19th Annual North American Basic income Guarantee Congress

2021 NABIG Congress

Basic Income: Knowledge, Activism, Policy

Exciting SPeakers, Important topics

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

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The significant growth of the movement for basic income is reflected in the size and scope of this year's NABIG Congress. With 6 Keynote Sessions and concurrent Break-out Sessions running each hour, there is no shortage of opportunities to explore the ideas you are most interested in across the basic income landscape.

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We're Virtual This Year

Highlighted 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. Panelists include: Albert Wenger, Andy Stern, Ioana Marinescu and Leah Hamilton. More details coming soon!

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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. Watch the film and participate in a filmmaker Q&A directly following.

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Reflecting the Moment

The year's Congress will be held virtually with the focus Basic Income: Knowledge, Activism, Policy.

We are bringing together researchers, activists, artists, and policy makers to focus our collective expertise, experiences, and energies, to move the vision of a universal guaranteed basic income forward. Now more than ever, we see the need 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. Join us as we take stock and plan our way forward, as we move from crisis response 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.

Event Features

With COVID, this year's Congress will be a virtual event. But virtual doesn't have to be boring. And it doesn't have to add to our Zoom burnout . See some of the dynamic solutions we are incorporating..

Crowdcast for Easy Access

For our main sessions we will be using Crowdcast. This allows for streamlined access to all sessions, whether pre-registering, participating or re-watching.

Social Hours for Networking

We are dedicated to providing opportunities for people from across the community to meet, catch up, and form new partnerships and opportunities.

Interactive Sessions

Conference organizers are working closely with participants to help design sessions that allow for audience participation and interaction with the ideas being covered.

Our Partners

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

Tickets Pricing

Our registration tiers reflect a sliding scale, with the goal of establishing economic justice. This scale is about recognizing the privileges and resources that make paid events disproportionately more accessible for groups with higher operating budgets and for individuals with greater wealth. Thank you to Point Source Youth for inspiring this ticketing approach.

Consider paying this if you:

Are an unpaid community organizer.

Are currently experiencing housing instability, make less than a living wage salary, are experiencing financial hardship or are not always able to meet basic needs.

Are a paid community organizer.

Are a part of a smaller staffed organization with fewer than 25 staff members.

Consider paying this if you:

Can afford to do so.

Can afford to take time off.

Are a well paid community organizer.

Are part of a medium organization with 25-50 staff members.

Have access to adequate financial support and stable housing.

Consider paying this if you:

Are part of an organization with over 50 staff members.

Can afford to take time off.

Work for an institution that will cover the cost of your registration.

Have a relatively high degree of earning power.