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Sixteenth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress, 

Deadline for proposals has now passed.
A draft program and registration information will be up soon.

The North American Basic Income Congress will be held at 
The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
2180 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10035
June 16-18, 2017,
With a special event June 15, 6 p.m., at Roosevelt House, 47-49 East 65th St., 
and additional evening events sponsored by Basic Income NYC (open to the public) to be announced.

Confirrmed speakers include Andy Stern, former President of SEIU; Joe Huston of Give Directly; Karl Widerquist, BIEN; Diane Pagen, Basic Income Action; Natalie Foster, advisor to the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative and the Open Society Foundations; Chris Hughes, cofounder of Facebook; Francis Fox Piven, Political Science and Sociology, CUNY; Michael Lewis, Social Work, Hunter College; Juliana Bidadanure, Philosophy, Stanford University.

Registration is free but required. Attendance will be capped at a limit of 150 attendees.


For more information see 
NABIG Congress

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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.

USBIG has a Coordinating Committee and a Board of Advisors.

Click here for more information, or email Michael Howard.

USBIG is affiliated with the international Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN).  BIEN maintains an extensive BIG News collection.

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'USBIG, Inc.' is now a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and can accept donations!

The USBIG Network depends heavily on donations to support and expand our work. Each donation, no matter the amount, is valued and appreciated. We encourage monthly donation subscriptions to help generate a dependable stream of revenue from one month to the next.

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