Author Archives: Jenna van Draanen

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada: Secure Income, Secure Health Conference, October 21-22, 2016

The 9th Annual Dalla Lana School of Public Health Student-Led Conference, entitled “Secure Income, Secure Heath” is happening October 21st and 22nd, 2016. The conference will take place at the Health Sciences Building on the University of Toronto campus, 155 College Street, Toronto, Ontario. This event is partially sponsored by the Basic Income Canada Network and will be featuring several

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CANADA: BICN’s Recent Submission to the Finance Committee

  The Canadian House of Commons Finance Committee recently solicited submissions in their pre-budget consultations to give the public the opportunity to provide input in the development of the 2017 federal budget. The Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) made a submission to the Finance Committee in August that urged the committee to consider creating a basic income that would be,

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UNITED STATES: U.S. Congress Discusses Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and Basic Income

UNITED STATES: U.S. Congress Discusses Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and Basic Income Co-written by Jenna van Draanen and Dave Clegg At the end of May 2016, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and Senate held a two-hour hearing entitled “The Transformative Impact of Robots and Automation,” which featured several expert speakers: Andrew McAfee, MIT research scientist, and co-author of

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CANADA: Another Health Unit is Joining the Growing Body of Support from Public Health Organizations for Basic Income

A local health unit in Ontario, Canada — the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit — has recently endorsed the concept of a basic income guarantee, joining the ranks of many local health units in Ontario who have done the same, such as the Simcoe Muskoka and Sudbury District Health Units. The health units agree that a guaranteed minimum

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ISEO, Italy: Iseo Summer School 2016 (13th edition) “Looking forward: new challenges and opportunities for the World Economy”, June 11-18, 2016.

This event is a one-week course targeted at graduate students, with five high profile lecturers, several of whom support basic income and several of whom are Nobel laureates. Brief bios of the esteemed speakers obtained from their Wikipedia pages are below.   Angus Stewart Deaton, a Fellow of the British Academy, is a British-American economist. In 2015, he was awarded

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Jon Evans, “We should be worried about job atomization, not job automation.”

This article, recently featured in Tech Crunch, tells readers that the real problem is not robots stealing their jobs (which he thinks should be celebrated) but actually that full-time jobs are assumed to be the fundamental economic mechanism of our society and that we do not have the flexibility and creativity to consider alternative structures. Evans says we ought to be

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CANADA: Mayor and other elected officials support basic income at a Halifax conference

  On April 9, 2016, the Basic Income Nova Scotia group held a conference titled “Basic Income Guarantee: The Time is Right” at the Halifax Central Library to discuss Basic Income in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference attracted many individuals from the east coast of Canada, and beyond. In attendance at the conference was the Halifax Mayor, Mike Savage. He

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MEXICO: The Senate of the Republic of Mexico and ECLA organize seminar on basic income

This event, to be held April 19-21, 2016, is being held in Mexico and organized jointly by the Institute Belisario Dominguez (IBD) of the Senate and the Regional Office of Mexico of the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA).   The event is scheduled to have significant representation from experts on basic income, researchers, and policy makers and highlights evidence from

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NETHERLANDS: A Proposal for National Basic Income Sent to the Lower House of Parliament

On February 15, 2016, Norbert Klein of the Vrijzinnige Partij (Liberal Party) issued a press release detailing the initiative that he proposed to the Lower House of Parliament on January 26, 2015 in order to put basic income on the national agenda in the Netherlands. Klein notes that, “more and more local, regional initiatives are being developed for certain forms

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Noah Kulwin, “Y Combinator Wants to Study Universal Income. Here’s Where it Can Start”

In response to the recent job posting from Y Combinator for a basic income, Noah Kulwin writes an article summarizing much of the research on basic income that has already been conducted. He reminds readers that Y Combinator, the San Francisco incubator, wants to fund someone to conduct a study about “basic income,” something we have previously posted about here. For

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