Webinar: Towards a Universal Basic Dividend – 12:00 CEST June 13

Webinar: Towards a Universal Basic Dividend – 12:00 CEST June 13

Earth for All: A Survival Guide for Humanity introduces Citizen Funds and a Universal Basic Dividend (UBD) as bold proposals to reduce inequality, increase wellbeing, and boost creativity and innovation in a time of social and economic upheaval.  

This webinar will delve into the core concepts, potential benefits, and real-world applications of UBD as a transformative policy drawing on the experiences of our expert panel. We will explore: 

  • The fundamentals of Universal Basic Dividend 
  • Its potential to address economic inequality and enhance wellbeing 
  • The potential impact of UBD on sustainability and environmental   stewardship 
  • Case studies and evidence from around the world 

The panel:  

Sarath Davala is an Indian sociologist, and President of Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). He is co-author of the book: Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India and contributing author to the Earth4All deep-dive paper Unconditional cash transfers and the five turnarounds: beneficiaries’ perspectives. He was Research Director of the Madhya Pradesh Basic Income Pilot (2010-2014) and is currently co-director of WorkFREE, a Basic Income pilot with waste collectors in Hyderabad. He is the co-founder of India Network for Basic Income and Mission Possible 2030 – both working on promoting informed conversation about Basic Income. 

Ken Webster is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University and a Fellow of CISL (Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership). From 2010 – 2018 he was Head of Innovation for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a circular economy pioneer organisation where he helped shape current notions of a ‘circular economy’, and is the founder of the Society for the Circular Economy. He a member of Earth4All’s Transformational Economics Commission, contributing author of Earth for All: A Survival Guide for Humanity, and lead author of three Earth4All deep-dive papers on Universal Basic Dividend.  

Caroline Whyte has a background in ecological economics and does research and advocacy for Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability. She has a particular interest in global environmental justice, Just Transition and financial system reform. She contributed to Feasta’s books Fleeing Vesuvius and Sharing for Survival. Along with four other Feasta Climate Group members she helped to launch the CapGlobalCarbon initiative at the COP-21 summit in Paris in December 2015. She is a steering group member of the Wellbeing Economy Hub for Ireland, which she represents in the European Union Wellbeing Economy Coalition, and she is a member of the Irish National Economic and Social Council. 

To register and send your questions to our panel, click here.

Basic Income for the Arts in Ireland – What have We Learned after 20 months?

Basic Income for the Arts in Ireland – What have We Learned after 20 months?

This is to announce the fourth in a special series of discussions dedicated to reflecting on what we can learn from the Irish Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme, as it unfolds.
The Government of Ireland is running a Basic Income pilot that began in September 2022. 2000 artists and cultural workers will receive a weekly unconditional income of €325 weekly for a period of three years. This fourth session will be an opportunity to check-in with some of the artists involved in the pilot scheme and learn from them about how it is affecting them and their creative communities.

To learn more and access the links for this fourth discussion and recordings of the previous three, click here.

Emergency basic income: Distraction or Opportunity – May 16th at 4pm

Emergency basic income: Distraction or Opportunity – May 16th at 4pm

Jurgen De Wispelaere and Francesca Bastagli will explore the implications of Emergency Basic Income (EBI) for social protection systems and its relationship to Universal Basic Income (UBI). They will examine whether EBI can be integrated into existing programs, overcome barriers, and fuel changes towards more generous policies, while also discussing the divided opinions on whether EBI is an opportunity or a distraction for the future development of UBI.

Title: Emergency Basic Income: Distraction or Opportunity?

Date: 16th of May, 4:00 pm (UK time)

Location: Zoom (Click here to join the meeting)

Call for Papers: FRIBIS Annual Conference 2024: Towards the Development of a Full UBI?

Call for Papers: FRIBIS Annual Conference 2024: Towards the Development of a Full UBI?

“The FRIBIS Annual Conference 2024 focuses on partial basic income models and their implementation into various welfare systems. By examining feasible designs of partial basic income, the conference aims to identify ways to advocate for the idea of an unconditional basic income politically. FRIBIS is particularly interested in contributions related to social protection floors, sustainability, and issues in an international context.

Date: Monday, October 7, 2024, 1:00 PM to Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 3:30 PM CEST

Location: Freiburg University (Germany)

Format: Hybrid

Call for Papers and Workshops Deadline:  June 30, 2024

Helpdesk:  conference@fribis.uni-freiburg.de

The conference will focus on models of a partial basic income and their implementability in various welfare state systems. FRIBIS is particularly interested in contributions related to:

Contributions from researchers and activists of all genders, locations, and cultures are welcome. Abstracts and full texts can be submitted for the core conference and the open part. The FRIBIS Best Paper Award (€1,000) will be awarded to the best contribution by a young researchers. For more information, please refer to the attached Call for Papers and Workshops or visit our conference website.”

FRIBIS Lecture Series – Can a Basic Income Grant Reduce Violence?

FRIBIS Lecture Series – Can a Basic Income Grant Reduce Violence?

Event Title: FRIBIS Lecture Series – Can a Basic Income Grant Reduce Violence? Evidence from Namibia, Kenya, and Uganda Date & Time: April 23, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Format: Online Event Organizers: FRIBIS in cooperation with the BIP & WEF_FABI teams Zoom Link: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/j/67974655698?pwd=Mk4rY3BaM3VkK2ptYmpVUVFXcU1PUT09 Contact: Geoff Harris, geoffreyh@dut.ac.za

Event Summary: Youth in Africa are in search of wage employment and expect their governments to provide such opportunities. However, the demographic surge of youth, coupled with low job creation in both the private and public sectors, leaves many young people unemployed and dissatisfied, often leading to various forms of violence. This lecture examines the potential of a Basic Income Grant (BIG) for all adults as a means to mitigate such violence. There is ample evidence from developing countries, including several African nations, showing that BIG can not only reduce household poverty but also enhance personal and interpersonal peace, thereby reducing various forms of violence.

About the Speaker: Geoff Harris, an economist with over 30 years of teaching and research experience in peace studies, has been a Professor at the International Centre of Nonviolence at Durban University of Technology in South Africa since 2012. His most recent edited book – The Elgar Companion to War, Conflict and Peacebuilding in Africa – was published in February 2024.”

22nd Annual Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) Conference July 22-23, 2024

22nd Annual Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) Conference July 22-23, 2024

“The Basic Income Guarantee Conference (BIG!) is the only annual conference in the U.S. focused on building and supporting the thriving basic income movement as we drive towards national policy. The BIG Conference is a BIG TENT event that includes pilot participants, policy analysts, pilot administrators, community based organizations, activists, artists, researchers and more as we share wins and best practices and find opportunities for collaboration across existing efforts and coordinate for state and national level campaigns. This year’s BIG programming is co-designed by over 200 individuals. Sessions will focus on topics prioritized by the community, including: paying for and scaling existing programs with public funds, developing post-pilot strategies across the pillars of the movement, building the base via community centered practices, intersectional justice work and the role of basic income in some of the most pressing issues of our time, including climate change and AI proliferation.”

Read more and purchase tickets by clicking here.