Recap of the ISIL 2013 International Libertarian Conference

Thanks to a generous grant from the Grassroot Institute of Hawai’i and the Koch Foundation I was able to attend the ISIL’s 2013 International Libertarian Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. I am sincerely thankful to the Grassroot Institute of Hawai’i for giving me the opportunity to join this conference. The information that I learned, and connections that I made during my time there, is extremely valuable and useful to me. I also need to thank ISIL, the International Society for Individual Liberty, for hosting an amazing event, which was well structured, and ran like Swiss clockwork. The structure of the conference was very nice for networking and learning from the speakers. There were more than 22 presentations, and each presentation was around half an hour long. After three presentations there was a coffee or lunch break, followed by a panel made up of the speakers from the previous three presentations. At the end of the day we would all gather in a café to have a round table discussion regarding a topic that was chosen by the attendees during the coffee breaks. I really liked this structure because it gave attendees the opportunity to ask the speakers a question during their Q&A panel, or approach them during the coffee breaks. The round table discussions in the café were especially interesting because everyone was encouraged to add to the discussion, and the topics were very stimulating and thought-provoking. It truly was an ‘international’ conference, hosting speakers and attendees from all around the world. There were speakers from various European countries, the United States, Guatemala, Singapore, Japan, and even North Korea. There were several organizations being represented at the conference, and it was nice to learn about all the great work these organizations are doing to promote liberty around the world, but it …

2013 World Conference to be Held in Lausanne, Switzerland

The ISIL 2013 World Conference has been confirmed for the beautiful lakeside city of Lausanne, Switzerland, near Geneva. Arrival is Wednesday, August 21st, with a reception in the evening. The main conference program runs from Thursday morning the 22nd into Sunday afternoon the 25th. As always, there is a powerful speaker lineup (many of them already shown on the conference website), plus the chance to see old liberty-loving friends from around the world, and to make new ones. Meeting these fascinating freedom-lovers is always an exhilarating experience! Not to mention that this is also a special chance to see one of the world’s most beautiful countries. A bargain fee of just CHF$135 (or about USD143 – with a discount for young people) – covers the full 4-day conference program, all coffee breaks, plus the gala banquet! Go to the Lausanne Conference website for lots more details and to register. There are hotels and restaurants for a variety of budgets and tastes around the conference venue. Hotel details and many other travel tips are now on the Lausanne Conference website. Conference Scholarship Funds Needed! We also want to bring in students and young activists, especially from Eastern Europe. Past recipients have frequently gone home and created or expanded networks, organizations and publishing projects. We seek to raise $40,000 to bring in 50 students. This is a great investment in ISIL’s “Johnny Appleseed” strategy and the future growth of world liberty. Scholarships and other contributions to ISIL are tax-deductible in the USA.