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November 15, 2017

Here are some of the best photos from this year's Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner — the most inspirational freedom event of the year! Special thanks to the Smith Family Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Templeton Religion Trust, & the rest of our generous sponsors for making Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner possible.

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CONTEXT, CONTINUITY, AND TRUTH: THEORY, HISTORY, AND POLITICAL ECONOMY

November 9, 2017 | by Peter J. Boettke

It is a great honor for me to give the Liggio Lecture here at Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum. Leonard Liggio truly was the Ambassador of Liberty throughout his amazing career. He was also a great friend and mentor to many of us in this room. My first interactions with Leonard were through the Institute for Humane Studies in the early 1980s, and as a teacher, and as a mentor.

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[MEDIA ALERT] IMCO'S ANTICORRUPTION REFORM INITIATIVE FOR MEXICO WINS 2017 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

November 9, 2017

Mexico City-based Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO) was selected as the winner of this year's prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award for its Anticorruption Reform Initiative for Mexico, 3for3 (also known as "3de3" or "tresdetres"), which created a credible, relevant, and effective anticorruption legal infrastructure for the first time in the history of modern Mexican democracy. The award, generously supported by the Templeton Religion Trust, was presented during Atlas Network's Freedom Dinner on Nov. 8 in New York City at the historic Capitale.

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INSTITUTO MEXICANO PARA LA COMPETITIVIDAD (IMCO) WINS 2017 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

November 8, 2017

For the first time in the history of modern Mexican democracy a credible, relevant, and effective anticorruption legal infrastructure exists. It holds Mexican politicians accountable and keeps them honest from the get-go, all thanks to Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO)’s revolutionary “3for3” campaign. As of July 18, 2017, it is required by law that every politician must publish his or her declarations of assets, taxes paid, and possible conflicts of interest. This comes as the result of an intensive two-year campaign launched and led by IMCO, in which they raised 634,143 signatures – five times the number required – to introduce the “3for3” (3de3) framework to the Mexican Congress for consideration of its passage into law. As a result of IMCO’s project, for the first time, corruption is categorized as a crime in Mexico. Mexico’s brand is intrinsically linked to corruption, but IMCO’s successful “3for3” campaign has given the people of Mexico hope that this might actually come to an end.

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ALEXANDRE PESEY OF INSTITUT DE FORMATION POLITIQUE WINS 2017 THINK TANK SHARK TANK COMPETITION

November 8, 2017

The winner of Atlas Network’s 2017 Think Tank Shark Tank competition is Alexandre Pesey, founder of Institut de Formation Politique (France), for his pitch to create a civic incubator (“The incubator Le Coquetier”) designed to identify, select, train, coach, and guide intellectual entrepreneurs across France. Through the project, the organization plans to incubate and grow 10 organizations to advance liberty in France.

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CCS PAVES WAY FOR EASE OF DOING BUSINESS REFORM IN INDIA

November 7, 2017

The New Delhi-based Centre for Civil Society (CCS) has been recognized, for its work reducing barriers to prosperity and opportunity in India, as the winner of Atlas Network’s $50,000 Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform (LIFE) Award. CCS has been driving a public dialogue on the improvement of India’s competitiveness and ease of doing business, and its role as a thought leader has propelled many associated policy wins. The LIFE award was a culmination of the three-year grant program offered to 16 Atlas Network partners. Of the 16, CCS was chosen as the winner of the $50,000 award. The LIFE grant program was made possible by the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation and several other supporters of Atlas Network.

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TIMBRO FINDS THAT SWEDEN TAX SYSTEM DOESN'T LET INDIVIDUALS FLOURISH

November 5, 2017

TIMBRO, an Atlas Network partner based in Stockholm, Sweden, recently released a video displaying the organization’s recent research study findings. This study compares the effective marginal tax rates for high-income earners in wealthy nations, and presents an analysis on the staggering results.

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SMITH FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: RAFAEL ACEVEDO

November 3, 2017

The Smith Fellowship, one of the hallmark programs of Atlas Leadership Academy, brings up-and-coming leaders from around the world to Washington, D.C., where they receive varied training in marketing, fundraising, management, and other relevant skills needed for getting nascent think tanks off the ground.

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TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD WINNERS & FINALISTS

October 31, 2017

Awarded since 2004, the Templeton Freedom Award is named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton. The award annually honors his legacy by identifying and recognizing the most exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment via free competition. The winner is awarded $100,000 and the other finalists are awarded $25,000. The award, generously supported by the Templeton Religion Trust, is presented annual during Atlas Network's Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner. Here are the past winners and finalists.

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[MEDIA ALERT] INSPIRATIONAL INT'L FREEDOM EVENT, LIBERTY FORUM & FREEDOM DINNER, NOV. 7-8 NYC

October 26, 2017

Meet the international faces of freedom at this year’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner. More than 70 speakers and 700 participants will come together in New York City, Nov 7-8, for the most inspirational international liberty event of the year. The event will feature hands-on workshops, a Crowdsource Liberty session that solicits expert knowledge and feedback in workshopping projects, and timely panels on poverty alleviation, populism, the role of think tanks in society, grassroots mobilization, and effective messaging and storytelling.

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2017 THINK TANK SHARK TANK CONTESTANTS ANNOUNCED FROM FRANCE, TURKEY, UNITED STATES

October 25, 2017

We are excited to announce the finalists of this year’s Think Tank Shark Tank competition, which is sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation and will be held during Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner on Nov. 7-8 in New York City. In Atlas Network’s Think Tank Shark Tank competition, three graduates of Atlas Network’s training program, Atlas Leadership Academy, compete in a showcase of the worldwide freedom movement's most exciting new projects. The winner, chosen by a panel of judges comprised of thought leaders in the industry, will receive a $25,000 prize in project seed-funding. The finalists are Alexandre Pesey (France), Melissa Mann (United States), and Bican Şahin (Turkey).

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CONTRIBUYENTES POR RESPETO IMPROVES PERU’S INFRASTRUCTURE BY UNLOCKING PRIVATE INVESTMENT

October 23, 2017

Contribuyentes por Respeto (CpR), an Atlas Network partner based out of Lima, has a solution for Peru’s crumbling infrastructure system. Its project, “Infraestructura Para Todo” (“Infrastructure for all”), advocates replacing state-run infrastructure organizations with Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) that can provide more reliable services to the people of Peru more efficiently than the current system.

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