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SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Political and Technological Strategies towards a post-Scarcity Society

Tristan Roberts

Tristan Roberts, organizer

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, Tristan Roberts will host a discussion on strategies towards a post-Scarcity society. The group will explore the current and possible future implementations of Universal Basic Income, at the local, national, and international levels. According to the organizers, “We’ll also be discussing radical solutions that may supplant the current economic system. Technology, in the form of cryptocurrencies, is actively being designed to create transparent microstates. Besides offering transparent governance, some of these modular, voluntary communities will feature digital currencies that have progressive wealth redistribution at their core. In other words, a bitcoin-like, blockchain-based universal basic income.”

The discussion will take place at 7PM, in the NextSpace coworking office on the 2nd floor of 1 Hallidie Plaza, San Francisco, CA.

Topics include:

*The status of the Swiss referendum for a Universal Basic Income

*The Finnish and Dutch efforts towards experimenting with Basic Income on city-wide levels,

*Alaska’s Citizen Dividend and Oregon’s possible Carbon Dividend

*Bitnation’s attempt to create modular, transparent governance

*Next-generation, Ethereum-based cryptocurrencies that feature wealth redistribution


Political and Technological Strategies towards a post-Scarcity Society
Thursday, October 29, 2015
7:00 PM, NextSpace coworking office
1 Hallidie Plaza, 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA

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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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