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HARNESSING AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT POST-PANDEMIC

August 7, 2020

Investing in women’s economic opportunities is good business for all, because when more women work, economies grow. However, limited information and data exist on how countries are progressing on the issue and many global economic indices have failed to account for gender discrimination, leading to an incomplete picture of the opportunities available to women in many low- and middle-income countries.

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HOW TO TELL BETTER STORIES ABOUT FREEDOM AND HUMAN DIGNITY—CHARLIE FRITSCHNER AND AJ SKIERA

August 4, 2020

In a long-form episode, Charlie Fritschner, executive producer at Thatch Films, and Atlas Network's AJ Skiera look back on the Poverty & Freedom film project and how, by telling individual stories, it has so effectively communicated the human impact that free-market reforms provide. Charlie and AJ have created more than a dozen short films over the past two years across multiple continents and have proven that the best way to tell a story is to get yourself out of the way.

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CELEBRATING THE TRANSLATION OF “POVERTY & FREEDOM” INTO FIVE LANGUAGES

July 31, 2020

"Poverty & Freedom," edited by Atlas Network President Matt Warner, has been translated into French, Greek, Hindu, Spanish, and Ukrainian—an exciting step in empowering local leaders to employ local solutions to solve problems in their communities. The book offers first-hand examples of the positive impact pro-market think tanks have had in reducing poverty and improving the lives of people all over the world, and its translation ensures that its message will reach communities worldwide.

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MERCATUS CENTER WINS 2020 NORTH AMERICAN LIBERTY AWARD FOR WORK ON CERTIFICATE-OF-NEED REQUIREMENTS

July 30, 2020

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia has won the 2020 North America Liberty Award for their Equity Initiative for American Healthcare. Since 2016, the Mercatus Center has been researching and disseminating their findings on certificate-of-need (CON) requirements. CON laws force private healthcare providers to seek approval from state regulators to expand or purchase new equipment. Originally implemented in the 1960s and 1970s to prevent wasteful spending, CON laws have resulted in fewer healthcare services with lower quality and higher prices. The Mercatus Center will receive a prize of $30,000 to continue their good work to increase human flourishing in the United States.

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THE PANDEMIC COULD BE THE CRISIS LIBERALISM NEEDED

July 29, 2020 | by Dr. Tom G. Palmer and Matt Warner

The world may be reaching a dangerous inflection point for liberalism. According to the latest reports from Freedom House, over the last 15 years the share of unfree countries in the world has risen while the share of free countries has dropped. Today, government deficits are spiking in response to the public’s demand for intervention to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and some warn that authoritarian leaders are seizing the opportunity to expand their control.

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EP 204. THE FREE SPEECH BATTLE HAS LEFT COLLEGE. THE EVOLUTION OF CANCEL CULTURE—GREG LUKIANOFF

July 28, 2020

For years the discussion about free speech, safe spaces, and open debate centered around universities and college campuses. But now the fight for open exchange has left the classroom and entered the workplace. Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), explains how "cancel culture" is a natural consequence of student-led initiatives to restrict free speech, describes the state of free speech on college campuses, and discusses his prophetic book "The Coddling of the American Mind," coauthored by Jonathan Haidt.

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LIBERTY ROADSHOW TAKES THE MESSAGE OF OPEN MARKETS TO VENEZUELA’S INTERIOR

July 23, 2020

Centro de Divulgación del Conocimiento Económico para la Libertad (CEDICE) has been working to improve the lives of Venezuelans by supporting grassroots movements, leaders, and youth. The organization engages with Venezuelan citizens by encouraging them to read literature that discusses the power of liberalism with their Liberty Roadshow project. As awareness has spread, calls for change have become increasingly common amongst citizens, and even people that are not involved in Venezuelan policy have reached out to CEDICE to receive a copy of Center for Latin America Associate Director Antonella Marty’s book, Capitalism: An Antidote Against Poverty. The book has received plenty of media exposure, having been widely discussed on TV, radio, and online outlets. Marty wrote about her journey through Venezuela in the Spring 2020 Issue of Freedom’s Champion.

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EP 203. THE PAN-AFRICAN STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM IN THE 21ST CENTURY—IBRAHIM ANOBA

July 21, 2020

What are the barriers that prevent many African countries from economic growth? Ibrahim Anoba, managing editor of AfricanLiberty.org explains how the online publication is providing resources for Africans to promote liberty in their countries, tells his story of encountering the values of classical liberalism, and explores the similar struggles experienced by all peoples of Africa (Pan-Africanism).

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AFGHANISTAN ECONOMIC AND LEGAL STUDIES ORGANIZATION MAKES AN INTERNATIONAL IMPACT

July 20, 2020

Originally launched in 2015, the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO)’s Silk Road Station continues to promote the values of a free society through 39 radio programs. The station includes eight weekly programs in English, Dari, and Pashto, and it surpassed 600,000 listeners in 2019 from Iran, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan and from other countries.

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CENTRE FOR POLICY STUDIES' FIGHTS TO CUT TAX THRESHOLD IN UK

July 17, 2020

Britons will have more money in their pockets as the result of a new government policy to increase the National Insurance threshold. The United Kingdom’s Conservative Party is implementing a policy recommendation put forward by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), an Atlas Network partner based in London, that will make it easier for small businesses and employees to thrive.

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OMINIRATV LAYS THE GROUNDWORK FOR LIBERAL REFORMS IN NIGERIA AND GHANA

July 14, 2020

The Ominira Initiative for Economic Advancement has successfully launched its OminiraTV project with the goal of educating and empowering people to share solutions to economic problems across Nigeria and Ghana. This project focuses on providing the African people with a platform to learn about new ideas through research and advocacy by creating 48 short videos and one documentary.

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EP 202. HOW TO MESSAGE LIBERTY AND THE FREE MARKET TO GEN Z—RICHARD LORENC OF FEE

July 14, 2020

How do you promote ideas like the free market, the importance of property rights, and the power of individual liberty to Generation Z? Richard Lorenc, executive vice president for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), explains how FEE successfully presents the case for freedom to young people of all political orientations (conservative, liberal, and libertarian) through targeted storytelling and appeals to overlapping values. Hear Richard explain how FEE started this journey and the advice he has on getting the right message to the right audience.

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BENDUKIDZE FREE MARKET CENTER'S FILM PROJECT SEEKS TO MAKE LIBERALISM MAINSTREAM FOR UKRAINIAN YOUTH

July 9, 2020

The Bendukidze Free Market Center (BFMC), an Atlas Network partner in Ukraine, held a contest and workshop aimed at equipping young people with skills needed to create liberty-themed videos. The competition consisted of three stages; the first was an elevator pitch in which the contestants discussed what policy area they would like to cover, the second was a two-day training in Kyiv, and the third was a presentation of the finalized plan in front of six jurors.

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TELLING THE INSPIRING STORY OF POVERTY TO PROSPERITY IN TENNESSEE

July 9, 2020

The Beacon Center of Tennessee—an Atlas Network partner based in Nashville—is driving a storytelling campaign, Poverty to Prosperity, to reduce generational webs of poverty throughout the state. The campaign highlights the true grit and perseverance it takes for people to disentangle themselves from welfare programs and move to financial independence in Tennessee. Poverty to Prosperity has proved to be successful, reaching over 2.6 million residents and gaining the attention of key lawmakers.

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