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The 13th  North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress will be held in conjunction with the next BIEN Congress in Montreal, Canada, June 26-29, 2014


 Thursday, June 26, the day before the Basic Income Earth Network Congress in Montreal, there will be a North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Workshop. 

The goal of this workshop is to bring together activists, scholars, and anyone with an interest 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. 

This conversation should include 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. 

Members of USBIG and others interested in the topic are encouraged to attend the workshop, whether or not they plan to attend the BIEN Congress that follows. Those wishing to attend only the workshop need not pay the full conference fee for the BIEN Congress. 

For more information, see the BIEN Congress webpage on the workshop:, or contact

15th International Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network

Re-democratizing the Economy
Friday June 27th to Sunday June 29th, 2014

Preconference NABIG day: Thursday June 26

McGill Faculty of Law, Montreal, Quebec

Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress 2014 now invites proposals for individual papers, themed panels of up to three papers and discussion roundtables that cover any aspect of the justification, design or implementation of basic income. 

Featured speakers for the BIEN Congress 2014 include:

   Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), United Nations

 Roberto Gargarella, Professor of Constitutional Theory and Political Philosophy at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at University College London

   Renana Jhabvala, President of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Bharat, India

  Joe Soss, Cowles Chair for the Study of Public Service at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

   Guy Standing, Professor in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and Co-President, BIEN

   David Stuckler, Senior Research Leader at University of Oxford and Research Fellow of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Chatham House


For more information or to submit a proposal go 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 nine members: Michael Howard of the University of Maine (Coordinator); Karl Widerquist, now of Georgetown University, Qatar (Newsletter Editor); Al Sheahen, author (Public Relations Coordinator,; Steve Shafarman, author (Activist Coordinator,; Michael Lewis, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College; Eri Noguchi of Columbia University; and Almaz Zelleke, BIEN Executive Committee,; Dan O'Sullivan of Rise Up Economics;  Jason Murphy ; Jeff Smith, Forum on Geonomics, Click here for more information, or email (

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