The Basic Income Guarantee is an unconditional, government-insured guarantee that all citizens will have enough income to meet their basic needs

About the USBIG Network

The U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (The USBIG Network) is an informal network promoting discussion of the basic income guarantee in the United States.

USBIG was founded in December 1999 by Fred Block of University of California-Davis, Charles M. A. Clark of St. John's University, Pamela Donovan of the City University of New York, Michael Lewis of the State University of New York-Stony Brook, and Karl Widerquist, then of the Levy Economics Institute. It is currently managed by the USBIG Coordinating Committee (see below).

The USBIG Network is an informal discussion group with no formal structure or bylaws. The goal of USBIG is to increase discussion of BIG in the United States. Its activities include annual conferences, a bimonthly newsletter, and a discussion paper series. Membership is free and open to anyone who shares its goals.

Read a history of the first five years of USBIG.

The USBIG Coordinating Committee (The BIG Committee):

Shawn Cassiman (e-mail)

Alanna Hartzok (e-mail), the Earth Rights institute, 2014 Democratic Nominee for Congress.

Michael Howard (Coordinator, e-mail, website ) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maine and co-editor of  Basic Income Studies: The International Journal of Basic Income Research ($). He is the author of Self-Management and the Crisis of Socialism, editor of Socialism, and author of numerous articles on basic income. He is the coeditor of Alaska's Permanent Fund Dividend: Examining Its Suitability as a Model, and Exporting the Alaska Model.

Michael Lewis (Politics Committee Coordinator, website ) is a professor in the Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College. He is the coauthor of Economics for Social Workers and coeditor of The Ethics and Economics of the Basic Income Guarantee , and an Associate Editor of Basic Income Studies: The International Journal of Basic Income Research ($).

Jason Murphy (e-mail) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Elms College, Springfield, MA. He manages the USBIG Facebook page. He was lead organizer for Arkansas ACORN and served as Co-Coordinator for the Green Party of Missouri. He wrote "Baby Steps: on the need for incremental organizational development" for the journal Basic Income Studies: The International Journal of Basic Income Research ($).

Eri Noguchi (website) is an Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology at Columbia University and the Director of Programs at the Association to Benefit Children. She is an Associate Editor of Basic Income Studies: The International Journal of Basic Income Research ($).

Dan O'Sullivan (e-mail) of Rise Up Economics, is a communications specialist and former community organizer and a founding member of Basic Income Action, a new non-profit organization whose mission is to win a basic income for all by educating and organizing people to take action.

Diane R. Pagen (e-mail) is a social worker in New York City, and a policy analyst. She teaches social policy as a part time lecturer at Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work. She is co-author with Theresa Funiciello of The Adventures of Carrie Giver: The Cost of Caring, a policy comic book about the economic value of unpaid caregiving, and an author of articles on social problems and potential solutions.

Scott Santens (Treasurer, e-mail, website) has a crowdfunded basic income and has been a moderator of the basic income community on Reddit since 2013. As a writer and blogger, his pieces advocating universal basic income have appeared on such sites as The Huffington Post, the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), and Quartz among others.

Steven Shafarman (Activist Coordinator, e-mail) is the author of We the People: Healing our Democracy and Saving our World, Healing Politics: Citizen Policies and the Pursuit of Happiness, Healing Americans: a New Vision for Politics, Economics, and Pursuing Happiness, Practical Feldenkrais for Dynamic Health: Relieve Pain, Recover from Stress, Enhance Pleasure, and Awareness Heals.

Jeffery Smith (e-mail) Forum on Geonomics, US Society for Ecological Economics

Mark Witham (e-mail)

Ann Withorn (e-mail), Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Boston, author of Serving the People: Social Services and Social Change.

Josh Martin (Newsflash Editor, e-mail)

Kate McFarland (Secretary, e-mail) is a former professional student who chose to remain in the precariat. She is working full-time as a volunteer for BIEN (primarily for Basic Income News), where she is a  member of the Executive Committee, and for USBIG.

Board of Advisors

Fred Block was a founder of USBIG. He is a Research Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Stanley Aronowitz (website) is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been a union organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers and the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers and the CUNY and is a leader of the Professional Staff Congress (the CUNY faculty and staff union). He is the author of 15 books including The Jobless Future.

William DiFazio, St. John’s University.

Annie Miller

Nancy Folbre (website) is a Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts. Her work explores the interface between economics and feminist theory, focusing on non-market work and the evolution of social institutions governing public support for child rearing. She is the author of The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Value and Who Pays for the Kids? Gender and the Structures of Constraint.

Carole Pateman (website) is a Political Science Professor at UCLA. She is recognized as one of the world's leading political theorists specializing in areas of democratic theory and feminist theory. Among her publications are Participation and Democratic Theory and The Sexual Contract.

Francis Fox Piven (website) is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of several books including Regulating the Poor and Poor Peoples' Movements.

Guy Standing (website) is director of the socioeconomic security program for the International Labor Organization, and author of Beyond the New Paternalism and Global Labour Flexibility: Seeking Distributive Justice.

Eduardo Suplicy (website) has been a member of the Brazilian Senate since 1990. He is one of the founders of Brazil's now ruling labor party. He has been an activist for the Basic Income Guarantee throughout his political career, and introduced the bill which has recently become law authorizing the phase-in of BIG. He is the author of Renda de Cidadania: A Saída é pela (Citizens Income: the Exit is through the door).

Philippe Van Parijs (website) is a philosopher and social scientist at the Catholic University of Louvain. He is the author of several books including What's Wrong With a Free Lunch? and Real Freedom for All: What (if anything) Can Justify Capitalism?, which has been extremely influential in political theory. He has been recognized as a leader of the movement for Basic Income in Europe for almost 20 years.

Karl Widerquist (Newsletter Editor, e-mail, website) holds a Ph.D. in economics from the City University of New York and a Ph.D. in political theory from Oxford University. He is the coauthor of Economics for Social Workers and coeditor of The Ethics and Economics of the Basic Income Guarantee, and editor of Basic Income Studies: The International Journal of Basic Income Research ($). He is the coeditor of Alaska's Permanent Fund Dividend: Examining Its Suitability as a Model, and Exporting the Alaska Model.

J. Philip Wogaman (Wikipedia) is Professor of Christian Ethics, Emeritus, at Wesley Theological Seminary, President of the American Theological Society, and author of many books including Guaranteed Income: The Moral Issues.

Almaz Zelleke (e-mail, website) is a political scientist who is writing a book about  basic income in the United States.  She is a member of the executive committee of BIEN (the Basic Income Earth Network) and an Associate Editor of Basic Income Studies: The International Journal of Basic Income Research ($).

Contact USBIG

For all general inquires please contact the USBIG Coordinator, Michael Howard .

Website

The USBIG website was designed by Bradley Nelson (email, website). Because of implementing new blogs, the website was redesigned by Joerg Drescher (email, website). It is still maintained by Michael Howard.

Former members

Robert Harris, former Executive Director of the President's Commission on Income Maintenance and former Vice President of the Urban Institute, was a member of the USBIG Committee from 2001 until his death in 2006.

Al Sheahen was a member of the USBIG Committee and Public Relations Coordinator until his death in 2013. He is the author of  Guaranteed Income: The Right to Economic Security, revised and reprinted as Basic Income Guarantee: Your Right to Economic Security.