The 2011-2012 Academic Year was a record-shattering year for Students For Liberty! We hosted 35 webinars with nearly 2,000 attendees,  12 Regional Conferences with over 1,500 attendees, as well as the largest libertarian student conference ever with over 1,000 attendees! We’ve seen tremendous growth, all thanks to our incredibly dedicated student leaders across the globe.

In that spirit, SFL is proud to release our 2011-2012 Annual Report! To view the document, simply click in the middle of the viewer below to switch to a full-screen view. You can exit full-screen view at any time by pressing esc. (more…)

Exceeded: a rare word when combined with “expectations.” Yet, “exceeded my expectations” is the only phrase I can attribute to last week’s European Students For Liberty leadership retreat. I did not imagine that I would meet such dedicated, well-informed, and ready-to-work individuals before the retreat. As I started to realize not only my new position as part of the ESFL leadership but also the creativity and dedication within this leadership, I felt more energized than ever before— so much so that I’ve been called a Duracell bunny!

European Students For Liberty (as a part of Students For Liberty) is a nonprofit organization by students and for students. We don’t promote one kind of libery, one “golden road.” We don’t believe the world to be black or white. We don’t support political candidates. But, what we do support is pro-liberty groups in Europe and the idea that every man and woman has the right to express one’s thoughts and the right to ownership for what one creates. This past year has been fantastic. We’ve expanded into 20 countries with over 90 groups. But there is a lot of work left. No university should be without a pro-liberty student group: A place where students can meet, discuss, and excel. Since our intermediate goal is that all students should know about ESFL, we exist to support and work with every pro-liberty student in Europe.

The retreat was our opportunity to get an overview of our resources, our goals, and to start up new projects. It gave us a chance to coordinate and build a team. This is easier said than done; The ESFL board consist of 14 members from ten countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Sweden, Serbia, the US & UK). But this is what makes ESFL so exciting. We don’t let fictive or factual boarders stand in our way. We cherish both what brings us together, the belief that man has a right to live the life one wishes, and that which makes us different, our backgrounds.

We also had the opportunity while in Brussels to meet and talk with various think tanks, foundations, and other pro-liberty persons. I want to extend a thank you to the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation and New Direction who both offered us their conference facilities and indulged us in intriguing conversations. I further want to thank the Ludwig von Mises Institute for all our cooperation as well as the DCI group for hosting us one evening accompanied once again with interesting conversations. Connections to different think tanks and information about internships and travel scholarships is one of the great resources ESFL can offer pro-liberty students. There is a lot out there for interested and hard working young individuals.

The 2012 ESFLC Executive Board

Another valuable thought I took with me from this retreat is that ESFL doesn’t consist of a board. It’s all the students already affiliated with us, or that one day will be, which makes ESFL into what it is. The individuals out there who want to make a change, who believe in the empowered man and a reduced government, who stand ready to use our free books program, listen to webinars or start a student group at their university. Students For Liberty is not a top-down organization and will never be. And as the new Regional Director for Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, I find this essential. This brings me to one of the most exciting programs ESFL has to offer this year, the Campus Coordinator program. We will offer 20 dedicated persons from Europe an opportunity to learn more about communication, organization and how to become a reliable source for pro-liberty students. Look out for the launch!

I’m writing this from a snowy Stockholm. And even though spring this year means more snow, my heart feels light. As a wind of fright blows over Europe, made cold by government rundown economies and high unemployment, young people are once again starting to believe in the rights of the individual. Combined with this year’s dedicated and already hardworking ESFL team, I believe we will accomplish a lot. Pablo Picasso once said, “Action is the foundational key to all success.” European Students For Liberty and all the people working with us has by implementing action unlocked the door and released what might be a wind of change.

ESFL Executive Board Member Gabrielle Shiner

Last week, European Students For Liberty Executive Board Member Gabrielle Shiner wrote a scathing article condemning censorship in UK publications.

In response to the July 2011 phone-hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch, the UK launched the Leveson Inquiry to investigate media ethics. Throughout the inquiry recommendations have been made on the future of press regulation and governance. One group of campaigners, Turn Your Back on Page 3, has seen this as an opportunity to lobby for the banishment of “Page 3″.

Page 3 refers to a tabloid feature that has been running in the UK since 1970. The term Page 3 is literally derived from the third page of the very popular national tabloid, The Sun, which daily features a large photograph of a topless glamour model. The tradition has now spread to similar tabloid newspapers beyond The Sun.

Over the years, Page 3 has been a target for conservatives and various women’s groups. The Leveson Inquiry merely gave them a platform and cause for hope, along with many other interest groups hoping to impose new regulations on the press. Turn Your Back on Page 3 is lobbying for the banishment of Page 3 on the terms that it is sexist, encouraging women’s insecurities as well as violence and hate towards women in society.

Gabrielle’s brilliant condemnation of the Turn Your Back on Page 3 movement was picked up by Spiked Online. Check it out!

The 2011-2012 European Students For Liberty Executive Board

The SFL Executive Board and theEuropean Students For Liberty Executive Boardare the principal entities that drive SFL as an organization. The Executive Board is in charge of SFL’s strategic decisions and carrying out the majority of SFL’s projects and activities. SFL’s rapid growth and success has been due primarily to the dedication, passion, and hard work of the Executive Board. Selection to the Executive Board is highly competitive.  It is not an award/reward for prior work.  Participation in the Executive Board is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the world, which carries significant responsibilities.

The 2011-2012 SFL Executive Board

The Executive Board requires a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week and involves both collaborative group efforts with leaders thousands of miles away as well as individual work to complete projects and prepare events with little supervision. This application is for the 2012-2013 Executive Board. Decisions will be announced at the 2012 International SFL Conference in February, 2012. From February through June, new Exec Board members will go through a rigorous training process including monthly readings and webinars to prepare for their new positions. The training will culminate in an Executive Board leadership retreat, which is mandatory for all accepted Executive Board members. Learn more about the SFL Executive Board here, and about the European SFL Executive Board here.

Applications for the 2012-2013 SFL and ESFL Executive Boards close today, January 27, 2012. If you plan on applying for next year, now is your last chance!

You have exactly one week left to apply for the European Students For Liberty 2012/13 Executive Board! Applications will close at 23:59 on January 27th.

ESFL’s Executive Board is composed of students and recent alumni in Europe and in charge of running all of ESFL’s projects and activities, as well as determining ESFL’s strategic decisions. Being part of ESFL’s Executive Board requires an entrepreneurial spirit, dedication, and passion for the promotion of liberty.

The Executive Board requires a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week, involving both teamwork and a high level of individual initiative. All candidates must be currently studying at a European university or a recent graduate who has graduated no more than 3 years ago.

The official term for members of the ESFL 2012/13 Executive Board will begin on April 1st, 2012. Before the annual Leadership Retreat in April, the new Executive Board members will undergo weeks of comprehensive online leadership training. If you think you have what it takes and want to be a leader in the global student movement for liberty, then APPLY TODAY!