Forthcoming conferences on Basic Income in Australia and Worldwide

BIGA’s direct links to conferences in the Southern Hemisphere and beyond.


The 15th BIEN Congress, "Re-Democratizing the Economy,"

  • When: 26th-29th of June, 2014.
  • Where: Montreal, Canada.

For more information visit the Biencongress website. Linked to another web site

The recent global economic crisis, and the dominant austerity response of national and international governing bodies, has vastly increased economic inequality, poverty, financial insecurity and social exclusion across the globe. Individuals and families in both the developing and developed world are experiencing tremendous vulnerability and powerlessness against an economy seemingly spiraling out of control. Many believe the time has now come to radically rethink our response to the crisis and its resulting precariousness, and the structural organization of the economic fabric in our societies.

BIEN Congress 2014 aims to explore the role a universal and unconditional basic income could play in re-democratizing our economy. The congress brings together academics, activists, policy makers, political representatives, NGOs, and interested members of the general public to discuss and debate issues arising from the introduction of a basic income.

Topical streams of inquiry include (but are not limited to) the following considerations:

  • Which economic, social, political or environmental changes would re-democratizing the economy require?
  • How would the institution of a basic income guarantee promote re-democratizing the economy, nationally or globally?
  • How would the combination of a (more) economic democracy and a basis income ensure ecological sustainability?
  • Which revenue models would help support a re-democratized economy?
  • How can we boost the political support for basic income at a time of inequality, austerity and economic exclusion?
  • What democratic and citizenship implications can we expect from a basic income guarantee?
  • What are the legal and constitutional implications of the right to a basic income?


The 14th BIEN Congress

The 14th BIEN Congress Pathways to a Basic Income Linked to another web site took place in Munich (Germany), 14-16 September,2012.

Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network - Dublin, Ireland - June 2008

The 12th International Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Linked to another web site was held on 20-21 June 2008 in Dublin, Ireland. The theme of this Congress was:

Inequality and Development in a Globalised Economy - The Basic Income Option.

The Congress combined plenary sessions featuring invited speakers and parallel workshops with volunteered papers.

Major themes addressed at Congress 2008 included:

  • Why Basic Income provides a key part of the answer to the challenges posed on issues such as inequality and development in the emerging globalised world.
  • How a Basic Income system can be operationalised and achieved - politically, institutionally and technically.
  • The way forward if Basic Income approaches and systems are to become a reality in the foreseeable future.
Seventh Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network 2008 Photo of sunset at Pumicestone Passage near Brisbane in Queensland
Australia is a beautiful country to visit. This sunset photo
was taken at Pumicestone Passage near Brisbane
in Queensland.

Seventh Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network:

What Next: Framing A Big Discussion For The Next Election And Beyond

March 7-9, 2008
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston , MA

Featured Speakers:
Philippe Van Parijs
Sean Healy
Brigid Reynolds
Yannick Vanderborght
Senator Eduardo Suplicy

In 2008, The United states was in the midst of an early Presidential election season. Although the nation was focused on President George Bush's foreign policy and the “war on terror,” the administration had left an extensive domestic legacy as well: massive tax cuts, a controversial prescription drug plan for the elderly, educational reform through No Child Left Behind, increased work requirements for welfare recipients, more support for faith-based initiatives, and a rightward shift of the United States Supreme Court. When it came to poverty, Bush had argued that poverty can most successfully be addressed through higher rates of marriage and increased work effort. With a change of administration, many hoped that there would be new domestic policy initiatives as well as a change in foreign policy. Yet none of the major candidates at that time were proposing policies that would eradicate poverty, nor ensure a safety net for future generations.

The Seventh Congress of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee (USBIG) Network provided a forum for considering alternative frameworks for addressing poverty. USBIG Network is a discussion group on the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) in the United States—a policy that would unconditionally guarantee at least a subsistence-level income for everyone. The congress brang together academics, students, activists, policy analysts, and others interested in exploring the merits of this proposal. Philippe Van Parijs , of Harvard University and of the Catholic University of Louvain, was a keynote speaker. He is the author of dozens of articles and several books including Real Freedom for All: What (if anything) can justify capitalism? Other featured speakers included Sean Healy , Brigid Reynolds , Yannick Vanderborght , and Senator Eduardo Suplicy . Healy and Reynolds are co-directors of the Justice Commission of the Council of the Religious of Ireland. Together, they have written or edited 21 books on public policy and two books on spirituality for social engagement. Their work has also been published in a wide range of other books and journals. Their book, Social Policy in Ireland , (1998, 2nd edition 2006) has become a standard textbook on social policy in Ireland . Vanderborght is a Lecturer in Political Science at the Facultés Universitaires Saint Louis in Brussels , and co-author (with Van Parijs) of L'allocation Universelle. Suplicy is a third-term Senator representing the state of Sao Paolo in the Brazilian Federal Senate and one of the founding members of Brazil 's ruling workers party.

Organizing committee:

Chair: Michael A. Lewis (
Associate Professor, SUNY School of Social Welfare, at Stony Brook

Eri Noguchi (
Columbia University and the Association to Benefit Children

Almaz Zelleke (
Director of Academic Affairs, The New School for General Studies

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