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SPREADING THE LIBERTY MESSAGE AT AIDEX

November 20, 2019

In November, Atlas Network's Matt Warner, Casey Pifer, and Vale Sloane joined hundreds of aid organizations in Brussels for the annual AidEx event. Billed as the global humanitarian and development event of the year, the conference attracts more than 2,500 visitors and a large presence from most of the major foreign aid agencies including USAID, GIS (Germany), and DFID (UK). All conference goers received a copy of Atlas Network's new book, "Poverty and Freedom: Case Studies in Global Economic Development," in their welcome bags prompting hundreds of visitors to Atlas Network's booth.

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2019 GLOBAL INFLUENCER SUMMIT KICKS OFF IN HISTORIC PENNSYLVANIA

November 15, 2019

Last weekend, a new cohort of think tank leaders gathered at Atlas Network’s first Global Influencer Summit in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania—a historic town in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The summit centered around key management and leadership topics for senior leaders of think tanks. Thirty participants, representing twenty different countries, had the opportunity to network, learn from each other, and brainstorm new strategic ideas.

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LIBERTY CHAMPIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD ATTEND LIBERTY FORUM & FREEDOM DINNER 2019

November 11, 2019

Sharing the message of liberty was a key theme of Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2019, which brought together more than 800 liberty champions from six continents for two days of conference sessions, networking, and building new opportunities for change around the world. The Foundation for Economic Freedom, located in Quezon City, Philippines, was awarded the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award for their work in land reform.

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ATLAS NETWORK’S U.S. INVESTORS SUMMIT FOR LIBERTY AWARDS $500,000 TO FREE-MARKET THINK TANKS

November 11, 2019

The Property and Environment Research Center and the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy were both awarded grants of $75,000 at Atlas Network’s inaugural U.S. Investors Summit for Liberty, which gave ten pre-selected, U.S.-based organizations a platform to compete for a total of $500,000 in general support funding. The ten organizations, dubbed “2020 Smart Bets,” because of their potential for success, pitched a small group of possible supporters on Friday, November 8 in New York City.

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FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC FREEDOM IN THE PHILIPPINES WINS 2019 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

November 7, 2019

The Foundation for Economic Freedom, an Atlas Network partner in Quezon City, Philippines, has won Atlas Network’s 2019 Templeton Freedom Award for their work to end restrictions on agricultural land patents, liberating billions of dollars in land values and potentially transforming the country’s entire agricultural sector. The award, which carries a cash prize of $100,000, was presented at Atlas Network’s gala Freedom Dinner on November 7.

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STUDENTS FOR LIBERTY BRAZIL WINS 2019 SMITH STUDENT OUTREACH AWARD

November 7, 2019

Students for Liberty Brazil has been named the winner of Atlas Network’s 2019 Smith Student Outreach Award for their Market Revolution project. “This is the boldest move our organization has ever made,” explained Andre Migliore Freo of SFL Brazil. The campaign was a multi-pronged strategy aimed at changing the public’s opinion of entrepreneurship, as well as educating policymakers on the benefits of legislation that supports business growth and free markets.

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CONNOR BOYACK WINS 2019 THINK TANK SHARK TANK COMPETITION

November 6, 2019

Atlas Network congratulates Connor Boyack for winning the 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank competition with their project blank. The ceremony was held during Atlas Network’s annual Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner. Think Tank Shark Tank offers three think tank leaders the opportunity to pitch exciting new projects to a panel of judges to win $25,000 in seed-funding for their project proposal. The 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank competition was held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square in Manhattan.

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AELSO MAKES INROADS IN AFGHANISTAN

November 1, 2019

Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO), an Atlas Network partner, is winning the battle of ideas in a very difficult part of the world. “Whenever someone participates in one of our events for the first time, we get a lot of criticism,” explained Khalid Ramizy, Executive Director of AELSO. “They say, ‘these values do not exist in our religion and culture.’ That is why our work is so important—to educate participants about the commonality between liberty and Islam.” AELSO has been working to draw that line since the organization was founded in 2009, and has since become one of the most influential think tanks in Afghanistan.

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VLADIMIR KONSTANTINOVICH BUKOVSKY: 1942 – 2019

October 28, 2019

A single name was enough to enrage powerful dictators: Bukovsky. Vladimir Bukovsky was a tower of strength, with the integrity never to buckle and the courage to endure. The word dissident barely suffices to describe him. He was interrogated and then expelled from university at 19 for attending illegal poetry readings and for criticizing Komsomol, the Young Communist League. In 1963 he was arrested for making two copies of Milovan Djilas’s work The New Class, which argued that communist states, far from eliminating class oppression, merely cemented the rule of a new class of party bureaucrats.

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ONLINE COURSE ON RULE OF LAW IS EDUCATING STUDENTS IN TURKEY AND AROUND THE WORLD

October 28, 2019

Freedom Research Association (FRA), an Atlas Network partner in Ankara, Turkey, has successfully operated a massive open online course about the rule of law and its importance. Known as ROLA MOOC, or Rule of Law Massive Online Open Course, the digital program is helping students deepen their understanding of the law and the importance of justice, and is also connecting young academics with the legal experts who helped FRA create and structure the course.

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CDE GREAT LAKES CHANGES ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE IN BURUNDI

October 18, 2019

Centre for Development and Entrepreneurship Great Lakes (CDE), an Atlas Network partner based in Burundi, recently launched two new programs: Great Lakes Academy, which seeks to influence the climate of ideas in Burundi, and the Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Academy, which is designed to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs. CDE hopes to use these new programs to change both public opinion and public policy.

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INDONESIAN FORUM SPARKS DISCUSSION ON MOBILE TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS

October 17, 2019

The Indonesian Institute, Center for Public Policy Research (TII) an Atlas Network partner working out of Jakarta, Indonesia, held a public discussion on August 6th, 2019 as part of “The Indonesian Forum” (TIF). TIF was designed as a way for TII to contribute to the policy process by creating an avenue for safe and honest discussion between both sides of various issues while simultaneously creating an opportunity to talk about individual freedom and human flourishing. To that end, the forums are opened by a discussion between government officials, who tend to favor regulations, and TII’s own pro-market experts.

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