Author Archives: Andre Coelho

Montreal, Canada: Guaranteed Livable Income and Sustainable Futures public event

Picture credit to: Feminism in Canada (Youtube)   Could a guaranteed livable income create healthy societies and save the planet? A grassroots group of Asian feminists address this question by organizing a panel of leading experts on basic income and environmental justice, taking place on Wednesday, October 17th 2018, the International Day to Eradicate Poverty. Guaranteed Livable Income and Sustainable Futures is the

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Frankfurt, Germany: GLS Bank and Bündnis Grundeinkommen Hessen invite prof. Sascha Liebermann

On the 9th of October 2018, at 6 pm, professor Sascha Liebermann will speak at the GLS Bank in Frankfurt. The event is organized by the Bündnis Grundeinkommen Hessen (Hesse Basic Income Alliance) political party and is expected to last for around two hours. General description of the event: Unconditional basic income (UBI) is a monthly amount of money which is sufficient

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Portugal: survey shows opinion towards basic income change since 2014

A Portuguese civic movement for the promotion of basic income, named RBI-TT, has been collecting answers to a simple questionnaire on basic income, having done so already in 2016 and 2014. This way, it is possible to measure how people’s opinions change over time, at least those that answer the questionnaire online.   The questionnaire sets forth the following questions:

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VIDEO: Release of the BIEN Congress 2018 plenary sessions video recordings

The plenary sessions of the BIEN Congress 2018 are now available to view, here (all).   Individually, the recordings can also be watched in the following embedded links.   Philip Alston, “Should We Frame Basic Income as a Human Right?” Louise Haagh, “The Ethics and Economics of Basic Income Revisited” Lena Lavinas, “Can Basic Income Resist the Financialization Logic?” Evelyn

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Donut-D-Day Conference

On September 15th 2018, Donut-D-Day brought together various Dutch organizations and citizens committed to integrated systemic reforms to fight climate change, socioeconomic inequality, and unstable financial systems. The organizers used Kate Raworth‘s model of Doughnut Economics to imagine possible approaches that would balance the need for minimum standards of living for all people (the social foundation), within the environmental limits

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France: Benoît Hamon calls President Macron a “specialist in counterfeits”, when referring to basic income

Benoît Hamon   Benoît Hamon, a former representative of the Socialist Party in France, and who ran for the French presidency in 2017 on ideas like legalizing cannabis, euthanasia, protecting “common goods” (water, air, biodiversity) in the Constitution and basic income. He lost that first run at the presidency, but is still politically active through the recently formed party named

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Chicago, US: Chicago moves forward with UBI proposal

Chicago’s City Hall building green roof. Picture credit to: Urban Matter   Earlier this year, the city of Chicago hit the news by introducing a resolution that would summon a taskforce to run and study a basic income trial within the Municipality. That resolution, put forth by Alderman Ameya Pawar, included the summoning of stakeholders, foundations, philanthropists and academics, to develop

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Finland / International: BIEN Congress 2018 (part 2)

After reporting on the two first days of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress in Tampere, Finland, 24th and 25th of August, a second and final part is here lay forth, covering for the event on the last day (26th). (Note 1)   Jamie Cooke, Sarath Davala, Evelyn Forget, Loek Groot and Olli Kangas all sat together at the

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Finland / International: BIEN Conference 2018 (part 1)

At BIEN Conference main auditorium (at the forefront: Phillipe van Parijs)   On the 24th of August 2018, the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Conference at Tampere, Finland, started at full force (after an introductory day on the 23rd of August – Nordic Day).   The Opening Session, taking place at a large plenary auditorium, featured Tarja Halonen, former President

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Finland / International: Nordic Day at the BIEN Conference 2018

Gerdur Palmadottir (BIEN Iceland)   On the 23rd of August 2018, on the eve of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Conference in Tampere, Finland, yet another Nordic Day was completed, with the participation of speakers from all the European Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Finland).   After introductions and acknowledgements by Petti Koistinen, Chair of the Local

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