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EUROPE LIBERTY FORUM 2017 COVERS SOPHISTICATED MESSAGING, AUTHORITARIAN POPULISM, LAND REFORM

September 22, 2017

During Europe Liberty Forum 2017, 134 of Europe’s best and brightest – representing 34 countries – gathered to celebrate wins, share inspirational stories, and brainstorm how to continue to break down barriers to prosperity and opportunity in the region. Sponsored by Atlas Network with organizing host the Hungary-based Free Market Foundation the conference took place September 21-22 in Budapest. The setting of this year’s forum added heightened importance to the topics discussed because of Hungary’s historical and current struggle with protecting individual rights. Major sponsorship for the event was generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation, Smith Family Foundation, and Freda Utley Foundation.

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PETAR ČEKEREVAC’S LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT FOR SERBIA WINS 2017 EUROPE THINK TANK SHARK TANK COMPETITION

September 22, 2017

The winner of the Europe Think Tank Shark Tank competition is Petar Čekerevac – executive manager of Libertarian Club Libek in Serbia – for his organization’s proposed Lighthouse Outlet project to establish an online media outlet bringing together the brightest libertarian minds of Serbia. The proposed online platform will serve Serbian thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and future leaders and will give a voice to freedom loving intellectuals in the hope of ending the echo chamber of political discourse that currently exists in Serbia.

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THINK TANK LEADERS GATHER IN BUDAPEST TO PUSH FOR INNOVATION IN FREEDOM ADVOCACY

September 21, 2017

One of the improvised strongholds during Hungary's anti-Soviet revolution in October 1956 was the Corvin cinema in central Budapest. Here, ordinary citizens joined hometown soldiers in a spontaneous attempt to take back their government. More recently, the site served as a memorable stop and cause for reflection for a gathering of think tank CEOs from the United States and Europe in Atlas Network’s annual CEO Summit.

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UEFF’S WORK TO ABOLISH BAN ON SALE OF AGRICULTURAL LAND IN UKRAINE WINS 2017 EUROPE LIBERTY AWARD

September 21, 2017

A major spectacle accompanied UEFF’s submission of a constitutional complaint to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, which was signed by 55 People’s Deputies (Members of Ukrainian Parliament). Two UEFF founders – Maryan Zablotskyy and Sergiy Fursa – publicly submitted the complaint to the Constitutional Court, joined by People’s Deputy Oleksiy Mushak, a close friend of UEFF (link in Ukrainian).

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HOW TO USE BREXIT AS AN EXAMPLE FOR FUTURE POLICY CHANGES

September 20, 2017

In 2016, the United Kingdom surprised the world by deciding to leave the European Union. Campaign victories like that don’t come out of nowhere. Behind the scenes teams engage audiences, navigate policy discussions, work with the press, and debate difficult topics. The most adept ultimately change opinions and win.

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STOP PITCHING THE PROGRAMS, START PITCHING THE MEANING

September 20, 2017

Nonprofit think tanks are dependent upon the generous support of donors to accomplish their mission. It can be very challenging for think tanks to identify, cultivate, and successfully pitch high-level donors —the type of donors who will invest in the think tank’s vision and provide the transformational gifts that could help create real impact.

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PIONEER INSTITUTE’S NEXT STOP: A FIRST-CLASS TRANSIT SYSTEM

September 18, 2017 | by Austin Skiera

The Boston area’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA or the T) serves 1.3 million commuters who rely on the system to get to work each day. Institutional and operational issues led to the system’s virtual shut down for several weeks in early 2015, leaving thousands of riders in the lurch and taking a devastating toll on the regional economy. This prompted Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, an Atlas Network partner based in Boston, to take action by offering actionable, commonsense reforms to the MBTA’s finances, governance, and operations in order to bring costs under control, improve efficiency, and enhance performance and reliability.

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