Events

2016 San Francisco Freedom Forum
September 29 | San Francisco, CA

The satellite conference took place on Thursday, September 29 in San Francisco.

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The flagship Oslo Freedom Forum is held each year in Norway. Several satellite forums, including the San Francisco Freedom Forum and the College Freedom Forum, a series of one-day events at colleges and universities, are held throughout the year.  

Upcoming Events

  • 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum

    2017 Oslo Freedom Forum

    Oslo, Norway
    May 22 – May 24, 2017

    The ninth annual forum will bring together a global community of people who share the common vision of making the world a more peaceful, prosperous, and free place.

Past Events

  • Tech Lab at the 2016 Oslo Freedom Forum

    Tech Lab at the 2016 Oslo Freedom Forum

    Oslo, Norway
    May 23, 2016

    At the world's first Tech Lab for dissidents, nine tech companies and organizations joined us in Oslo for a full day of workshops, demonstrations, and one-on-one trainings in encryption, social media, VPN technology, and more.

  • San Francisco Freedom Forum

    San Francisco Freedom Forum

    San Francisco, California
    September 29, 2016

    The 2016 San Francisco Freedom brought the Oslo Freedom Forum experience to the Bay Area for a day of talks, panels, and networking with some of the world's leading activists. 

  • 2016 Oslo Freedom Forum

    2016 Oslo Freedom Forum

    Oslo, Norway
    May 23 – May 25, 2016

    The eighth annual forum brought together a global community of people who share the common vision of making the world a more peaceful, prosperous, and free place.

  • College Freedom Forum at Universidad Francisco Marroquín

    College Freedom Forum at Universidad Francisco Marroquín

    Guatemala City, Guatemala
    March 4, 2016

    CFF at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) featured five inspiring talks by human rights defenders from around the world. 

  • College Freedom Forum at Stanford

    College Freedom Forum at Stanford

    Stanford, California
    November 16, 2015

    CFF at Stanford University featured five inspiring talks by human rights defenders from around the world. 

  • 2015 Oslo Freedom Forum

    2015 Oslo Freedom Forum

    Living in Truth
    Oslo, Norway
    May 25 – May 27, 2015

    The seventh annual conference united dissidents, activists, artists, journalists, and changemakers to share stories of living in truth and confronting authoritarianism.

  • College Freedom Forum at Yale

    College Freedom Forum at Yale

    New Haven, Connecticut
    March 26, 2015

    Speakers from Iran, Serbia, North Korea, and the United States delivered inspiring talks at Yale University.

  • 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum

    2014 Oslo Freedom Forum

    Defeating Dictators
    Oslo, Norway
    October 20 – October 22, 2014

    The 2014 conference brought together a diverse community to explore innovative nonviolent strategies for defeating dictatorship around the world. 

  • College Freedom Forum at University of Colorado Boulder

    College Freedom Forum at University of Colorado Boulder

    Boulder, Colorado
    March 11, 2014

    Speakers from China, North Korea, Uganda, and Bahrain took the stage at the University of Colorado Boulder to share engaging talks with a student audience.

  • College Freedom Forum at Tufts University

    College Freedom Forum at Tufts University

    Medford, Massachusetts
    November 5, 2013

    CFF at Tufts brought the OFF experience to the college campus for the first time, featuring remarkable speakers giving talks on Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, and North Korea.

  • 2013 Oslo Freedom Forum

    2013 Oslo Freedom Forum

    Challenging Power
    Oslo, Norway
    May 13 – May 15, 2013

    The fifth anniversary conference was dedicated to the growing might of the OFF community, whose members have shown, time and again, that by standing up for liberty and inspiring action, individuals can confront and prevail over arbitrary power.

  • 2012 San Francisco Freedom Forum

    2012 San Francisco Freedom Forum

    Many Paths, One Goal
    San Francisco, California
    September 28 – September 28, 2012

    The first satellite OFF event focused on the diverse journeys to freedom and democracy of a remarkable group of speakers from around the world.

  • 2012 Oslo Freedom Forum

    2012 Oslo Freedom Forum

    Out of Darkness, Into Light
    Oslo, Norway
    May 7 – May 9, 2012

    The fourth annual Oslo Freedom Forum brought the most daunting humanitarian issues of our time out of the shadows of obscurity and to the forefront of global awareness.

  • 2011 Oslo Freedom Forum

    2011 Oslo Freedom Forum

    The Spark of Change
    Oslo, Norway
    May 9 – May 11, 2011

    The 2011 Oslo Freedom Forum featured distinguished speakers from across the world who presented on an array of topics, from an analysis of some of the world's worst dictatorships, to a look at the impact that a single individual can have on the world around them.

  • 2010 Oslo Freedom Forum

    2010 Oslo Freedom Forum

    From Tragedy to Triumph
    Oslo, Norway
    April 26 – April 28, 2010

    In 2010, OFF expanded its focus for a more innovative and eclectic look at individual rights and technological advances around the world. Speakers included vanguard activists, tech pioneers, and iconic leaders such as Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer, former Polish president Lech Walesa, Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Jacqueline, and Russian chess champion and rights advocate Garry Kasparov.

  • 2009 Oslo Freedom Forum

    2009 Oslo Freedom Forum

    The Nobility of the Human Spirit and the Power of Freedom
    Oslo, Norway
    May 18 – May 20, 2009

    More than 30 speakers from across the globe shared powerful testimonies on human rights at the first Oslo Freedom Forum, with an emphasis on the importance of literature in advancing the cause of freedom. Participants included Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Czech playwright and politician Václav Havel, Kurdish rights advocate Leyla Zana, and Tibetan former political prisoner Palden Gyatso