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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...

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.’

Basic Income

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

BIEN Conversations

A series of conversations from around the world that explore the relationship between the Covid-19 pandemic and Basic Income. Read more

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