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MONGOLIA: Government takes steps toward implementing an Alaskan-style BIG

The coalition government of Mongolia is taking steps to make good on promises made in the 2008 election to introduce an Alaska-style resource dividend. Mongolia is a large, sparsely populated land-locked country sandwiched between Russian and China. About half of its citizens still live as nomadic herders. Most of the land in the country is unowned: herders can camp anywhere

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EUROPEAN UNION: Citizens Initiative for Basic Income in Europe

On Thursday, August 11, the Future European Network Academy for Social Movements in Freiburg, Germany held a workshop to discuss a European Citizens Initiative (ECI) for the introduction of the guaranteed Basic Income in Europe. Organizers hope to produce a text in a special meeting in October 2011 in Vienna and then begin gathering the signatures of persons which want

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GERMANY: Basic Income Network obtains 50,000 Facebook followers (CORRECTION)

Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen, a Facebook page in German, obtained its 50,000th follower in the summer of 2011. The page was created by Daniel Häni and Benjamin Hohlmann in Basel, Switzerland. The popularity of this site is just a small sign of the extent to which the BIG movement is taking off in German-speaking countries from the grass roots to the highest

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KARL WIDERQUIST TO SPEAK ON BIG IN SEVERAL GERMAN CITIES

Karl Widerquist (visiting associate professor of political philosophy, Georgetown University-Qatar, co-chair, BIEN, and editor, this newsletter) will speak on the Basic Income Guarantee in several Germany cities this fall. The tentative schedule is: September 25. Eichstatt: University of Eichstatt September 26. Treuchtlingen: FH Treuchtlingen September 27. Hamburg: the Hamburg Basic Income Network September 29. Cologne: BI Initiative in cooperation with

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Eleventh North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress to take place in Toronto in 2012

The 11th Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress will take place May 3-5, 2012 at the University of Toronto on the theme of Putting Equality Back on the Agenda: Basic Income and Other Approaches to Economic Security for All. While Canada, the United States, and many other OECD countries have grown increasingly unequal in recent years, equality has not

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Social Policy Conference to address Sharing Responsibility in Shaping the Future

Social Justice Ireland’s annual Social Policy Conference will address the issue of Sharing responsibility in Shaping the Future.  This one-day conference will be held in Duiblin on September 14, 2011 and will be addressed by a distinguished list of international and national speakers. Questions concerning responsibility have been widely debated in recent times. Among these are questions on why ordinary

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Standing, Guy. 2011. The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

In a new book, Guy Standing develops a theme that has underpinned his advocacy of a basic income since the 1980s. There are many rationales for supporting a basic income, but effective political pressure may emanate from the emergence of a new mass class, the precariat. It is a dangerous class; not yet a class-for-itself, in the Marxian sense, but a class-in-the-making, in which distinctive groups are torn politically in different directions.

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NAMIBIA: BIG can benefit orphans and vulnerable children

According to the article “BIG can benefit orphans and vulnerable children”, which was witten by Johanna Absalom and published on 8. July 2011 in the Namibian Economist, Dr Henry Platt, executive director of the Church Alliance for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CAFO), said: BIG provides an answer to the national crisis of poverty and unemployment, which in turn, affects the

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