Projects


 

Unleashing the ManPower
Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation is launching campaign which is designed to improve score of Poland in the category of labor freedom in the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom. Labor freedom is the category where Poland’s score is very poor: according to the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom 2015, our country gets only 60,4 points in that area. But behind the numbers there is a severe problem. Heavy regulation of labor market, especially in terms of the shape of regular time work contracts makes Poland a country of wide-spread temporary contracts and grey labor market. The group that is especially hit by the regulations are young people. Labor regulations are also partly responsible for the massive emigration of Polish youth. Nature of this regulation and our solutions will be presented in our strategic plan soon. Our campaign will touch a serious problem and therefore it’s important for the future of Poland.

Freedom under Fire is a TV show that questions the most important issues of public debate in Poland. It’s about principles of freedom and their application in Polish context. Our program is designed to open people’s minds and show them that there is an alternative. Alternative based on simple moral principles, not on trade-offs or particularisms. Our host is Marcin Chmielowski, the most popular Polish libertarian of young generation – experienced journalist and political scientist in one, regularly in Polish national TV, youtube personality with more than one million views of his videos combined. The production quality is assured by Przedmarańcza Company, one of the most experienced companies in video production in Poland, top quality. The screenplay of 10 episodes is filled with the content both sticking to ideas of liberty and compelling to general audience. We will discuss issues from the damaging influence of EU subsidies through the dangerous relation of big business and big government, up to massive unemployment of University graduates. Our promise is to deliver a message that touches problems of the average Poles and present freedom-oriented solutions to that problems. The show will not only suggest right literature and organizations that fight for freedom but also present effective strategies applicable in real world.

Polish-American Leadership Academy is repeated every semester program dedicated to young people who seek career in public sphere. The main aim of the Academy is to educate the next generation of leaders who will shape Poland’s future according to the principles of a free society. We educate students about free-market economics, political philosophy, ethics, and communications. Our classes take place in Katowice, Poland but through e-learning platform we are able to reach young people around the world. The best graduates of Academy, chosen after exams, can become interns at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix and the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation as well as receiving scholarships to prestigious summer schools in Washington, D.C. (Cato University) and Prague, Czech Republic (American Institute on Political and Economic Systems), and Slovenia (Liberty Seminar). Polish-American Leadership Academy was launched in 2012 when we started first edition of our project. Until now, there were already three editions of Academy that attracted total number of 560 students. We consider it as a big success but not rest on laurels and develop new courses, contemporary available also in English.

Academy of Young Entrepreneurs is another FEF’s semesterlong program. It has an important mission: to complete student’s education by giving them knowledge and abilities (from psychology and law) essential to establish their first business. The Academy’s aim is to unleash potential of new, young entrepreneurs – leaders of free market society. The full program takes one semester, and we run two programs a year. After completion of the whole program, our students submit professionally written business plans. Academy of Young Entrepreneurs is a program for people who know what they want: be independent businessman. Our program awards the best business plan, judged by professional businessmen. Main award is 10.000 PLN (ca. 3.100 USD) – amount of money to run a start-up in our country. Academy addresses the project to young (18-35 years old) people with clear goal to start their own business.

Project “Economics in the Classroom” (www.ekonomiadlazielonych.edu.pl) is focusing on economic education of the high school students. The project aims to promote entrepreneurship and and show how does the market economy work. Our target are high school students, age 14-18. The project is presented to the youth in 10 steps, each step is one webinar and chat. It’s very intuitive and shown in interesting graphic form. First edition of the “Economics in the Classroom” started in April, 2013 and will be completed by the end of June, 2013. We are going to continue the project in the future. “Economics in the Classroom” is a project based on free license from the Lithuanian Free Market Institute.