March 1, 2012

The Atlas Experience 2012:

Registration is now open!

April 25-26, 2012 | Colorado Springs

For a few days in April "Galt's Gulch" in Colorado will become a reality. Principled friends of liberty from more than 30 countries will assemble in Colorado Springs to enjoy an "Atlas Experience" — great ideas and great speakers, including Gabriel Calzada, the president-elect of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala, as the keynote speaker for the Fisher Award dinner. The dinner also serves as the awards ceremony for the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Awards. This meeting precedes the Heritage Resourse Bank. Hotel reservations can be made in the Atlas block rooms at the Broadmoor Hotel for $225/night by calling 719.577.5775.

For more information, contact Stephanie Giovanetti at Stephanie.Giovanetti@AtlasNetwork.org or 202.449.8449

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Atlas Webinars
Thank you to all of the participants of our first webinar! In case you missed Tom Palmer's discussion of the Rhetoric of Liberty, you can watch the recording of the session here. All webinars will be recorded and archived here.

Upcoming Atlas Webinars:

March 22nd 10am EST

Bettina Horst: Communications the Libertad y Desarollo Way
Join us for Atlas's March webinar as Bettina Horst, Atlas Fellow for Latin American programs, and former deputy director at Libertad y Desarollo shares tips and tricks learned from the successes of Libertad y Desarollo in getting the message of liberty out to the masses. This session will provide hands on strategies, and attendees will receive an early copy of a case study on this topic.
Register here!

May 22nd, 11am EST
Allegra Hewell: Useful Tips for Working with Contractors
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Have a request or suggestion for an upcoming Webinar? Contact cindy.cerquitella@atlasnetwork.org

Reasons for Hope in Afghanistan
Atlas recently hosted Professor Mohammad Ramizpoor from the Afghanisatan Economic and Legal Studies Institute. In this short interview, Dr. Ramizpoor explains how he is using books and the compelling programming of Radio Kabul to spread the ideas of liberty in Afghanistan.

AfricanLiberty Team Headlines International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, DC
Representatives from AfricanLiberty.org traveled to Washington, D.C. in February to speak at the 5th annual International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC), educating young people about the foundations of liberty in Africa. Atlas congratulates Olumayowa Okediran for his election to the ISFL board. The team also met with think tank leaders around town and received extensive media training at Atlas headquarters covering social media, google analytics and video production. They have developed new and ambitious plans to take their multimedia message of liberty to university students throughout Africa.

News from around the Atlas Network

Legislative Committee Adopts Local Think Tank's Tax Relief Recommendations
Florida's House Economic Affairs committee unanimously approved a new measure designed to relieve the tax burden on small businesses in the state. Florida's Foundation for Government Accountability, a young think tank established in 2011, provided research and testimony to show how similar measures have helped other states improve economic prosperity. Read more.

Brazil in the Future
In celebration of the Liberty Forum's 25th anniversary and towards promoting the debate about the future of Brazil, the Instituto de Estudos Empresariais (IEE), in Porto Alegre (Brazil) is organizing this forum around the theme: "2037: which Brazil will be yours?" In preparation for the April event, the IEE is screening movies and documentaries chosen for their focus on current issues such as entrepreneurship, politics, and education. The full schedule can be found on the IEE website.

Developing Alternatives to the Tax Code in the Dominican Republic
Atlas President Alex Chafuen addressed a conference hosted by one of Atlas's partners in the Dominican Republic, the Regional Center for Sustainable Economic Strategies (CREES). This conference focused on alternative tax regimes and international experiences with uniform taxation. Other speakers included Dan Mitchell and Juan Carlos Hidalgo from the Cato Institute. Attendees included economists, policymakers and even politicians from the current Dominican government. The event is part of CREES's larger objective to advance an integral tax reform in Dominican Republic. For more information on the event, click here.

Manuel Ayau Online Educational Center
Fisher Venture Grantee Instituto Juan de Mariana, in association with Universidad Francisco Marroquin, has just launched the Online Madrid Manuel Ayau educational institution. This institution will offer an innovative and ground breaking Masters degree on Value Investment and Business Cycle Theory based on the foundations of the Austrian School of Economics. You can find more information on this new program here.

Latin American Forum: Opportunities and Challenges
Atlas is proud to co-sponsor the forum Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges. This program is hosted by the International Foundation for Liberty, led by Atlas Templeton Leadership Fellow and 2010 Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, and Fundacion Libertad from Argentina, led by Gerardo Bongiovanni. The program will be hosted at the University of Lima, Peru, on March 20. Some of the distinguished speakers include former Presidents Alvaro Uribe (Colombia), Vicente Fox (Mexico) and Luis Alberto LaCalle (Uruguay) as well as public intellectuals Esperanza Aguirre from Spain and Jose Piñera from Chile. For more information on the program click here.

Advance Arkansas Institute Gives Legislators 5 Strategies to Limit Government Growth
As the state's legislators convene for Arkansas's annual legislative session, Advance Arkansas Institute President Dan Greenberg provided five thoughtful strategies for lawmakers concerned about the growth of government. While these recommendations should serve Arkansas especially well, the principles outlined can be considered by liberty lovers everywhere. For example, Greenberg begins with the important distinction between true spending "cuts" and reductions in spending increases. To read the five strategies, click here.


Upcoming Events

March 20 - Forum Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges featuring Mario Vargas Llosa. Learn more.
March 22 - Atlas Webinar: Communications the Libertad y Desarollo Way
March 30 - April 1 - Liberty League Freedom Forum, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Learn more.
April 13-24 - Think Tank MBA at the Hyatt Fair Lakes, Fairfax, VA.
April 25-26 - The Atlas Experience 2012 at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs. Register now!
April 29 - Asia Centre for Enterprise Summer School. Application deadline is March 19. Click here for the brochure. May 22 - Atlas Webinar: Useful Tips for Working with Contractors
May 20-24 - Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, "Religion and Economic Liberty: A Match Made in Heaven?" Jerusalem, Israel
June 18-19 - Latin America Law and Economics Society Annual Meeting

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Grant Opportunities:

Does your think tank have a smartphone app? If you are developing or planning to develop an app this year, you may be eligible for special project support from Atlas. Atlas is offering matching funds of up to $10,000 to the best qualifying think tanks in U.S. or Canada. To apply, simply fill out this online questionnaire by March 15. If you have questions before applying, contact matt.warner@atlasnetwork.org.

Interested in monetary policy? Want to raise awareness of Sound Money? The Sound Money Project is announcing a video contest open to any video enthusiasts interested in the principles of Sound Money. The deadline to apply is March 30. Find more information here.

Applications for the 2012 Templeton Freedom Awards are now open. These awards honor outstanding think tank achievement in eight categories with a $10,000 prize! For more information on the awards and to apply, click here.

Job Opportunity

Atlas seeks a marketing communications associate. The job description can be viewed here. For more information or to send a resume, please contact Kristina.Crane@atlasnetwork.org or call 202.449.8438.

Morality of Capitalism

The Libera Foundation (Finland) has released the Morality of Capitalism in Finnish. The book is available through its website and on Amazon (for Kindle) and iTunes.

Not for the Elites, Pakistan for Everyone!

The Alternative Solutions Institute published Dr. Khalil Ahmad's latest book "Pakistan Mein Riyasti Ashrafiya Ka Urooj" (The Rise of State Aristocracy in Pakistan). The book coins the term "State Ashrafiya" or "State Aristocracy," and traces its rise throughout the history of Pakistan. The author then offers solutions, including a discussion on the rule of law in Pakistan. For more information on the book or ASI's work in Pakistan, visit the Alternative Solutions Intitute website in English or Urdu.

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