European Resource Bank Meeting 2018
We invite all Friends of Freedom, Peace, and Europe to join us at the 15th European Resource Bank (ERB) Meeting in Prague (Czech Republic), on April 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2018! This ERB-edition will be hosted in cooperation with the CERGE-EI Foundation and will take place at the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute in the city center.
The European Resource Bank Meeting is the largest gathering of classical liberal and conservative intellectuals, entrepreneurs, institutes, foundations, and think tanks from all around Europe. ERB Meetings enhance individual liberties and free enterprise, and thereby also further pluralism, peace and prosperity.
The 2018 Prague ERB meeting will offer discussions with inspiring speakers and invaluable opportunities of networking with like-minded friends. Come and join us!
Eleanor Hammond, CERGE-EI Foundation
Barbara Kolm, Austrian Economics Center
Pierre Garello, Institute of Economic Studies – Europe
What is the European Resource Bank?
The European Resource Bank is the largest annual conference of think-tanks in Europe and today gathers representatives from dozens of European think tanks, scholars, policy experts, elected officials and other parties interested in the debate over strategies and problems posed to the European economies and the future of individual liberty in Europe. It was modelled after the Resource Bank meeting organized by the Heritage Foundation in the United States and the Liberty Forum organized by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
ERB meetings attempt to build a ‘bank’ of human capital – the ultimate resource in the enterprise of freedom – and to create and renew the ties between the participating organizations.
The European Resource Bank project started fourteen years ago at the initiative of Pierre Garello, Barbara Kolm, Wolfgang Müller and Hardy Bouillon, when representatives from thirteen European classical liberal think tanks met in November 2003 in Gummersbach, Germany, to reflect on ways to improve inter-organisational cooperation. During this meeting a consensus was reached that work was still required both to improve organizational strategies and to bring into the debate all those involved in the promotion of individual liberty throughout Europe. This led Pierre Garello, Director of IES Europe, to establish the inaugural European Resource Bank meeting in Borovec, Bulgaria, spearheaded by Krassen Stanchev.
Now in its fifteenth year, each European Resource Bank Meeting is hosted by a different European institute. The program is designed by the organizer in close cooperation with historical members of the group.
While topics of the meeting are wide-ranging, from issues of European economic integration to the financial and monetary questions, the primary mission of the European Resource Bank Meetings is to improve the organizational strategy for those promoting freedom througout Europe, and to serve as a meeting forum for organisations, experts, partners and friends to develop new ideas and share experiences.
The European Resource Bank provides unparalleled networking opportunities for all groups and individuals in Europe.
The 15th European Resource Bank Meeting will be held in Prague on 13th – 15th April, 2018.
14th European Resource Bank, Podgorica, Montenegro 2017
13th European Resource Bank, Berlin, Germany 2016
12th European Resource Bank, Istanbul, Turkey 2015
11th European Resource Bank, Aix-en-Provence, France 2014
10th European Resource Bank, Vienna, Austria 2013
9th European Resource Bank, Brussels, Belgium 2012
8th European Resource Bank, Yalta, Ukraine 2011
7th European Resource Bank, London, UK 2010
6th European Resource Bank, Marseille, France 2009
5th European Resource Bank, Tblisi, Georgia 2008
4th European Resource Bank, Bucharest, Romania 2007
3rd European Resource Bank, Vienna, Austria 2006
2nd European Resource Bank, Vilnius, Lithuania 2005
1st European Rerource Bank, Borovets, Bulgaria 2004
What is this year’s ERB about?
The ERB has teamed up with the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute (CERGE-EI Foundation) in 2018. CERGE-EI Foundations magnificent facilities will help to organize working groups and workshops to debate pressing political, economic, and philosophical issues that Europe is facing today.
Thursday, April 12th 2018
|02:30 pm – 03:00 pm||Registration|
|03:00 pm – 06:00 pm||Free Market Road Show Prague|
Venue: Vysoka Skola Ekonomicka
Started in 2008, the Free Market Road Show brings together renowned economists, leading politicians and prominent business leaders every year to discuss current economic problems and possible solutions at a variety of venues across Europe and the Caucuses. It also provides unparalleled networking opportunities for participants and those within the European free market movement.
More info: http://freemarket-rs.com/
Friday, April 13th 2018
|04:00 pm – 04:15 pm||European Resource Bank Meeting|
|04:15 pm – 05:00 pm||Keynote speech|
Topic: Are planned economies our destiny?
|05:00 pm – 06:15 pm||Panel|
Topic: Central planning out of Brussels vs. a Reformed Europe
|06:15 pm – 07:30 pm||Dragon’s Den Competition|
|07:30 pm – 09:00 pm||Dinner|
Saturday, April 14th 2018
|09:00 am – 10:20 am||Open workshop|
|10:20 am – 10:40 am||Coffee Break|
|10:40 am – 12:00 pm||Panel|
Topic: How Think Tanks can promote their ideas
|12:00 pm – 01:30 pm||Lunch|
|01:30 pm – 02:30 pm||Best Practice|
|02:30 pm – 04:00 pm||Panel|
Topic: Intellectual Property
|04:00 pm – 04:20 pm||Coffee Break|
|04:20 pm – 05:20 pm||Best Practice|
Topic: Social media
Ignasi will talk about the Communication Strategy he has used on his Facebook Page SpanishLibertarian. He will explain to us the history of this channel, the strategy that he has used to have a 10x increasing of followers in just one year and he will also talk about what we can learn from military strategy if we want to win the battle of ideas.
|05:20 pm – 06:45 pm||Panel|
Topic: Is it legitimate to influence peoples’ behavior through taxes?
|06:45 pm – 08:00 pm||Free time|
|8:00 pm||Dinner & Announcement of the Winner of the Dragon’s Den Competition|
Sunday, April 15th 2018
|09:00 am – 9:45 am||Keynote speech|
|09:45 am – 11:00 am||Panel|
Topic: Cyber Security and Data Protection
|11:00 am – 11:30 am||Coffee Break|
|11:30 am – 12:45 pm||Panel|
Topic: Economic relations between the West and Asia
|12:45 pm – 1:00 pm||Closing Remarks|
Barbara Kolm, Austrian Economics Center
Hotel Novotel Praha Wenceslas Square
Kateřinská 38, 120 00 Prague-Nové Město, Czech Republic
Book a room
Please make sure you book as soon as possible as Prague is a popular travel destination in April and therefore, it could be hard to get a room near the venue.
Single Room: 125 € per night (Hotel Novotel) | 1300 CZK (about 50 €) per night (Villa Lanna)
Double Room: 2000 CZK (about 80 €) per night (Villa Lanna)
Hotel Novotel: This is a special rate for ERB participants. When booking, please make sure to mention that you participate at the ERB, as there are rooms reserved.
Villa Lanna: To make a reservation, please email email@example.com no later than February 28 2018.
Of course, you can also choose to find a room yourself using Airb’n’b.
Dragon’s Den – Competition
This year’s European Resource Bank will also host the “Think Tank Dragons’ Den” competition.
The competition is modeled after a popular BBC Show where entrepreneurs pitch business plans to five investors in the hope of raising capital for their venture.
If you wish to compete for extra funding for your project, please send an email to office[at]austriancenter.com (subject:Dragons’ Den – NAME OF YOUR INSTITUTION). Apply with a description of your organization (max. one page long) and a description of your project (again one page). Please send it until March 19th 2018.
An international committee will select the best proposals to be presented at the Dragons’ Den in Prague.
More information will be announced soon.