A Basic Income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement.

The third Basic Income Conversation

BIEN has published its third Basic Income Conversation, this time about Brazil. In this conversation, Lena Lavinas and Leandro Ferreira debate the Covid pandemic, Brazil's response, and their relationship to the Basic Income debate. https://youtu.be/IfD7DbrDieA

UN Secretary General proposes Basic Income

There is a translation of this article into French. On the 18th July the Secretary General of the United Nations gave the annual Nelson Mandela Lecture. People want social and economic systems that work for everyone. They want their human rights and fundamental...

A new video from Massive Attack

On the 10th July 2020 Massive Attack published a video featuring Young Fathers (Massive Attack's 'younger brother'), Algiers, and Saul Williams, and featuring Guy Standing talking about Basic Income. The music is taken from the Eutopia EP and is written and produced...

The United States, Basic Income, and Covid

The second in a series of zoomcasts has now been published. https://youtu.be/wMVhfSN-Rfs Unprecendented unemployment figures in the United States of America in the wake of COVID-19 require a new type of response - Is Universal Basic Income the answer? Karl Widerquist...

Emergency Basic Income during the Coronavirus crisis

There is a translation of this article into French. A basic income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement (BIEN’s definition of Basic Income) The coronavirus pandemic is causing huge...

BIEN Congresses

BIEN 2020, Brisbane, Australia

The 2020 BIEN Congress was to be held in Brisbane in Australia from the 28th to the 30th September 2020. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the event has been cancelled. BIEN’s Executive Committee and the Scottish and Australian congress Local Organising Committees have agreed the following statement: ‘The Scottish and Australian Congress Local Organisation Committees have agreed that the current plan is to hold the 2021 BIEN congress in Scotland and the 2022 BIEN congress in Australia.’

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International Basic Income Week 2020

International Basic Income Week 2020

International Basic Income Week starts on the 14th September this year. The motto will be ‘Freedom to Choose’. To read a longer article about International Basic Income Week 2020, click here Plan your events for 2020. Click here. Events can be added to the Basic...

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UN Secretary General proposes Basic Income

UN Secretary General proposes Basic Income

There is a translation of this article into French. On the 18th July the Secretary General of the United Nations gave the annual Nelson Mandela Lecture. People want social and economic systems that work for everyone. They want their human rights and fundamental...

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South Africa: A talk by Guy Standing

South Africa: A talk by Guy Standing

On the 30th July Guy Standing will be addressing a zoom meeting hosted in South Africa on the subject The case for a Basic Income in a time of pandemics. Registration details can be found below.

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Another video: The case for Basic Income

Another video: The case for Basic Income

The website 'The case for Basic Income' has published a video of the same name. To visit the website, go to ubi.org; and to contact the publisher, geoff.crocker@ubi.org https://youtu.be/O-rlGQC-AJ4

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Canadian artists call for an income guarantee

Canadian artists call for an income guarantee

75,000 artists have signed a letter calling on the Canadian government to implement an income guarantee. We, the undersigned, are calling upon the Government of Canada to honour itscommitment to poverty reduction and instate a Basic Income Guarantee tomake a historic...

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Results from the Stockton experiment

Results from the Stockton experiment

The New Yorker has reported on the results of the experiment in Stockton, where five hundred individuals randomly selected from the city's most deprived districts have been receiving US$100 per month unconditionally. ... For example, during the pandemic, the...

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Prospect magazine top fifty thinkers

Prospect magazine top fifty thinkers

Philippe Van Parijs has been nominated by Prospect Magazine (UK) as one of the top fifty thinkers for the COVID-19 age. To vote for 'the godfather of the UBI movement', as Prospect Magazine puts it, click here.

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Namibia – UBI success and institutional failure

Namibia – UBI success and institutional failure

1. Namibia - country background A South West African state with a troublesome colonial history, Namibia has a population of around 2,5 million people and is one of the least populated countries in Africa due to its extremely dry climate. The country is rich in natural...

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An explainer video from the Royal Society of Arts