In an attempt to better share our current activities with our network, SFL is beginning an SFL Around the World blog post series. At the beginning of each month, each region will post an update to their regional blog page to share their current activities. Please stay tuned for more updates next month!
Regional Conference in Yerevan
On September 17 we kicked off this Regional Conference season in Yerevan, Armenia, where 30 students gathered to learn more on how the ideas of liberty can make Armenia a better place. The conference in Yerevan was not only the first conference of the season, but also our first conference ever to be held in Armenia! Several great speakers discussed, among other things, the influence of private initiative on social change, the possibilities for fair trade in a free trade environment, and Classical Liberalism in modern day Armenia. The Yerevan conference was a great start of the season, with 18 more conferences to come! For more information on our upcoming conferences, visit esflconferences.org.
Also on September 17, a Liberty Evening took place in Prague. At this informal event, participants could enjoy a beer during a short lecture, a discussion, and do some networking afterwards. Over 60 participants turned out to hear more about the topic of this evening: the zero interest-rate policy.
Regional Conference in Vilnius
One week later, on September 24, the city of Vilnius, Lithuania, was the stage of the second conference of this season, which ESFL organised in cooperation with Lithuanian Liberal Youth. Over 130 participants enjoyed talks about entrepreneurship in Lithuania, the sharing economy, and liberalism in the Baltics, and could share their experiences live on social media under the hashtag #TheBalticWay. The conference hosted more than twenty speakers, amongst whom Ramūnas Vilpišauskas (Director of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University) and Lukas Savickas (Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Investors’ Forum).
Leadership Forum in Prague
On September 28 the first Czech Leadership Forum of this academic year was held in Prague, where 20 of our local student leaders joined forces to prepare for the new semester. The Local Coordinators attended a day full of lectures on a variety of topics, such as social media marketing, negotiation and fundraising, and how to best communicate the ideas of liberty.
Maastricht Lecture on Private Healthcare
In cooperation with SCOPE Academy, Maastricht Students For Liberty organised a lecture on private healthcare, titled “Private Healthcare: How I stopped worrying and love the competition!” Health economist Frederik Cyrus Roeder came all the way from Berlin to speak at this great event at the University of Maastricht. He challenged the common assumption that private healthcare is only for the rich, and discussed the possibilities for liberalization and market forces to bring down the burden of disease and make healthcare more accessible and affordable.