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Numbers can be seductive, but don’t fall for them. Join Students For Liberty for November’s 3rd Webinar with Dr. Jim Lark of the University of Virginia!

Monday, November 15, 8-9pm Eastern Time On Your Computer!
Register Now Here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/392324130

The aphorism “Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure” is well known among those who transform data into information. However, even those of impeccable intellectual integrity may fail to detect potential problems in accurately transforming data into useful information about public policy. This webinar will discuss some important issues to consider when interpreting data for use in public policy matters. Join us for another great session with Dr. Jim Lark!

Register Here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/392324130

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means finals and the end of the fall semester are almost upon us.  As such, today’s tip has a very short time horizon: transition your group’s leadership before the end of the fall semester.

The advantage of doing this is that you ensure that the outgoing leadership is still around for at least a semester to help transition the leadership roles.  Typically, if you transition leadership at the end of the school year, the new leadership is required to learn how to be effective leaders over the summer and find themselves in over their heads when the new school year starts.  The old leadership, away from campus and working their new jobs don’t have time to answer questions or provide significant support.  However, if leadership positions last for a calendar year, past Executive Board members will be on campus during the spring to oversee the activities of the new board, pointing out when the new board is forgetting something and providing encouragement throughout the entire period.  This stabilizes the process and ensures the transition’s success.

So, if your organization currently plans to transition leadership at the end of the school year, think about moving that up to the end of this semester.  If you already plan to transition leadership in the coming weeks, make sure to spend time talking with new members about the opportunity and encourage as many of them to compete as possible… But that’s a tip for later on.

Liberty Fund, Inc., a publisher of books and DVDs that explore the interrelationship of liberty and responsibility in individual life, society, governance, and economics, invites you to take a survey about your use of e-books. As a thank you for completing the survey, you will receive a $20 gift certificate for Liberty Fund products.

Please note that you must be 18 years of age, or older, have read e-books or books in electronic format, and complete the survey by November 15 to be eligible to participate in this special offer.

To access the survey:

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Last month, SFL’s Southeast Regional Conference, which brought together 120 liberty activists from the south, had the privilege of hearing from Pete Eyre and Adam Mueller, two of the liberty movement’s most involved, hands-on activists. Their talk, entitled “Voluntaryism and Activism,” focused on how the average citizen can engage in local activism to bring about real change.

Pete and Adam just wrapped up their latest project, Liberty on Tour, which entailed an excursion to 13 cities in 13 weeks with the purpose of advocating the message of voluntaryism. Their first project was The Motorhome Diaries in 2009 where they took to the road in search of liberty across America.

After compiling footage from the event, Liberty on Tour released a blog post and video, giving a cross section of the day’s speakers and events. Check it out here:

If you aren’t yet familiar with Pete and Adam, you should be. Take a few minutes to browse the websites above to learn more about their message, their projects, and their success.

Also, as the regional conference season has just concluded, it’s time to start preparing for the 2011 International Students For Liberty Conference. Space is limited, so register today.

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2010

Anyone who has ever debated a classmate, rebuked a professor, or tried to explain anything to a parent knows the value of ideas.  They guide our actions, our opinions, and ultimately the careers we choose.  Because without the ideas we would have no foundations on which to build a movement.  Luckily for us, the folks at Ideas Matter have compiled an extraordinary list of videos – everything from the “Is Obama a Keynesian” poster to clips from “Free to Choose” to various implications of central planning.  (My personal favorite is this conversation between Buchanan and Hayek on social justice.)

Group Tip: Check out some of these videos for conversation starters at your next group meeting. For example, do you have economists in your group?  Outline the classic Austrian v. Chicago debate with this clip.  Want to debate whether laws should be instituted or simply evolve through pure spontaneous order?  Check out this clip that highlights main differences between anarchism and minarchism.  There are a plethora of topics listed at the right – you can find something that interests you and your group no matter what you feel like discussing.

Still thirsty for more?  Sign up for the International SFL Conference where we will have more break-out sessions tailored to higher level discussions as well as more introductory opportunities.  Just like the ideas themselves, every time you attend an SFL Conference, you will learn so many new things.

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