Tag Archives: International

INTERNATIONAL: Guy Standing to discuss basic income in Poland, Austria and Spain

Guy Standing, honorary president of BIEN, noted author, and leading advocate of basic income was interviewed on National Public Radio (US) on September 20, 2015. You can listen to the broadcast here. He will give several talks on basic income in the next few weeks. Here are the details: October 18, 18.00: talk on the precariat and basic income, Warsaw,

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Federico Pistono, “As tech threatens jobs, we must test a universal basic income”

In the past, when technology displaced jobs, many other opportunities for jobs were created by the same technology. However, an article by Federico Pistono in the New Scientist says that increasing automation of work may require governments to experiment with the Universal Basic Income (UBI). Previous experiments’ results have been “promising but not conclusive”, Pistono said. For example, research showed that

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Nicolas Colin and Bruno Palier, “The next safety net”

The global economy is rapidly transforming as technology captures an increasingly greater share of human workforce, leaving many behind. The answer to this issue is a basic income guarantee, according to a recent Foreign Affairs article. In the last century, the welfare state has not kept up with technological development, as humanity transitions to a digital economy. There are still

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Thomas Piketty further discusses his book “Capital in the twenty-first century” and extends relations to basic income

After the resounding commercial and critical success of Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the twenty-first century”, the author himself responded, in the form of an article in the latest release of  Basic Income Studies, to critics and to proponents of Basic Income (BI). As Michael Howard puts it in the introductory paper of the referred edition of Basic Income Studies,

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Olivia Arigho Stiles, “Universal Basic Income – treading the ‘capitalist road to communism’?”

This article rests on an interview with two Max Weber Fellows, Juliana Bidadanure and Ropert Lepenies, who are also Basic Income enthusiastic defenders and organizers of a summer conference on Basic Income at the European University Institute. The article discusses interactions between Basic Income and the welfare state, its implications on work, the benefits for workers, women and society at

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Daniel Raventós and Julie Wark, “The Basic Income debate: political, philosophical and economic issues”

This essay by Daniel Raventós and Julie Wark is a thorough yet condensed analysis of today’s situation of the Basic Income activism, particularly the one within Spanish reality. It acutely focuses on Basic Income’s implications at the political, philosophical and economic facets, while showing the shortcomings of the usual right-wing criticism. The discussion runs long and deep, but at the

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INTERNATIONAL: Basic Income Week Sees More “Ask Me Anything” Threads on Reddit

The Seventh International Basic Income Week started on Monday with events scheduled all over the world as well as a series of “Ask Me Anything” threads on Reddit. Among the latest to host AMAs are Ann Withorn and Shawn Cassiman, Mike Howard, Hyosang Ahn, and Pablo Yanes. Ann Withorn, Ph.D. is Professor of Social Policy, Emeritus, at the University of Massachusetts/Boston. 

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INTERNATIONAL: Basic Income Week Rolls On

The Seventh International Basic Income Week started this Monday with events scheduled in numerous countries as well as a series of “Ask Me Anything” threads on Reddit.  In the past two days there have been four more “AMAs” from Toru Yamamori, Peter Barnes, Popho Eun Sil Bark-Yi, and Ed Dolan. Toru Yamamori is a professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan,

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INTERNATIONAL: Seventh International Basic Income Week Kicks Off with Two “Ask Me Anything” Threads on Reddit

[Josh Martin] September 15th marks the start of the Seventh International Basic Income Week, an event designed to get people all over the world to discuss the basic income as a policy possibility to reform welfare in governments across the globe.  One of the week’s major programming pieces is a series of “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) posts on the popular

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INTERNATIONAL: Press React to BIEN Congress in Montreal

[Josh Martin] The 2014 BIEN International Congress took place in Montreal at McGill University from June 27 to June 29.  Among the hundreds of attendees were academics from a variety of disciplines—economics, social work, development studies, philosophy, and many others—as well as community activists, politicians, and others simply interested in the idea of a basic income for all.  The Congress

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