Basic Income Week concluded on September 22 with events in 18 countries on 5 continents. The organizers released the following report on the events with a look ahead to a march next month and to Basic Income Week 2020:

1. updated participating countries’ list

2. Call for Basic Income Marches around the world on 26th Oct

3. The motto for next year’s ibiw – send in your suggestions NOW!

1. This week there were live events in 18 countries on 5 continents (we’re sadly missing Africa this year). Not all events made in onto the calendar on, partly due to the attacks on the website at the start of the week, partly due to not everyone using the calendar and us becoming aware of events through social media: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, US. But as you know, there are basic income developments in many other countries around the globe.

2. Next global action: 26th Oct: Basic Income March.

Currently there are Marches planned in the USA, Netherlands and in Germany. These cities are taking part so far: New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Minneapolis.

If you want to organise your own or join an existing one, please get in touch with the organisers via the website or:

3. 13th Basic Income Week 14th-20th Sep 2020: Motto suggestions!

We are now collecting suggestions for a Motto for next ibiw until 31st Oct!

Send the motto in your language plus a translation into English to this Email address. Any mottos sent after 31st Oct will not be considered.

We will publish all the suggestions and hold a Motto election from 1st-30th Nov. Details for the election process will be published with the motto suggestions.

Please send us plenty of suggestions you can then chose from!

About Karl Widerquist

Karl Widerquist has written 989 articles.

Karl Widerquist is a Professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University-Qatar, 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 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 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 "the Prehistory of Private Property (Edinburgh University Press 2020, coauthored by Grant S. McCall) , "A Critical Analysis of Basic Income Experiments" (Palgrave Macmillan 2018), "Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy" (Edinburgh University Press 2017, coauthored by Grant S. McCall) and "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 ( He writes the blog "the Indepentarian" for "Basic Income News."