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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
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/.
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 <email@example.com>, Shawn Cassiman <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and Jurgen De Wispelaere <email@example.com>
Held in Conjunction with the 15th BIEN Congress
Montreal, June 26 29, 2014
A North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Workshop was held 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:
New York City, May 9 11, 2013
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:
Toronto, May 3-5, 2012
Held at the University of Toronto, the conference included more than 60 presentations.
Featured speakers included:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organized by CRÉUM Montréal, BIEN Canada and USBIG
Montreal, April 15 – 16, 2010
Boston, March 7 – 9, 2008
New York City, February 23 – 25, 2007
Washington, DC, February 20 – 22, 2004
New York City, February 21 – 23, 2003
The USBIG Network held a series of seminars from January 2000 to July 2001.