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Portugal: Conference on pilot projects in July

From the 1st to the 3rd of July, 2020, at the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal), a conference on Basic Income experiments will occur, focused on its political and social policy implications. From the conference website it can be read: The debate about basic income requires our attention, especially when a growing number of countries and cities are conducting experiments

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London, UK: The Ethics of UBI in a Changing Economy

The Ethics of UBI in a Changing Economy King’s College London London, UK, April 24, 2020 Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eubi1 Abstract registration deadline: February 28, 2020 Submission deadline: February 28, 2020 Final paper submission: April 10, 2020 The Department of Political Economy at King’s College London will host a full day interdisciplinary workshop on “The Ethics of UBI in a Changing

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Japan: Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa attempts a “social experiment” by giving out 9 million US$

Japanese enterpreneur Yusaku Maezawa, enfatuated by the idea of a basic income, is giving out, unconditionally, 9 million US$ to 1000 randomly selected people from his Twitter followers group. This initiative was launched on January 1st 2020, on his Twitter page. Maezawa is hoping this “social experiment” will have an effect on his recipients happiness, as other (basic income related)

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United States: New survey shows overwhelming support for basic income among Democrat students

A new survey focused on basic income has been published by College Pulse (December 2019). 2000 college students were asked several questions, among which, for instance, if they supported the implementation of a basic income in the United States, such as that proposed by Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang, and what they would use the money for, if they did receive

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United States: Senators Mitt Romney and Michael Bennet plan an unconditional child benefit

US Senators Michael Bennet (left) and Mitt Romney (right) On Sunday, the 15th of December 2019, Republican Senator Mitt Romney and Democrat Senator Michael Bennet presented a plan to establish an unconditional child benefit cash transfer in the United States. Under this plan, all parents get an unconditional benefit of US$ 1500 per year per child under 6 years pf

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New book: Exploring Universal Basic Income

The full title is “Exploring Universal Basic Income: A Guide to Navigating Concepts, Evidence, and Practices”, and it’s the most recent publishing of the World Bank on the specific issue of basic income, by the hands of editors Ugo Gentilini, Margaret Grosh, Jamele Rigolini and Ruslan Yemtsov. From the original World Bank webpage it can be read: Specifically, the book

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Podcast: Anna Coote and Louise Haagh on The Ralph Miliband Programme

Anna Coote (left), Louise Haagh (right) “Universal Basic Income and Universal Basic Services: the case for radical change” is the title of the podcast hosted by Robin Archer, Director of the Ralph Miliband Programme, a prestigious lecture series on the spirit of free social inquiry at the London School of Economics. The podcast features Anna Coote, a Principle Fellow at

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United Kingdom: Lib Dem candidates back basic income pilots

Jane Dodds and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson. Picture credit to: The Week Over fifty candidates for the UK’s Liberal Democrat party (Lib Dem) have signed a personal commitment to back basic income pilots in the next parliament, if elected. The intention to run these basic income pilots, which would be implemented by removing conditionality rules from the standard element

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VIDEO: Universal Basic Income – the power to say ‘no’, for everyone

On December 2nd, the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery was celebrated. To mark that date, Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, an editorial partnership between openDemocracy and researchers from Africa, Asia, America, Australia and Europe, have commissioned this video, focused on Universal Basic Income (UBI). According to this group, UBI might be an appropriate policy response to contemporary labour unfreedom.

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