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University of Tampere: What is the Role of Basic Income in Welfare State Development?


Researchers and stakeholders from around the world gather in Finland in

"Basic Income and the New Universalism: Rethinking the Welfare State in
the 21st Century", 18th World Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network
(BIEN), University of Tampere, Finland, 24-26 August 2018.

Increasing economic, social and political inequality and division are
problems of our time. However, social activists, academics and
decision-makers are reflecting how innovative social programmes - such
as an unconditional and universal basic income - could reinvigorate the
foundations of the welfare state in Finland and elsewhere in Europe and
around the world. Finland holds a unique place in this debate because of
the basic income experiment currently rolled out across the country,
which has gathered international media and policy attention.

Bringing together more than 300 participants from more than 30
countries, the congress will discuss the role of basic income in the
next stage of welfare state development. Plenary sessions feature
distinguished speakers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, and
several European countries, including an opening address by the former
President of Finland, Tarja Halonen.

Basic Income in Motion, an international film festival showcasing
more than a dozen documentaries and short films will take place
alongside the congress.

The 2018 BIEN Congress will be preceded by a Nordic Basic Income Day on
23 August, with specific focus on the basic income debate across the
Nordic countries and a public talk by Rutger Bregman on his
bestselling book Utopia for Realists.

Congress website

Plenary speakers

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