2nd March update UBI events and publications

Posted on March 20, 2024

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Dear UBI Friends and Supporters,

We hope you are well!

Please find below a second March update about UBI events and publications:

Tomorrow FRIBIS (Freiburg Institute for Basic Income Studies) offers two interesting online events:

Topic: I’m Because We’re: Understanding the African Ubuntu Philosophy

Speaker: Robert Senath Esuruku (University of Makerere, Kampala)

When: 12-14hrs UK time, 21 March

The African philosophy of Ubuntu encapsulates a profound understanding of interconnectedness, empathy, and communal identity. Originating from various African cultures, Ubuntu emphasizes the inherent worth and dignity of every individual within the context of community relationships. This seminar presentation delves into the rich tapestry of Ubuntu philosophy, exploring its historical roots, core principles, and contemporary significance. Through local African examples, I elucidate the unique insights Ubuntu offers into the issue of cooperation for human flourishing. By fostering a deeper understanding of Ubuntu, we seek to inspire dialogue and reflection on how its principles can inform and enrich our global community in an increasingly interconnected, but divided world. Moreover, how can Ubuntu be linked to the concept of Universal Basic Income.

Zoom Link: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/j/66244057843?pwd=eU5rOTlpSTJjcERmUUVnUWhZYmpDZz09

More information at: https://www.fribis.uni-freiburg.de/event/wef-fabi-online-seminar-series-im-because-were-understanding-the-african-ubuntu-philosophy/

Topic: Basic Income and Reparations (Politics of Basic Income Talk Series)

Speakers: Nika Soon-Shiong, Liz Fouksman, Richard Wallace & Elise Klein

When: 17-18.30hrs UK time, 21 March

Our four guests will speak about the links between UBI and growing calls for reparations as a tool for global social justice, which can address the historical and contemporary ills of racial capitalism, coloniality, and ongoing dispossession. Can UBI be a mechanism for achieving repair? Is it possible for UBI to advance justice if it doesn’t situate itself within wider struggles towards reparations?

Zoom Link:  (Click here to join the meeting)

More information at: https://www.fribis.uni-freiburg.de/event/politics-of-basic-income-talk-series-nika-soon-shiong-liz-fouksman-richard-wallace-elise-klein-on-march-21-2024-basic-income-and-reparations-movement-for-black-lives/

Speaker: Bernhard Neumärker (University of Freiburg)

When: 12-14hrs UK time, 28 March

This presentation introduces the tradition of the social contract. It pays particular attention to its significance for the economy and further establishes a link between social contract theory and basic income.  After that it explores the question of how a basic income can be firmly anchored in a society. In doing so, it establishes the concept of New Ordoliberalism and shows its possible impact within a theory of justice based on the integration of UBI in social contracting.

Zoom Link: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/j/66244057843?pwd=eU5rOTlpSTJjcERmUUVnUWhZYmpDZz09

               More information here

Speaker: Jurgen De Wispelaere (University of Bath)

When: 12-14hrs UK time, 4 April

Basic income is increasingly considered a key feature in making social protection more inclusive and universal. As part of this approach basic income is often pushed as a social and economic right or even a human right. This presentation outlines some important challenges to thinking about basic income as a moral right, a legal right and even a constitutional right as well as some ways to address these challenges. The objective is to get a better sense of the rights-based approach as a suitable normative framework or institutional vehicle for understanding basic income’s place in social protection.

Zoom Link: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/j/66244057843?pwd=eU5rOTlpSTJjcERmUUVnUWhZYmpDZz09

More information here

            Speaker: Mike Jacobson (Penn State University)

When: 12-14hrs UK time, 11 April

The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus is a useful framework for addressing complex transdisciplinary natural resource and environmental challenges in integrated, innovative ways. Practitioners of water-energy-food (WEF) nexus have recognized that an integrated approach, which assesses trade-offs and synergies in resource management instead of working in independent silos, is essential to ensure the sustainability of our global, regional, and local WEF systems. African society is facing a ‘perfect storm’ of climate change, a growing population, and a shrinking supply of natural resources. The agricultural transition in many African countries has not met expectations despite decades of development programs. Transdisciplinary analysis of African farming using ‘WEF nexus thinking’ could improve farmer decision support systems and lead to more sustainable land use management. This webinar will build on other development approaches such as Ubuntu and Social Contracts/Universal Basic Income (UBI) and discuss ways WEF nexus can complement or provide alternatives to improve livelihoods of African communities and farmers.

Zoom Link: https://uni-freiburg.zoom.us/j/66244057843?pwd=eU5rOTlpSTJjcERmUUVnUWhZYmpDZz09

More information here

Unfortunately the backlash against basic income experiments has also started. Please read below!

The Foundation for Government Accountability – a Florida-based lobbying group backed by the richest 1% – is working to get basic income experiments banned by state legislators across the USA. Several bills introduced in state after state that are all attempting to ban the basic income experiments that have spread across the USA. Over 150 guaranteed basic income pilots are now ongoing or recently completed in 24 states and so far, bills in seven states have been introduced to stop them. All of the bills are the result of efforts by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) – a lobbying group with a billionaire-fueled junk science record. We need to know and learn about such groups where billionaires fund and disseminate right-wing disinformation and manipulate the political system so that people act and vote against their own interests. To read the full article of Scott Santens, click here.

This book in the Essential Knowledge series from MIT Press presents the first short, solid UBI introduction that is neither academic nor polemic. It takes a position in favour of UBI, but its primary goal remains the provision of essential knowledge by answering the fundamental questions about it: What is UBI? How does it work? What are the arguments for and against it? What is the evidence? To find out more about the book or purchase it, click here.

In solidarity and best wishes
reinhard on behalf of UBI Lab Leeds