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SEOUL, KOREA: “Local Politics and Basic Income: International Conference on Basic Income, June 19-20, 2015

The Basic Income Korean Network (BIKN) held a two-day, international conference on “Local Politics and Basic Income” at Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, June 19-20, 2015. Topics ad the conference included activism for basic incoe, local and international movements for Basic Income around the world, the political feasibility of Basic Income, and youth and Basic Income. Participants included Hyosang Ahn of BIKN, Karl Widerquist of SFS-Q of Georgetown University, Zhiyuan Cui of Tsinghua University, Nowan Kwak of the University of Seoul, Enno Schmidt of the Swiss campaign for Basic Income, Sarath Davala of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India, Anja Askeland of the Basic Income Earth Network, Ju-on Kim of the Basic Youth Network, and several others.

About Karl Widerquist

Karl Widerquist has written 957 articles.

Karl Widerquist is an Associate Professor of political philosophy at SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University, specializing in distributive justice—the ethics of who has what. Much of his work involves Universal Basic Income (UBI). He is a co-founder of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG). He served as co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) for 7 years, and now serves as vice-chair. He was the Editor of the USBIG NewsFlash for 15 years and of the BIEN NewsFlash for 4 years. He is a cofounder of BIEN’s news website, Basic Income News, the main source of just-the-facts reporting on UBI worldwide. He is a cofounder and editor of the journal Basic Income Studies, the only academic journal devoted to research on UBI. Widerquist has published several books and many articles on UBI both in academic journals and in the popular media. He has appeared on or been quoted by many major media outlets, such as NPR’s On Point, NPR’s Marketplace, PRI’s the World, CNBC, Al-Jazeera, 538, Vice, Dissent, the New York Times, Forbes, the Financial Times, and the Atlantic Monthly, which called him “a leader of the worldwide basic income movement.” Widerquist holds two doctorates—one in Political Theory form Oxford University (2006) and one in Economics from the City University of New York (1996). He has published seven books, including Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press 2017, coauthored by Grant S. McCall) and Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He has published more than a twenty scholarly articles and book chapters. Most Karl Widerquist’s writing is available on his “Selected Works” website ( More information about him is available on his BIEN profile and on Wikipedia. He writes the blog "the Indepentarian" for Basic Income News.

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One comment

  • Russ morris

    Please take a look at this text survey:
    What will I do tommorrow, when every individual begins receiving a basic income of $300.00/week?
    1. Continue as I am doing until I take care of my debt situation and I am able to make a change, and then (describe the change)
    2 quit my job tommorrow, and try to find some kind of more meaningful “work”.
    3 start a business myself
    4 each day, wake up, and take care of
    people who need help
    It could be used to collect data and endorsement.
    I have created a contact in my phone called “my self” and I send thoughts to this contact about basic income and related ideas of waking up. What if everyone did this and my self became known as a support contact in the cloud that could help us inform the “system”

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