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.

Sep
13
Thu
UBIE Summer School on the Politics of Basic Income – Barcelona (ES) @ venue will follow
Sep 13 – Sep 16 all-day

The first ever UBIE Summer School on the Politics of Basic Income will take place in Barcelona, from 13 to 16 September, 2018. Experts, policy-makers and civil society activists have been invited to speak about the opportunities and challenges of basic income in EU politics, with a specific focus on the 2019 European Elections.

Learn, discuss and build a European campaign with Unconditional Basic Income Europe! Let us try to understand together the political opportunities and challenges of making basic income a hot topic in the political marketplace of ideas in the European Union. Join us for the first European Summer School of UBIE in Barcelona, 13-16 September 2018!

The main outcome of the Summer School should be a concrete campaign plan to promote basic income during the 2019 European Elections. To achieve this, we plan to structure the programme in the following way:

The planned programme of the event is as follows:

  • Thursday 13th: Welcome Dinner
  • Friday 14th: Lectures and roundtables with invited experts
  • Saturday 15th: Workshops to develop a campaign plan for the 2019 European Elections
  • Sunday 16th: Finalising the campaign plan and sightseeing in Barcelona with UBIE activists!

UBIE does not have a huge budget for this event – which means that it can only be a success if you lend us a hand. There is plenty on things to do in preparation for the event, e.g. programme coordination (identifying and inviting speakers), participant coordination (following up registrations, helping with travel arrangements), logistics (accommodation, catering, equipments), internal and external communications, budgeting/fundraising, leaflet and programme design…

Barcelona started conducting a minimum income trial experiment (known as “B-MINCOME”) last year, which many local people would like to develop into an actual basic income pilot. So we will also use the opportunity to discuss with local politicians and project partners how this attempt could increase public support for a real paradigm shift in social policies – towards a fully unconditional basic income.

Would you rather help out during the event? There are plenty of tasks, like participant coordination, event assistant, speaker assistant, and translator.

Can you help in any other way? Do you have questions? We will be delighted to hear! Please write to barcelona2018@ubie.org to let us know any way in which you can help before or during this event!

Going to join us? Great! Please fill in the registration form and do not forget to indicate how you can help!

We will organise a coordination phone call during next week to discuss preparations with all those who wish to help make this happen. The date and time is yet to be confirmed.

Greetings on behalf of the organising team,

Leire, Dániel and Barb

Oct
11
Thu
Basic Income and the Euro-Dividend as sociopolitical pillars of the EU and its member countries – Freiburg (DE) @ University of Freiburg
Oct 11 – Oct 12 all-day

BASIC INCOME AND THE EURO-DIVIDEND AS SOCIOPOLITICAL
PILLARS OF THE EU AND ITS MEMBER COUNTRIES

Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Freiburg, Germany October 11-12, 2018

In Europe, the public debate about a universal basic income (UBI) is usually a national one. In
recent years a European version of a UBI has attracted more and more attention – primarily pushed
by the suggestion of Philippe Van Parijs titled a “Euro-Dividend”.

This conference aims to shed light at pros and cons of a EU wide UBI regulation and its relation to
national approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective. Both UBI approaches shall be analysed
and discussed with respect to justice, economic and migration effects, legal aspects, creation of
solidarity in the EU, and political viability. On the first day, the conference will address general
issues about UBI while the schedule of the second day contains EU-related concepts just like the
Euro-Dividend.

CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite papers from Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Law, and Economics and even
Technical Sciences addressing one or more of the following topics:

  • UBI and arguments of freedom, solidarity, social and gender justice
  • Changing time allocation and shifting time sovereignty, voluntarism and creativity
  • Legal aspects of UBI
  • Experiments and microsimulations on UBI’s level and impact
  • UBI in the digital age / Robots, AI, Labor, and the Welfare State
  • The European Pillar of Social Rights, UBI, and Euro-Dividend: Creating European Solidarity
  • Financial feasibility of a UBI and financing concepts of a Euro-Dividend
  • EU labour market effects and migration (on international level and within the EU)

Please send title and abstract of about one-page in length by June 11th, 2018, to
max.trommsdorff@vwl.uni-freiburg.de. Participants will be informed about the acceptance of
their papers by July 2nd.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Olli Kangas (Kela, Finland)
  • Philippe Van Parijs (Université catholique de Louvain)
  • Antje Schrupp (freelance journalist)
  • Mancolm Torry (London School of Economics)

Organization:

  • Sascha Liebermann (Alanus University, Alfter)
  • Bernhard Neumärker (University of Freiburg)
  • In cooperation with: Frankreichzentrum, Freiburg

Organized by the Department of Economic Policy and Constitutional Economic Theory we aim to gather relevant leading researchers and thinkers in Europe to discuss an EU wide approach of a basic income.

If you have any questions Max Trommsdorff glad to assist you.

/Max Trommsdorff M. Sc. in Economics and Politics/
/University of Freiburg/
/Department of Economic Policy & Constitutional Economic Theory/
/Room  2303, KG II/