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REYKJAVIK, ICELAND: Nordic UBI Conference scheduled for Aug 31

The second Nordic UBI Conference will take place at the Nordic House in Reykjavik, Iceland, from August 31 through September 1, on the theme of “how the Basic Income ideology fits in with the Nordic Welfare Model.”

The first day of the conference will focus on the Nordic model. Speakers include BIEN Chair Louise Haagh (University of York), MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir of the Icelandic Pirate Party, Albert Svan of BIEN Iceland, Øyvind Steensen of BIEN Norway, Stefán Ólafsson and Salvör Gissurardóttir of University of Iceland, and Peter Abrahamson of University of Copenhagen.

The second day will be dedicated to the topic of basic income experiments and results, featuring speakers Markus Kanerva of the Finnish think-tank Tänk, Jurgen de Wispelaere (University of Bath), and BIEN Vice-Chair Karl Widerquist (Georgetown University – Qatar).

A full program is available here.

Attendance is limited to 100 registrants (register here). The conference will also be video-recorded and streamed online.  

The conference was organized by BIEN Iceland, one of BIEN’s newest affiliate organizations, which was launched December 10, 2016.

Iceland has been considered a “hot spot” for basic income, largely due to the sympathy for the idea from the nation’s prominent Pirate Party (which was invited to form the national government in early December 2016, though ultimately unsuccessful).

The first Nordic UBI Conference, organized by BIEN Denmark in collaboration with the Danish political party The Alternative, took place in Copenhagen from September 22 to 23, 2016; see the review articles in Basic Income News here and here.  


Photo: Nordic House, CC BY-NC 2.0 Tyrone Warner

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