The liberty movement lacks great communicators – people that penetrate and persuade effectively. For liberty to prevail on a sustained basis, we have to solve this problem or we’ll continue to win the battle of ideas, but lose the policy and political debates that decide electoral outcomes. Think Freely Media addresses this challenge by sponsoring the Great Communicators Tournament. An annual event, our goal is to identify, from within the liberty movement or beyond, and promote individuals who can effectively and persuasively discuss and defend the free market and the founding principles.
Contestants are asked to make a moral argument that takes the free market or pro-liberty position on a current public policy issue. As the contestants formulate their arguments, we ask that they:
take the moral high ground
be hopeful and aspirational
address the issue of fairness or inequality
put the other side on the defense
communicate the value of freedom and increase the audience’s demand for it
The Tournament kicks off with an online contest, where contestants submit short videos that make arguments that meet our requirements. The videos are posted to our website, the public votes, our staff and judges deliberate, and a group of semi-finalists are identified. These semi-finalists are brought together for several rounds of in-person competition during a conference of free market advocates, activists, donors, thought leaders, and decision makers. In the final round, the contestants are judged by an all-star panel as they give prepared speeches and answer questions on the fly. The judging panel deliberates and identifies a winner, using our guiding criteria and our Great Communicator is awarded a cash prize.
|August 7, 2015||Submission Deadline|
|August 14, 2015||Announce semi-finalists and online voting beings|
|August 28, 2015||Online voting ends|
|September 1, 2015||12 finalists named|
|Sept 30 & Oct 1, 2015||Final round and prizes awarded|
Click here for more information on this year’s tournament.