De kracht van de boodschap ligt in de herhaling!
Om de kennis en de acceptatie voor het onvoorwaardelijk basisinkomen verder te vergroten organiseren wij een nationaal congres over het basisinkomen. Uitgangspunt hierbij is het realiseren van een basisinkomen voor de regio Rivierenland, maar nog mooier is het als het basisinkomen in heel Nederland ingevoerd kan worden. Daarom organiseren wij een landelijk breed congres, op 4 maart 2018.
Een aantal deskundigen geeft op het congres tekst en uitleg bij hun visie op het basisinkomen. Mogelijk geven we deze dag de aftrap tot een groot experiment!
Reserveer vast de datum in je agenda!
Binnenkort meer, zie ook http://www.basisinkomenrivierenland.nl/!
Met vriendelijke groet,
Kernteam Basisinkomen Rivierenland
Jolanda Verburg, Baukelien Franken, Roos Rispens
Is Basic Income a political project more of the left or of the right? Is it ‘the capitalist road to communism’ or a libertarian conspiracy from Silicon Valley? Or are these categories pointless when discussing a future with basic income? Who are, who should be our allies in the struggle for basic income? This will be the overarching theme of the next network meeting of Unconditional Basic Income Europe. The weekend in Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden 23-25 March 2018 will include a public meeting, seminars, workshops and our annual General Assembly. Come and join us!
Friday 23th: Basic Income – Neither Left nor Right
Public lecture and discussion with Guy Standing at Världskulturmuseet, moderated by Ann Ighe (Senior lecturer in Economic history, Editor-in-chief of Ord&Bild). Free entry for UBIE members.
Saturday 24th: Seminars and workshops
Venue: Kulturhuset Falken (Falkgatan 7, 416 67 Göteborg)
The detailed program will be published here later.
Saturday evening: Dinner, drinks, discussions and maybe dance at a private location. Limited capacity, first come first serve – register below asap, please!
Sunday 25th: UBIE General Assembly
Venue: Same as Saturday.
The UBIE General Assembly is open to all members and interested guests but only members have the right to vote. The meeting will finish around 3pm.
Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE) will host, in cooperation with Netzwerk Grundeinkommen (Basic Income Network Germany) an international expert meeting and public evening event on the topic of “Eurodividend and EU Basic Income for Children: Models to deepen European solidarity”
The conference is planned to be held on 26/27 April 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Language of the expert meeting will be English, language of the public evening debate will be German and English.
In the last years, some proposals of partial basic income models were brought into the debate of renewing Europe by making it more social. Our event will create a space for researchers and policy makers to explore two possible forms: a Eurodividend and a EU Basic Income for Children.
A Eurodividend is a partial basic income granted unconditionally to all EU citizens and legal long-term residents. The proposal, launched by the philosopher Philippe van Parijs (v. Parijs 2013) is conceptualized as a modest income floor averaging 200 euro per month. It would be distributed to all residents of EU member states on an individual basis and without means testing or work requirements.
A Eurodividend is not meant to replace national minimum income schemes. Instead, it would provide a cushion upon which EU member states can pursue their own welfare arrangements to ensure a decent life for all their citizens. The introduction of a Eurodividend aims to enable the development of a fair, stable and efficient European social model. It embodies a European commitment to social citizenship with a policy that is ‘European’ in substance, easy to administer and transparent.
A European Basic Income for Children (BIC) is a universal income transfer unconditionally granted to all families with children, without means test. Studies show that having children is a key indicator for being at risk of poverty. By ensuring that children are taken out of poverty across the continent, it would help to fulfill one the key EU 2020 goals. The Unicef Institute Child Poverty Insights launched this proposal in 2014: “At first sight it might appear far-fetched to introduce a Child Basic Income Europe-wide, but similar schemes already exist in most European countries and might be thought of as a rather modest extension of current policies.” ( Child Poverty Insights 2014 ).
An EU-BIC would also reduce inequalities within and between member states: In the European Commission research note “The distributive and cross country effects of a Child Basic Income for the European Union” Levy et al. explored the within and between country distributional implications of an illustrative European Basic Income for Children operated and funded at EU level. ( Levy et al 2012 )
The ambition is to stimulate more research on concrete proposals and reinforce the credibility of these concepts in European policy debates.
At our expert meeting, we intend to discuss the two proposals from three specific angles:
- Macroeconomic effects
- Financial feasibility
The first theme will examine the public management aspects associated with the introduction of these proposals by asking how could a Eurodividend or a European Basic Income for Children be implemented? Should they be introduced in an incremental way? What would be considered an appropriate level of payment? How would transfer payments be organised?
The second theme will explore their potential macroeconomic effects. For example, could a Eurodividend or a EU-BIC act as an automatic stabiliser for the Eurozone or even for the EU as a whole? Could it help to ease migration-related pressures and improve regional cohesion? The third theme will delve into financing considerations. We will be looking at a range of possible financing models along with their relative advantages and disadvantages.
This conference starts a research agenda which will continue over the following months. The final objective is to publish substantial policy proposals and present them at an event with European policy makers in Brussels.
Timetable and call for papers is available here: eurodivdentforchildrenmeeting201804
Basic Income and the New Universalism: Rethinking the Welfare State in the 21st Century
The 18th BIEN Congress will be held at the University of Tampere in Tampere, Finland, from August 24-25, 2018, with a “Northern Theme Day” on Thursday, August 23.
Details and official website TBA.
University of Tampere photo CC BY-NC 2.0 Marika Pehkonen
The congress theme is “Places for People: Liveable, Inclusive, and Liveable Regions”, ‘but the congress covers all fields in Regional Science. In addition to the general themes, a limited set of Special Sessions will be organized. The Special Sessions address specific and topical themes in Regional Science.
S50 Social and Spatial Inequalities and Basic Income Policies
A basic income (also known as universal basic income) is an income paid unconditionally to every citizen or resident of a country. It is a form of guaranteed minimum income, but distinct from minimum incomes that exist in some countries because it is paid irrespective of income from other sources without a requirement to work. It is often argued that the origins of the idea date back to 18th century and the work of Thomas Paine who advocated the creation of a social insurance scheme for the aged and for young people just starting out in life, which would be paid from a national fund accumulated for this purpose.
In recent years there has been a relatively small but rapidly growing number of academic scholars and social activists (and relevant networks and movements such as the Basic Income Earth Network – see http://basicincome.org ) who have been advocating Basic Income policies and there is currently a lively debate on its feasibility and desirability.
There has also been an implementation of relevant policy initiatives, trials and experiments across the world with recent efforts in Finland and Canada amongst the most notable examples, but also the on-going social assistance experiments conducted by several Dutch municipalities and discussions of a possible adoption of Basic Income in Scotland. Although there has been a considerable number of relevant feasibility studies, there has been very limited analysis of the possible spatial implications of such policies.
This special session will consider the geographical implications of Basic Income policies, including issues pertaining to social justice, labour market supply and demand implications and local and regional multiplier effects.
Convenor(s): Dimitris Ballas: Arjen Edjes
About the congress
Places matter for economic and social development. In an increasingly globalized world, people are looking to local and regional factors to optimize competitive advantage, inclusivity, and well-being. The ERSA congress “Places for People: Innovative, Inclusive and Liveable Regions” puts people back at the heart of regional and urban development to examine how spatial and regional analysis can work to improve people’s lives. The Congress will host a large variety of themes in spatial, regional, and urban economics, economic geography, and regional policy topics like local governance and institutions.
With approximately 800 participants every year from all continents, the ERSA congresses have become the largest academic conferences in regional science worldwide. There is simply no better place to present your research results, network and/or exchange, find out about new developments in the field, and just to meet colleagues and friends.