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

The Seventh Congress of the

US Basic Income Guarantee Network

March 7-9, 2008: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Program

Friday, March 7, 2008
8:30am – 9:00am: Morning Coffee
9:00am –10:40am: SESSION ONE
OPENING SPEAKERS
Michael Lewis, "Welcome and Introduction"
Guy Standing, “Occupational Citizenship“
Jurgen De Wispelaere, "BIG Governance?"
Moderator: Michael Lewis

10:40am – 11:00am: Coffee Break
11:00am – 12:30pm: SESSION TWO
THE ETHICS OF BIG
Stephen Nathanson, “The Decent Level Criterion of Justice and Its Competitors
Nir Eyal,  BIG and Redistributing Organs
Michael Howard, “Cosmopolitanism and Self-Determination
Moderator: Yannick Vanderborgt

12:30pm – 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm – 3:40pm: SESSION THREE
THE POLITICS OF BASIC INCOME
Al Sheahan, “The Rise and Fall of a Basic Income Guarantee Bill in the U.S. Congress
Steven Shafarman, Peaceful, Positive Revolution: The 2008 Campaign”
Richard Wamai, “What is the Case and Feasibility for a Comprehensive Social Welfare System in South Africa?”
James Mulvale, “The Guaranteed Adequate Income Debate in Canada:  Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator: Richard Caputo
 
3:40pm – 4:00pm: Coffee Break
4:00pm – 5:30pm: SESSION FOUR
WORKSHOP:  The Growing Divide:  Inequality and the Roots of Economic Insecurity
Steve Schnapp, Senior Education Coordinator, UNITED FOR A FAIR ECONOMY

6:30pm – 8:000pm
Eastern Economic Journal Reception
All conference participants are invited to attend this reception and meet fellow members and the Association's officers. Cash bar and complimentary snacks.

Saturday, March 8, 2008
8:30am – 9:00am: Morning Coffee
9:00am – 10:40am: SESSION FIVE
BIG AND POVERTY
Micheál Collins, “New Data, New Targets?  Challenges for Irish Anti-Poverty Policy Post-2008?”
Samuel Butler, “Arendt, Solidarity and the Social”
Ernie Lightman and Seong Gee Um, “Post-Secondary Education and Social Assistance in Ontario”
Moderator: Michael Howard

10:40am-11:00am: Coffee Break
11:00am – 12:30pm: SESSION SIX
BIG AND WORK
Christian Roy, “Civilian Service for Social Security? Basic Income and Labor Sharing in the Thought of Arnaud Dandieu
Phil Harvey, “Laying out the Argument for a Public Works Program
Jeffrey Smith, “How to Make BI Inflation-Proof, While Also Raising Wages”
Moderator: Jeff Smith

12:30pm – 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm – 3:40pm: SESSION SEVEN
PERSPECTIVES ON DISTRIBUTION AND REDISTRIBUTION
Roy Morrison, “Holding the 40% of Lowest Income Households Harmless:  A Negative Income Tax in Combination with an Ecological Value Added Tax”
Rabbi Carla Theodore, “End Wage and Profit and Survive”
Gary Flomenhoft,  "A 'Public Equity' Corporation Based on Common Assets and Paying Citizen Dividends"
Moderator: Eri Noguchi

3:40pm – 4:00pm: Coffee Break
4:00pm – 5:30pm: SESSION EIGHT
ROUND TABLE ON FREEDOM AS EFFECTIVE CONTROL SELF-OWNERSHIP
Karl Widerquist, University of Reading, "Status Freedom"
Robert Jubb, University of Oxford, "Basic Income, Effective Control Self-Ownership, and Market Power"
Phil Harvey, Rutgers University
Michael Howard, University of Maine
Kieran Oberman, University of Oxford
Moderator: Almaz Zelleke
5:40pm – 7:00pm: SESSION NINE
FEATURED SPEAKERS
5:40pm, Sean Healy and Brigid Reynolds, "Challenges to Basic Income in the Public Policy Arena: An Irish Experience"
6:20pm, Yannick Vanderborght, "Basic Income in Electoral Platforms: Examples from Recent Political History"
Moderator: Al Sheahen

Sunday, March 9, 2008
8:30am – 9:00am: Morning Coffee
9:00am – 10:40am: SESSION TEN
Theological and Moral Aspects of BIG
Stephen Clark, “The Little Red Hen Thinks Again
Buford Farris, “Compassionate Liberalism as a Frame for a Renewed War on Poverty
Charles M. A. Clark, “Promoting Participation in a 21st Century Economy: A Catholic social thought perspective on Basic Income
Moderator: Steve Shafarman

10:40am – 11:00am: Coffee Break
11:00am – 12:30pm: SESSION ELEVEN
FEATURED SPEAKERS
11:00am, Jurgen De Wispelaere, editor, Basic Inocme Studies
11:10am, Senator Eduardo Suplicy, Brazilian Federal Senate, "A Basic Income to Democratize and Pacify Iraq"
11:50am, Phillippe Van Parijs, Université Catholique du Louvain (Belgium) & Harvard University
Moderator: Ingrid Van Niekerk
 
12:30pm – 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm
USBIG ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
Moderator, Karl Widerquist

Last Updated March 3, 2008