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UNITED KINGDOM: Royal Society of Arts basic income event, December 17, 2015

birsaeventA debate on universal basic income will be hosted on December 17, 2015 by the London-based RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; also known as the Royal Society of Arts).

EVENT: The Case for a Universal Basic Income.

TIME & DATE: Starts at 1pm (UK time), Thursday, December 17, 2015.

VENUE: Durham Street Auditorium, RSA House, London, United Kingdom.


Anthony Painter, RSA director of policy and strategy;
Frances Coppola, writer and commentator on banking, finance and economics;
Tom Clark, writer and editor for the Guardian;
Ben Southwood, head of research, Adam Smith Institute.


In the last year, discussion about the possibility and desirability of a basic income – a weekly payment for every citizen – has become more audible.

From Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to Mayors in Canada and the Netherlands to campaigners in Switzerland and leading thinkers such as Thomas Piketty, winner of the FT book of the year Martin Ford, and anti-poverty sage Tony Atkinson, the idea has been gathering interest.

In recent days, news that the Finnish government is committing to one of the boldest universal income experiments thus far, has generated an intense fresh round of commentary and debate.

The RSA has been undertaking research into the idea for the past year and at this event Anthony Painter, the RSA’s Director of Policy and Strategy, will present our latest thinking.

Is it feasible? Should we do it? Join the debate.

MORE INFORMATION:  +44 (0)20 7451 6868;; see also the event page here.

BOOKINGS: Click here to book online.

LISTEN LIVE here beginning 1pm on December 17, 2015.

About Vito Laterza

Vito Laterza has written 16 articles.

Vito Laterza is a research fellow at the University of Cape Town and the editor of the Human Economy Blog. He is an anthropologist, labour expert and political analyst focusing on politics, economy and society in Africa and the West. He writes regularly for international media such as Foreign Affairs and Al Jazeera English.

The views expressed in this Op-Ed piece are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the view of Basic Income News or BIEN. BIEN and Basic Income News do not endorse any particular policy, but Basic Income News welcomes discussion from all points of view in its Op-Ed section.

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