LevelUp 2023: Elevating Lives & Defending Freedom With Future Thinkers

The Objective Standard Institute (OSI) recently organized LevelUp 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona, drawing eminent thinkers, researchers, and enthusiasts from all over the world. As a distinguished participant representing the Swatantrata Center, forging important contacts and receiving insightful knowledge and also I got the opportunity to interact with many young leaders from across the world, especially from South Asia including alumni of South Asia Students for Liberty. LevelUp 2023 emerged as one of an extraordinary event, empowering attendees to elevate their personal and professional lives while championing the preservation of individual freedom. This prestigious gathering promised to leave an indelible mark on all who attended, equipping them with invaluable knowledge, forging meaningful connections, and inspiring a vision for their future endeavors.

LevelUp 2023 provided a remarkable platform to delve into the multifaceted aspects of Objectivism, the profound philosophy developed by Ayn Rand. With a distinguished lineup of speakers, the conference delivered an exceptional experience, offering unparalleled opportunities to engage with renowned thought leaders, explore transformative ideas, and connect with like-minded individuals dedicated to purpose-driven living and the preservation of individual freedom. Prominent figures such as James Clear, author of the New York Times bestseller “Atomic Habits,” and Bari Weiss, founder and editor of The Free Press, shared their profound insights on building effective habits, the critical importance of free speech, and navigating the complexities of censorship. Craig Biddle‘s captivating talk, “Intentionality: The Power of Purpose,” provided attendees with valuable insights on selecting meaningful goals and living intentionally. Accompanied by other distinguished intellectual powerhouses, including Eric Daniels, Timothy Sandefur, Andrew Bernstein, and Max Lugavere, LevelUp 2023 fostered an intellectual discourse enriched by diverse perspectives

I shall elaborate on my own experience at LevelUp 2023 in this thorough narrative, including not only my own reflections but also the insights of other attendees. 

I had never been to the Level Up Conference before. I flew from India to Arizona in 23 hours, but it was well worth it to attend the conference. I had the opportunity to expand my understanding of Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy and gain ideas for personal development. We learned how to combine lectures on rational philosophy with lessons on self-improvement to create useful tools for our future personal and professional development. I was reminded of James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, who spoke about how little improvements over time may result in significant gains and that becoming 1% better each day adds up to becoming 36% better while I was at this conference, which had over 500 attendees. – Rida Yumn Ahmed, Program And Outreach Associate at Liberty International.

had the amazing opportunity of attending the LevelUp 2023 Conference, an extraordinary event that left a lasting impression on me. The conference covered a wide range of captivating topics, including human flourishing, free speech, and the profound influence of philosophy in our everyday lives. It provided a platform for intellectual exploration and exchange of ideas, fostering engaging discussions that challenged conventional wisdom. The sessions on human flourishing shed light on the importance of holistic well-being, offering practical strategies for personal growth and overall wellness. The discussions on free speech were thought-provoking, emphasizing the significance of open discourse in fostering intellectual growth and societal progress. One of the most compelling aspects of the conference was the exploration of how philosophy permeates our daily lives. The speakers at LevelUp 2023 demonstrated the ways in which philosophical principles shape our actions, decisions, and the very fabric of society. They highlighted the relevance of objectivist ideas and their crucial role in promoting a flourishing society. The LevelUp 2023 Conference was a transformative experience that reaffirmed the interconnectedness of philosophy, personal development, and societal progress. The diverse range of sessions and the inspiring speakers provided valuable insights and practical applications that I will carry with me in my journey of continuous growth – Mohammad Anas Khan, Graduate Student, Masters in Environmental and Social Change – University of Winnipeg.

Attending the LevelUp 2023 conference in Phoenix, Arizona was an incredible experience. The conference featured outstanding speakers like Bari Weiss, James Clear, Craig Biddle, Max Lugavere, Thomas, and Angelica Walker-Werth, who delivered thought-provoking talks that challenged my values and beliefs. Beyond the talks, the opportunity to connect with fellow attendees from around the world, who shared a passion for philosophy and Objectivism, was invaluable. Engaging in discussions and forming lifelong friendships enhanced my experience. The conference’s sense of community, support, and intellectual stimulation left a lasting impression. It motivated me to lead a more fulfilling life by critically examining my values and beliefs. If you’re interested in philosophy and Objectivism, I highly recommend attending the Objective Standard Institute’s LevelUp conference. You’ll gain insights into Objectivism’s principles, connect with like-minded individuals, and enjoy an intellectually stimulating event. – Ranjith Kumar Duguntla, Director of Swatantrata Center.

Levelup 2023, organized by the Objective Standard Institute, exceeded my expectations and left a profound impact on my intellectual journey. The event showcased exceptional quality with knowledgeable and passionate speakers. Sessions on purpose, continuous improvement, and thought-provoking topics like free speech and individualism were transformative. The emphasis on integrity, optimal nutrition, and intellectual engagement resonated deeply. The event fostered a welcoming and inclusive environment for networking and meaningful connections. I wholeheartedly recommend Levelup 2023 to those seeking personal development, intellectual enlightenment, and a deeper understanding of the world’s ideas. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to embark on a transformative journey of growth and lifelong learning. – Gaurav Dahal, Fellow of the Prometheus Fellowship, Students For Liberty.

The conference was hosted by the Objective Standard Institute and was an unprecedented opportunity for classical liberals. The conference fulfilled my dream of meeting renowned Objectivist speakers such as Sarah and Craig Biddle, Angel and Thomas Walker-Werth, Bari Weiss, Martin Hooss, James Clear, and Sahar Tartak. The most salient aspect of the conference was that, in addition to providing deep insights into Objectivism, it also demonstrated how Objectivism can be beneficially applied to everyday life. This was especially influential for students, who made up a majority of the attendees. The networking element at LevelUp stood out for two major reasons. First, the conference attracted a number of libertarian organizations, such as Students For Liberty, Prometheus Foundation, Talent Market, FEE, Liberty International, and Reason Magazine, among others, to send representatives and set up tables with unique offerings and opportunities for participants. Second, the organizers were successful in bringing together a diverse group of participants, mostly liberty-loving students from across the globe. This resulted in a natural diversity of participants, in contrast to the forced diversity that is often seen at leftist conferences.- Dennis Jose, South Asia Programs Manager – Students For Liberty.

The Objective Standard Institute’s LevelUp conference was the most amazing and unforgettable experience of my life. I loved every moment of it, making it a true experience of a lifetime. The conference’s main talks, whether they were about intentionality, atomic strategy, free speech, individualism, or integrity, each left me inspired and motivated to strive for excellence in my own life. Aside from the incredible talks, attending the LevelUp conference provided me with the opportunity to immerse myself in American culture and gain firsthand exposure to its way of life. The interactions with like-minded individuals and the sense of camaraderie that permeated the event created an atmosphere of intellectual stimulation and growth. For me, the conference was an absolute game-changer. It offered a diverse range of thought-provoking talks, introduced me to new perspectives, and allowed me to connect with remarkable individuals who share my passion for intellectual and personal growth. I am immensely grateful for the experience and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking to level up their lives, gain invaluable insights, and expand their horizons. This is the place for anyone wishing to connect with brilliant minds, and embrace growth, excellence, and a brighter future! Sameer Raj Anandesi, Ph.D. Research Scholar in Philosophy at The English and Foreign Languages University, India

Swatantrata center team with Craig Biddle

The LevelUp conference went beyond traditional lectures, offering exclusive access to workshops on diverse subjects such as entrepreneurship, book writing, and communication skills. These workshops not only facilitated valuable networking opportunities among like-minded Objectivists but also provided avenues to deepen knowledge and expand personal and professional networks. Additionally, participants enthusiastically engaged in various activities throughout the conference, including the dynamic opening reception and banquet, vibrant karaoke sessions led by Eric Daniels, and invigorating swing lessons with Kira Withrow. The event culminated in a memorable closing banquet and dance, where attendees celebrated new friendships and embraced their shared devotion to life and liberty.

LevelUp 2023 proved to be an exceptional opportunity for personal and intellectual growth, leaving a lasting impact on all who attended. Individuals interested in Objectivism are strongly encouraged to mark their calendars for next year’s conference, where they can embark on a transformative journey of learning, connection, and inspiration.

During their stay in Phoenix, attendees were encouraged to immerse themselves in the city’s history, culture, and vibrant attractions. Art enthusiasts had the unique opportunity to join art appreciation expert Luc Travers on post-conference museum tours at the esteemed Phoenix Art Museum, enabling a deeper understanding of artistic expression and appreciation of captivating exhibits.