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It may be gray and gloomy outside, but this speaker’s unflagging optimism could brighten anyone’s day.

Get excited for economic historian and author of Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, Johan Norberg!

 

It is my great pleasure to announce that Johan Norberg will be speaking at this year’s International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC17). A die-hard classical liberal, Norberg hosts “Dead Wrong,” an internet sensation.

Check out this episode from December on the legacy of Fidel Castro: 

In addition to creating these web shorts, Norberg works as a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and is a member of the Mont Perelin Society. He’s also the author of In Defense of Global Capitalism and has an interesting story of becoming a classical liberal — after starting out as a left-anarchist, he started to see flaws in the romanticization of pre-Industrial society so popular on the left. He soon adopted the philosophy of pro-market libertarianism, which he felt “took freedom seriously.”

So, if you’re someone who takes freedom seriously, defends markets, and loves to learn, register now to hear from Johan Norberg at this year’s ISFLC: 

Register for #ISFLC17 today!


ISFLC Awards Nominations

If you haven’t nominated your picks yet for the 2017 ISFLC Awards, make sure and do so before THIS Sunday, January 15th! IMG_4465-1-044680-edited.jpg

The ISFLC Award Ceremony is one of the highlights of the conference every year, recognizing the best in libertarian student activism. After last year’s success, we’re reprising the full Awards Dinner program with Johan Norberg as the keynote speaker and a chance to meet many of SFL’s supporters and friends.

Award winners will not only get complimentary registration to ISFLC17, and travel to the conference, but will also be admitted to the dinner! And, yes, you can nominate yourself.

Don’t miss your chance to choose this year’s winner, vote now!

 

Vote Now!

 

In an attempt to better share our current activities with the network, the SFL Around the World blog post series will summarize our biggest news in each region monthly.

Here’s what SFL-ers around the world accomplished in September:

Africa: Olumayowa Okediran, Director of African Programs at Students for Liberty, spoke to the South African Institute for Race Relations on the work of SFL in the region. September also saw the launch of ASFL’s Open Online Local Coordinator Program, which aims to train local student leaders across Africa!

14380005_10153744111346459_8814272258801718258_o ESFL: On September 17th, ESFL kicked off their Regional Conference season in Yerevan, Armenia, where 30 students gathered to learn more on how the ideas of liberty can make Armenia a better place. On the same evening, over 60 people participated in an informal Liberty Evening in Prague. One week later, on September 24th, the city of Vilnius, Lithuania, was the stage of the second conference of this season, which ESFL organised in cooperation with Lithuanian Liberal Youth. Another highlight of the month was Maastricht Students For Liberty organizing a lecture on private healthcare, titled “Private Healthcare: How I stopped worrying and love the competition!”

EsLib: Eslibertad’s Argentina team held a seminar titled “Keynes, Friedman and the Triumph of the Austrian School,” which had Javier Milei as speaker.  Meanwhile, SFL Mexico gathered at the national plaza of Mexico City in order to defend the right to same-sex marriage with a colorful protest and the slogan #LibreParaAmar (Free To Love). Around 200 students wrote their ideas of what freedom meant for them during the event, and 400 people were given #LibreParaAma bookmarks. The team in Venezuela held a Local Coordinator retreat in Miranda, whilst EsLibertad Guatemala have been organizing reading groups centered around critiquing The Communist Manifesto.

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North America: Students across North America attended the Campus Debut of Deep Web, jointly organized by SFL, YAL, and SSDD. The movie tells the story of Ross Ulbricht’s efforts to create the “Silk Road” online market, which ended with his 2013 arrest. September also saw the launch of our 2016 Regional Conference season, which aims to explore the future of freedom in a variety of areas. With individual themes ranging from anarchism to free market environmentalism, these conferences are giving North American students a taste of libertarian ideas and the liberty movement in general. North American social media has also been myth-busting the “success” of socialism in Venezuela with our #PorUnaVenezuelaLibre campaign.

In an attempt to better share our current activities with the network, the SFL Around the World blog post series will summarize our biggest news in each region monthly.

Here’s what SFL-ers around the world accomplished in August:

ANZSFL: August saw Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty select their new Regional Coordinators, who will work to advance liberty in their respective regions! They are:

  • Western Australia: Eva Christensen, Darian Whyte, and Julian Hasleby
  • South Australia: Robert Bartnik
  • Queensland: Campbell Ray, Rodrigo Mello
  • New South Wales: Erika Salmon and Cody Findlay
  • Victoria: Will Joseph and James Halliday
  • Tasmania: Tarek Muhtaseb
  • New Zealand: Aidan Carter

Cq1tDUdUIAAtm6jCharter Teams: Having had tremendous success across the globe, Students For Liberty first dropped anchor in South East Asia in 2015. After a year of inspiring, motivating, and educating students, our Charter Team successfully held their first ever South East Asia Conference in Jakarta. This was a huge opportunity for SFL Indonesia in the current phase of their movement. They started small (with less than three Charter Team members) and ended up having 20 students working to put this conference together. Check out what attendees got up to by browsing the conference hashtag, #SEASFLC16.

ESFL: It was an extremely busy month (as ever!) for European Students For Liberty. Highlights included the inaugural TOP 100 Retreat, which brought several generations of pro-liberty leaders active in ESFL from all across Europe to discuss strategies for promoting liberty in the coming year, work on regional plans to further the causes they are working on and continue planning on different campaigns.

Meanwhile, thirty students participated in the traditional five-day long Summer Academy organised by leaders from our partner Lithuanian Liberal Youth. A similar academy was also held in Iceland!

13876327_832307366869174_6873241504451971969_nEsLib: Estudiantes por la Libertad continued to promote the ideas of liberty in the pursuit of a freer society. This month, the Executive Board Retreat was held in Quito, Ecuador. A Local Coordinator Retreat was also held in Perú. Several other activities were held all along the region. The region saw well-attended monetary policy discussions in Ecuador, sessions on the dangers of socialist violence in Chile, another “Formula of Liberty” event in Bolivia, and much more.

North America: At the beginning of August, we announced world-renowned social psychologist Jonathan Haidt as the first confirmed speaker for the 2017 International Students For Liberty Conference (#ISFLC17).

HaidtAugust also saw attempts to restrict and regulate the Gadsden flag (a popular symbol of freedom), with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission looking to make it a punishable offense for employees to wear attire with the Gadsden flag or similar insignia on it. Our #SaveTheGadsden campaign took social media by storm. Read more about it here.

This August, SFL Canada generated a massive buzz around their #FreeToChoose activism! The highlight of the #FreeToChoose campaign has undoubtedly been the Nanny State Corner Store stunt, which took place on August 11th. SFL Canada took over a Toronto corner store and stocked it with plain-packaged pop, chips, and chocolate.

South Asia: South Asia Students For Liberty has geared up for another year of activism for the liberty movement. 25 students qualified for the Local Coordinator Program after finishing a month-long academic training. The Local Coordinator Retreat was held in Delhi from 29 to 31st Aug and fresh SFLers turned up with lots of enthusiasm. Over the weekend, they learned about SFL’s Theory of Social Change and best practices for recruitment, planned activism for the year and practiced socratic seminars. In other news, South Asia SFL is launching SFL Colloquia this Fall, on topics like ‘Are Vices Crimes?’ and ‘Uberization of the World’.”

In an attempt to better share our current activities with the network, the SFL Around the World blog post series will summarize our biggest news in each region monthly.

Here’s what SFL-ers around the world accomplished in July:

ANZSFL: Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty have had our busiest July to date, running two regional conferences in Victoria and Western Australia, having two new clubs join the network, as well as the usual local clubs activities. The executive board has also been hard at work preparing for exciting soon-to-be-launched projects. It all capped off with a fabulous and memorable social function at The Clyde Hotel. You can check out the photo album here.

Africa: In Africa, Students For Liberty has been getting ready for the new school year. In July, ASFL inducted 19 new students into the Local Coordinator program for the coming year.

EsLibertad: Our first Annual Report is out! In it you will find the most prominent events in the 2015-2016 period, our outstanding leaders, and our most successful initiatives. Get to know more about Estudiantes por la Libertad by reading our Annual Report! Also this month, EsLibertad Guatemala did a great job presenting the book “El Engaño Populista” (The Populist Deceit), written by Gloria Álvarez, from the Movimiento Cívico Nacional (MCN) and Axel Kaiser, from Fundación para el Progreso (FPP). And we celebrated Milton Friedman Legacy Day in Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, and Mexico.

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EPL:  The 2016-2017 class of EPL Local Coordinators (LCs) began in July with more than 1300 participants! LCs started their training with a course on the “Fundamentals of Organization and Community Management,” which teaches SFL’s Theory of Social Change as well as how to build strong communities for liberty. A libertarian study group associated with EPL also launched the “Ideas have consequences” project in July. Divided into two programs — one for higher education and one for high school students — the project featured lectures on the ideas of liberty and anti-liberal bias in the Brazilian academy.

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Europe: July was another exciting month for ESFL! After weeks of preparations, all registration pages for the new season of regional conferences were launched. Moreover, ESFL announced the date for it’s biggest event of the year: the ESFLC 2017, which will take place March 17-19th 2017. Students also hosted a successful Leadership Forum in Lviv, Ukraine in July leading to new contacts in Belarus. SFL Heidelberg hosted George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan for a lecture on poverty and ESFLers participated in the Lithuania Summer Festival along with a number of pro-liberty partner organizations.

North America:isflc17-site-rotator The biggest news from North America is, of course, the launch of the Tenth Annual ISFLC! This will be the 10th year that we gather students and alumni together to learn about new developments in the cause of liberty, meet old and new friends, and garner the energy to carry on the fight for liberty. And it is going to be big. You can register for #ISFLC17 here! We also hosted a retreat for the new Campus Coordinators at Towson University, had a little fun with the Gadsden flag, and recorded an hilarious parody of Don McLean’s “American Pie” entitled “The Day the GOP Died.

South Asia: In July, South Asia Students For Liberty geared up for another year of activism for the liberty movement. 25 students qualified for the Local Coordinator Program after finishing a month-long academic training. The Local Coordinator Retreat was held in Delhi from July 29-31st and fresh SFLers turned up with lots of enthusiasm. Over the weekend, they learned about SFL’s Theory of Social Change and best practices for recruitment, planned activism for the year and practiced socratic seminars. In other news, South Asia SFL is launching SFL Colloquia this Fall, on topics like “Are Vices Crimes?” and the “Uberization of the World.”

 

This year’s Casey Youth Conference on Liberty and Entrepreneurship (CYCLE)  —  set for July 4-8, 2016 — is shaping up to be the best one yet! With a roster of teachers like Liberty.me’s Jeffrey Tucker, Atlas Network VP (and all-around inspiration) Tom Palmer, and Healing Our World author Dr. Mary Ruwart, it’s sure to be an engaging event. The conference’s unique structure (and online presence) always provides for interesting conversation and collaboration between teachers and participants. cycle-banner-2015

Some SFL leaders will be speaking as well! Wolf von Laer, our director of professional development, will be speaking on emotional intelligence and ESFL Programs Director Yaël Ossowski will both speak during the conference and make an appearance on CYCLE founder Lobo Tiggre’s Liberty.me show for a chat.

The conference’s history is pretty interesting as well. Against the backdrop of the Soviet Union, the seminar originated as the “Liberty English Camp” in the woods of Lithuania. Under the auspices of teaching English, it served as a means of teaching people about liberty. These yearly seminars were later renamed the Casey Youth Conference on Liberty and Entrepreneurship: CYCLE and so continue today.

While the event itself takes place in Trakai Lithuania, it will also be broadcast world-wide via Liberty.me. Everyone and anyone interested is welcome to participate. You can find more information here, and feel free to contact Lobo Tiggre with any questions at lobo@lobotiggre.com.

  • What: CYCLE 2016
  • When: July 4-8, 2016  
  • Where: Trakai, Lithuania (or on your computer)


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