Calendar

Jul
18
Wed
DemCon 2018 – International Democracy Convention – Balbriggan (IE) @ Bracken Court Hotel
Jul 18 @ 18:00 – Jul 19 @ 20:00

The Democracy Convention – or DemCon – is an annual gathering of academics, NGOs, activists, journalists and technologists who understand that we are on the cusp of major changes in how democracy is exercised around the world. DemCon seeks to create the conditions for building a real, immediate, non-intermediated democracy with regular and deep citizen participation by learning from organisations and people engaged in moving democracy forward.

Speaker for Basic Income is our US activist Scott Santens, full time basic income writer.

Join us in Balbriggan to learn how to use the technologies that will drive the future of democracy – from the experts who build them and the organisations who use them.

DemCon is organised by the Solonian Democracy Institute, a non-profit think tank that takes its name from the statesman who ushered in reforms that created the foundations for the development of democracy in ancient Athens.

Aug
23
Thu
Nordic UBI-day – Tampere (Finland)
Aug 23 @ 12:00 – 18:30

The Nordic day of the BIEN 2018 congress will be held in the afternoon of the 23rd of August in advance of the official opening of the congress. Everyone participating in the congress is invited to take part in this Nordic session, which will be held in English.

The main idea of the Nordic UBI Day session consists of the following thematic outlines:

A representative from each of the five Nordic countries will give a picture of the national situation in relation to the implementation of a basic income. Which are the concrete proposals that are on the political agenda? How large is the potential support for different ideas? How well does a BI fit the relatively universal Nordic welfare systems? What can we learn from the different experiences? There will be both separate presentations and a panel, during which the audience can ask questions and make comments.

Please register for the Nordic UBI Day HERE.


PROGRAM 
(preliminary, changes possible)

 

12.00 – 12.10 Opening of the Nordic UBI Day
Prof. emeritus Pertti Koistinen, chair of the BIEN 2018 Congress LOC
12.10 – 13.10 Part one: Basic Income (BI) discourses in Finland, and how could BI be applied to
enhance Nordic welfare
Part two: Ethics of UBI by the chair of BIEN Finland Pekka Elonheimo
Part three: Experiences of Finland’s UBI experiment by its participant
13.10 – 13.20 Comments, questions, answers on Finland’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
13.20 – 13.40 Denmark. BI-discourses in Denmark, and how could BI be applied to enhance
Nordic welfare
Martin B. Michaelsen, Board Member of BIEN Denmark
 
13.40 – 13.50 Comments, questions, answers on Denmark’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
13.50 – 14.10 Coffee break
14.10 – 14.30 Iceland. BI-discourses in Iceland, and how could BI be applied to enhance
Nordic welfare
Halldóra Mogensen, Member of Iceland’s Parliament and BIEN Iceland
 
14.30 – 14.40 Comments, questions, answers on Iceland’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
14.40 – 15.00 Norway. BI-discourses in Norway, and how could BI be applied to enhance
Nordic welfare
Øyvind Steensen, Spokesman of BIEN Norge
 
15.00 – 15.10 Comments, questions, answers on Norway’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
15.10 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 15.50 Sweden. BI-discourses in Sweden, and how could BI be applied to enhance
Nordic welfare
Lena Stark, Founder of Swedish basic income party, Member of UBIE since 2014
15.50 – 16.00 Comments, questions, answers on Sweden’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
Comments on the previous speeches
16.00 – 16.30 Break
16.30 – 17.15 Speech of Rutger Bregman
17.15 – 17.45 Interview to promote Rutger Bregman‘s new book
17.45 – 18.30 Book selling and autographs in the lobby outside the auditorium

 

The representative speakers are asked to submit their abstracts, photos and biographical notes via this form

For further information, please contact Jan Otto Andersson (janderss@abo.fi) or Jouko Hemmi (jouko.hemmi@hotmail.fi), members of the local organising committee  of BIEN 2018 Congress.

Aug
28
Tue
Places for People: Liveable, Inclusive, and Liveable Regions – Cork, Ireland
Aug 28 – Aug 31 all-day

The congress theme is “Places for People: Liveable, Inclusive, and Liveable Regions”, ‘but the congress covers all fields in Regional Science. In addition to the general themes, a limited set of Special Sessions will be organized. The Special Sessions address specific and topical themes in Regional Science.

S50 Social and Spatial Inequalities and Basic Income Policies

A basic income (also known as universal basic income) is an income paid unconditionally to every citizen or resident of a country. It is a form of guaranteed minimum income, but distinct from minimum incomes that exist in some countries because it is paid irrespective of income from other sources without a requirement to work. It is often argued that the origins of the idea date back to 18th century and the work of Thomas Paine who advocated the creation of a social insurance scheme for the aged and for young people just starting out in life, which would be paid from a national fund accumulated for this purpose.
In recent years there has been a relatively small but rapidly growing number of academic scholars and social activists (and relevant networks and movements such as the Basic Income Earth Network – see http://basicincome.org ) who have been advocating Basic Income policies and there is currently a lively debate on its feasibility and desirability.
There has also been an implementation of relevant policy initiatives, trials and experiments across the world with recent efforts in Finland and Canada amongst the most notable examples, but also the on-going social assistance experiments conducted by several Dutch municipalities and discussions of a possible adoption of Basic Income in Scotland. Although there has been a considerable number of relevant feasibility studies, there has been very limited analysis of the possible spatial implications of such policies.
This special session will consider the geographical implications of Basic Income policies, including issues pertaining to social justice, labour market supply and demand implications and local and regional multiplier effects.

Convenor(s): Dimitris Ballas: Arjen Edjes

About the congress

Places matter for economic and social development. In an increasingly globalized world, people are looking to local and regional factors to optimize competitive advantage, inclusivity, and well-being. The ERSA congress “Places for People: Innovative, Inclusive and Liveable Regions” puts people back at the heart of regional and urban development to examine how spatial and regional analysis can work to improve people’s lives. The Congress will host a large variety of themes in spatial, regional, and urban economics, economic geography, and regional policy topics like local governance and institutions.

With approximately 800 participants every year from all continents, the ERSA congresses have become the largest academic conferences in regional science worldwide. There is simply no better place to present your research results, network and/or exchange, find out about new developments in the field, and just to meet colleagues and friends.
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