Cultivating free inquiry, fostering free expression, engaging in open debate and resuscitating the spirit of freedom are major challenges facing society in the 2020s.
Living Freedom is an opportunity for young advocates of freedom to explore ideas as they relate to the past, present and future of freedom, get to grips with important contemporary debates and to meet and socialise with their peers.
Living Freedom was inaugurated in 2017 as an annual residential school and expanded in 2019 with the initiation of a new meetup network.
Living Freedom 2020
This year’s school will be held on 2-4 April. The theme is Heretics and dissidents: challenging orthodoxies in 2020. Find out more here.
Living Freedom School
Taking place each April at the CIEE Global Institute in central London, Living Freedom School provides a stimulating forum for around 50 young advocates of freedom to attend expert talks and participate in meaningful debates.
Anyone between 18 and 25 years of age can apply regardless as to whether studying or in employment. Participants are selected via a competitive application process. Attendees pay a nominal fee of £50, which includes hostel accommodation for two nights in central London.
The school offers the chance to explore principles of freedom and to get to grips with contemporary issues. Lectures cover the history and philosophy of freedom, with topics ranging from individual autonomy to political liberty, free will and determinism to freedom of conscience and the limits to libertarianism. Expert seminars, workshop challenges and panel discussions provide for open dialogue on classic texts and explore all the hot issues of the day from free speech controversies to the culture wars, safe spaces to sin taxes.
As well as the chance to get to grips with the key thinkers and engage in a series of intellectual challenges the school provides a stimulating social forum, offering a chance to meet and socialise with peers from throughout the UK and beyond.
Attendees benefit from a dedicated Topic Guide issued to participants in advance and containing links to essays, articles, podcasts and videos related to the subject matter of each of the sessions.
Living Freedom Meetup Network
Our meetups offer the chance to meet and socialise with peers while also exploring ideas and engaging in debates and thought-provoking conversations.
As well as curated talks and in-conversations with writers and critics, we host film clubs and book discussions and organise guided gallery tours and guided history walks.
Are you interested in developing the ideas and arguments that can help to resuscitate freedom, and getting to know people with similar aspirations? If so, Living Freedom is the place for you.
For more information or to join our meetups, visit Living Freedom Meetup Network