Language of Liberty Institute (LLI) Events in December 2013

Following the camps in Ethiopia, we headed to the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, for the Language of Liberty Institute’s first event in that country. The 2-day seminar on Liberty and Entrepreneurship was organized by two previous Liberty Camp students, Edo Omerčević from the local economic think tank Centar za poslovnu afirmaciju and Admir Čavalić from the local NGO Multi. Both men are founders of their respective organizations and very active in the promotion of liberty and free enterprise . Some 16 students attended the seminar and we enjoyed instructive discussions on the current state of Bosnia in terms of ease of doing business, taxation, bureaucracy, and government interference in the lives of people generally. Unfortunately, Bosnia’s ratings on these issues are among the lowest in Europe and it is not easy to start a new business. A few of the students were actual entrepreneurs, mainly in the IT industry, and the obstacles that government bureaucracy places in their way are  very counterproductive and will not help the country in its economic development. Bosnia is still recovering from its recent tragic history of the mid-1990s and we had the opportunity visit the Srebrenica Gallery with its haunting images of the 13 July 1995 massacre of thousands of people in this village not that far from the Bosnian capital. The Old Town of Sarajevo was more positive, with mosques, a synagogue, an Orthodox church and a Roman Catholic cathedral all in close proximity to each other, demonstrating the traditional atmosphere of tolerance and pluralism. This year, Sarajevo will be remembered for the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz-Ferdinand on 28th June, that triggered  World War I. There is certainly a lot of history here and not far from Tirana, Albania, the location for this year’s ISIL World Liberty Summit from 28 to31 August – an …

The First Entrepreneurial Liberty Camps Have Just Been Held In Ethiopia!

I am thrilled to share with you about our first ever entrepreneurial Liberty English camps in Ethopia, organized by TEAM in collaboration with LLI, Ethiopian SFL, and Bastiat Society of Ethiopia from 12-17 December 2013. The camp hosted hundreds of students in two different cities of Ethiopia from more than 10 universities. Our program combined lectures, presentations, videos, as well as SFL charter leader video messages from abroad to Ethiopian students to help students acquire the necessary tools to protect their freedoms and spread the ideas of liberty more effectively amongst their friends and neighbors. These camps are our second big achievement we have towards the advancement of the functioning free market principles and liberty ideals in Ethiopia, follow our first liberty conference, which was organized by TEAM and Atlas Network in August 2013. In the programs, LLI co-founder and acclaimed management consultant Andy Eyschen trained and discussed with students about free market economics, voluntary exchange, the fundamental principles and institutions necessary to support a free enterprise, and the system that can uphold and protect the rest. In addition, the executive director of the Language of Liberty Institute, Glenn Cripe also raised the ideas and lives of pro-liberty figures including Ayn Rand, FA Hayek, Frederick Bastiat, and others. The director of Bastiat Society in Ethiopia, an official chapter of Bastiat Society also attended the camp in Addis Ababa and made a presentation on the works of Frederic Bastiat, the mission, goals, and objectives of the Bastiat Society to student participants who attended the camp in Addis Ababa. Moreover, I had the chance to partake in the lectures where I introduced the works of TEAM along with the mission of Atlas Network and Students for Liberty. I also spoke on what causes wealth to grow and societies to progress when given …