Call for Participation - NABIG 2018, May 24-27 in Hamilton, Ontario

The Call for Participation in the 17th Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress, May 24-27 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, is now open! The proposal submission deadline is February 12. Extended until February 19!

The major themes for the 2018 NABIG Congress are:

  1. The converging paths leading to basic income (e.g., health, human rights, automation, sustainability, democracy, etc.)
  2. Making basic income a reality, through pilots, policy, and public support.

Proposals for presentations, panels, workshops, and alternative presentation formats that address the themes above are now invited, for submission by February 12. Extended until February 19!

Confirmed speakers include:

  • from Canada, Evelyn Forget (pilot studies), Yv Bonnier Viger (public health), Josephine Grey (human rights), Jim Mulvale (environment), Chandra Pasma (design and costing), and Kwame McKenzie (social causes of mental illness) 
  • from the US, activist Kate McFarland (pilots globally) and filmmaker Conrad Shaw (media)
  • from Mexico, ECLAC research coordinator Pablo Yanes (constitutional issues) and former legislator Julio Boltvinik (future of human labour)
  • from Portugal, Sarah Bizarro (poverty, human freedom)
  • from Chile via Finland, Jurgen De Wispelaere (political analysis)

The 2018 NABIG Congress is open to any disciplinary or theoretical approach or political perspective, including those who express constructive skepticism toward basic income or advocate for variants. We want to hear diverse points of view from individuals and groups actively engaged in questions of income security and economic equality. We are especially interested in proposals from those who are part of larger networks, and who have the capacity and commitment to further share their own learning and experience of basic income with others.

The annual NABIG Congress is organized by the Basic Income Canada Network and the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network. The 2018 Congress is organized in collaboration with McMaster University, the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty ReductionLow Income Families Together (in Toronto), and other partners. 

"The idea of a universal basic income is gaining traction and I am pleased that next year's NABIG, which will bring together hundreds of advocates, academics and government representatives from across the continent, is being held in Hamilton,” remarks Hamilton's Mayor, Fred Eisenberger. “Our City is increasingly becoming a focal point for progressive social policy discussion."

The 2018 NABIG Congress promises to be an influential gathering of people and ideas – we hope you will be a part of it! Please see the Call for Participation.