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Re-Democratizing the Economy: Basic Income Canada

June 26-29, 2014
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Re-Democratizing the Economy

15th Basic Income Earth Network Congress

Thursday June 26th to Sunday June 29th, 2014

McGill Faculty of Law, Montreal, Quebec

The theme of the conference is to raise awareness about various practical means and issues related to re-democratizing the economy, through implementation of a guarantee for basic income. The conference will bring together academics, activists, policy makers, political representatives, NGOs, and interested public to discuss and debate issues arising from possible introduction of a basic income. This would include discussion about possible consequences for using and not using various strategies to re-democratize the economy.

Topic streams

Topical streams are based on the following questions:

·       What would re-democratizing the economy require, including economic, social,  political, and environmental requirements?

·       How would re-democratizing the economy include pursuing or not a pursuing basic income guarantee?

·       How would economic democracy and basis income help us to ensure ecological sustainability at local, bio-regional, national and global levels?

·       What revenue models would support a re-democratized economy?

·       What democratic and citizenship implications would occur if a re-democratized economy where to be reached via a basic income guarantee?

·       What are the legal and constitutional implications of having a basic income guarantee?


Roberto Gargarella, Professor at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina and Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at University College London.

Guy Standing, Professor in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and Co-President, Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN).

Renana Jhabvala, President of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), Bharat, India.

Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)


Lead organizing group:

Basic Income Network Canada / Réseau Canadien pour le revenu garanti, in conjunction with the Executive Committee of the Basic Income Earth Network


Basic Income Earth Network (co-organizer)
Faculty of Law McGill University
CREUM (Centre de recherche en éthique de l'Université de Montréal)

Advisory Members:

Prof. Daniel Weinstock, McGill University
Prof. Peter Dietsch, CREUM
Rob Rainer, Director, The BIG Push
Kari Polanyi Levitt
Eleni Bakapanos, former MP
Prof. Francois Blais, University of Laval
Prof. Evelyn Forget, University of Manitoba
Linda Coltman
Dawnmarie Harriott

Languages of proceedings

Plenary sessions will be conducted in English and French, with simultaneous translations provided.  Concurrent sessions will be conducted can be conducted primarily in English, and in French when authors and demand permits.

Record of proceedings

The presentations and papers of the Congress will be available on the Congress website before the event (when submitted sufficiently in advance) and afterwards, in electronic format as PDF documents, podcasts, and other formats as appropriate.

Call for Presentations

A call for presentations will be released in September, 2013. Please return to our website in September for more information.



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