B.I.G. Idea — Basic Income Guarantee

We don’t know if any of our readers would be interested in presenting a paper at the conference of the Basic Income Guarantee Congress but the very fact that this group exists gives one a sense of hope. The times as they are would suit an Ebenezer Scrooge to a tea: Cut, Reduce, Eliminate, Privatize et alia. It just feels good that someone is able to think beyond the dismal present.

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

Basic Income and Economic Citizenship
Twelfth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress

Thursday May 9th to Saturday May 11th, 2013
Sheraton Hotel and Towers, New York City

The Twelfth Annual North American Basic Income Congress, Basic Income and Economic Citizenship, will take place in New York City on Thursday, May 9th through Saturday, May 11th, 2013. The congress is organized by the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG) in cooperation with the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN/RCRG), and will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Economic Association (EEA). Attendees at the North American Basic Income Congress are welcome to attend any of the EEA’s events.
The North American Basic Income Congress (NABIG Congress) was originally the USBIG Congress, and was organized by the USBIG Network. It became a joint event of the USBIG Network and BICN/RCRG in 2010. Since then, it has been a NABIG Congress held on alternate years in the United States and Canada. Previous NABIG congresses have been held in Montréal, Toronto, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, and New York City.
Featured speakers of this year’s NABIG Congress include Sheri Berman, Barnard College, author of The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe’s Twentieth Century; and Jurgen De Wispelaere, University of MontrĂ©al, co-editor of The Ethics of Stakeholding.
USBIG and BICN/RCRG promote discussion and research on the idea of a basic income-an unconditional guaranteed minimum income that provides a basic but decent standard of living to all. Scholars, activists, and others are invited to propose papers and organize panel discussions on the basic income guarantee or other topics related to poverty and the distribution of wealth and income, including but not limited to:

* strengthening economic citizenship through universal grants and other measures;
* democratizing the economy through budget, tax, and labor market reform;
* building consensus around measures that promote equality;
* models and cost estimates for universal grants;
* issues of gender and the family;
* social justice;
* political prospects for universal grants in North America and around the world; and
* lessons from local pilots, programs, and initiatives.
All points of view are welcome, and proposals from any discipline are invited. To present a paper, organize a panel, or display a poster at the congress, submit a proposal to the congress organizer, Almaz Zelleke of USBIG, at azelleke@gmail. com<mailto:azelleke@gmail. com>.
Please include the following information with your proposal:
1. Name(s)
2. Affiliation( s)
3. Address
4. City, Province/State, Postal/Zip Code, and Country
5. Telephone
6. Email Address(es)
7. Paper/Presentation/ Panel/Poster Title
8. Abstract or description of 50-150 words
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: November 30th, 2012
Proposals for panel discussions should include a title, topic, and description of the panel and the information above for each participant. If the participants in a panel discussion are not presenting formal papers, the title of the paper and abstract may be omitted. Panels should be limited to no more than four presentations.

REGISTRATION:

Attendees and presenters at the NABIG conference must register with EEA. USBIG participants, who are not economists, can register for $95, a discount of $60 off the regular price of $155. NA-BIG who are economists should become full members of the EEA and pay the full price. The EEA has set up a special online payment system.

For economists: http://eeaorg. myshopify. com/products/ usbig-registrati on-academic

For non-economists: http://eeaorg. myshopify. com/products/ usbig-registrati on-non-academic

MORE INFORMATION:

For updated information on featured speakers, registration, and accommodations as it becomes available, visit the USBIG website at http://www.usbig.net<;http://www.usbig. net>. For more information about the EEA Annual Meeting, visit the EEA website at http://www.ramapo. edu/eea/2013/ .

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