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BIRNBAUM, Simon (2012), Basic income reconsidered…

The idea of guaranteeing every member of society an unconditional basic income is one the most innovative and powerful proposals for countering our growing economic inequalities and to sustainably prevent poverty. But would this be a just thing to do? In the last few decades, debates on the ethics and economics of basic income have become increasingly sophisticated and diverse.

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Finland: launch of a basic income citizens' initiative

Finland’s basic income network has just launched a campaign for a citizens’ initiative for a universal basic income on March 28th, 2012, in Helsinki. The Citizens’ Initiative Act came into force in Finland at the beginning of March 2012, but since appropriate online service for collecting signatures is still missing, only preliminary supporters are being gathered. Citizens’ initiatives can be

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Publications: Palgrave Macmillan releases first two books in its series, “Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee”

Palgrave Macmillan, part of the Macmillan Group of publishers, is a global academic publisher of textbooks, journals, monographs, professional, and reference works. For several years now, the publisher been putting together a book series on the basic income guarantee. The new series, “Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee,” has released its first two books, Basic Income Reconsidered: Social Justice, Liberalism, and

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Paris (France), 31 March 2012: The right to a basic income

On March 31, 2012, a collective called POURS (“Pour un revenu social” – “for a social income”) organizes a large conference on basic income as a guaranteed right to existence. Details : 9h30-18h, 31 March 2012, La Maison de l’Arbre – 9, rue François Debergue – 93100 Montreuil (Métro 9- Croix de Chavaux) See also www.pourunrevenusocial.org

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Maastricht (Netherlands), 17 April 2012: Basic Income as a sustainable solution for our planet

This event will take place within the framework of the “Science Cafe”, a platform for panel discussions taking place at the Selxys bookstore in Maastricht. It provides a link between students, scholars, the academic world and the reality of people’s life. In the 2 hour evening discussion, the audience will be invited to ask questions and to interact with the

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Video link: TEDxBologna – Bruna Pereira and Marcus Brancaglione – Citizen Basic Income in Brasil

Bruna and Marcus are Social Innovators and they have been developing the Basic Income Project in Brasile for two years, a project that is unique in the world. The 70 inhabitants of the town of Quantiga Velho receive 30 Real monthly. Marcus and Bruna tell us what are the effects of this new right, that is conquering the world.

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NEW ZEALAND: Treasury produces a report on “a Guaranteed Minimum Income”

The Welfare Working Group requested Treasury to model a specific Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) scheme for New Zealand. As a result Treasury published an assessment for a universal and unconditional payment of $300 per week to all individuals aged 16 years and over, extra to those families with children. Treasury concludes that tax and equity implications of a New Zealand-specific

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UNITED KINGDOM: Citizens Income Trust offers bursaries for attendees of the BIEN Congress in Munich

Accoring to the Citizen’s Income Newsletter, the Citizen’s Income Trust is offering up to three bursaries of £500 each to Congress participants who live in the United Kingdom and/or are staff members or students at UK universities, to enable them to give papers at the Congress. The bursaries will be awarded to those whose papers have been accepted for presentation

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