A Basic Income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement.

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A convergence of various circumstances in the 21st century has made a Basic Income policyan achievable goal. Discussions and policy debates about Basic Income are taking place in countries across the world. We see this as an incredible opportunity for BIEN to...

This South Korean Presidential Election is Vital

There are rare moments when a combination of threatening circumstances leads to a wonderful transformation that only a short time before would have been unimaginable. This year may be such a moment. The Republic of Korea could set an example to the world that would...

Arguments for UBI were presented at the Constituent Assembly in Chile

On the 1st of December, the Comission of Fundamental Rights received the president and secretary of the Chilean Basic Income Network (Red Chilena de Ingreso Básico) Gabriela Cabaña and Cristóbal Ramos. The intervention included the justifications of basic income as a...

A new project from FRIBIS: Universal Basic Income and Gender

The Freiburg Institute for Basic Income Studies (FRIBIS), a network of several faculties at the University of Freiburg, has expanded with a new international team which focuses on basic income and gender issues, pulled together by Enno Schmidt. It uses as a starting...

The Monetary Issues of a UBI: First annual FRIBIS conference 12 October

This year, the Freiburg Institute for Basic Income Studies (FRIBIS) will hold its first annual conference on Monday and Tuesday, 11-12 October 2021. It aims to shed light on an emerging topic in the economics of UBI: the monetary issues of a UBI. Monetary aspects are...

BIEN Congresses

BIEN’s 2022 Congress will be held in Brisbane, Australia, from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th September 2022. Registration now open. This will be a hybrid face to face and online event. The main face-to-face event will take place in Brisbane.

Call for papers closed: Abstracts (250—300 words) please click here for more information.

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BIEN 2022 Congress – Roundup

BIEN 2022 Congress – Roundup

September 28 marks the end of a resoundingly successful BIEN 2022 Congress. With more than fifty sessions taking place over the course of three days, the 2022 edition has been host to landmark discussions on the growing Basic Income movement worldwide. The key themes...

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BIEN 2022 Congress: Day 1 Summary

BIEN 2022 Congress: Day 1 Summary

Today saw an electric start to BIEN2022, a coming-together of the world’s most dynamic thinkers, activists and ideas focused on the understanding and promotion of Basic Income.  Following the success of 2021’s Congress help in Edinburgh, Scotland, the 2022...

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Letter to Members of the European Parliament re UBI

Letter to Members of the European Parliament re UBI

You can read here a letter and its annex that we, UBI-EI (Unconditional Basic Income – European Initiative), are sending to all MEPs (Member of European Parliaments) in an attempt to steer the current EU - wide conversation about the “Minimum Income” towards a social...

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New Book on Basic Income in the World

New Book on Basic Income in the World

This book -- written by Marek Hrubec, Martin Brabec, and Marketa Minarova -- "offers an introduction to the important idea and practice of unconditional basic income, which is becoming a topic increasingly discussed not only among researchers but also among citizens...

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Basic Income Week 2022: 19-25 September

Basic Income Week 2022: 19-25 September

We are heading to the 15th International Basic Income Week. Social media appearance is here https://basicincomeweek.org/downloads2022/ Just keep the date and brainstorm about new ideas to make Basic Income enter this new era! #basicincomeweek15. Read all the details...

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Large Basic Income for Artists pilot launched in Ireland

Large Basic Income for Artists pilot launched in Ireland

On 8 September 2022, 2,000 Irish Artists and Creative Arts Workers were granted Basic Income for the Arts. This historic new scheme explores support for artists and creative practice in a 3-year pilot that provides €325 per week as part of a research project. Read the...

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