Entries by Soomi Lee

Introducing Chelsea Wilkinson, New Interim President of USBIG

It is an honor to introduce myself to our readers and I am excited to have this opportunity to help shape the future of USBIG as the Interim President!  I’m an Asian-American woman who grew up in California’s East Bay Area and now reside in Portland, Oregon. I grew up very passionate about animals, fostering […]

Mike Howard’s Parting Words Stepping Down as President of USBIG

I have been the Coordinator of the US Basic Income Guarantee Network since 2008, when Karl Widerquist stepped down, and President of USBIG, Inc., our non-profit organization, since it was incorporated in 2017. I was drawn to the organization as a scholar and an activist, writing on theories of social justice and their applications. Basic […]

BIG Conference 2022 High School Essay Contest Winners!

This year’s High School Essay Contest winners have been announced! Congratulations on all three winners! To read, click the titles below. 1st Place: “Fall Apart.” Ahmed Ahmed (Nevada, United States) 2nd Place: “The Effects of Universal Basic Income.” Sania Patel (Tennessee, United States) 3rd Place: “Universal Basic Income Could Change the World.” Felix Ni (Manitoba, Canada)  

Researchers Learn from UBI Pilots around the World

Soomi Lee Many pilot programs are being implemented in U.S. cities and some states. What do we learn from all these pilot programs and what new questions have they raised? Researchers in Portugal and Spain interviewed many stakeholders in the past pilots and experiments around the world in the U.S., Canada, India, Namibia, Finland, Spain, […]

Guest Blog | BIG LEAP: Los Angeles Basic Income Pilot

“Basic Income Guaranteed: Los Angeles Economic Assistance Pilot,” or in short, BIG: LEAP, is officially in effect last week on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.  Our guest Paloma Henriques explains the program design, research plans, and its significance.  * * * L.A. Basic Income Pilot Builds Off Success in Stockton Paloma Henriques In Los Angeles, 3,200 […]

Psychologists Help Better Understand Current UBI Debate

Interview with Joachim Hüffmeier, Professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Soomi Lee It should be no surprise that opinions toward UBI differ considerably. We each have our own assumptions about the proper relationship between money and work, and different things that motivate us to work. As such, psychology is a key element in UBI discourse. It is […]