public policy, and its work in education, livelihood, and policy training promotes choice and accountability across the private and public sectors.
In June, Pope Francis addressed ecological issues through an encyclical — a letter to leaders throughout the Roman Catholic Church that comments on doctrinal issues. Atlas Network partner the Acton Institute addressed the document with contributions from several authors, including the institute’s president, Rev. Robert Sirico, who acknowledges that much of the document “poses a major challenge for free-market advocates,” but commends the pope for calling on experts to engage in “honest debate” about these issues.
As I write these lines, it is almost certain that Greece will default on its debt today, June 30. What led to such a disastrous situation? To understand, we must look back in time to the events leading up to and surrounding today’s expected default.
In much of the world, child labor is still the norm rather than a rare exception, so children in developing nations have far fewer opportunities to gain an education that would allow them to pursue a better life. A new crowdfunding campaign to support the development of low-cost community schools aims to help solve this problem in Indonesia by serving low-income families without realistic educational opportunities.
On Wednesday, July 1, at 2 p.m. EDT, Atlas Network hosted a one-hour webinar on "Greece at a crossroads: What is at stake, and what to expect", featuring Aristides Hatzis, the leading pro-reform expert on Greece and an associate professor of philosophy of law and theory of institutions at the University of Athens, to discuss Greece’s debt crisis and the urgency for finding a solution.