FRIBIS-BIEN Zoom Dialogue on UBI: 3 June 2022

FRIBIS-BIEN Zoom Dialogue on UBI: 3 June 2022

FRIBIS (Freiburg Institute for Basic Income Studies) and BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network) invite you to a Global Basic Income Dialogue with experts on the UBI via a Zoom-meeting on 3 June 2022.

6 p.m. CEST / 9 a.m. PDT / 5p.m. GMT / 9:30 p.m. IST

Gisèle Huff, a U.S. philanthropist supporter of UBI, will be interviewed by Enno Schmidt of FRIBIS and Otto Lehto of FRIBIS and New York University will be interviewed by BIEN chair, Sarath Davala. Each conversation will be followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with FRIBIS students.

For detailed agenda and speakers, click here. To receive a Zoom link to participate send an email to

The BIG Conference 20th Annual Program

The BIG Conference 20th Annual Program

In a few short weeks, June 23-25, the biggest annual North American event for basic income will be taking place: the 20th Annual Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) Conference! Click for access to registration, the full program and more information. June 23 and 24 sessions will be live in Portland, Oregon and the June 25 (Saturday) sessions will be virtual.

Whether you’re someone working in the economic justice space who wants to deepen their understanding of basic income policy or a grassroots advocate who is just starting to learn about basic income, this is an amazing opportunity to get plugged into the community and benefit from the knowledge of the past year’s incredible strides for direct cash.

Basic Income advocates launch a #SignStorm in the EU

Basic Income advocates launch a #SignStorm in the EU

ECI-UBI Press Release

Basic Income advocates launched a SignStorm action aimed to get extra support for the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Start Unconditional Basic Incomes (UBI) throughout the EU” before the campaign’s end on 25 June 2022.

The UBI Europe General Assembly on 21st of May in Prague, Czech Republic, following the statement of the coordinators of the ECI, decided to support the SignStorm campaign. 

“Italy is a few signatures away from reaching the threshold, let’s push other countries to follow our lead” said Michele Gianella, Italy’s coordinator of the ECI.

Last chance to sign!

“UBI is called a life jacket for both individuals and society… you can no longer wait with UBI. There is no longer a question of whether, only a question of how. This became clear already at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic”, the statement says. 

To be successful, the ECI should collect at least 1 million signatures (statements of support) while at least 7 countries should exceed their national threshold. After that the proposal must be discussed by the European Commission.  

The SignStorm statement emphasizes that the ECI ( ) is also a message for EU member state governments and therefore each signature counts. 

Currently, it has 225 581 signatures (21 May at 15:00 CET) but as advocates say: surprises cannot be excluded. 


GUARANTEED INCOME: A Primer for Funders

GUARANTEED INCOME: A Primer for Funders

This primer was developed by the Asset Funders Network (AFN) to educate foundations, individual donors, and other funders about the ways in which guaranteed income and related cash-based policies not only strengthen low and moderate income communities and communities of color, but also build a healthy and more  resilient economy for us all.

Guaranteed Income pilots have been increasing in number rapidly over the past few years. In early 2022, there were more than 90 demonstrations planned or in progress in the United States. The majority of these have relied primarily on philanthropic funding, although there is an increase in public funding, primarily through use of American Rescue Plan Act funds.

Most pilots are intended to help build support for a federal basic income, but are usually targeted on specific groups due to limitations in funding and support. Click here to access a webpage with a short presentation and links to a larger primer and the recording of a webinar held on 18 May 2022.

May/June 2022: FRIBIS Basic Income Workshop Series hosted by Karl Widerquist

May/June 2022: FRIBIS Basic Income Workshop Series hosted by Karl Widerquist

Karl Widerquist is hosting a workshop series that will feature lectures by international guest speakers from the field of basic income research. Detailed Information and the Live-Stream-Link you can find below.

The series began on May 10 2022 with talks by Simon März, Jurgen De Wispelaere and Simon Birnbaum.

The next workshop will be held May 31 at at 16:00-18:00 German time (UTC+2) with talks by Paul Niehaus, Jurgen De Wispelaere, and Joe Crisp.

For details on the series, including dates, times, speakers, and YouTube stream links, click here.

What role could a UBI play in ensuring nutritious, and sustainable diets for all?

What role could a UBI play in ensuring nutritious, and sustainable diets for all?

You are invited to join the launch of UBI Lab Food, the 40th lab of the UBI Lab Network, a virtual event to be held Thursday 12 May 2022 at 13:00-1400 BST.

The launch event will be an opportunity to engage in a rich discussion about the potential role of a Universal Basic Income in ensuring people’s nutrition security, and shape equitable, sustainable food systems.

The event will start with a panel discussion where each panelist will bring a different perspective to the table.

This will be followed by a presentation of ideas for the Lab, a Q&A, and a discussion among all attendees. The organizers would love to hear your thoughts on what the Lab could mean for progressing the conversation on, and our understanding of, UBI and food.

This event will be chaired by Dan Crossley of the NGO Food Ethics Council, UK

To register click here.