Mexico City-based IPEA (Agora Institute for Strategic Thinking) was named one of eight finalists for this year’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award for its campaign “One Million Youth for Liberty and Responsibility in Mexico”. The campaign was started to address barriers to freedom throughout Mexico and has produced a growing network of more than 155,000 young leaders in more than 20 cities across Mexico.
IPEA President Armando Regil Velasco said, “We are optimistic because we know the future is not written. We are free to choose and we choose Freedom as the right and necessary condition to pursuit our happiness and our dreams, to be a generation of responsible citizens in a country where the Rule of Law should prevail. We want to live in a more free and prosperous México, this is the reason we are working so hard empowering our generation to innovate, create new opportunities and provide policy solutions to face our biggest challenges.”
The campaign is based on a bottom-up strategy that allows the regional groups to affect changes in their own cities. The campaign played a critical role on the federal level in achieving the Law of Citizen’s Initiative being passed, which will ultimately empower civil society and strengthen rule of law throughout Mexico. The campaign was also instrumental in influencing other reforms in Mexico such as reforms to the telecommunications, education, and labor sectors.
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 award is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust and will be presented during Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner gala dinner ceremony Nov. 13, 2014 in New York City. The winning organization will receive a $100,000 prize and the runners-up will receive $5,000.
The 2014 Templeton Freedom Award Finalists are:
Acton Institute: Acton University
CEPOS (Center For Political Studies): Private Property Project
Civismo: Low Taxes Campaign for Spain Campaign
Foundation For Government Accountability: Initiative to Limit Medicaid Expansion
Goldwater Institute: Education Savings Accounts
Illinois Policy Institute: Stopping an Unfair Progressive Income Tax
IPEA: One Million Youth for Mexico Campaign
Lithuanian Free Market Institute: Municipal Performance Index
The 2013 Templeton Freedom Award winner and finalists can be found here.
For media inquiries about the 2014 Templeton Freedom Award, contact Daniel Anthony.