Antigua Forum veteran Bill Frezza is the host of Real Clear Radio Hour, a radio show that offers fresh perspectives and in-depth discussion of issues ranging from education policy and health care to innovation in robotics and information technology. Frezza asks questions and guests shares stories you won’t hear anywhere else. Among those guests are several Antigua Forum alumni who discuss their experiences, projects, and lessons learned.
Nurturing Our Budding CEOs
Jeff Sandefer, co-founder and middle school teacher at the Acton Academy, shares his novel approach to education—emboldening children to be heroes on a hero’s journey. Sandefer recounts stories from the Acton Children’s Business Fair and how adeptly children as young as five embrace entrepreneurship.
Softer Euro Greases Greek Goodbye?
Elena Panaritis, founder of Thought for Action, former World Bank economist, and special advisor to the Greek PASOK government, faults cronyist political systems and the special interests that thrive under them as the major obstacles to reform. Panaritis argues Greece is the canary in the coal mine for dysfunctional states throughout the European Union, and expects new austerity plans and devaluation in the coming years.
Reflections of a Cuban Revolutionary
Carlos Alberto Montaner, journalist and author of dozens of books, including The Cubans: The History of Cuba in One Lesson, shares how he escaped a 20-year prison sentence by the Castro regime on false charges of being a CIA agent. Montaner discusses the lasting legacy of the Castro brothers and their failed efforts to export Communist revolution.
The Miracle of New Zealand
Bill Frezza shares the story of New Zealand’s successful economic turnaround, featuring interviews with former finance ministers Sir Roger Douglas and Ruth Richardson, the political reformers who spearheaded New Zealand’s transformation from a welfare state saddled with crushing public debt, rampant inflation, and a closed and moribund economy, to one of the freest, most prosperous, and open countries in the world.
Alternative Teacher Entrepreneur
John Chisholm, Silicon Valley veteran and president and chairman of the worldwide MIT Alumni Association, shares wisdom from three decades of entrepreneurial experience in his new book, Unleash Your Inner Company: Use Passion and Perseverance to Build Your Ideal Business.
The Future of Education –The School in the Cloud
Sugata Mitra, Newcastle University Professor and designer of The School in the Cloud, discusses how he seeks to reinvent 21st century education. Starting with his Hole-in-the-Wall experiments, the inspiration for Slumdog Millionaire, Mitra has created havens for self-organized learning across India and the United Kingdom.
Wayne Leighton, Professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquin and Executive Director of the Antigua Forum, takes a break from his yearly conference to discuss the founding of UFM and the beginnings of this global activist/scholar conclave. The mission of both institutions is to train future generations to promote a free and ethical society.
¡Verdad! Ending Drug Violence and Colombian Prohibition
Daniel Raisbeck, Director Archivo Historico at Universidad del Rosario and founder of ¡Verdad!, discusses his Colombian heritage and what led him to organizing a coalition of citizens to end drug war violence. To Raisbeck, Colombia has come a long way from Pablo Escobar’s “bullets or money” culture and there are now opportunities for peacefully ending drug prohibition and its accompanying violence.
The Seasteading Frontier
Joe Quirk of the Seasteading Institute, who proudly dubs himself a “Seavangelist,” describes how floating communities would encourage governments to act more like companies rather than monopolies and treat citizens more like customers whose loyalty they must earn. Using the cruise industry as a model, Quirk predicts seasteading will become a reality for “aqua-preneurs” by the year 2020.
Peace & Safety
Tom Palmer, executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and author and editor of Peace, Love, and Liberty, discusses how we have come to live in the most peaceful period in history. He describes how and why honor cultures of the past are being replaced by dignity cultures, characterized by self-restraint, driven by commerce, and undergirded by classical liberal ideas.
Private Company Enables Widespread Government Transparency
Zac Bookman, Co-founder and CEO of OpenGov, explains how his citizen-friendly web platform is making government budgets, tax, and spending data accessible online, and why politicians and municipal managers are taking to it eagerly.
Education Entrepreneur is Remaking Education at All Levels
Jeff Sandefer, co-founder of Acton Academy, explains how his academy’s Socratic teaching methods are empowering students to take charge of their own education, giving them the tools to learn to do, learn to be, and learn to know.
Courting Citizen Satisfaction, Averting Municipal Bankruptcy
Oliver Porter, a principal at PPP Associates and author of The Contract City, discusses the latest revolution in municipal government. Hear how American states are adopting Contract Cities, a new way of doing government business that has seen successful in Georgia and Japan.
LEAP Zones—Rezoning for Prosperity
Michael Strong, a pioneer in education and learning, chief visionary officer of Freedom Lights Our World (FLOW), and Chairman of Elevator Cities Development, Inc., tells how the LEAP Zones (legal, economic, administrative and political jurisdictions) in Honduras will allow impoverished areas to turn themselves into thriving commercial communities.