The Atlas Experience 2012 Program

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Tuesday, April 24

7:30 p.m
TTMBA Closing Ceremony and Reception, by invitation only
Sponsored by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and El Pomar Foundation
Location: Penrose House
Atlas to provide a shuttle from the Broadmoor to the Penrose House. Shuttles will depart shortly before 7pm from the hotel’s main entrance.
Members of the Atlas Board of Directors, Board of Overseers, and International Think Tank MBA Graduates. As part of this reception, the Think Tank MBA graduating class will take part in a graduation ceremony

Wednesday, April 25

9:00 a.m.
Pamela Hoiles is sponsoring the following breakfast for friends of Atlas, “Uqualla: a Force for the Individuals of all Nations” — Main Ballroom

10:00 a.m.
Registration Opens — Main Ballroom

11:00 a.m.
Speed Networking — Pompeiian Room

12:15 p.m.
Opening Luncheon — Main Ballroom
Master of Ceremonies: Alex Chafuen, President, Atlas Network
Brad Lips: “Atlas: A Year in Review”
International Think Tank Leaders – “Elevator Pitches” by recent graduates of the 2012 Atlas Think Tank MBA

2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

“Online Education: Innovation in the Education Marketplace” — Donald Ross
Speakers: Baishali Bomjan, Associate Director of the Asia Centre for Enterprise, India
Lance Izumi,  Pacific Research Institute, USA
Matt Ladner, Foundation for Excellence in Education, USA
Moderator:  Matt Warner, Atlas Network, USA

“R.C. Hoiles Legacy” — Robert Trent Jones
Speakers: Leonard Liggio, Atlas Network, USA
Brad Lips, Atlas Network, USA.

3:15 p.m.
Ice Cream Break – The Rocky Road to Freedom — Golf Club Mezzanine

3:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
Spreading the Freedom Message — Robert Trent Jones
a discussion between think tanks and media experts in spreading the freedom message
Speakers: Adam Selig, Engage America, USA

Shira Rawlinson, Institute of Justice and
James Paterson, IPA, Australia.
Moderator:Jay Ambrose, a syndicated columnist, USA

Lights, Camera, Liberty! — Donald Ross
a mini-“film festival” showing off outstanding video work by think tanks in the Atlas Network
Think tanks all over the world are using video and social media to reach large audiences at low marginal cost. Thanks to its generous donors, Atlas is able to support the development of think tanks’ capabilities in this medium through grants, training and prizes. Join us for a review of the latest and most successful videos…and enjoy some popcorn, too!

Speakers:  Anne Schieber,  Mackinac Center for Public Policy, USA
Andrew Leigh, Taliesin Nexus, USA
Moderator: Patrick Reasonover, Taliesin Nexus, USA.

5:30 p.m.
Atlas Club Briefing, for Atlas Club Members only — Crystal Room
The ACB speaker is Ann Bernstein of the Centre for Development and Enterprise, South Africa. She is also the winner of the 2012 Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Award.

6:30 p.m.
Fisher Memorial Award Reception, sponsored by Pamela Hoiles  – Lakeside Terrace

7:30 p.m.
Fisher Memorial Awards Dinner — Main Ballroom
Master of Ceremonies: Tom Palmer, Atlas Network, USA
Keynote Speaker: Gabriel Calzada, incoming president, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala, Spain
Recognition of Fisher Memorial Award Winner, Ann Bernstein. She will be signing copies of her book after dinner.

Thursday, April 26

8:00 a.m.
Special Breakfast Program: Reasons for Hope Are Everywhere — Main Ballroom
featuring Think Tanks Having Real-World Impact
Speakers: Jude Blanchette,, China
Tanja Stumberger, Svetilnik , Slovenia
Casey Lartigue, South Korea
Todd Hollenbeck, Students for Liberty, USA
Moderator: Rainer Heufers, Saip Solutions, Pte Ltd, Singapore

10:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Strengthening Institutions in Latin America — Donald Ross
Speakers from Latin America share their views on the institutional environment in the region as well as how to improve it using different approaches or civil society groups.
Speakers: Carmina Valdizan, Free Cities Institute, Guatemala
Axel Kaiser, Instituto Democracia v Mercado, Chile
Bettina Horst, Atlas Network, USA
Moderator: Alex Chafuen, Atlas Network, USA

After the Welfare State — Robert Trent Jones
introducing a new Atlas initiative and featuring civil society organizations that empower individuals and create healthy communities without government.
Speakers: Deroy Murdock, Atlas Network, USA
Sean Paige, Pike Peak Freedom Forum, USA.
Moderator: Tom Palmer, Atlas Network, USA


A special thanks to the generosity of Tom Dyble, Dolores Grande, Pamela Hoiles, Andrea Millen Rich, David E. Shellenberger and the Woodford Foundation for their sponsorship of the Atlas Experience

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