BIEN 2022 Congress – Roundup

BIEN 2022 Congress – Roundup

September 28 marks the end of a resoundingly successful BIEN 2022 Congress. With more than fifty sessions taking place over the course of three days, the 2022 edition has been host to landmark discussions on the growing Basic Income movement worldwide.

The key themes covered during the 21st congress were:

  • Crisis and transformation: how can the UBI movement build on the recent expansion of emergency social safety nets around the world?
  • The importance of powerful storytelling to change the hearts and minds of the public to support UBI.
  • Indigenous and First Nations perspectives on basic income.

A comprehensive guide to everything covered at this year’s congress can be found here and in the coming weeks we will be looking to host and distribute recordings of all the sessions* from this year’s congress. Monitor your inbox and the @BIEN2022 Twitter for updates on recordings!

If any of the topics covered during this year’s congress are of interest to you, please feel free to reach out and make your enquiry known. BIEN can be reached via our BIEN main site (https://basicincome.org/), Twitter Feed (https://twitter.com/BasicIncomeOrg) or Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/BasicIncomeEarthNetwork), and we’d be delighted to have you involved in the movement.

Finally, BIEN would like to extend its thanks to everyone involved in making this year’s congress a reality. Particular thanks go to everyone involved with BIEN Australia local organising committee, The Centre for Policy Futures,  Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland, the Australian Basic Income Lab, and Queensland University of Technology- hosts whose hard work has ensured the tremendous success of this year’s event.

*Excluding Kathi Weeks’ keynote address

BIEN 2022 Congress – Roundup

BIEN 2022 Congress: Day 1 Summary

Today saw an electric start to BIEN2022, a coming-together of the world’s most dynamic thinkers, activists and ideas focused on the understanding and promotion of Basic Income. 

Following the success of 2021’s Congress help in Edinburgh, Scotland, the 2022 edition is being proudly co-hosted by BIEN Australia, The Centre for Policy Futures,  Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland, the Australian Basic Income Lab, and Queensland University of Technology.

After years of labouring under pandemic conditions and quarantine regulations, this year’s event is taking place as a hybrid event, hosting both online and face-to-face discussions.

A landmark first day saw opening remarks from prominent Basic Income advocates including Andrew Yang and Scott Santens, before continuing with 14 action-packed sessions throughout the day.

Hot topic throughout the day included Paths to Basic Income, a discussion of implementing Basic Income, and Modelling Basic Income, a discussion of how to understand the likely impacts and benefits of applying the policy in the real world.

A lively roundtable discussion of the impact of Basic Income on the world of work followed, as did an examination of the more transformative impacts of Basic Income implementation. 

Other highlights included a special session focused on the tactics of building support for Basic Income, and an examination of what Basic Income can do to help address deeply-rooted inequalities.

The day also saw an excellent discussion on the role of Basic Income in empowering First Nations communities, improving gendered and care roles in society and discussions of what role a Basic Income can play in helping the Arts, and fighting the ecological crisis.

Finally, the day closed with a headline talk on building political paths to Universal Basic Income, and a keynote address from Guy Standing on building a conception of the ‘Blue Commons’.

BIEN2022 will return tomorrow with another busy schedule, and we will be uploading video coverage of many of these sessions as they become available.

by James Grant, BIEN Social Media Manager

Newly Released: Basic Income and Local Government; A Guide to Municipal Pilots in the US

Newly Released: Basic Income and Local Government; A Guide to Municipal Pilots in the US


The Stanford Basic Income Lab, National League of Cities and Guaranteed Income Community of Practice have just released Basic Income and Local Government; A Guide to Municipal Pilots.

This guide consolidates learning and spotlights principles, insights, and emerging practices to guide municipal leaders and public-private partnerships interested in designing basic income programs that are ethical, equitable, rigorous, informative, and consequential for local, state and national policymaking.

Cook County, Illinois (includes Chicago) launching 2-year guaranteed income pilot

Cook County, Illinois (includes Chicago) launching 2-year guaranteed income pilot

At a press conference on September 14th, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle publicly announced the landmark Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot. This is the largest publicly funded guaranteed income program in the US. The County will provide $500 monthly unrestricted cash payments to 3,250 households for two years, beginning in December 2022. The application window will be open October 6th – October 21st and recipients will be selected by lottery.

More than one-third of all Cook County households are eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of Cook County, and meet income eligibility requirements. Households that are already receiving a guaranteed income from another pilot (such as Chicago’s Resilient Communities Pilot or Evanston’s Guaranteed Income Program) are not eligible to apply.

Read the details here

Letter to Members of the European Parliament re UBI

Letter to Members of the European Parliament re UBI

You can read here a letter and its annex that we, UBI-EI (Unconditional Basic Income – European Initiative), are sending to all MEPs (Member of European Parliaments) in an attempt to steer the current EU – wide conversation about the “Minimum Income” towards a social policy that’s as unconditional as possible.

Signed:

Germany – Ronald Blaschke; Austria – Klaus Sambor; Spain – Angel Bravo; Spain – Leo del Prado; Latvia – Aija Lasmane; Estonia – Jaanus Nurmoja; Hungary – Evamaria Langer-Dombrady; Italy – Fabio Alemagna; Italy – Michele Gianella; Turkey – Ali Mutlu Köylüoğlu