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NEW YORK: The 14th North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress, Feb. 26 – Mar. 1, 2015

The 14th Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress will be held in conjunction with the Eastern Economic Association in New York, NY, Thursday, February 26 – Sunday, March 1, 2015. The call for participants will be released soon. The deadline for participant submissions is October 31, 2014. The NABIG Congress is a joint meeting of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee (USBIG) Network and the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN). It takes place each year, rotating between the United States and Canada. Featured Speakers include Peter Barnes: entrepreneur, environmental activist, and author of a half-dozen books, including, Who Owns the Sky?, Capitalism 3.0, and With Liberty and Dividends for All.

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Conference dates: Thursday, February 26 – Sunday, March 1, 2015
The deadline for participant submissions: October 31, 2014
Location: New York, NY
Organizing committee: Karl Widerquist <> (organizer), Ann Withorn <>, Shawn Cassiman <>, and a BICN representative to be named later.


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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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