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

Sixteenth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress, 

Call for Participation
DEADLINE EXTENDED!

The North American Basic Income Congress will be held at 
The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
2180 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10035
June 16-18, 2017,
With a special event June 15 at Roosevelt House, 47-49 East 65th St. 

Confirrmed speakers include Andy Stern, former President of SEIU; Ian Bassin of Give Directly; Karl Widerquist, BIEN; Diane Pagen, Social Policy, Rutgers; Natalie Foster, advisor to the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative and the Open Society Foundations; Chris Hughes, cofounder of Facebook; Francis Fox Piven, Political Science and Sociology, CUNY.


Papers, panel discussions, roundtables, strategy sessions, and events of other kinds related to basic income are encouraged.  Activists in particular are encouraged to propose events in and around the congress, in the evenings for example. Send your proposal, no more than 500 words, to Kate McFarland,
mcfarland.309@osu.edu

by February 7, 2017. 


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15th Congress

Fifteenth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress, 

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

May 12 - 15, 2016

The North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress 2016 is rapidly approaching.
It will take place in Winnipeg, Canada at the University of Manitoba on May 12 – 15.  
The detailed PROGRAMME now available at: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/social_work/about/879.html 
REMINDER:  early bird registration rates are available only until April 20.

 The congress is co-organized by the Basic Income Canada Network, the United States Basic Income Guarantee Network, Basic Income Manitoba, and the University of Manitoba. It will bring together social activists, policy advocates, researchers, government officials, and community members interested in the provision of an unconditional, universal, adequate basic income for all.   Visit tourismwinnipeg.com for information about Winnipeg, Manitoba. Please direct inquiries to: nabigcongress2016@umanitoba.ca. 

Call for Participation and other details


16th BIEN Congress, Seoul, Korea, 7-9 July 2016,Call for Papers


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14th Congress

The Fourteenth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress

Was videotaped: sessions can be viewed here

New York, NY Thursday, February 26 – Sunday March 1, 2015

Most Events at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers

Full schedule here

The Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is suddenly a major topic of conversation in America and around the world. Activist movements have sprung up to push for it. Recent articles in the popular press have discussed it as a part of strategies to address recession, poverty, inequality, carbon pollution, and technological unemployment. In an economy forcing increasing numbers of people into precarious employment situations, is BIG a necessary and achievable part of efforts to retrieve democratic social stability? Can we afford it? How will it affect the economy? Will the new activist movements for BIG take off?

More than forty scholars and activists will address these and other questions at the Fourteenth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress, which will take place in New York City starting Thursday, February 26 – Sunday March 1, 2015. The congress is organized by the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG) in cooperation with the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN/RCRG). Most events will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Economic Association (EEA) at the New York Sheraton Hotel and Towers, 811 7th Avenue, New York, NY‎. It will also include free events including a public discussion at the Hunter School of Social Work on Thursday, February 26 and an activists meeting at the Brooklyn Commons on Sunday March 1.

Conference participants include:

  1. Alanna Hartzok, the Earth Rights institute, 2014 Democratic Nominee for Congress
  2. Ann Withorn, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Boston, author of Serving the People: Social Services and Social Change
  3. Ashley Engel, University College Dublin
  4. Bill DiFazio, St. John’s University
  5. Brigid Reynolds, Social Justice Ireland
  6. Diane Dujon, University of Massachusetts Boston
  7. Diane Pagen, Rutgers University School of Social Work
  8. Eduardo Suplicy, former member of the Brazilian Federal Senate
  9. Eri Noguchi, the Association to Benefit Children
  10. Felix Coeln, the German Pirate Party
  11. Frances Fox Piven, the City University of New York
  12. Frederick H. (Harry) Pitts, University of Bath
  13. Ian Shlakman, 2014 Green Party Nominee for Congress
  14. James Green-Armytage, Bard College
  15. James Jennings, Tufts University
  16. Jim Bryan, Ryan/Bacardi Professor of Economics, Manhattanville College
  17. Jim Mulvale, Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba
  18. Jonathan Brun, Basic Income Canada Network
  19. Jude Thomas, Freelance writer
  20. Jurgen De Wispelaere, McGill University
  21. Karl Widerquist, SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University
  22. Marshall Brain, author of How Stuff Works and Manna
  23. Mary Bricker Jenkins, Professor of Social Work, Temple University, and US Welfare Rights Union leader
  24. Michael Lewis, Hunter School of Social Work
  25. Michael Howard, University of Maine
  26. Michaelann Berwitz, activist
  27. Mimi Abramovitz, Hunter College
  28. Oliver Heydorn, The Clifford Hugh Douglas Institute for the Study and Promotion of Social Credit
  29. Paul B. Siegel, the World Bank
  30. Peter Barnes, author of Who Owns the Sky?, With Liberty and Dividends For All, and Capitalism 3.0
  31. Preston Smith, activist
  32. Roy Morrison, Greater Boston Capital Partners
  33. Seán Healy, Social Justice Ireland
  34. Sid Frankel, University of Manitoba
  35. Stanley Aranowitz, the City University of New York
  36. Steven Pressman, Monmouth College
  37. Steven Shafarman, author, activist
  38. Suezanne Bruce, activist
  39. Valerie J. Carter, University of Maine
  40. Willie Baptist, the Poverty Initiative

Calendar:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

6:30 pm to 9pm: Public Discussion: “New Possibilities for the Basic Income Movement”

LIC Art Center / LIC Academy of Music 44-02 23rd St., Studio 204 (second floor), Long Island City, NY 11101

Friday, February 27, 2015

8am to 7pm: Sessions at the Sheraton Hotel

Evening: social event to be announced

Saturday, February 28, 2015

8am to 6:30pm: Sessions

Evening: social event to be announced

Sunday, March 1, 2015

8am to 12:30pm: Sessions at the Sheraton Hotel

12:45-m-2:15: Lunch meeting: organizational meeting of the USBIG Network

6:30pm: Activists Meeting: “Are we ready to start an activists movement for BIG in the United States?” We’ll chip in for pizza and drinks, but we’ll share the food and drink unconditionally with everyone who comes—without means test or any requirement to make a reciprocal contribution. We will discuss this question without any more specific agenda. Karl Widerquist will moderate the discussion, but will not lead the discussion or any effort that might come out of it.

at the Commons Brooklyn, near the Hoyt-Shermerhorn subway stop in downtown Brooklyn.

REGISTRATION:

Everyone attending the events at the Sheraton must register with the EEA and pay their registration fee (all events outside the Sheraton are free and open to everyone). If you register as a USBIG participant, you can register for the EEA members’ price of $110 without paying the EEA’s membership fee—saving $65. All registered attendees of the NABIG Congress are welcome to attend any of the EEA’s events.

Register for the NABIG reduced fee by going to this website:  http://eeaorg.myshopify.com/products/usbig-registration-non-academic

Reduced price admission for low-income people and students is available (contact the organizers). Reporters with press passes reporting on the conference can bypass registration.

Economists must pay the full registration fee of $175, which includes membership in the EEA. Economists can register at the main website:  http://eeaorg.myshopify.com/collections/conference-registration-and-event-tickets

The onsite registration fee will be $185.

 

For more information about the Eastern Economics Association Annual Meeting, visit the EEA website: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/eea/41st-annual-conference/.

 

Essential information:

Conference dates: Thursday, February 26 – Sunday, March 1, 2015 Locations: New York, Queens, and Brooklyn, NY: The Sheraton Hotel and Towers, LIC Art Center, and the Brooklyn Commons

Organizing committee: Karl Widerquist <Karl@Widerquist.com> (organizer), Ann Withorn <withorn.ann@gmail.com>, Shawn Cassiman <scassiman1@udayton.edu>, and Jurgen De Wispelaere <jurgen.dewispelaere@gmail.com>

Website: USBIG.net.


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13th North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress 

Held in Conjunction with the 15th BIEN Congress

Montreal, June 26  – 29, 2014

A North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Workshop was held Thursday, June 26, the day before the Basic Income Earth Network Congress in Montreal. This workshop brought together activists, scholars, and others interested in basic income to talk about whether and how basic income can be advanced politically, and how to address media and public perceptions of basic income. 

 

The conversation included people interested in reducing poverty and inequality, or sharing resources more equitably, or empowering workers (both wage workers and people doing unpaid work, care work, etc.), or sharing the burdens of carbon taxation by distributing carbon dividends, or reforming taxes by means of resource taxation and citizen dividends. 

 

For more information, see the BIEN Congress webpage on the workshop:

http://biencanada.ca/congress/nabig-workshop, or contact michael.howard@umit.maine.edu.


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12th North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress:

 

Basic Income and Economic Citizenship

New York City, May 9  – 11, 2013

The Congress was organized by the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG) in cooperation with the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN/RCRG), and was held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Economic Association (EEA).


The NABIG Congress was originally the USBIG Congress, and was organized by the USBIG Network. It became a joint event of the USBIG Network and BICN/RCRG in 2010. Since then, it has been a NABIG Congress held on alternate years in the United States and Canada. Previous NABIG congresses have been held in Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, and New York City.


Featured speakers of this  NABIG Congress included: 

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11th North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress

Toronto, May 3-5, 2012

Held at the University of Toronto, the conference included more than 60 presentations.

Featured speakers included: 

  • Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better
  • Charles Karelis, author of The Persistence of Poverty: Why the Economics of the Well-Off Can't Help the Poor
  • Erik Olin Wright, author of American Society: How it Actually Works
  • Armine Yalnizyan, of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; 
  • John Rook, of the National Council of Welfare (Canada); 
  • Evelyn Forget, of the University of Manitoba; 
  • Trish Hennessey, of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; and 
  • Dan Meades, of Vibrant Communities Calgary.

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10th Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress: 

Models for Social Transformation

New York City, February 25 – 27, 2011

This conference was a joint event of the USBIG Network, and BI/RG Canada. It was held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Economic Association (EEA).


Featured speakers included Stanley Aronowitz, of the City University of New York, and Charles Murray, of the American Enterprise Institute. Stanley Aronowitz is the author of several books, including The Jobless Future. Charles Murray is also the author of several books, including In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State. The two addressed each other in a session entitled “Left and Right on Basic Income.”


The North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress was originally “the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network Congress,” and was organized by the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee (USBIG) Network. It expanded in 2010 to become a joint event of the USBIG Network and the Basic Income/Revenu Garanti Canada (BI/RG Canada). Since then, it has been a North American Conference held on alternate years in the United States and Canada.


Scholars, activists, and others are invited to propose papers, and organize panel discussions on BIG or topics related to poverty and the distribution of property. All points of view and proposals from any discipline are welcome. Anyone interested in making a presentation or organizing a panel should submit a proposal to the chair of the organizing committee, Karl Widerquist: karl@widerquist.com.


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9th Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network:

Basic Income at a Time of Economic Upheaval:
A Path to Justice and Stability?

Organized by CRÉUM Montréal, BIEN Canada and USBIG

Montreal, April 15 16, 2010 


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8th Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network

New York City, February 27 – March 1, 2009

Conference Program (pdf format) (html format) (doc format)
Registration Form (pdf format) (doc format)(html format)


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7th Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network:

What Next: Framing a BIG Discussion for the Next Election and Beyond

Boston, March 7 – 9, 2008

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6th Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network

New York City, February 23 – 25, 2007

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5th Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network:

Resources and Rights

Philadelphia, February 24 – 26, 2006

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Abstracts
Participants
Call for Papers


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4th Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network:

The Right to Economic Security

New York City, March 4 – 6, 2005

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3rd Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network

Washington, DC, February 20 – 22, 2004

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2nd Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network

New York City, February 21 – 23, 2003

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1st Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network

New York City, March 8 – 9, 2002

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U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network  Seminar Series

The USBIG Network held a series of seminars from January 2000 to July 2001.