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Talks / Videos

 Hay una salida a los problemas económicos y de enfrentamientos ideológicos que enfrenta el país que nace de las  investigaciones del ILD  sobre la minería informal y los conflictos actuales en Tía María y Conga.

 Estos encuentros sostenidos durante las últimas cinco semanas entre Hernando de Soto y líderes de lo que fue el  movimiento denominado  Sendero Luminoso, hoy con presencia en las zonas mineras, han sido  plasmados en los  videos adjuntos.

 Bottom Up Law: A Lesson From Switzerland

Swiss history gives de Soto a lesson in how to build an inclusive system. Switzerland used to be one of the poorest countries in Europe. Its per capita  income, in fact, was approximately the same as Peru. It was still just a loose federation of French, German, Italian, and Romish independent regions,  each with its own codes and laws. But a new Swiss legal code worked from the bottom up to unify the nation.

Clinton Global Initiative Latin America

Hernando de Soto was one of the main speakers at the first CGI meeting held in Latin America, at Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 9, 2013.

He participated in the Opening Plenary Session, "Designing Opportunities for Growth", explaining how from 1990 to 2012 Peru has grown on average twice as fast as all the other Latin countries and the growth rate of its middle class has quadrupled that of Latin America in the same period. To a great extent, this is due to a legal reform designed by the ILD to provide the poor with property rights and easier access to legal tools (such as corporations, contracts, and dispute resolution mechanisms) to do business.

In 2005 an independent U.S. filmmaker produced "Capitalism's at the Crossroads" to raise funds for a two-hour television documentary about the ILD- The nine-minute film, which you can watch below, feautres Hernando de Soto summarizing his ideas and the ILD's work.

On 8 October 2009, PBS stations across the United States began airing “The Power of the Poor with Hernando de Soto,” a one-hour documentary film produced by Free to Choose Media, funded by the John Templeton Foundation and presented by WTTW National Productions in Chicago.

Unlikely Heroes of the Arab Spring

Hernando de Soto presents a public television special, produced by Free To Choose Media, that recounts the basic human and economic events that led to the Arab uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. The program shows that the Arab Spring was less a political event than it was about the coming of the industrial revolution to a region where over 90% of the population lives and works outside the rule of law.

This informal economy, however, is a common thread that can contribute to the region's growth and stability if included in the formal economy, through the institutional reforms that would create and inclusive and "user-friendly" legal system (6-minute trailer).

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