Summary of the 15th International Basic Income Congress

The 15th International Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network was held June 27-29, 2014 within the Law Faculty at McGill University in Montreal. Two hundred and fifteen people from around the world were registered. There were 120 wide-ranging presentations from speakers such as Anna Reid, Past President of the Canadian Medical Association; Roberto Gargarella, Professor of Constitutional Theory and Political Philosophy at the Universidad de Buenos Aires; Joe Soss, inaugural Cowles Chair for the Study of Public Service, University of Minnesota; Dr. Antonio Prado, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; Guy Standing, a co-founder of Basic Income Earth Network; Renana Jhabvala from India’s Self-Employed Women’s Association; and Enno Schmidt, leader of a citizen’s campaign for a forthcoming Swiss referendum on basic income.

Flowing from the Congress, newspaper, radio and television stories about basic income appeared across Canada. The diverse nature of media questions reflected how the idea of basic income has broad societal appeal, for the reason that basic income touches multiple interests e.g., concern about the cost of poverty versus the potentially lower cost of a basic income guarantee, or how basic income may support entrepreneurial activity. Such topics were explored at the Congress – and supported with evidence.

A challenge for advocates is to keep the conversation going about basic income – what it is, why it is needed and how it can and does work. Basic Income Canada Network continues its work to spearhead conversation-building across Canada.

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