19th Annual North American Basic income Guarantee Congress

2021 NABIG Congress

Basic Income: Knowledge, Activism, Policy

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Exciting SPeakers, Important topics

From elected officials like Mayors and Senators to grassroots organizers, policy experts, thought leaders, and artists, the 2021 NABIG conference brought together diverse voices and perspectives around the topic of basic income.

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The significant growth of the movement for basic income was reflected in the size and scope of the 2021 NABIG Congress. There was no shortage of opportunities for people to explore the ideas they were most interested in across the basic income landscape. All sessions were recorded. Go to the our Crowdcast page to find a session and get inspired!

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NABIG in 2019. We were Virtual This Year!

Highlighted Sessions

This year we had 6 Keynote, plenary sessions and more than 30 breakout sessions covering a variety of aspects of basic income. Below are a few highlighted sessions.

Keynote Sessions

Pilots, Data and the Drive Towards Cash Policies

In January, Bloomberg News declared 2021 the year of basic income pilots. Hear from experts involved in designing and implementing dozens of pilots, the results from the SEED demonstration, and the role data can play in furthering direct cash policy at the federal level. Panelists include: Amy Castro Baker, Stacia West, Sarah Cowan, Adam Roseman, and Dr. Evelyn L. Forget.

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UBI & Tech: What is the Future of Work?

As technology changes the nature of work and the employment landscape, we consider how UBI can help workers offset some of the effects of automation and distributed labor practices in low-wage gig work. Watch a lively discussion about some of society's most pressing issues. Panelists include: Albert Wenger,  Ioana Marinescu and Leah Hamilton.


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Inherent Good Film Screening and Q&A

In 2017, filmmakers Steve Borst, Rennie Soga, Chris Panizzon and Trae Crowder set off to make a film about universal basic income. They documented stories across the south, from small town Celina, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi to highlight the power of monthly cash. See the film on Kanopy, a free platform associated with public libraries. Watch it and then check out the filmmakers' Q&A.


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Reflecting the Moment

The 2021 Congress was a virtual event with the focus Basic Income: Knowledge, Activism, Policy.

We brought together researchers, activists, artists, and policy makers to focus collective expertise and experience on the work necessary to move guaranteed basic income forward. It is critical to connect what we have learned and continue to learn from research to those who are on the ground advocating and organizing movements, and those in our countries’ capitols setting policy for years to come. Though the conference was in June, you can watch sessions and comment in the chat and participate as we take stock and plan our way forward to building the foundational economic underpinnings of society for the next generation.

History of the Congress

The North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress has been held every year since 2003 (with the exception of 2020), to promote networking and exchange of ideas among scholars, activists, and policy makers. The first eight Congresses were organized by the US BasicIncome Guarantee Network (USBIG) in conjunction with the Eastern Economic Association meetings. Beginning with the 2010 Montreal Congress, NABIG has been co-sponsored by USBIG and the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) and has alternated annually between Canada and the United States.  Congresses have been supported by hosts such as the SilbermanSchool of Social Work at Hunter College, New York City, Centre for Research in Ethics at the University of Montreal, the University of Toronto, the University of Manitoba, and McMaster University, with financial support from foundations such as the Economic Security Project,  and with the cooperation of other organizations including the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Low Income Families Together, the Roosevelt House, and the Basic Income Earth Network.

Our Partners

These organizations played an important role in making the 19th Annual NABIG Congress possible. Thank you to our partners!

Event Features

With COVID, this year's Congress was a virtual event. But virtual didn't have to be boring. See some of the dynamic solutions we incorporated into the 2021 Conference.

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Crowdcast for Easy Access

For our main sessions we used Crowdcast. This allowed for streamlined access to all sessions, whether pre-registering, participating or re-watching.

Social Hours for Networking

This year we used Kumospace as a place for casual conversations, networking and deeper debates about all things basic income.

Interactive Sessions

Conference organizers worked closely with panelists to design sessions that allowed for audience participation and interaction with the ideas being covered.