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2017 LIGHTS, CAMERA, LIBERTY FINALISTS NAMED FROM NEPAL, IDAHO, ARGENTINA

October 19, 2017

The Lights, Camera, Liberty! program is a grant and training opportunity that Atlas Network offers to U.S. and international partners, helping organizations transform the way they market messages through online video. This year’s winner will be announced at Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner, November 7-8, 2017. The three finalists for 2017 are Bikalpa, an Alternative; the Idaho Freedom Foundation; and Libertad y Progreso.

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ALUMNI IN FOCUS: PATRICK MARDINI

October 18, 2017

“People in Lebanon suffer from an average of 12 hours of rolling blackouts every day,” said Patrick Mardini, founder and president of the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS). “It’s not reasonable to make illegal the production of a service that people need,” said an entrepreneur he recently met. Mardini is tackling this problem head-on, and is Atlas Network’s latest Alumni in Focus.

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A LOOK BACK AT 2017’S REGIONAL LIBERTY AWARDS

October 17, 2017

Made possible by a generous grant from The John Templeton Foundation, Atlas Network brings together friends of the worldwide freedom movement in Regional Liberty Forums to learn from one another how to effectively advance free societies, the rule of law, free enterprise, and protections of private property.

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IEE CASE STUDY BOASTS LATIN AMERICA’S SUPER BOWL OF LIBERALISM

October 13, 2017

What started as a handful of young entrepreneurs gathering 200 people in an auditorium has evolved into a convention unlike any other, spanning six days of events with an attendance of over 6,000. And now, the Instituto de Estudos Empresariais’s Fórum da Liberdade has become Latin America’s Super Bowl of Liberalism.

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LFMI WINS BIG ON POLICY TO BENEFIT CONSUMERS, LIMIT EXCESSIVE GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE IN LITHUANIA

October 13, 2017

The creation and expansion of inefficient municipal enterprises in Lithuania puts economic strain on the taxpayers who have to support them, and hinders the development of innovations that could improve upon the services they offer. That’s why the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) worked diligently to champion a policy requiring that any proposed establishment or expansion of a municipal enterprise be presented to a Lithuanian Competition Council. Now, before a proposal is confirmed, the Council must determine if the new enterprise is already provided by the market or could be more efficiently delivered by the private sector.

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A LOOK BACK AT 2017’S REGIONAL THINK TANK SHARK TANK COMPETITIONS

October 13, 2017

The Think Tank Shark Tank competition at Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner has been a hallmark of the event for several years. There, three graduates of the Atlas Leadership Academy compete before a panel of judges for a $25,000 grand prize in a showcase of the worldwide freedom movement’s most exciting new projects. This year’s competition will take place during Freedom Dinner, on Nov. 8 at the historic Capitale in New York City.

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THINK TANK SHARK TANK WINNER TAKES ON BUSINESS REGULATIONS IN MALAYSIA

October 13, 2017

Regulations on businesses and business owners are on the rise in Malaysia. Small businesses struggle to survive in such an environment, where there are a constant imposition of taxes and a continued difficulty of navigating the existing regulations as new ones are implemented. The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)’s Tricia Yeoh was this year’s Think Tank Shark Tank — Asia competition winner for her project on identifying the effects of bad business regulations on Malaysian entrepreneurs.

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