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EUROPE LIBERTY FORUM 2017 COVERS SOPHISTICATED MESSAGING, AUTHORITARIAN POPULISM, LAND REFORM

September 22, 2017

During Europe Liberty Forum 2017, 134 of Europe’s best and brightest – representing 34 countries – gathered to celebrate wins, share inspirational stories, and brainstorm how to continue to break down barriers to prosperity and opportunity in the region. Sponsored by Atlas Network with organizing host the Hungary-based Free Market Foundation the conference took place September 21-22 in Budapest. The setting of this year’s forum added heightened importance to the topics discussed because of Hungary’s historical and current struggle with protecting individual rights. Major sponsorship for the event was generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation, Smith Family Foundation, and Freda Utley Foundation.

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PETAR ČEKEREVAC’S LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT FOR SERBIA WINS 2017 EUROPE THINK TANK SHARK TANK COMPETITION

September 22, 2017

The winner of the Europe Think Tank Shark Tank competition is Petar Čekerevac – executive manager of Libertarian Club Libek in Serbia – for his organization’s proposed Lighthouse Outlet project to establish an online media outlet bringing together the brightest libertarian minds of Serbia. The proposed online platform will serve Serbian thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and future leaders and will give a voice to freedom loving intellectuals in the hope of ending the echo chamber of political discourse that currently exists in Serbia.

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THINK TANK LEADERS GATHER IN BUDAPEST TO PUSH FOR INNOVATION IN FREEDOM ADVOCACY

September 21, 2017

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.

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UEFF’S WORK TO ABOLISH BAN ON SALE OF AGRICULTURAL LAND IN UKRAINE WINS 2017 EUROPE LIBERTY AWARD

September 21, 2017

A major spectacle accompanied UEFF’s submission of a constitutional complaint to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, which was signed by 55 People’s Deputies (Members of Ukrainian Parliament). Two UEFF founders – Maryan Zablotskyy and Sergiy Fursa – publicly submitted the complaint to the Constitutional Court, joined by People’s Deputy Oleksiy Mushak, a close friend of UEFF (link in Ukrainian).

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HOW TO USE BREXIT AS AN EXAMPLE FOR FUTURE POLICY CHANGES

September 20, 2017

In 2016, the United Kingdom surprised the world by deciding to leave the European Union. Campaign victories like that don’t come out of nowhere. Behind the scenes teams engage audiences, navigate policy discussions, work with the press, and debate difficult topics. The most adept ultimately change opinions and win.

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STOP PITCHING THE PROGRAMS, START PITCHING THE MEANING

September 20, 2017

Nonprofit think tanks are dependent upon the generous support of donors to accomplish their mission. It can be very challenging for think tanks to identify, cultivate, and successfully pitch high-level donors —the type of donors who will invest in the think tank’s vision and provide the transformational gifts that could help create real impact.

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SFL — PHILIPPINES HOSTS INAUGURAL REGIONAL CONFERENCE

September 11, 2017

Students for Liberty — Philippines held its inaugural Students for Liberty — Philippines conference on July 21-22, educating more than 60 people from local universities on SFL’s core ideas of individual liberties and free markets. Speakers included Business Week columnist Nonoy Oplas, former German MP Markus Löning as well as the president of Liberal International, the Andorran diplomat and former foreign minister Juli Minoves.

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2017 NANNY STATE INDEX SHOWS BEST AND WORST COUNTRIES TO EAT AND DRINK IN THE EU

September 11, 2017

Belgium-based EPICENTER and the Slovenian Visio Institute recently published this year’s Nanny State Index, which explores the increased regulations on the “lifestyles of citizens in the areas of beverages, food, alcohol, and cigarettes” in the 28 member states of the European Union. It was found that in 2017 the indicators were worse than in 2016, which is a reflection of increased paternalism. Taking into account the Index’s 22 indicators, it was found that the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands are the most liberal EU countries in terms of lifestyle regulations, while Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Hungary, and Sweden are the most paternalistic.

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HUNDREDS OF YOUTH MEET TO DISCUSS INNOVATING A FREER FUTURE IN ASIA PACIFIC REGION

September 11, 2017

Jakarta, Indonesia, is rapidly becoming home to a movement of young people committed to the ideals of a free and open society. Nothing demonstrates that more than Students For Liberty (SFL) Indonesia’s Asia Pacific SFL Conference, recently held in Jakarta from August 18-20 under the organizing theme of “Living the Future – Technology & Innovation for a Freer Future.”

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MESSAGE OF LIBERTY SPREADS TO MILLIONS OF NEW READERS

September 11, 2017

Often, those who may immediately benefit greatly from the ideas of economic freedom are those who have never been exposed to them. One such group of people are the over 35 million speakers of Malayalam in southwestern India. An ongoing project of the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), an Atlas Network partner organization based in Kochi, India, has been to teach Malayalam speakers about classical liberalism by translating influential works touting free societies.

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PROMOTING INFORMED VOTING IN CHILE

September 5, 2017

A new phenomenon is cropping up amongst civil society organizations across the world seeking to hold their countries’ respective political parties and candidates who seek to influence public policy accountable during campaigns for election. Similar to 2017 Templeton Freedom Award finalist IMANI Center for Policy and Education’s IMANIFesto project, the Chilean organization Instituto Res Publica (IRP) recently facilitated an intensive public awareness campaign, called #VotaInformado, aimed at educating young citizens about the main proposals and ideas of the candidates in Chile’s 2017 presidential election.

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THINK TANKS IN BRAZIL, CANADA, GHANA, MEXICO, U.S. NAMED FINALISTS FOR 2017 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

August 29, 2017

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 Freedom Dinner on Nov. 8 in New York City at the historic Capitale. The winning organization will receive a $100,000 prize, and five additional finalists will receive $25,000 prizes. The 2017 Templeton Freedom Award finalists are listed in alphabetical order below.

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MACDONALD-LAURIER INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY (MLI) NAMED FINALIST FOR 2017 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

August 29, 2017

The history of Canada’s Aboriginal people is one of state dependency and a lack of opportunity. To address these challenges, Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy (MLI)’s multi-year Aboriginal Canada and the Natural Resource Economy project has made the case that Indigenous engagement in the booming Canadian resource economy provides a once-in-a-century opportunity to set right the fundamental inequalities within Canadian life. MLI has done so by employing rigorous research and an ambitious plan to disseminate its findings through regional summits between business and Aboriginal leaders, Parliamentary testimonies, and broader communications. MLI’s unique use of a 12-person Aboriginal advisory team composed of reform-minded Aboriginal business leaders, lawyers, economists, public policy analysts, and other types of scholars informed and oversaw its work, which has given the project greater resonance in Aboriginal communities. Through its advocacy of strategies such as revenue-sharing agreements, legal certainty, and frameworks for Aboriginal equity investment, MLI’s project to improve the lives of Aboriginal Canadians through market-based solutions is having a strong impact. It has won widespread buy-in not only from Aboriginal and business communities but also from the Canadian government.

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