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Local Coordinator Program Manager

Students For Liberty (SFL) is a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, develop, and empower the next generation of leaders of liberty. Students For Liberty has grown rapidly across the globe in less than half a decade. Passionate volunteers supported by hard working and entrepreneurial staff have allowed SFL to constantly grow and expand while keeping the organizational structures as lean as possible.

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The SFL team is passionate for liberty and shares SFL’s vision of social change and the importance of making the world a freer place. SFL team members go the extra mile in order to make sure that more students around the world can benefit from our programs and resources.

Working for SFL is similar to working at a tech startup. We pride ourselves on fast growth, hard work, quick advancement to a high degree of responsibility and autonomy, embracing entrepreneurship within the organization, and a passion for the product: liberty.


European Students For Liberty (ESFL), a region within SFL, is now looking for a Local Coordinator Program Manager who will work full-time on managing the 250+ SFL volunteer leaders in Europe, aiming to build a freer future.

The Program Manager will report to the European Programs Director. The Program Manager will be responsible for overseeing the Local Coordinator Program, working on leadership and skill-based trainings, keeping constant communication with hundreds of activists across Europe and serving as a role model to the incoming generations of pro-liberty activists. The Program Manager will have access to a vast network with hundreds of opportunities and the chance to present his ideas and guide new activists towards a freer society.

The position will be remote, but the selected candidate must be based and willing to travel in Europe.

esfl_conferenceQualities of an Ideal Candidate

  • Experience in volunteer management
  • At least 2 years of student organizing experience
  • Communication and soft skills
  • Creative approach to problem solving
  • Great people skills
  • Ability to be autonomous and self-starting
  • Strong leadership ability
  • International work experience
  • Full proficiency in English, preferably also in other languages
  • Bachelor Degree required

In addition to the compensation, we are strongly dedicated to ensuring our staff have the ability to grow and reach their full potential. To this end, we invest in training and professional development opportunities.

Application Process

Anyone interested in applying for ESFL’s Local Coordinator Program Manager position should submit a letter of motivation and CV to [email protected]. We will reach out to all candidates whose applications we wish to consider.

Events & Communications Associate

Students For Liberty (SFL) is a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, develop, and empower the next generation of leaders of liberty. Students For Liberty has grown rapidly across the globe in less than half a decade. Passionate volunteers supported by hard working and entrepreneurial staff have allowed SFL to constantly grow and expand while keeping the organizational structures as lean as possible.

now-hiring

The SFL team is passionate for liberty and shares SFL’s vision of social change and the importance of making the world a freer place. SFL team members go the extra mile in order to make sure that more students around the world can benefit from our programs and resources.

Working for SFL is similar to working at a tech startup. We pride ourselves on fast growth, hard work, quick advancement to a high degree of responsibility and autonomy, embracing entrepreneurship within the organization, and a passion for the product: liberty.


European Students For Liberty (ESFL), a region within SFL, is now looking for an Events & Communications Associate who will work full-time on executing the programs of SFL in Europe, aiming to build a freer future.

The Events & Communications Associate will report to the European Programs Director. The Associate will be responsible for executing local events and facilitating trainings for local leadership, as well as for working on our big conferences and primetime events. Also, the Associate will be tasked with communication facilitation within the vast volunteer network in ESFL.

The position will be remote, but the selected candidate must be based and willing to travel in Europe.

esfl_conferenceQualities of an Ideal Candidate

  • Experience in volunteer management
  • At least 2 years of student organizing
  • Experience in event organizing (large or small-scale events)
  • Communication and soft skills
  • Ability to be autonomous and self-starting
  • Strong leadership ability
  • International work experience
  • Full proficiency in English, preferably also in other languages
  • Bachelor Degree required

In addition to the compensation, we are strongly dedicated to ensuring our staff have the ability to grow and reach their full potential. To this end, we invest in training and professional development opportunities.

Application Process

Anyone interested in applying for ESFL’s Events & Communication Associate position should submit a letter of motivation and CV to [email protected]. We will reach out to all candidates whose applications we wish to consider.

The 2016-2017 European Executive Board of Students For Liberty

In the course of fulfilling our day-to-day tasks related to Students For Liberty and the broader liberty movement, it is often difficult to take a step back and reflect on the beauty and success of what we’ve created.

Whether in the wee hours of the night in meetings with colleagues, the long and arduous weekends at retreats and conferences that test the elasticity of the portions of our brains that memorize faces and names, or the endless weeks of toil that go into planning a long-term project or event, we are often so deeply imbedded in the execution of our work that we simply become blind to the totality of our accomplishments.

What makes Students For Liberty incredible is that hundreds, if not thousands, of young people around the world are working autonomously toward a goal that is defined more by its adherents than any envisioned plan. Our ranks are replete with ambitious and creative leaders who individually spin the wheels and beat the drums of liberty according to their own magic formula derived from local culture, knowledge, and skill. It’s from these individuals that anyone who calls themselves an SFLer derives their drive and passion for spreading the ideas of liberty.

Wolf von Laer, SFL’s Director of Professional Development, presents to the European Executive Board

Many of us began in this movement and this organization with an insignificant piece of the puzzle in hand. Since then, thanks to our model of training and operation, we’ve been able to learn, to grow, to strive, and to prosper. We’ve become professionalized and articulate. We have the ability to mentor others. We’re now architects for building popular support for the ideas of libertarianism and classical liberalism. We’ve gone from small-time tabling on our campuses to managing weekend-long conferences with hundreds of students who want to carry on the work of spreading freedom.

I write these words because I believe it is vital, in the course of our work, to iterate exactly why Students For Liberty is exceptional when compared to any other movement and organization in the world.

This past weekend, I took part in my fourth European Executive Board retreat in Gummersbach, Germany. As such, I’ve seen generations of leaders come and go since, and a unique spirit renewed and relaunched each and every time.

Selfie time with ESFL Executive Board Chairman Eyð Áradóttir Hammer.

More than ever, the new Executive Board, led by chairman Eyð Áradóttir Hammer, was gushing with new ideas and initiatives, fueled by the desire to educate, develop, and empower their colleagues across the continent.

They engendered spontaneous action and plotted the course for spreading liberty over the next year, acting on the principles SFL has instilled in each one through our training programs over the years.

These fine individuals are carrying the torch of freedom handed down from previous generations of leaders who laid the foundation for our model of ideas-based activism.

It was a wonderful exchange of ideas and stern commitments to put those into action. I am entirely optimistic convinced that these visions and projects will be realized in due time. And that will be because of the beautiful and successful model many individuals worked tirelessly to perfect since the dawn of SFL.

I’m ecstatic to be a part of this organization and have big hopes about the future of SFL over the course of the next few months, and the next few years.

Let’s give it up for the 2016-2017 European Executive Board of Students For Liberty!

Executive Board Members: Chairman Eyð Áradóttir HammerMarie HemelrijkJitte AkkermansUmberto StentellaMariam GogolishviliBruno Pinela DelgadoSlobodan FranetaKevin Flanagan CoombesMerima Bećirović, Carlos Tuñón Sanz, Christophe André, Ingvar Smári Birgisson, Lia JanelidzeIvan Bertović, Ilia Meshvildishvili, Kotryna Tamkutė, Krzysztof Kowalski, Katarzyna Cyrbus, Michal ŠindlářDaniel Issing, Jan TichýLuca Bertoletti

Open Europe is one of the leading independent think tanks carrying out cutting edge research on everything to do with reform of the EU: on subjects ranging from environmental policy to defence, from farming policy to the democratic deficit. They have offices in London and Brussels and make the case for free trade, free markets and the decentralisation of powers back to the member states.

Open Europe is looking for an intern to join the research team in Brussels from September 2016 on. Only expenses will be covered. You will work on short briefings for journalists, and longer pieces of public policy research. The role involves media monitoring, contact with journalists and original investigative research; these internships have occasionally led to full time positions in previous years.

You should have or expect to gain a master degree and must have very good English language skills and proficiency in several foreign languages.  Applications from all subjects are welcome: a background in politics, history or economics is typical but not essential. Candidates with German and/or French are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates must share Open Europe’s objectives, and can expect to work in a robust but fun small team environment.

Contact         

Please send a CV and covering letter, explaining why you want to work for Open Europe, and a 200 words opinion statement on what you think is the best solution for the eurozone’s problems to Pieter Cleppe at[email protected]

Open Europe Brussels VZW

http://www.openeurope.org.uk

fb-bild-Seite001Have you fallen in love with liberty lately? Have you immersed yourself in the economical and political underpinnings of a free society and are looking for like-minded people? Did you discover the beauty of libertarianism, but have no idea of how to promote these ideals? Or do you want to learn how to turn your ideas and projects into tangible results?

If any of the above applies to you, congratulations! You now have the unique opportunity to connect with some of the best student organizers from Germany, learn from their experiences, receive support and build new alliances for liberty.

For the first time in history, Germany will have its very own Leadership Forum, dedicated to provide you with just these opportunities. The seminar takes places in Stuttgart from May 20-22, 2016. Successful applicants will have housing and meals covered throughout the seminar. You will find all the relevant information on the official homepage of the German Leadership Forum.

The deadline for applications is April 24, 2016. Be sure not to miss it!

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We are looking forward to your application!


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Interested in exploring the ideas of Liberty? Spending a week of great experiences, intercultural exchanges, discussing and thinking about freedom, learning from top professors and making new friends from all over the world ? IES Europe offers you an opportunity to learn about classical liberal ideas and explore them with insights from our faculty into the study of history, economics and philosophy! Join us and deepen your understanding of ideas that allow humans to flourish and prosper.

Participation is free ! Through the generosity of our partners, IES-Europe is able to offer the seminars for free. Lectures, housing, meals are provided by IES-Europe. Participants only pay for their own travel – $800 travel grant is available for US applicants who qualify.

Application Deadline : May 1st, 2016

Learn more and apply !

Are you ready for the next adventure with European Students For Liberty?

Last month, over 900 of us gathered in Prague for our annual conference, filled to the brim with amazing socials, speeches, debates, practical workshops, and 2 nights of craziness — now we’re looking to take on Greece. The island of Crete to be exact.

Why Crete? Well, to celebrate Microstates, of course!

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Join us on May 27-29 in the port city of Chania on the Greek island of Crete as we explore the topic of Microstates — and why they offer so many hopes for safeguarding and protecting individual and economic liberties. Registration is only 20 EUR and student scholarships will be available!

You’ll hear from the experts on the subject, actual leaders from microstates, entrepreneurial individuals aiming to create libertarian microstates all Europe, and those who say Greece’s city-states should make a comeback.

The conference will be hosted at the Mega Place in Chania, giving you the perfect launch pad for exploring the beaches of Crete.

All speakers and topics will be listed on the website, and more updates will come via our Facebook page!

And to top it off, we’ve set aside plenty of time for you to explore Greek majestic beauty that Crete holds — doesn’t that sound like something you’d love?

Sign me up now!

Drug Policy Activism Training Leaders From the left: Sara Velimirovic, Mariam Gogolishvili, Aleksandar Kokotović, Annie Machon (speaker at ESFLC16), Alfredo Pascual

“Intellectuals and Socialism”, written in 1949 by F. A. Hayek, is a guiding essay that inspires a great deal of the work we do at Students For Liberty. In a broad sense Hayek argues that the power of intellectuals should not be underestimated. He describes intellectuals as “secondhand dealers in ideas”. They are those who spread today the ideas that will become the political programs of tomorrow. For this reason, we focus on spreading the ideas of liberty to the general public before we expect any significant change coming from policy makers. To put it simply: politicians, rather than being the architects of social change, react to the current social landscape of values and ideas.

Last month the 59th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) took place in Vienna. It was the preparation for the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem to be held in April 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York. UNGASS 2016 is important for drug reform activists because the last time such a session was held was in 1998. Back then the naïve homogeneous rhetoric was a “drug-free world”.

Things have changed since then. In the past few years, drug policy reform has come into its own, even being prominent in the agenda of many countries. Public opinion and evidence are now more than ever on the side of reform. The benefits of decriminalization and harm reduction programs were never so clear as they are today. Completely legalizing cannabis would have been impossible in 1998. Now it is a reality in several US States, in Uruguay, and soon Canada and others will follow. Even if the prohibitionist paradigm was always doomed to fail, it was never as evident as it is now, and people everywhere are standing up against failed and oppressive laws.

Because of all the small and big drug reform victories achieved in the past years, we were hoping to see some substantial change at the CND 2016. Unfortunately, we did not find many reasons to celebrate other than some progress made in language used. Too many key issues did not change. The final outcome document lacks any acknowledgment of the failure of the war on drugs. It did not include anything about harm reduction nor ending death penalties for drug offenses. Nowhere is to find that drug policies should be based on science or compassion. In a nutshell: nothing about substantial drug policy reform. Most world leaders still dream of a “drug-free world”. There were a few notable interventions, such as the one from Uruguay. Nonetheless, the CND was best described by three Latin American ex-presidents who wrote: “what was supposed to be an open, honest and data-driven debate about drug policies has turned into a narrowly conceived closed-door affair”.

Meanwhile in the civil society, momentum toward drug policy reform seems to be at its best. The big good news of the past week was a report written by leading medical experts and published in The Lancet, a prestigious medical journal, calling for decriminalization and exploring legal regulation. It seems that when it comes to drug laws, too many policy makers are still living in an alternative reality, divorced from what is going on in the real world. Why progress made toward drug reform in so many different places has come with so little change at the UN level is a complex question for another article. UN consensus decision-making might be part of the explanation. Lack of significant participation of civil society and people who use drugs at a UN level might also be part of the answer.

At Students For Liberty, we know that we need to keep pushing toward drug reform if we want to live in a more free society. We know we cannot expect drug reform to suddenly come down from the top. We also know drug-related international treaties will only change or lose power once pressure from civil society becomes so overwhelming that it will be impossible for politicians to ignore. We are getting there, but as the past CND in Vienna showed us, there is still a long way to go.

Almost one year ago, Aleksandar Kokotović and I were talking about how we could make the best use of the vast network of European Students For Liberty leaders to advocate for drug reform. Shortly after, Sara Velimirovic and Mariam Gogolishvili joined us, and we designed the first drug policy training for ESFL Local Coordinators in partnership with Students For a Sensible Drug Policy. In the past couple of months, we have been training around 20 ESFL leaders and we all met in Prague one day before the ESFLC16. The focus throughout the day was on analyzing the local drug policy reality of the different European countries and planning realistic advocacy campaigns. We also had workshops on current drug-related issues and had the honor of ending the day with a live video interview with DoctorX.

Throughout the ESFLC16, we made sure drug policy issues were present. I was behind bringing former MI5 Intelligence Officer and now European Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Annie Machon, to talk about the War on Concepts. I also organized and led an outing to a Harm Reduction Center in Prague to see first-hand how harm reduction programs work in Prague. Finally, we also had the privilege of having Betty Aldworth, The Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, giving a lecture about the critical involvement of the student movement to end the war on drugs.

We hope all of this to be just the warm-up toward a bigger movement toward drug policy reform. As secondhand dealers in ideas, we will keep on shouting to end the war on drugs, so loud that policymakers will not be able to keep on ignoring us. And as an organization focused on empowering people, we hope you will join us!

In an attempt to better share our current activities with our network, SFL is beginning an SFL Around the World blog post series.  At the beginning of each month, each region will post an update to their regional blog page to share their current activities.  Please stay tuned for more updates next month!

March was a very exciting month for all of us in European Students For Liberty. After so many months of preparation, it was finally the time for our leaders to showcase the amazing work they have been doing at the European Students For Liberty Conference. In an incredible couple of days, more than 900 liberty-loving students, activists and young professionals gathered in Prague. Click here for the conference sum-up and see some of the photos showing how successful this event was.

Along with the ESFLC, this weekend also gathered leaders who have been attending the Advanced Communications Training, the Advanced Events Training and End The Drug War Campaign Training. During these one day retreats and meetings, Local Coordinators active in  these programs got to plan for the events and campaigns ahead as well as to continue working on improving their own skills.Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 12.48.12 AM

Not only was the largest gathering of liberty-minded students of Europe in March, but our Local Coordinator Program got a serious and an extremely important change we are very proud of. From mid-March, European Students For Liberty  are accepting Local Coordinators on rolling basis. We also launched our new website localcoordinators.org where you can find out more about the program, recommend it to your friends or colleagues or apply yourself!

The fact that on the European level we had more than a few activities and innovations in our calendar does not mean our local groups were slacking. On the contrary! Georgian Students For Liberty have organised a very successful event on freedom of religion and are working on preparing a Leadership Forum in Tbilisi for next weekend. Our Bulgarian leaders organised a panel discussion on inequality and our Albanian activists organised a movie screening and discussion at the University of New York in Tirana.

German magazine for pro-liberty students Peace Love Liberty led by ESFL Local Coordinators is getting a new issue to be read this month on universities across the country and our Local Coordinators from Ukraine organised a lecture about cannabis legalization in Donetsk National University (currently located in Vinnytsia).  Drug reform was in the focus of Students For Liberty Macedonia who organised one of the first open discussions on the topic of cannabis legalization in the country as well as Maastricht Students For Liberty who organised an event featuring Students For Sensible Drug Policy Executive Director Betty Aldworth.

Studenti Bocconiani Liberali organised a very successful event on the cryptocurrency effects on the economy, blockchain and bitcoin with some of the most prominent experts in Italy on the subject. Cryptocurrency was in the focus of SFL Madrid leaders too with an event organised at Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.

SFL Madrid leaders informal meeting

SFL Madrid leaders informal meeting

Bitcoin event at Bocconi University

Bitcoin event at Bocconi University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With April coming up, many exciting events are being planned around Europe. From Leadership Fora to cryptocurrency and taxation, we have it all so connect with the groups nearest to you, feel free to reach out to our leaders to see how you can get involved and maybe consider joining the team!

 

An absolute record! Our 5th annual European Students For Liberty Conference, which took place March 11 to 13 at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, has welcomed a total of 908 participants passionate about the ideas of liberty. It was by far the biggest gathering of young minds who will shape the future of our society in the years to come in pursuit of a freer future.

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The theme of our biggest conference was Students We Should Remember. On Friday, we had the great honor that the keynote on the topic was delivered by Lawrence Reed of Foundation for Economic Education, who told us many stories of past heroes of liberty and why we need more of them in the future.

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Saturday, the full day of workshops, short lectures and outings was a great time to meet like-minded individuals in a niche area of expertise. We had sessions ranging from the insights of freedom of education through technology shaping the society to practical photography.

The day ended with the Liberty Pitch competition and ESFL Awards, after which we moved to the best club in Prague to celebrate all the knowledge gained with chanting of “Don’t thread on me!” under the tunes of two libertarian bands and a DJ.

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The conference closed on Sunday with multiple lectures and a keynote by Tom G. Palmer of Atlas Network, who reminded us about why do we actually fight for liberty. We do it to change the world. 

The future is bright!

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You can view the full album on Facebook and watch the playlist of videos on YouTube.

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