The confluence of multiple contemporary crises has made a Basic Income an achievable goal and made BIEN more important than ever. Discussions and policy debates about Basic Income are taking place in countries across the world.  This is an incredible opportunity for BIEN to strengthen its reach and solidify its role as the go-to-source on Basic Income.  

BIEN’s mandate is to foster informed discussion about this topic throughout the world. In this time of crisis, we need to provide ever more reliable information and a rigorous interpretation of facts about Basic Income. We want to reach every politician, scholar, activist, and artist in every country.

To do this we need hands, hearts, and funds.

Hands

Since 1986, BIEN has grown thanks to the incredible efforts of  its volunteers.  All BIEN Executive Committee members are dedicated volunteers. Yet to increase our impact and rise to the current political situation, we need more volunteers. We also need paid staff. 

Hearts

We need more supporters, more members  and affiliates across countries. We appeal to our members to encourage others to become members and affiliates of BIEN. Tell us what you need and want to get involved! We want to learn from our affiliates and grow our community.

Funds

We are initiating BIEN Hubs in different parts of the world – Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Europe. To support this effort, we have been working on fund-raising since 2021. In 2022, we secured a three-year grant from Mustardseed Trust to increase and strengthen BIEN’s presence at the global level. However, a big chunk of the grant is earmarked as matching funding, realizable upon BIEN raising funds from other sources. In other words, for every pound we raise, Mustardseed Trust will give one additional pound. 

With these considerations in mind, and for the first time in our history, we  are appealing to our affiliates and members to donate to BIEN. To join hands and hearts with us. 

No amount is too small, and really no amount is too large. Our immediate requirement is to raise  10,000 pounds to appoint a Manager for BIEN Latin America and we need to show this to Mustardseed by early 2023. We are asking all of you as stakeholders in BIEN – please join us at this critical historical moment, for BIEN and for the world, and support us to transition BIEN into becoming an organization, network, movement fit for the current time. If every member donates £100, we will more than meet our target. With £200, we will be able to immediately open a further Hub. Please give what you can! This holiday season, when you are considering gifts, add BIEN to your list.

For any further information about the BIEN Hubs, about this critical time for BIEN, and indeed about our fundraising, please contact BIEN Coordinator, Wolfgang: wolfgang@basicincome.org 

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Thank you!

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