Michael Carnuccio, of E Foundation for Oklahoma ; John Tillman, of Illinois Policy Institute; Jon Caldera, of Independence Institute; and Robert Alt, of The Buckeye Institute stand on the symbolic bridge to democracy which represents the complicated history of Hungary's march toward freedom.
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.
Lessons from that poignant time in history informed this year's Transatlantic CEO Summit where think tank leaders convened in Budapest prior to Europe Liberty Forum to workshop their bold new plans for increasing liberty on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean next year.
"We prioritize this event precisely because we have learned that talented think tank leaders draw so much inspiration and motivation primarily from equally talented peers," explained Brad Lips, Atlas Network's CEO, at the conclusion of the Summit. "We know that when we push each other innovation is often the result."
Think Tank CEOs visit Corvin cinema – a historic site of Hungarian resistance to the Soviet Union during the revolution of 1956 – to reflect ahead of Europe Liberty Forum.
"I am now energized and even more motivated to go back to my office to try some of the new ideas I came up with during the invaluable workshop discussions," explained Svetla Kostadinova, CEO of Institute of Market Economics in Bulgaria.
Pictured left to right: Martin Agerup, CEPOS, Denmark; Terry Kibbe, Free the People, United States; Brad Lips, Atlas Network, United States; Joe Lehman, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, United States.
"The impact of this year's Transatlantic CEO summit will pay off for years to come, both in Europe and the US,” said John Tillman, CEO of Illinois Policy Institute. “Rather than esoteric policy discussions, we dug into the nuts and bolts of leadership, management, strategy, innovation and fundraising. The Atlas Network team changed the format this year to ensure that every CEO participated by presenting, by critiquing, by creating, and by mutual mentorship. We all had the joy of seeing, right before our eyes, the growth we each had experienced over the past couple of years – growth in thinking big, growth in resources, and most importantly, growth in impact. Sacrificing a week is a real cost, but the ROI has been enormous."