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Testimonies


To celebrate BIEN’s thirtieth anniversary, a number of interviews were carried out with Executive Committee members and a variety of other people involved in the global Basic Income debate. The Executive Committee is planning to repeat the exercise at some point in the future.

BIEN Stories: Louise Haagh

BIEN Stories: Louise Haagh

Louise Haagh (BIEN Co-Chair) I first came across basic income in summer of 2001 when instructed about it by Workers’ Party Senator Eduardo Suplicy, at his home in São Paulo. I was doing research on workers’ rights, at the same time undertaking a survey of economic...

BIEN Stories: André Coelho

BIEN Stories: André Coelho

André Coelho (News Editor-in-Chief) For me to contribute to BIEN, particularly to Basic Income News, was kind of a natural progression in my personal activism, after the Zeitgeist Movement. I naturally accepted the basic income concept, after defending a resource...

BIEN Stories: Julio Linares

BIEN Stories: Julio Linares

Julio Linares - "My Short Journey in BIEN" I first heard about BIEN at a conference in Switzerland about the future of work and basic income. I went to that conference because of a hunch. I had finished reading Karl Polanyi's The Great Transformation and was in the...

BIEN Stories: Steven Shafarman

BIEN Stories: Steven Shafarman

"Toward Basic Income and a Peaceful Democratic Revolution" By Steven Shafarman My drive to enact a basic income – and most of my ideas about how to attract, educate, organize, and mobilize allies – arose from exploring the way young children learn to walk and talk. I...

BIEN Stories: Malcolm Torry

BIEN Stories: Malcolm Torry

Malcolm Torry - "My Basic Income Story" Almost exactly forty years ago, I left university, got married, and started work in Brixton, in South London, administering means-tested benefits. I spent two years on the public counter: and it didn’t take long to understand...

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