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 – The First Netpaper and Your Source of the Best Online Content

We live in the age of information, yet not in the age of knowledge. Never before was the access to information as easy as nowadays. Alas, the amount of information became widely excessive. Valuable content easily disappears amid every-day information noise and junk content. Proper selection and efficient distribution is a real challenge. Moreover, information bubbles, inadvertently created in social media, limit our perspective, whereas echo chambers further reinforce one-sided messages that are often manipulated to a various extent. We intend to put an end to it.

The new liberte.pl therefore provides the Reader with the best selection of articles from Poland and abroad in one place. Instead of re-printing such content in a traditional form, we offer links to the original sources accompanied by short and concise descriptions of these articles illustrating their content.
Such an introduction of sorts must be around two-paragraphs long and written in a professional manner. This does not mean that there is one format for all such descriptions, quite the contrary – creativity is strongly encouraged. At the same time we, the creators of the liberte.pl NetPaper, will not shy away from reviewing the submitted content in a critical manner. The editors of liberte.pl keep a watchful eye on what is happening in the world from a liberal and rational perspective at the same time remaining open-minded towards the content that forces them to step outside their comfort zone.

Thanks to employing such a strategy, together we shall build a network of curators under the banner of Liberté! – a community of individuals engaged in recommending valuable content, which is no less important than the original articles submitted by the authors.

Liberte.pl – The First NetPaper

Together we create a new kind of an online medium that combines user engagement typical of social media with traditional model of journalism in an innovative manner. The classical function of a newspaper editor – the gatekeeper of content – has been modernized to fit the dynamics of the new media.

The NetPaper has a clear educational goal. By promoting valuable and reliable online content, it stands in opposition to the widespread phenomena of fake news, clickbaits, and cheap thrills, oftentimes forced by clicks-oriented model of financing online media. A NetPaper user may therefore not only create original articles, but also curate the already existing content – be a person in charge of recommending articles from other sources. Such recommendations are later carefully reviewed by the editorial team that acts as traditional gatekeepers and thus decides which articles meet the standards and will be published online.

The NetPaper does not replicate content created by other media – it recommends them and redirects the Reader to the original source. As a result, it helps the Reader save time and more easily navigate the information that would be otherwise dispersed and fragmented across various media platforms.

New content – both original pieces and external articles recommended by the curators – will appear daily in the NetPaper sections. This formula is a unique solution put forward by Liberté! in the media market. The market driven by clicks, which often falls down the rabbit hole of low-quality content.

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
President of the Board

Leszek Jażdżewski
Vice-President of the Board

Kamil Janiszewski
Secretary of the Board

Filip Miłoszewski
Board Member

Rafał Szkudlarek
Board Member

Foundation’s Team

Błażej Lenkowski
Managing Director of the Foundation, Freedom Games Coordinator

Leszek Jażdżewski
Editor-in-Chief of LIBERTÉ!, Strategic Contacts Coordinator

Olga Łabendowicz
Editor-in-Chief of 4liberty.eu Review, International Relations Coordinator

Marcin Malecki
6. Dzielnica Coordinator, Cultural Projects Coordinator

Agnieszka Kożańska
Community Relations Coordinator, Administrative Coordinator

Marek Lewoc
liberte.pl Coordinator

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