The association Unconditional Basic Income – Portugal, in partnership with the Centre for Ethics, Politics and Society (CEPS), at the University of Minho, the Centre for Research in European, Economic, Financial and Tax Law (CIDEEFF),  the Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG), both at the University of Lisbon, the Portuguese Centre for Global History, at the New University of Lisbon, the party People, Animals, Nature (PAN), and Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE), will organize the 17th  BIEN Congress, from September 25 to 27, 2017.

Today basic income attracts the public’s attention as a potentially fair and realistic public policy. We can see this attention as important political parties in Europe have adopted the unconditional basic income as a policy objective. Our 2017 congress will discuss the different aspects of the politics of a basic income under the general theme: Implementing a Basic Income (see our call for participations here). 

In addition to various national and international academic experts, the congress plans to bring together representatives of political parties, of civil society, and of business entities, among others, to discuss a cross-cutting concern to all regarding growing social inequalities, structural unemployment and the sustainability of social security, both in Europe and worldwide. An event that aims to gather several critical voices in search for socially innovative solutions and alternatives.

Invited keynote speakers include: 

  • Karen Glass (Canada), Finding a Better Way: A Basic Income Pilot Project for Ontario
  • Guy Standing (UK), The Charter of the Forest: 800th Anniversary of Basic Income in the Commons
  • Evelyn Forget (Canada), Narratives Of Change: Contemporary Basic Income Experiments In Four High Income Countries
  • Elizabeth Rhodes (Oakland experiment- USA), Why study Basic Income?
  • Joe Huston (GiveDirectly- USA), Basic income and cash transfers in the developing world: GiveDirectly’s experience
  • Lena Stark (Sweden, Basic Income Party), Basic Income, let's vote it in!
  • Cosima Kern (Germany, Bündnis Grundeinkommen) The Basic Income Party in Germany at the Bundestag election
  • Enno Schmidt (Switzerland/Germany, Basic Income Referendum and Bündnis Grundeinkommen), Review of the Swiss UBI referendum and what to learn from it; Basic income in the USA, China, Taiwan, Japan, experiences
  • Ronnie Cowan (Scotland, MP), A Scottish perspective for introducing a Basic Income
  • Philippe Van Parijs (Belgium), Basic income and the future of work
  • Ping Xu (Taiwan UBI), Preparatory stage of a pilot program in Taiwan
  • Masahiko Yamada (Japan), Implementation of Basic Income in Japan
  • Francisco Louçã (Portugal), Is the universal basic income feasible and an adequate social strategy for fairness?
  • Eduardo Suplicy (Brazil), The great challenge: how to finance and implement UBI in Portugal and in Brazil
  • Cristian Tod (Austria), "Free Lunch Society"