NABIG Call for Proposals extended to February 24

The upcoming deadline for the NABIG 2020 Call for Participation has now been extended to February 24, 2020.

We've extended this deadline due to feedback that people are busy working on proposals and just need a bit more time to submit them. However, if possible, we encourage submission by the original deadline of February 18, in order to give our Program Committee ample time to review.

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How a New Hampshire family spent Andrew Yang's 'Freedom Dividend'

National Post

A New Hampshire family that received a $1,000-a-month “freedom dividend” for a year from the campaign of Democratic presidential contender Andrew Yang spent most of the money on college bills – but also on an improv class for the unemployed dad.

Chuck Fassi had lost his job as a manager for a company servicing chemical dispensing equipment when his family got the first check in January 2019.

He had never heard of Yang before his daughter, Janelle, mentioned the candidate’s universal basic income plan, or UBI, and nominated her family for it.

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The Fall and Rise of the Basic Income Movement

 - Basic Income Earth Network

Forty years ago today—February 7, 1980—was a small milestone for the Universal Basic Income (UBI) movement: Milton and Rose Friedman dedicated an episode of their television show to a form of basic income guarantee called the Negative Income Tax. This episode might have been the last gasp of the UBI movement’s second wave, which came very close to the centers of power in the United States and Canada in the 1960s and early 70s but had been declining for nearly a decade.

I’m a little embarrassed that this TV show and its accompanying book was my entry into the UBI movement because I disagree with the Friedmans on so many other issues now, but I have to give them credit.

Although Friedman brought his fame and Nobel-Laureate credibility to UBI and related policies, that broadcast did little to stop the decline in UBI’s popularity. It gradually vanished from mainstream politics in the United States and in most countries. It remained an idea for academics, minor parties, fringe activists for decades, only to emerge—seemingly out of nowhere—as a growing worldwide movement over the last 10 years.

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Green Party manifesto features universal basic income

RTE News

A universal basic income, free public transport for students and light rail systems for Cork and Galway are amongst the promises being made by the Green Party in Ireland.

In its manifesto being launched in Dublin, the Green Party is proposing fundamental changes in energy generation, transport policy, industry, land use, taxation, planning and housing.

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Hamilton activist Michael Hampson thrived on the Basic Income. He died after it was cancelled

The Spectator

If it weren't for the cats sometimes, I don't know if I'd bother rising to face the darkness of another day in this so-called happy new year. Apparently the days are getting longer but I'm not feeling it.

I'm usually more like the people in Newfoundland, recently extolled for their seemingly collective reply to the blizzard of blizzards, "Let's make beer fridges out of snow banks!"

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New report shows how to improve income security for everyone

Basic Income Earth Network

new report from the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) details how Canada could improve income security for everyone, with three options for a basic income for adults, while maintaining current child benefits for those under 18.

“We’ve seen interest in basic income grow far beyond theoretical debates. BICN is now frequently asked what it would look like in Canada,” said Chandra Pasma, a member of the BICN Advisory Council and co-author of the report.

“Our report clearly shows there are multiple options Canadian governments could use to implement a successful basic income program.”

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Basic Income: Reduce Inequality and Poverty

Sault Online

Basic income (BI) schemes are a political and social issue. BI addresses inequality and could help to eliminate poverty. Doug Ford cancelled the Ontario BI Pilot program. 

On January 23rd, the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) released its “Basic Income: Some Policy Options for Canada” report. The researchers were Chandra Pasma and Sheila Regehr. 

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