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Fifteenth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress, 


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: 
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 for information about Winnipeg, Manitoba. Please direct inquiries to: 

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What is a BIG?

The basic income guarantee (BIG) is a government insured guarantee that no citizen's income will fall below some minimal level for any reason. All citizens would receive a BIG without means test or work requirement. BIG is an efficient and effective solution to poverty that preserves individual autonomy and work incentives while simplifying government social policy. Some researchers estimate that a small BIG, sufficient to cut the poverty rate in half could be financed without an increase in taxes by redirecting funds from spending programs and tax deductions aimed at maintaining incomes. Click here for more information.

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The USBIG Network

The U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (The USBIG Network) is an informal group promoting the discussion of the basic income guarantee in the United States. USBIG (pronounced "U.S big") publishes an email newsletter (subscription 500) every two months, maintains an on-line discussion paper series, and has yearly conferences.

USBIG was founded in December 1999 by Fred Block of University of California-Davis, Charles M. A. Clark of St. John's University, Pamela Donovan of the City University of New York, Michael Lewis of the State University of New York-Stony Brook, and Karl Widerquist then of the Levy Economics Institute. The USBIG Coordinating Committee has thirteen members: Michael Howard of the University of Maine (Coordinator),;  Steve Shafarman, author (Activist Coordinator,; Michael Lewis, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College; Eri Noguchi of Columbia University; Dan O'Sullivan of Rise Up Economics;  Jason Murphy ; Jeff Smith, Forum on Geonomics,, Dianne Pagen; Mark Witham,; Shawn Cassiman, Ann Withorn, withorn.ann@gmail.comAlanna Hartzok, alanna@centurylink.netClick here for more information, or email (

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