Brain @ North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress February 26-28, 2015
New York, NY USA

The Fourteenth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress

Thursday, February 26 – Sunday March 1, 2015

The U.S. Basic Income Guarantee (USIBG) Network has released a list of forty participants for the Fourteenth Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress (a joint even of USBIG and the Basic Income Canada Network). The Congress will take place in New York City starting Thursday, February 26 – Sunday March 1, 2015. Most events will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Economic Association (EEA) at the New York Sheraton Hotel and Towers‎. The Congress will also involve free events including a public discussion at the Hunter School of Social Work on Thursday, February 26 and an activists meeting at the Brooklyn Commons on Sunday March 1.

Conference participants include

1. Alanna Hartzok, the Earth Rights institute, 2014 Democratic Nominee for Cognress
2. Ann Withorn, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Boston, author of Serving the People: Social Services and Social Change
3. Ashley Engel, University College Dublin
4. Bill DiFazio, St. John’s University
5. Brigid Reynolds, Social Justice Ireland
6. Diane Dujon, University of Massachusetts Boston
7. Diane Pagen, Rutgers University School of Social Work
8. Eduardo Suplicy, former member of the Brazilian Federal Senate
9. Eri Noguchi, the Association to Benefit Children
10. Felix Coeln, the German Pirate Party
11. Frances Fox Piven, the City University of New York
12. Frederick H. (Harry) Pitts, University of Bath
13. Ian Shlakman, 2014 Green Party Nominee for Congress
14. James Green-Armytage, Bard College
15. James Jennings, Tufts University
16. Jim Bryan, Ryan/Bacardi Professor of Economics, Manhattanville College
17. Jim Mulvale, Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba
18. Jonathan Brun, Basic Income Canada Network
19. Jude Thomas, Freelance writer
20. Jurgen De Wispelaere, McGill University
21. Karl Widerquist, SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University
22. Marshall Brain, author of How Stuff Works and Manna
23. Mary Bricker Jenkins, Professor of Social Work, Temple University, and US Welfare Rights Union leader
24. Michael Lewis, Hunter School of Social Work
25. Michael Howard, University of Maine
26. Michaelann Berwitz, activist
27. Mimi Abramovitz, Hunter College
28. Oliver Heydorn, The Clifford Hugh Douglas Institute for the Study and Promotion of Social Credit
29. Paul B. Siegel, the World Bank
30. Peter Barnes, author of Who Owns the Sky?, With Liberty and Dividends For All, and Capitalism 3.0
31. Preston Smith, activist
32. Roy Morrison, Greater Boston Capital Partners
33. Seán Healy, Social Justice Ireland
34. Sid Frankel, University of Manitoba
35. Stanley Aranowitz, the City University of New York
36. Steve Pressman, Monmouth College
37. Suezanne Bruce, activist
38. Valerie J. Carter, University of Maine
39. Willie Baptist, the Poverty Initiative


Thursday, February 26, 2015
7pm to 9pm: Public Discussion: “New Possibilities for the Basic Income Movement”
Hunter College, room to be announced

Friday, February 27, 2015
8am to 7pm: Sessions at the Sheraton Hotel, 811 7th Avenue, New York, NY
Evening: social event to be announced

Saturday, February 28, 2015
8am to 6:30pm: Sessions at the Sheraton Hotel, 811 7th Avenue, New York, NY
Evening: social event to be announced

Sunday, March 1, 2015
8am to 12:30pm: Sessions at the Sheraton Hotel, 811 7th Avenue, New York, NY
12:45-m-2:15: Lunch meeting: organizational meeting of the USBIG Network
6:30pm: Activists Meeting: “Are we ready to start an activists movement for BIG in the United States?” We’ll chip in for pizza and drinks, but we’ll share the food and drink unconditionally with everyone who comes—without means test or any requirement to make a reciprocal contribution. We will discuss this question without any more specific agenda. Karl Widerquist will moderate the discussion, but will not lead the discussion or any effort that might come out of it. Location: Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY

Everyone attending the events at the Sheraton must register with the EEA and pay their registration fee (all events outside the Sheraton are free and open to everyone). Anyone who registers as a USBIG participant can register for the EEA members’ price of $110 without paying the EEA’s membership fee—saving $65. All registered attendees of the NABIG Congress are welcome to attend any of the EEA’s events.

For updated information on featured speakers, registration, and accommodations as more becomes available, visit the USBIG website: For more information about the Eastern Economics Association Annual Meeting, visit the EEA website:

Essential information:
Conference dates: Thursday, February 26 – Sunday, March 1, 2015
Locations: New York and Brooklyn, NY: The Sheraton Hotel and Towers, 811 7th Avenue, New York, NY, Hunter College, and the Brooklyn Commons
Organizing committee: Karl Widerquist

(organizer), Ann Withorn , Shawn Cassiman , and Jurgen De Wispelaere