I am pleased to share with you the 2020 North American Basic Income Guarantee CALL FOR PARTICIPATION. The 19th annual NABIG Congress takes place May 21-24, 2020 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario with prominent speakers and diverse participants from Canada, the United States and
The major themes for NABIG 2020
- The particular relevance of basic income to young people and their future well-being, and the importance of engaging youth in interrelated movements, especially those concerned with climate crisis and the future of the economy.
- Basic income and women’s equality and well-being, especially in the context of growing precarious employment, and the need to rethink ‘work’ and the relationship between women and the state.
Proposals for presentations, panels, and alternative expressions are now invited. The deadline for submissions has been extended to February 24, 2020.
While everyone who comes to NABIG has an opportunity to participate, learn and exchange knowledge and experience with others, the official program includes structured presentations, panels and other contributions selected from advance submissions.
The Congress is open to any disciplinary or theoretical approach or political perspective, including those who express constructive skepticism toward basic income or advocate for variants. We want to hear diverse points of view from individuals and groups actively engaged in questions of income security and economic equality. We are especially interested in presentations from those who are part of larger networks, and who have the capacity and commitment to further share their own learning and experience of basic income with others.
NABIG 2020 will feature an event on Thursday evening that is open to registrants and the general public. The Congress for registrants will include keynote speakers, plenaries and simultaneous workshops all day on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday morning. New this year, we are planning some workshop time slots devoted to interactive strategy sessions guided by key questions rather than podium presentations.
This year’s themes build on recent hopeful developments in the public and political realm. These include the powerful voices of young people advocating action on the environment. In the United States, Democratic leadership candidate Andrew Yang is running on a basic income platform that has been remarkably influential. In Canada, the recommendations to government of the landmark Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls include a call for a basic income for all. The bold ideas and practical solutions that are the subject of NABIG Congresses are gaining ground and we have an opportunity to make further strategic advances at this year’s Congress.
The annual NABIG Congress is organized by the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) and the United States Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG). The 2020 Congress is organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University, the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, and other partners. The Congress promises to be an influential gathering of people and ideas – we hope you will be a part of it!