Upcoming and Recent Events

The Independent Institute hosts numerous events to encourage discussion and understanding of key issues in current affairs, public policy and political economy. Most are held either at the Institute’s conference center in Oakland, California, or at our offices in Washington D.C. At each event, distinguished and well-known scholars, policy experts and others speak at length about important issues and answer questions from the audience.


30th Anniversary: Gala and Symposium for the Future
Spring 2017
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, CA

Join with us for an elegant Gala and enlightening Policy Symposium to celebrate the Independent Institute’s 30th Anniversary! In 1986, Independent began its tradition of boldly advancing the timeless principles of liberty by combining scholarly rigor with extensive communications and media coverage of the results, engaging new audiences in innovative, enterprising solutions. At our Gala for the Future, we will celebrate our past successes as we look forward by honoring Nobel Laureate economist Vernon L. Smith; North Korean refugee, defector, and human-rights activist Yeon-mi Park; and other exemplary champions of liberty, entrepreneurial innovation, and human well-being. P.J. O’Rourke, bestselling author and America’s leading political humorist, will be our master of ceremonies. Gala attendees may also join with us the next morning for our Symposium on the Future: Economic Peril or Prosperity, featuring top economists, and help chart initiatives to ensure a future of prosperity and liberty.


The Secret to Restoring the American Dream
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Oakland, CA

Can the American jobs machine ever be restarted? Can parents once again have confidence that their children will enjoy a standard of living higher than their own? Join us at our upcoming Independent Policy Forum featuring George Gilder, author of the acclaimed, new book, The Scandal of Money: Why Wall Street Recovers but the Economy Never Does, to find out the secret to putting the U.S. back on the fast track to widespread prosperity.


Free to Choose Cities
New Opportunities for Enterprise and Governance in Honduras and Beyond

Monday, June 8, 2015
San Francisco, California

Has Honduras enacted the boldest legislation of any nation in recent history, effectively opening a new jurisdictional frontier for liberty? The resulting Zones for Economic Development and Employment (ZEDEs) are intended to be developed with entirely new governmental systems, embracing the concept of competitive self-governance.


Developing the Developed World
Entrepreneurship, Liberty, and the Future

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The Olympic Club, San Francisco

In his #1 New York Times bestselling book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, Or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel presents his often contrarian ideas about competition, progress, technology, and finding value in unexpected places—to build a future that we have yet to dream, but may someday become reality. In “Developing the Developed World” he will bring these ideas to life, including his insights on how to create true innovations in “the world of atoms”—not just “digits and bits”—and how to foster a peaceful, prosperous and freer future marked by globalization in a world of limited resources.