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What is a BIG?

The basic income guarantee (BIG) is a
government insured guarantee that no citizen's income will fall below
some minimal level for any reason. All citizens would receive a BIG
without means test or work requirement. BIG is an efficient and
effective solution to poverty that preserves individual autonomy and
work incentives while simplifying government social policy. Some
researchers estimate that a small BIG, sufficient to cut the poverty
rate in half could be financed without an increase in taxes by
redirecting funds from spending programs and tax deductions aimed at
maintaining incomes. Click here for more

The USBIG Network

The U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (The USBIG Network) is an
informal group promoting the discussion of the basic income guarantee
in the United States. USBIG (pronounced "U.S big") publishes an email newsletter (subscription 500) every two
months, maintains an on-line discussion paper
series, and has yearly conferences.

USBIG was founded in December 1999 by Fred Block of University of
California-Davis, Charles M. A. Clark of St. John's University, Pamela
Donovan of the City University of New York, Michael Lewis of the State
University of New York-Stony Brook, and Karl Widerquist then of the
Levy Economics Institute. The USBIG Coordinating Committee has eight
members: Michael Howard of the University of Maine (Coordinator); Karl Widerquist, now of Reading University (Newsletter Editor); Al
Sheahen, author (Public Relations Coordinator,; Steve
Shafarman, author (Activist Coordinator,;
Michael Lewis; Fred Block; Eri Noguchi of Columbia Universit;
and Almaz Zelleke of The New School; Dan O'Sullivan of Rise Up Economics Click here
for more information, or email (

Last updated - October 13, 2009*


Models for Social Transformation

Tenth Annual North American Basic Income Congress

Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers

New York, NY, February 25 – 27, 2011

The NA-BIG Conference began in 2002 as the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network Conference. It expanded in 2010 when the U.S. and Canadian Basic Income Networks decided to hold joint conferences on alternating years in each country. USBIG and BI/RG Canada remain separate networks, which separate newsletters, websites, membership, and events, but we come together yearly for this event.

This year’s conference will include in a plenary dialogue on “left and right views of the basic income guarantee,” featuring Stanley Aronowitz, of the City University of New York, author of The Jobless Future; and Charles Murray, of the American Enterprise Institute, author of In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State. Other speakers confirmed so far include Brazilian Senator Eduardo Suplicy and Alfredo L. De Romana, of the University of Paris I (the Sorbonne), author of Sharing Nature: Noncommodity Goods, Optimal Reallocation of Endowments, and the Redefinition of Economic Methodology.


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