GLA for Poland: Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation in Washington, DC

Citizens of the United States of America are known for their broad involvement in third sector – associations, foundations and all different kinds of activities on local level. Numbers alone tell much about scope of civic society: in the US there are 29.400 organizations per one million inhabitants while in Poland there are only 3.266 of them. That is why since 2012 Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation is educating new leaders who are ready to change Polish third sector. This year we decided to do something new and unknown in Poland – promote grassroots approach. By grassroots we understand bottom-up initiatives of ordinary people who’s aim is to push for positive change. Our Foundation’s flagship project, the Polish-American Leadership Academy begins cooperation with Americans for Prosperity (AFP), educational hub of grassroots leaders rooted in the ideas of freedom. That is why on September 11th we arrived in Washington, DC.

First contact with AFP we had during Project Arizona – international program of our Foundation – earlier this year. In Phoenix, entire group of Project Arizona’s students attended two levels of Grassroots Leadership Academy which is designed to activate people concerned about defending the American dream. In essence, we went to DC in order to get a training preparing us to implement GLA in Poland. Few days of training at AFP’s headquarters in Arlington was designed to teach and empower Polish instructors (Magdalena Spendel, Jacek Spendel, Marcin Chmielowski, Mateusz Błaszczyk, Tomasz Pułról) and thus make us ready to launch GLA in our country. What is important to stress, Poland will be the first country outside United States where Grassroots Leadership Academy is offered, and we are truly honored to have this opportunity. Polish variation of Grassroots Leadership Academy will become essential part of our first flagship project, the Polish-American Leadership Academy. Training time with extraordinary people such as Daryn Iwicki, Matthew Hurtt or Dave Johnson was complimented with additional activities such as public speech of our Vice President Marcin Chmielowski which was offered to few dozens of AFP workers. Marcin spoke on importance of freedom from Polish perspective and his speech caught attention of the audience as they raised many questions.

Our stay in the United States’ capital was dedicated primarily to the GLA instructors’ training, however we managed to conduct many meetings with people from the American freedom movement. Among the individuals we met there were: Luke Hilgemann (CEO, Americans for Prosperity), dr Peter Jaworski (Georgetown University, member of our Board of Advisers), Leah Kieff (Foundation Director, Generation Opportunity Foundation), Terry Allen (supporter of FEF and other libertarian organizations). We had also a pleasure to introduce ourselves and present our achievements to five important institutions on freedom map of DC and entire world: CATO Institute, ATLAS Economic Research Foundation, Competitive Enterprise Institute, The Fund for American Studies, and Students for Liberty. All of these meetings were really good and what is most important – productive. By the end of our busy and full of networking visit in US Capital we were invited by TFAS’ President Roger Ream to take part in piano concert of Solomon Eichner. The concert took place in the Embassy of Poland and its’ purpose was to raise funds for Paderewski-Rowny Scholarship Fund which is supporting extraordinary Polish student who will take part in the prestigious summer school in DC, organized by The Fund for American Studies. Event at the Polish Embassy was also a unique opportunity to get to know a special person, Honorable gen. Edward Rowny who is celebrating this year his 100th birthday. His extraordinary achievements for both United States and Poland demand high respect.




Liberty English Camp: 27-31 August 2017 (Sobotka) – Report

Camp was organized jointly by Language of Liberty Institute and Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation, with the support of the Polish American Foundation for Economic Research and Education (PAFERE), the Foundation for Economic Education and ATLAS Network. It was attended by 25 students from Poland, Belarus, Germany and Kurdistan.

Daniel Issing from European Students for Liberty (ESFL) was responsible for introducing the delegation from Kurdistan (students at the American University there, a local entrepreneur, and a representative from the Kurdish Chamber of Commerce). He attended the Camp and presented the vision and mission of ESFL.

The Camp was opened with a talk by Jaroslav Romanchuk from the Mises Economic Science Research Institute in Minsk, Belarus, via Skype video conferencing. Jaroslav was supposed to be present physically at the Camp but his passport had been lost during the process of applying for a Polish visa in Minsk. Unable to get a new passport in time for the Camp, he attended via Skype and gave us an update on the situation in Belarus.

A second talk via Skype was made by Slobodan Franeta from the Libertarian organisation called Lucha in Montenegro. Slobodan was unable to be with us due to a conflict in schedule but he told us about the situation in Montenegro, especially in the area of education, a topic of much discussion in his country at the moment. Is education a basic human right is the question that is currently a hot topic in Montenegro.

Jan Kuban, President of PAFERE, gave a lecture on the successful transition of Poland from a communist state to a democracy from 1989 to 1992 and his own life before, during and after this period, starting a thriving computer business that is still going strong after nearly 30 years. In his speech Mr. Kuban highlited three main tasks of a true
libertarian in contemporary world:
1. Defeating socialism – system which leads to misery and poverty
2. Active support and popularization of subsidiarity as an idea that
guarantees freedom and economic development
3. Countering decadency by addressing critical challenges and doing needed and
useful work.

Other lectures and presentations concerned Free Market Economics, Judiciary Reform in Poland (a controversial subject currently resulting in tension between Poland and the European Union), Wealth Protection, Agorism, Intellectual Entrepreneurship, and the Forgotten History of the Krakow School of Economics, a movie created by FEF to remember the influence of the Austrian School of Economics in Krakow during and after the Austrian-Hungarian Empire days.

The delegation from Kurdistan gave us both the history of Kurdistan and an update on the current status, barely 3 weeks away from the controversial Independence Referendum to be held on 25 September. Zana, a young entrepreneur from Suleimaniyah, the second largest city in Kurdistan, told us his personal story of starting a web-based business in a place “under siege” from Islamic State and in very difficult circumstances.

Two students from Belarus also gave us a brief update on the economic and political situation in Belarus, highlighting the high inflation rate (second only to Venezuela) an the state of fear that has gripped the country following the disproportionately violent crackdown by the Lukashenka government forces on peaceful protesters in March of this year. Demonstrating merely against unjust and painful taxation regulations (and not demanding the resignation of Lukashenka) was enough to unleash the fury of the State against the protesters and no protest has been held in Belarus since then. Only the IT sector is relatively free in Belarus, simply because the State has not figured out yet how to regulate this industry. Hopefully they never will!

On the final night, we held a debate regarding the question of the potential of agorism to destroy the state. The debate was convincingly won by the pro-agorist side, led by a student from Kurdistan. It was satisfying to note that two 16-year olds from the TDJ English Camp participated in this debate, an experience they will remember for a long time.

The possibility of having a Liberty English Camp in a free and independent Kurdistan excited everyone and we look forward to seeing the result of the referendum.

Following the decision earlier this year by the government in Belarus to allow visa-free entry for up to 5 days to visitors from over 120 countries also increased the possibility of holding a Liberty Camp in Belarus, another exciting prospect. All in all, a wonderful 2 weeks of promoting Liberty in Poland and beyond!

Liberty English Camp in Pokrzywna – Report

Only few days ago we finished our Liberty Camps in Poland and we are really happy about the results. Here is our report from the first Camp in Pokrzywna.

Our first camp was organized by the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of a Polish business conglomerate, TDJ Foundation, with the aim of introducing the children of the company’s employees to the idea of Free Market Economics, Entrepreneurship, the principles of classical Liberalism, and giving them opportunity to practice and improve their English language skills. Exactly 40 students participated in this “English Camp” over an 8-day period, climaxing in a final presentation by the students to the CEOs of both the TDJ conglomerate as well as the TDJ Foundation.

As the ideas of classical Liberalism were new to almost all the participants and as their level of English proficiency was still basic, we presented the topics in the form of introductory lectures, small discussion groups, videos, and movies (such as Call of the Entrepreneur). Two representatives of the Acton Institute came from Rome to present and discuss the “Poverty Cure” videos, and Marina Brierely from England presented on private education to children in poor countries, based on the life and book of James Tooley “A Beautiful Tree”. She also told the story of her own family, escaping Communist Russia during Stalin’s time to China, only to be confronted by Mao’s Communist China a few years later and having to emigrate eventually to Australia. Only the entrepreneurial skills and attitudes of her ancestors ensured that they survived these very difficult times in both Russia and China and enabled Marina to tell their story, which is also documented in a book she wrote to commemorate her family’s history.

Unsurprisingly, exposure to these new topics generated lots of discussion and interest among these young people, something very different from what they hear at their various schools and universities. We also did a presentation on the recent history of Estonia, showing the post-communist transformation of that country to a market economy, as well as a movie on the Swedish Welfare State Myth, demonstrating that the welfare in Sweden was made possible only by a previous market economy, and that redistribution depends on someone creating the “cake” first before it can be split into pieces and handed out to beneficiaries.

The students came away with the idea that there is no such thing as a free lunch, and that genuine wealth is the result of hard work and productivity, not something that is produced by the State.
Four of the students, whose English language skills improved sufficiently during the week were happy to join us for our second Liberty Camp, which started immediately after the first one finished, in a location about an hour’s drive away, in the town of Sobotka.

Meet Our new Advisory Board’s Member – Peter Jaworski!

We would like to introduce you to our new Advisory Board’s Member – Peter Jaworski, Ph.D. His intelectual capacity and dedication for ideas we hold deer make him a great supplement for our Foundation.

Peter Martin Jaworski is an Assistant Teaching Professor teaching business ethics. He is a Senior Fellow with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, and a Director of the Institute for Liberal Studies. He has also been a Visiting Research Professor at Brown University.

Peter’s academic work has been published or is forthcoming in several journals including Ethics, the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, the Journal of Business Ethics, and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.

Along with Jason Brennan, Peter is the author of „Markets without Limits: Moral Virtues and Commercial Interests” published in 2015.

Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown, Peter was a visitor in the Philosophy department at the College of Wooster, and was an instructor in Philosophy at Bowling Green State University.

„Economics and Trumponomics” – Lecture of Richard N. Lorenc in Cracow

Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation invites you for a public speech of Richard N. Lorenc, Chief Operating Officer at Foundation for Economic Education, organisation which is dedicated to promotion of sound economics.

Lecture „Economics and Trumponomics” touches the question of economic side of President Donald Trump’s administration. Lecture will be held in English.

Event will take place on August 17th (Thursday) at 5pm in the conference room of the Herbewo company located at Lubelska 28 str., 6th floor, Cracow.

Please, visit also our facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/720662164789709/


Richard N. Lorenc is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). FEE is making the ideas of liberty familiar and credible to the rising generation. As COO, Lorenc supports FEE’s business unit leaders, supervises program measurement, directs artwork and corporate communications, and participates in fundraising and strategic planning. Lorenc also serves as managing director of FEE’s Youth Education & Audience Research („YEAR”) project to develop and promote new content and distribution techniques for free-market ideas.

Lorenc is involved in a variety of civic, educational, and professional development organizations. He serves on the board of directors of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, Inc., an advocacy group established to place meaningful controls on federal spending. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors of America’s Future.

Our international expansion continues!

Member of our foundation, Paweł Piwowar, has participated in the European Resource Bank in Podgorica, Montenegro –  the largest meeting of liberty-oriented European think tanks. Paweł  took part in the Dragon’s Den contest for young NGOs, where he pitched his project of a liberty mobile app in front of the international jury. Although the contest was won by our friends from Romania and Ukraine, the massive amount of positive feedback we received is a good sign, and you will hear of our project for sure.

2016 – annual report

ANNUAL REPORT

5 own, major projects of our foundation and at least twice as many co-organized, over 300 participants of our events and tens of thousands viewers, whom we reach every day on YouTube and Facebook – that’s the summary of the year 2016 in the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation.

We encourage you to study our annual report, in which we give you a detailed description of our every activity, and plans for the future as well!

You can read our report by clicking HERE.

 

 

Polsko-Amerykańska Akademia Liderów

Polsko-Amerykańska Akademia Liderów

Głównym przesłaniem Polsko-Amerykańskiej Akademii Liderów jest wykształcenie nowej generacji liderów: przyszłych polityków, dziennikarzy, osób zaangażowanych w sektor pozarządowy, którzy zmienią oblicze polskiego życia publicznego. Akademia Liderów wychodzi naprzeciw problemowi, który obserwujemy obecnie: młode pokolenie działaczy społecznych i politycznych jest nieprzygotowane do sprawowania istotnych funkcji w życiu społecznym, wykazując się jedynie posłuszeństwem wobec przełożonych. Akademia ma na celu to zmienić, wprowadzając solidnie wyedukowanych absolwentów na „rynek” społeczno-polityczny i dzięki temu pozytywnie wpłynąć na jakość polskiego życia publicznego.

Organizatorzy przyznają, że idee ograniczonego rządu, wolności gospodarczej i indywidualnej odpowiedzialności, tworzą fundamenty, wokół których koncentrować się będzie program Akademii. Każda edycja PAAL trwa trzy miesiące i obejmuje następujące dziedziny:

  • komunikację społeczną
  • filozofię polityki
  • ekonomię wolnego rynku
  • etykę gospodarczą

Kurs odbywa się dwa razy do roku, na wiosnę i na jesieni. Zajęcia prowadzone są przez doświadczonych naukowców z Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Uniwersytetu Śląskiego oraz ekspertów Instytutu Misesa. Projek zlokalizowany jest w Katowicach, jednak dzięki specjalnej platformie internetowej przekaz z zajęć dociera do odbiorów w całej Polsce. Kurs kończą egzaminy (z ekonomii, etyki, i polityki) oraz sprawdzian umiejętności praktycznych z komunikacji społecznej, przed absolwentami otwierają się nowe ścieżki rozwoju kariery. Dla najlepszych absolwentów organizatorzy przewidzieli: płatny staż w amerykańskim Goldwater Institute, staż w Fundacji Wolności i Przedsiębiorczości, a także wyjazdy na letnie seminaria naukowe w Stanach Zjednoczonych, Czechach, Słowenii i na Ukrainie.

Szczegóły i rejestracja na stronie www.akademialiderow.edu.pl

Akademia Młodych Przedsiębiorców

Rekrutacja do Akademii Młodych Przedsiębiorców

Już w drugiej połowie stycznia rusza I edycja Akademii Młodych Przedsiębiorców – projektu skierowanego do osób rozważających założenie własnej działalności gospodarczej. Głównym przesłaniem Akademii Młodych Przedsiębiorców jest pomoc młodym ludziom w planowanej przez nich drodze przedsiębiorcy. Trzon programu stanowić będą cztery moduły: kompetencje psychologiczne (przewidziana jest w tym module część warsztatowa), pisanie biznes planu, wiedza z zakresu zakładania spółek i spotkania z prosperującymi przedsiębiorcami, którzy opowiedzą o swojej drodze. Kurs odbywał się będzie w każdą sobotę, od 19 stycznia do końca marca, w Krakowie. Dla osób, które nie mogą dojeżdżać do Krakowa, istnieje możliwość uczestniczenia w trybie wirtualnym, poprzez platformę e-learningową. Koszt całego kursu w formule wirtualnej wynosi zaledwie 200 zł, natomiast w formule rzeczywistej 400 zł.

Zajęcia prowadzone będą prowadzone tylko przez praktyków działających na rynku. Wiedza, którą oferujemy, ma wymiar tylko i wyłącznie praktyczny. Dodatkowo, oferujemy naszym kursantom możliwość wygrania 10 tys zł. Na rozpoczęcie własnej działalności gospodarczej. Od wszystkich uczestników kursu będziemy wymagać napisania biznes – planu, co będzie warunkiem zaliczenia i otrzymania od nas certyfikatu. Najlepszy biznes – plan, wybrany przez grono wykładowców i przedsiębiorców, zostanie uhonorowany nagrodą pieniężną, która posłuży zwycięzcy na sfinansowanie swojego startu na rynku.

Szczegóły i rejestracja na stronie:
www.mlodziprzedsiebiorcy.com.pl