12-15 May (Thursday to Sunday) 2016

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Basic Income Canada Network

This Congress is taking place in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the heart of Canada and the North American continent. The University of Manitoba campuses are located on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on Treaty One territory. The Forks of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers, and the city of Winnipeg that formed around the Forks, have been the meeting place of Indigenous peoples, European traders and settlers, and waves of newcomers from all corners of the world.

“Meeting place” describes our physical location. It also describes the power of Basic Income — an idea and goal that can bring together various individuals, ideologies and constituencies concerned about equality, rights, environmental sustainability, and social justice. A universal, unconditional, and adequate income granted to everyone is a common goal that can unite activists, advocates, policy and academic experts, and social movements.

As a meeting place, this Congress will address the relationship of Basic Income to:

  • economic, cultural, and social security for Indigenous peoples
  • reconciliation between Indigenous and settler communities
  • women’s economic security, autonomy and empowerment
  • overcoming racism and ensuring social inclusion of diverse and newcomer populations
  • challenging the economics of “austerity”
  • elimination of poverty as a means of ensuring population health
  • labour market transformation, including technological unemployment and precarious jobs
  • mapping pragmatic models for delivery of basic income, including the pros and cons experimental and demonstration projects
  • strategic alliances and coalitions with progressive social movements (e.g. labour, feminists, environmentalists)


Call for Participation

The NABIG Congress 2016 invites proposals for presentations and papers, themed panels, interactive roundtables, and posters that address the themes above.

Community activists as well as academic researchers and policy specialists are invited to submit proposals.

The Congress is open to any disciplinary or theoretical approach or political perspective, including those who express a constructive skepticism towards the basic income option or advocate for variants.

Submitting Your Proposal

Options for participation:

  1. Individual oral presentations (including written academic papers)

Proposals should include a title, a brief summary or abstract (250 words maximum), identification of the conference themes addressed in the presentation, and full contact information of the presenter (name, organizational or institutional affiliation, and email address).

  1. Panels of up to three papers or presentations

Panels should be organized around a clearly identifiable theme The format of the panel involves formal presentation of papers and response to audience questions in a session lasting 90 minutes. Please include the following in your proposal:

  • title and brief outline (maximum. 100 words) of the topic of the panel
  • title and short abstract of each paper (maximum. 100 words each)
  • full contact information (including the affiliations and email addresses) of the panel organizer and participants
  1. Roundtables involving a small number of participants (3 – 4)

Give the topic of the roundtable, and the names and institutional affiliations of all participants, as well as the full contact information of the roundtable convener. The format of the roundtable is intended to be informal and interactive. – the roundtable participants speaking with each other, and with the audience. Roundtable sessions will run for 90 minutes.

  1. Poster display

Posters are to present coherent and well organized information on some aspect of basic income. Posters will be displayed throughout the duration of the conference, with certain time slots set aside for authors to be on hand to meet with those interested in their topics. Proposals for posters should include a title, a brief summary or abstract (150 words), identification of the conference themes addressed, and full contact information of the presenter (name, organizational or institutional affiliation, and email address). Posters should be prepared as one unit should not exceed 100 cm. x 100 cm. (approximately 50 in. x 50 in.).

Submit your proposals no later than 20 November 2015 to:


All proposals must include this information:


Address (including institutional or organizational affiliation):

Email address:


Format (check one):       Oral presentation ___           paper ____         poster ___

panel* ___         roundtable* ____

* specify names, affiliations, and topic of all participants in panel and roundtable sessions

Sessions en français / Sessions in French

La conférence sera menée principalement en anglais. Cette conférence se déroulera au Canada, où les deux langues officielles sont le français et l’anglais. Par conséquent, la soumission de propositions pour des sessions et des affiches en français est encouragée. Contacter l’adresse courriel ci-dessus pour plus d’informations.

The conference will be conducted primarily in English. This conference takes place in Canada, which has the two official languages of French and English. Therefore submissions of proposals for sessions and posters in French are welcomed. Contact the email address above for further information.

Note: All presenters of accepted proposals will be required to register for the Congress

Further Information

For details concerning the venue, program, registration, accommodation, or information about our partners and sponsors, visit our Congress website at umanitoba.ca/social_work.

Conference Organizers

The NABIG Congress 2016 is organized by the Basic Income Canadian Network / Réseau canadien pour le revenu garanti (BICN/RCRG) and the United States Basic Income Guarantee (USBIG) Network, in conjunction with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba, Basic Income Manitoba, Winnipeg Harvest, and l’École de service social de Université de Saint-Boniface.

Basic Income Canada Network

Basic Income Canada Network

About Karl Widerquist

Karl Widerquist has written 983 articles.

Karl Widerquist is a Professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University-Qatar. He specializes 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 a member of the BIEN EC for 14 years. 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. He is a cofounder of the journal "Basic Income Studies." 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.” Most of Karl Widerquist's academic writing is available at his research website (Widerquist.com). For more information about him, see his BIEN profile (https://basicincome.org/news/2016/12/bien-profiles-karl-widerquist-co-chair/).