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Lecture Topic: The Dark Net
Bio: Jamie Bartlett is a writer and, journalist, and the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos. He writes about technology, society, politics, research methods and internet culture. He is the author of the best selling book The Dark Net which was nominated for the Debut Political Book of the Year, the Transmission Prize and the Orwell Prize.
Matt Kibbe is President and Chief Community Organizer at Free the People, an educational organization turning Millenials onto the values of liberty. He is also President atAlternativePAC, a political organization supporting Libertarian Gary Johnson for President. AltPAC’s “Dead Abe Lincoln” ad is the most viral political ad in the history of the Universe. Kibbe is also a senior editor at Conservative Review. In 2004 Kibbe foundedFreedomWorks, where he served as President for 11 years. He also served as Senior Advisor to a Rand Paul superPAC. Kibbe has worked as chief of staff for a U.S. Congressman, an economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and at the Republican National Committee.
Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is most recently author of the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto
(HarperCollins 2014). He appears frequently on national media, including FOX News, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN, MSNBC, PBS,and CSPAN.
Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books. He has written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press.
Bio: Kate Andrews is News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs. She joined in February 2016 having previously worked as Head of Communications at the Adam Smith Institute, where she handled media and donor relations. As News Editor, Kate oversees the IEA’s digital platforms, creating and commissioning content for the website, social media, and ieaTV.
Kate regularly features across UK national media, including appearances on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV and BBC’s Question Time. She currently writes a fortnightly column for London's financial newspaper CityAM.
Lecture Topic: The Future is Flexible: The nature of work in 2017 and beyond
Lecture Topic: What does it mean to be a libertarian
Bio: Lars Tvede is a serial entrepreneur and winner of a number of innovation awards. He is also author of The Creative Society plus 14 other books about libertarianism, technology, marketing, economics, entrepreneurship and the future. His books have been published in 11 languages and more than 50 editions. See his website for more information.
Bio: Dr. Steve Davies is the Head of Education at the IEA. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. He joined IHS from the UK where he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991).
Bio: Iyad el-Baghdadi is a Palestinian writer based in the United Arab Emirates who rose to prominence following his diligent reporting of the Arab Spring uprisings and their aftermath. His Twitter account has consistently been ranked as one of the most important social media accounts in the Middle East. El-Baghdadi is known for his satirical work, “The Arab Tyrant’s Manual,” which humorously highlights how embattled leaders in the Middle East and North Africa responded to the 2011 uprisings. He is currently working on “The Arab Spring Manifesto,” a project that will provide a detailed account of his vision for an Islamic libertarianism.
Jan is a technology enthusiast and a hacker. He has formal education in multiple fields from physics to finance. Since 2013, he is deeply interested in cryptocurrencies and blockchain systems. He currently works as a data scientist and blockchain expert in CreativeDock, a start-up innovation company. Jan is a member of the Paralelni Polis association, where he coordinates multiple programmes, including a Transhumanism programme focusing on the effects of technologies on human beings. He likes to try new things, so in the beginning of 2016 he decided to get an RFID chip installed under his skin. About 30 people have joined him since then.
Bio: Tim Andrews is the Founder and Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance, Australia's largest grassroots free market advocacy organisation, and a Director of the Australian Libertarian Society. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences), a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Masters of Public Policy.
He has also completed the Atlas Network's Leadership Academy and Think Tank MBA Program. He has previously worked in Washington DC for Americans for Tax Reform, as a Koch Associate, and an internship at the Cato Institute and has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, Investors Business Daily, the IPA Review and numerous other publications.
Bio: Bruce Caldwell is a professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University. Bruce Caldwell is also the General Editor of The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, and past President of the Southern Economic Association and past President of The History of Economics Society.
Christian Michel lives in London, where he advises several non-profit organisations, and gives frequent lectures and seminars. He spent many years living and studying in Paris, then in the 1980’s, he started a trust and corporate financial services company in Geneva. The company grew rapidly by offering protection to individuals worldwide against unfair taxation and bureaucratic encroachments. He eventually sold his company, and left Geneva for London.
Christian is a board member and president of Libertarian International, a director of ISIL, and a committee member of the Libertarian Alliance. He speaks frequently at libertarian conferences around the world, and has written many books and articles.
Bio: Neil is a former undercover drugs operative, and Detective Sergeant. Now he is an active member of the drug policy reform movement.
He spent fourteen years (1993-2007) infiltrating drug gangs as an undercover police officer – befriending and gaining the trust of some of the most violent, unpredictable criminals in Britain. With the insight that can only come from having fought on its front lines, Neil came to see the true futility of the War on Drugs – that it demonises those who need help, and only empowers the very worst elements in society.
Neil is the chairman of LEAP UK (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), an advocacy group formed exclusively of ex-law enforcement officials that calls for the legal regulation of illegal drugs, and he also starred on Channel 4’s Drugs Live.
Edward Peter Stringham is the Davis Professor of Economic Organizations and Innovation. Stringham is president of the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, former president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise, editor of two books, and author of more than sixty journal articles, book chapters, and policy studies. His work has been discussed on more than 100 broadcast stations, including CBS, CNBC, CNN, Fox, Headline News, NPR, and MTV. His book, Private Governance: Creating Order in Economic and Social Life, is published by Oxford University Press.
Wolf von Laer
Wolf von Laer is Chief Executive Officer at Students For Liberty. Wolf will receive his PhD in Political Economy from King’s College London in the Fall of 2016. His academic work focuses on entrepreneurship, the political economy of crisis, public choice and Austrian economics. You can find some of his publications, including a book, several book chapters and a peer-reviewed journal article on his website www.wolfvonlaer.com. He co-founded European Students For Liberty and served as its chairman. In his free time, Wolf enjoys improvisation theater and Krav Maga.
Bio: Derek Magill is a college dropout, marketer, and alternative education expert. After dropping out of college during his sophomore year, Derek started a marketing company and began speaking around the country about non-traditional education. He is currently the Director of Marketing at Praxis, a 9 month startup apprenticeship program that hopes to make college obsolete. Derek is the author of How to Get Any Job You Want.
Lecture Topic: Marxist marketing for non marxist political parties
Bio: Enrique Fonseca is a former political consultant who has worked for several elections in Spain, included the victorious campaign for the Spanish elections in 2011. In 2015 he co-wrote a marketing book called "El método Podemos". He currently works as the co-founder of VisualPolitik, one of the biggest political youtube networks, with more than 120,000 subscribers.
Julio Alejandro, "Leonardo da Vinci of Fintech" (CoinTelegraph, 2016), is the Founder and CEO of Humanitarian Blockchain, an e-governance and human rights consultancy. Branded “World’s #1 Authority of (Decentralized) Political Technologies”, he lectured at United Nations, European Union, Google, and University of Cambridge on 2016.
Alejandro is also the current US & UK Foreign Correspondent for Excelsior, largest Mexican media corporation, and London Coordinator of European Students For Liberty.
He has appeared in Fox News, Foreign Affairs and The New Statesman. He has globalization and immigration studies from Sciences Po (Paris) and Cambridge and resides in Kensington, London.
"Blockchain is liberating individuals and communities across the developing world. Learn from 30 international examples of start-ups, products, and trends that solve homelessness in London, slavery in Indonesia, poverty in Zimbabwe, narcotics in Honduras, corruption in Ghana, banking for refugees, military invasions in Ukraine, Estonia, and the Republic of Georgia.
Alejandro, “World’s #1 Authority of Political Technologies”, identifies the bests practices of AltTech and builds “convergent” systems of decentralized, untraceable, “holocratic”, automated, and anonymous forms of trade, communication, and everyday life decisions -explained- in an interactive, understandable, enjoyable fashion.
Estonian e-citizenships, Bitcoin Visa Debit Cards, drones for DoctorPreneurs, BitNation, SeaSteeding, Hactivism, and its libertarian “convergence” with Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Virtual/Augmented Reality, and Internet of Things (IoT) for metropolis and transhumanist stateless individuals.
Lecture Topic: e-Fenix: why everything you know is already dead or dying, and how to rise from the ashes in the digital era
Bio: Henrik Jönsson is a self-made entrepreneur, investor and author. A multi-disciplinary creative, he focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation and value creation. Henrik is currently running a group of Scandinavian IT companies, whose sphere of activities range from mobile software development to online gourmet food delivery and has authored several award-winning games for Apple devices. Henrik is a self-made entrepreneur, lecturer and author on IT, and has since the 1990's built a series of successful digital service companies in San Francisco, London and Scandinavia. He specializes in trend analysis and futurology, and is currently directing a group of companies in Sweden. He was awarded the entrepreneur of the year award within applied Virtual Reality Concepts for his work on virtualized e-learning, is a recurring speaker on the digital economy at the FOA in London, is a regular columnist in SvD, the leading daily newspaper in Sweden and has designed several award winning computer games, as well as being a co-founder and chief operative running the libertarian yearly unconference "King's Park Week" in Sweden since 2012.
Tom G. Palmer
Bio: Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.
He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights.
He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London.
He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), and Peace, Love, & Liberty (2014). Palmer received his BA in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland; his MA in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.
Lecture Topic: A Short History of Pessimism
Bio: Dominik Stroukal is a Ph.D. candidate in Economic Theories at the University of Economics and president of the Czech and Slovak Ludwig von Mises Institute. He holds an MA in Economic Analysis at the University of Economics and in Media Studies at Charles University, both in Prague, Czech Republic. He is a lecturer at the University of Finance and Administration, the University of Economics, and teaches economics at two high schools. He is currently doing research on cryptocurrencies and labor economics. He co-authored his first book about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin: The Money of the Future (in Czech). He published papers about Czech labor markets where he works on the dynamics of unemployment. As president of the Czech and Slovak Mises Institute (mises.cz) he gives lectures and organizes workshops not only about cryptocurrencies and Austrian economics but also about money, business cycle theory, and other topics from both theory and practice.
Giacomo Zucco is a Theoretical Physicist, former Technology Consultant for Accenture spa, serial entrepreneur in the field of emerging technologies. Economic blogger and contributor to several Italian newspapers. Involved in several projects in Bitcoin and blockchain space since 2012, he is now CEO of Milan-based research/development/incubation/consulting firm Blockchain Lab, a world-class competence center in the field.
Lecture Topic: Stefan Zweig and the Dream of Europe: What has been achieved?
Bio: Yaël Ossowski is a journalist and informational entrepreneur based in Vienna, Austria.He is currently the Senior Development Officer for Students For Liberty, having previously served as Senior Director and European Programs Director.
He was Watchdog.org’s Florida Bureau Chief, chief Spanish translator, and national investigative reporter from 2012-2015.
Yaël has worked as a multimedia journalist across the United States, Canada, and Europe, and his writings have appeared in the The Washington Examiner, The Huffington Post, South African Business Day, The Charlotte Observer, L’AGEFI, Human Events, Reason Magazine, Metropole Magazine, Rare, Independent Journal Review, 4Liberty.eu, CapX, The Gaston Gazette, FoxNews.com, Townhall.com, Le Minarchsite Québécois, Sunshine State News, and Wisconsin Reporter.
He writes a fortnightly column called “Question the Narrative” for the PanAm Post, is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and hosts a weekly podcast on life abroad called The Innocents Abroad.
He studied at Concordia University in Montréal, the University of Vienna, and is currently seeking a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) at the CEVRO Institute in Prague.
Lecture Topic: Markets Uber Alles
Bio: James W. "Jim" Lark III, Ph. D. currently serves as a professor of systems engineering and applied mathematics at the University of Virginia. He served as the United States Libertarian Party National Chairman from 2000 to 2002.
Since May 2009, Lark is the chairman of the Advocates for Self-Government. He also serves on the board of directors of the International Society for Individual Liberty as well as the board of advisers of the pro-liberty student organization Students For Liberty, and has spoken at their conferences across North America and Europe. He is a member of the Board of Advisers of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolnosci I Przedsiebiorczosci) in Poland.
He received a B.S. in Mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Va. Tech) and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Lark has served as visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Public Choice at Virginia Tech. He was an Earhart Foundation Visiting Fellow at the Center for Research in Government Policy and Business in the Graduate School of Management at the University of Rochester. He has also served as a visiting scholar in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is the author of publications in mathematics, operations research, and artificial intelligence. His solution procedure for finite-horizon partially observed Markov decision processes is known in the research literature as the “Lark algorithm” (or “Lark filtering algorithm”).
On February 19, 2007, the Libertarian Party of Virginia awarded Lark the designation of "Libertarian Leader" for 2007 in recognition of his many contributions to the Libertarian Party. Lark is the fourth person to be so honored.
Bio: Edouard is a passionate liberal who has been involved with SFL for 2 years. He is now working in a startup, and he is a regular writer for the French liberal website Contrepoints. He has written his Master's thesis about surrogacy, and he is most interested by bioethics, about which he has written a lot.
Lecture Topic: From surrogacy to genetic engineering: a liberal look at new reproductive technologies
Ales Rod works as the research director in the Centre for Economic and Market Analyses. He earned his Ph.D. (Economic Theory) at University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic and he still lectures at several universities. His research activities are related to economics of regulation with an application in energy and waste economy, public finance and banking. Moreover, he is involved in several projects dealing with shadow economy analysis and economics of luxury. Ales is a board member of the Consumer Forum Czech Republic, cooperates with Europe’s Research Alliance for a Digital Economy in London and consults various projects dealing with smart cities and digital economy for both public and private subjects in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Lecture Topic: Sharing economy, sharing culture, sharing society - the liberal problem of privatism
Bio: Dr. Stefan Kolev is a professor of economics at the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau and deputy director of the Wilhelm Röpke Institute in Erfurt, Germany. He graduated from the University of Hamburg with a doctoral thesis on the political economy of neoliberalism in 2011. His current work is focused on the history of economic thought, Austrian economics, economic sociology and “Neue Ordnungsökonomik”, an attempt to revitalize the constitutional approach to political economy of the Freiburg School of ordoliberalism.
Stefan Kolev is part of the international faculty of the new Prague PPE program at CEVRO Institute and spent the winter semester 2016/2017 as a research fellow at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University, USA.
Lecture Topic: Firearms laws: what works and what doesn't - Czech experience (Workshop)
Bio: David Karásek is a criminologist specialised in firearms laws and board member of LEX - Czech firearms rights association. He was one of people participating in creation and development of Czech firearms law.
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Introduction to Transhumanism
This workshop will be led by Jan Hubik and Domink Stroukal. Jan is a technology enthusiast and a hacker, he is a member of the Paralelni Polis association, where he coordinates multiple programmes, including a Transhumanism programme focusing on the effects of technologies on human beings. He likes to try new things, so in the beginning of 2016 he decided to get an RFID chip installed under his skin. About 30 people have joined him since then. Will you be the next?
Don't miss the chance to get to know interesting people from all over Europe with a popular meeting format designed to accelerate your contacts.
Thanks to our partner LEX, you will get the opportunity to try out various guns, including the Czech assault rifle Sa58.
LEX is an organization aiming to protect the right of every citizen to posess weapons and to educate gun owners and general public on gun safety.
The price is only 20 EUR, including taxi, ammunition, and instructors.
Free Startup Project
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The recent rise of sharing economy and modern technology has been astonishing. We can now see new innovations, projects and start-ups appearing almost every day. How will this trend affect our future? That is the question for more than 40 renowned economists, entrepreneurs, scientists, journalists, experts in cryptocurrencies, transhumanism and more. They are coming to Prague to share their knowledge, experience and vision. We invite you to be the part of it!
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