Liberté Foundation

Liberté Foundation (Fundacja Liberté) is a think tank and a civil society organization founded in 2007 in Poland. The main focus of our activities is publishing expert, ideological, socio-political Liberté! magazine – a quarterly magazine in print and an online magazine www.liberte.pl.

Our mission is to promote civic engagement for community, an open society, liberal economic ideas, European integration, and to organize a social movement around these ideas in Poland. The Organization’s main objective is to create in Poland a viable liberal alternative to the mainstream populists attitudes in the form of a comprehensive and interdisciplinary institution capable of influencing Polish citizens in an efficient way in a bid to bring about a liberal change in the country and the society as a whole.

The Foundation is a member of expert organizations: 4liberty.eu network, Atlas network, and European Liberal Forum (ELF).

Projects and Activities

Liberté!

Liberté! is a quarterly magazine in print. Our credo is to reflect on the reality in a critical manner, remain skeptical of all ideologies, take the world around us and ourselves with caution and a bit of irony, to treat freedom of an individual as the key principle guiding the politics, focusing on both European and global perspective for Poland, to bravely promote the seemingly unpopular ideas that we believe to be important, at the same time remaining open-minded towards other points of view, to be open for a debate, exchanging reasonable arguments. Our Editorial Team consist of journalists and contributors from around Poland.

Editor-in-Chief: Leszek Jażdżewski

Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Marcin Celiński

Editorial Team: Piotr Augustyniak, Magdalena M. Baran, Piotr Beniuszys, Marcin Celiński, Sławomir Drelich, Marcin Frenkel, Daria Hejwosz-Gromkowska, Krzysztof Iszkowski, Sławomir Kalinowski, Tomasz Kamiński, Tomasz Kasprowicz, Joanna Łopat, Tomasz Mincer, Marcin Wojciechowski.

Translations and International Cooperation: Olga Łabendowicz

Promotion and Contact with the Readers: Agnieszka Kożańska

Liberte.pl

We create an online NetPaper that provides the Reader with the best selection of articles from Poland and abroad in one place.

Freedom Games

Freedom Games are a meeting of people curious about the world and hungry for new ideas. A discussion about the key challenges the Western societies must face in the 21st century. Freedom Games are a unique interdisciplinary forum held in Poland, the aim of which is to offer a creative space for individuals from the sectors of culture, business, and public affairs, among others.

Freedom Games are a leading intellectual and educational event in Poland. We hosted renowned speakers from the United States, Russia, China, France, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and United Kingdom, among others. The Organizer has proved that within four years it was possible to gather in Łódź outstanding intellectuals, representatives of culture and public life from around the globe – including lecturers from the Universities of Cambridge, Berkeley, Lodz, and Paris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lodz University of Technology, a former prime minister of Russia, dissidents, writers, poets, and the leaders of influential non-governmental organizations such as National Endowment for Democracy or European Liberal Forum. The partners of the event included: Open Society Foundations, Atlas Foundation, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the City of Lodz Office, Marshall Office of Lodz Region, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, and such companies as Orange, DNB, and PZU.

Among hundreds of speakers who took part in Freedom Games we may find: Robert Cooper, Adam Michnik, Agnieszka Holland, Maria Peszek, Marek Belka, Leszek Balcerowicz, Peter Gloor, Brendan Simms, Angana Chatterji, Andrzej Stasiuk, Marcin Świetlicki, Liao Ywiu, Robert Biedroń, Borys Budka, Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz, Maria Asenius, Karim Jebari, Jacek Dukaj, Sławomir Lachowski, Mariusz Szczygieł, Nilüfer Göle, Oksana Zabuzhko, Carl Gershman, Adam Bodnar, Jan-Werner Mueller, and Viktor Eerofyev, among others.

The bands that performed during Freedom Games so far: Pink Freud, Mitch & Mitch, Marcin Masecki, Wacław Zimpel, Gaba Kulka, Świetliki, Jazzpospolita, Kristen, Stara Rzeka, and Muchy.

Find out more at: igrzyskawolnosci.pl/en

6. Dzielnica

A small art gallery and a cultural club in the centre of Lodz. A place of civic debates, conferences, artistic events, exhibitions, and cosy concerts. Open: Tuesday-Sunday, from 17:00 to the last customer. Address: 102 Piotrkowska St., 90-004 Lodz, Poland.

Find out more: szostadzielnica.pl

4liberty.eu Network

On behalf of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Fundacja Liberte! is the coordinator of the 4liberty.eu network – a group of 15 think tanks from CEE (including members from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, and Germany). Our goals: to make the Central European perspective accessible to international audience, to be a reliable source of information on regional issues, and the voice of the region. Our authors are experts, intellectuals, and researchers from CEE. We publish high quality analyses, polemics, and articles exclusively in English, building bridges between nations to help in better understanding between experts from particular countries. The 4liberty.eu website has been designed to become a platform where experts and intellectuals representing liberal environment from Central and Eastern Europe can share their opinions and ideas.

As part of our activities we publish the 4liberty.eu Review half-yearly.

Find out more: 4liberty.eu

Civic Campaigns

The team of the Foundation conducts and supports a number of campaigns dealing with social and political issues in Poland, e.g. Open Pension Funds (OFE) support campaign, “Say NO to Financing the Temple of Divine Providence Construction from Our Taxes”, “YES to Civil Partnership” or the “Secular School” campaigns.

Presence in Media and at the Key Intellectual Events in Poland

The Foundation is also actively involved in cooperation with the Economic Forum in Krynica and the European Forum for New Ideas. Members of the Foundation and people associated with our organization are often invited as speakers to numerous conferences – eg. Lodz Economic Forum. We ensure a constant presence in mass media (Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita, Polityka, TVN 24, Polsat News, Tok FM, TVP Info, Polskie Radio, TV Republika) as journalists or commentators.

Books

The Foundation operates partly as a publishing house – we publish our own original books devoted to the topics that are close to our heart and follow our credo. So far, we released two books penned by Marek Migalski – Naród Urojony (2017), Budowanie narodu. Przypadek Polski w latach 2015-2017 (2018), and Znaczenie wojny. Pytając o wojnę sprawiedliwą (2018) by Magdalena M. Baran.

We are also planning to launch several foreign titles onto the Polish market – currently, we are translating How Democracies Die (2018) written by Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt of Harvard University (to be published in Poland in August 2018).

Board of the Foundation

Błażej Lenkowski
tytuł

Leszek Jażdżewski

Kamil Janiszewski

Filip Miłoszewski

Rafał Szkudlarek

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