Regional Theory of Comparative Education – International Relations 2013

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International Relations 2013

 

According to Pampanini’s World Philosophy of the Dialogue Among Civilizations, the International Relations stands for the Dialogue as such among the Civilizations, therefore the framework for the current and the future world or global democracy. See Pampanini, G. (2012). A Dialogue Among Civilizations. World Philosophy of Education – An Essay. Catania: CUECM.

 

Regarding the Regional Theory of Comparative Education see Pampanini, G. (2004). Critical Essay on Comparative Education. Catania: CUECM.

 

 

Structure of the file:

–          SISSU’s programme

–          Follow single chapters:

Wars

Politics

Environment

Migration

Education

Culture, Art, and Science

 

 

SISSU’s programme:

Collaboration with teachers for realizing programmes of Democratization of the curricula and the Right to Education.

Support to the networks of Comparative Education in Latin America, Indian Ocean, and Africa.

 

 

Follow single chapters:

Wars

Politics

Environment

Migration

Education

Culture, Art, and Science

 

 

WARS

4 January: Argentina demands back the Falkland Island to UK, 30 years after the 1982 war.

14 January: Iranian arm-industry is selling arms in Africa at great extent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

POLITICS

January: new agreements among the governors of banks, called Basilea III.

February: Banks all the world over are able to accept funds derived by criminal affairs (HSBC was condemned for that a few months ago). In that way, a pollution of the international finance is always possible, better highly possible. Fiscal paradises are the best instrument for that.

 

14 February: according to a UN Report, the unemployed in the world are 200 millions.

 

Velasquez G. (2013). Vers une recherché sans brevets. Le Monde Diplomatique, Avril 2013.

 

Boillot J.-J., Dembinski S. (2013). Chindiafrique. La Chine, l’Inde et l’Afrique feront le monde de demain. Paris: Odile Jacob.

 

Bruno I., Didier E. (2013). L’évaluation, arme de distruction. Le Monde Diplomatique, Mai, 2013.

 

Sève L. (2013). Chérir la liberté, justifier l’esclavage. Le Monde Diplomatique, Juin 2013.

 

Halimi S. (2013). Le laisser-faire est-il libertaire? Le Monde Diplomatique, Juin 2013.

 

Mayer-Schoenberger V., Cukier K. (2013). Au-delà de l’espionnage technologique. Mise en données du monde, le deluge numérique. Le Monde Diplomatique, Juillet 2013.

 

Cordonnier L. (2013). Cout du capital, la question qui change tout. Le Monde Diplomatique, Juillet 2013.

 

Kerouedan D. (2013). Comment la santé est devenue un enjeu géopolitique. Le Monde Diplomatique, Juillet 2013.

 

Raim L. (2013). Pire que l’autre, la nouvelle science économique. Le Monde Diplomatique, Juillet 2013.

 

Razac O. (2013). Philosophie du fil de fer barbelé. Le Monde Diplomatique, Aout 2013.

 

September: meeting of G-20, where the main point is the alliances of USA about the Syria question. Strong diplomatic initiative (followed by a manifestation in Vatican) by Pope Francesco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENT

February: the problem of shale gas: this is a dangerous way to look for new sources of energy, because it could be a cause of earthquake.

February: along the Italian costs, ships with dangerous polluting waste have been detected.

 

Stienne A. (2013). Le cout de la viande bon marché. Le Monde Diplomatique, Avril 2013.

 

Bernier A. (2013). L’acheminement de l’électricité verte, alibi de la privatization. Le Monde Diplomatique, Mai 2013.

 

Genté R. (2013). Le gaz de schiste chamboule la géopolitique. Le Monde Diplomatique, Aout 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

MIGRATION

1 February: 530 billions $ are calculated as the amount of the migrants put at disposal of their own origin countries in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

CARUSO, Marcelo y TENORTH, Heinz-Elmar (comps.), Internacionalización. Políticas educativas y reflexión pedagógica en un medio global, Buenos Aires – México – Santiago – Montevideo, Ediciones Granica, 2011, 412 páginas. ISBN: 978-950-641-597-6.

Internacionalización, globalización, influencias y corrientes internacionales, préstamos, transferencias, países modelo y países receptores, singularidades nacionales, usos y abusos del recurso a modelos foráneos para justificar o rechazar reformas educativas, procesos de normalización y neoinstitucionalización a nivel mundial, agentes y agencias de difusión internacional del conocimiento pedagógico y educativo, redes, vías y soportes de circulación del saber,….: en definitiva semejanzas y diferencias, comparación e historia (una historia que se remonta a la figura de Marc Antoine Jullien de Paris y que llega hasta nuestros días). Estos son los conceptos e ideas básicas, junto con las propuestas metodológicas y análisis de Jürgen Schriewer, que están detrás de este libro cuya primera edición, por Peter Lang, tuvo lugar en 2002, y cuya traducción y edición en español debe haber sido objeto de revisión o ampliación, al menos en lo que a las referencias y notas bibliográficas se refiere, dado que algunas son posteriores a dicha fecha.
Los textos incluidos en el mismo se agrupan, tras una extensa introducción de los dos compiladores, titulada “Conceptualizar e historizar la internacionalización y la globalización en el campo educativo”, en cuatro epígrafes. El primero (“Políticas educativas y formas de saber en la escuela moderna global. Problemas teóricos y metodológicos”), incluye trabajos de J. Schriewer (“Sistema mundial y redes de interrelación: la internacionalización de la educación y el papel de la investigación comparada”), F. O. Ramírez y J. W. Meyer (“Los currículos nacionales: modelos mundiales y legados históricos nacionales”) y F. Waldow (“La interpretación neoinstitucionalista del surgimiento de la escolarización masiva: observaciones acerca del caso de Suecia”). En el segundo (“Las políticas educativas en un medio global: pasado y presente”) figuran textos de H. Kaelble (“Hacia una historia social europea de la educación”), J. Beech (“Continuidades y cambios en el campo educativo global. Influencias externas en la formación docente en Argentina y Brasil”), y G. Steiner-Khamsi (“La reformulación de la transferencia educativa como estrategia política”). El tercer epígrafe (“La reflexión pedagógica en un medio global. Fundamentos y procesos”) reúne las aportaciones de N. W. Sobe (“El viaje, las ciencias sociales y la formación de las naciones en la educación comparada de principios del siglo XX”), E. Roldán Vera (“Internacionalización pedagógica y comunicación en perspectiva histórica: la introducción del método de enseñanza mutua en Hispanoamérica independiente”) y A. Nóvoa, L. M. Carvalho, A. C. Correia, A. I. Madeira y J. Ramos do Ó (“Los flujos del saber educativo. El espacio-tiempo en los países de lengua portuguesa”). El cuarto y último epígrafe (“Prospectivas en el campo de la educación comparada”) incluye un solo trabajo: el de R. Cowen sobre “Esbozos de un futuro: la renegociación de las ideas clave de la educación comparada”.

Nota adicional: con independencia del valor o interés académico y científico de los trabajos incluidos, se recomienda, a efectos comparativos con la situación española (e imagino que de otros países), la lectura de las páginas autobiográficas de Robert Cowen, como profesor universitario, sobre lo que él denomina “la solución inglesa” para la reforma y ¿mejora? de la universidad y los modos de “resistencia” personal a los despropósitos perpetrados por dicha “solución”.

 

Education, Democracy and Development

does education contribute to
democratisation in developing countries?

CLIVE HARBER & VUSI MNCUBE

2012 paperback 190 pages US$48.00
ISBN 978-1-873927-71-7

Education is often seen as the key agency in international development and poverty reduction. Frequently the emphasis is on the economic and social role of education in development. This book, on the other hand, is unusual in explicitly examining the political role of education in development. In particular, it sets out the theories, evidence and arguments concerning the potential and actual relationships between education and democracy and critically explores the contradictory role of formal education in both supporting and hindering democratic political development. A key theme of the book is the importance of considering the type and nature of the education actually provided and experienced – what goes on inside the ‘black box’ of education? Currently in developing countries and elsewhere this is often at odds with democratic principles but the book also provides many examples of successful democratic practice in schools in developing countries as well as discussing a detailed case study of South Africa where democratic change in education is a key aspect of the policy agenda.

Contents

Preface

CHAPTER 1 Politics, Democracy and Political Development
Politics and Democracy; The Idea of Development; Political Development Theory; Democracy as Development; Conclusion

CHAPTER 2 Education, Democracy and Political Development
Education and Politics; Education and Democracy; Education and Democracy: is there any evidence?; Conclusion

CHAPTER 3 Education for Democracy?
Introduction; What Does a Democratic School Look Like?; India: Neel Bagh School and Sumavanam School; Ecuador: the Pestalozzi School; UNICEF Child Friendly Schools; Education Policy; Leadership, Management and Pupil Voice in Decision-Making in Schools; Curriculum, Learning and Teaching; Teacher Education and Professional Identity; Initial Teacher Education; In-service Teacher Education; Action Research and Reflective Practice in In-service Teacher Education; Taught Programmes in Education for Democratic Citizenship; Assessment; School Inspection: a case study; Conclusion

CHAPTER 4 Obstacles to Greater Democracy in Education
Introduction; The Bureaucratic Legacy in Schools in Developing Countries; The Authoritarian Legacy; Whole School Organisation, Ethos and Culture; School Discipline and Corporal Punishment; Classroom Methods and Assessment; Teacher Education; Politics, Resources and Culture; Conclusion

CHAPTER 5 The Roles of Education in Relation to Political Development: South Africa as a case study
Introduction: development goals for education in post-apartheid South Africa; Modernisation or Disorganisation?; Democracy and Peace or Authoritarianism and Violence?; A Democratic Curriculum?; Democratic Structures: school governing bodies; Continuing Non-Democratic Features of South African Education; Contradictions and Tensions in Post-apartheid Education and Development; Conclusion

CHAPTER 6 Democratic Educational Change?

 

BALL Stephen J., Global Education Policy: Austerity and Profit, La  
Laguna, Universidad de La Laguna, 2012, 40 páginas. Versión en inglés  
y español (traducción de Antonio Francisco Canales Serrano).
 
     Dentro de la serie "Conferencias" de las Publicaciones  
Institucionales de la Universidad de La Laguna, se edita en un CD la  
conferencia pronunciada por el profesor Stephen Ball en dicha  
universidad, así como la excelente traducción al castellano a cargo de  
Antonio Francisco Canales Serrano. El conferenciante comienza su  
intervención constatando el hecho de que "la política educativa se  
está haciendo de nuevas maneras, en nuevos espacios, por nuevos  
actores, y que muchos de estos espacios son más privados, en todos los  
sentidos de la palabra, que públicos y democráticos". A partir de esta  
constatación, pasa a exponer cuáles son, a su juicio, los rasgos,  
aspectos, realidades y prácticas que caracterizan dichas políticas  
educativas a lo largo de cuatro epígrafes ("Gobernanza en red",  
"Epistemología política", "Obtener beneficios de la educación" y  
"Conclusión") con referencia especial al Reino Unido, Suecia y España,  
aunque pueden encontrarse alusiones a otros países y continentes. De   
todo lo dicho en la conferencia destacaría dos puntos. Uno es la  
abundante y concreta información que se ofrece sobre la expansión  
mundial de las multinacionales de la educación (Cognita Schools, John  
Bauer, ...) algunas de las cuales operan ya en España. El otro se  
refiere al cambio de perspectiva o enfoque que han o habrán de  
efectuar los analistas de las políticas educativas, los historiadores  
del presente o los que en el futuro busquen explicar lo que está  
aconteciendo. Por supuesto, habrá que seguir mirando a lo que sucede  
en el Estado o poderes públicos, pues estos juegan un nuevo papel  
esencial en dichas políticas como reguladores, supervisores,  
facilitadores o contratistas, pero, por utilizar las mismas palabras  
de Ball, habrá que "plantear preguntas diferentes y buscar las  
respuestas en lugares también diferentes. (...) debemos empezar a  
recurrir a formas de análisis financiero y de negocios o, para decirlo  
de otra manera, 'debemos seguir al dinero'. Es decir, los  
investigadores de la política, entre otras cosas, tienen que  
convertirse en lectores regulares del Financial Times y del Wall  
Street Journal y de los informes del mercado de acciones, y deben  
aprender a leer los balances de las empresas" (como, añadiría yo,  
antes leíamos los presupuestos estatales o municipales), además de  
"pensar fuera de la caja de la política nacional" toda vez que "el  
Estado nación ya no es el nivel apropiado para el análisis de la  
política".
     Como información adicional, se indica que buena parte de las  
referencias a España proceden del artículo de Antonio J. Olmedo,  
"Policy makers, market advocates and edu-buseness: New and renewed  
players in the Spanish education policy arena", Journal of Education  
Policy, 28 (1), 2013, pp. 55-76.

 


“The Future of Foreign Aid: Development Cooperation 
and the New Geography of Global Poverty”. Escrito por Andy Sumner (Co-
Director, King´s International Institute) y Richard Mallett (Research 
Officer, Overseas Development Institute, London). Publicado por: 
Palgrave/Macmillan, 2013.
 
Aquí podéis encontrar una reseña interesante de él:
 
http://www.revistahumanum.org/blog/cooperacion-internacional/
Y aquí una selección, como siempre, aleatoria, de algunas páginas del 
libro:
 
http://books.google.es/books?



“El Informe sobre Desarrollo Humano 2013 –
 “El ascenso del Sur: progreso humano en un mundo diverso” – examina 
el profundo cambio que están experimentando las dinámicas globales 
con el rápido ascenso de poderes de los países en desarrollo y la 
importante implicación de este fenómeno para el desarrollo humano”. Y 
podéis descargarlo completo en castellano aquí:
 
http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/corporate/HDR/2013GlobalH
DR/Spanish/HDR2013%20Report%20Spanish.pdf

 

 

 

Education 2015:http://www.worldwewant2015.org/education2015

 


‘Human development and capabilities: re-imagining the university of the twenty-first century‘, edited by Prof Alejandra Boni and Prof Melanie Walker.

 

Instituto de Estadísticas de la UNESCO en el que se presentan los avances y obstáculos de la educación de las niñas y las mujeres en todo el mundo.

Hay versiones en castellano, inglés y francés.

Podéis acceder al mismo en la siguiente URL:

http://www.uis.unesco.org/EDUCATION/Pages/mind-the-gap.aspx

 

 

“Professionnalisation et e-learning”, coordinado por Dominique Groux, junto con Maria Cantisano, recoge las contribuciones presentadas al 10º Coloquio Internacional de la Association Française d’Éducation Comparée et des Échanges (AFDECE – http://www.afdece.com/) y que acaba de ser editado por L’Harmattan. El congreso se celebró del 2 al 4 de noviembre de 2011 en la Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) de Santo Domingo:

L’Harmattan.

 

PROFESSIONNALISATION ET E-LEARNING

Sous la direction de

Dominique Groux et Maria Cantisano

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Sommaire

Introduction

Dominique Groux

Développement professionnel et institutionnel : perspectives

Val D.Rust

Apprentissages informels en milieu professionnel

Hélène Bézille

PREMIERE PARTIE : PROFESSIONNALISATION, ELEARNING

ET DEVELOPPEMENT PROFESSIONNEL :

LES FORMATIONS PROFESSIONNELLES EN EFORMATION

E-learning et parcours de professionnalisation; un improbable

couple ? Une approche comparative France-Québec-Etats-Unis

Lucie Roger, Philippe Maubant, François Gitzhofer

Proposition de cadres théoriques propres aux TICE à partir de

recherches liées au champ de la professionnalisation

Pierre-André Caron

Cyberespace et développement professionnel des enseignants

Séraphin Alava

Et si les enseignants se formaient en surfant : étude des pratiques

numériques informelles des enseignants

Séraphin Alava

Le Campus Anti-Violence sur 2nd Life – AVC@SL : une

expérience de la formation des adultes sur le Web 2.0

Catherine Blaya, Thomas Jäger, Andy Hickson

« Educ’Enfance », un dispositif individualisé de formation à

distance des éducateurs de jeunes enfants

Annick Weil-Barais, Florence Lacroix, Christine Gaux

DEUXIEME PARTIE : EDUCATION TOUT AU LONG DE

LA VIE ET PROFESSIONNALISATION EN CONTEXTE DE

CRISE

La formation à l’égalité hommes-femmes : une nécessité dans les

métiers de l’enseignement et de la formation

Fontanini Christine, Céline Avenel

Professionnalisation et Validation des Acquis de l’Expérience

(VAE) : Analyse des discours managériaux dans une entreprise

publique

Pascal Lafont

Les limites de la validation des acquis de l’expérience pour le métier

de formateur d’adultes

Philippe Boniface

Les chercheurs collectifs coopératifs, une démarche

professionnalisante dans la fonction de formation des enseignants

Francomme Olivier

Une professionnalisation tout au long de la vie. Le cas des

formateurs d’adultes

Souâd Zaouani-Denoux

TROISIEME PARTIE : EDUCATION ET

PROFESSIONNALISATION EN CONTEXTE CARIBEEN

La formation initiale des enseignants du premier degré : projet d’une

coopération Martinique-Cuba

Marie-Félide Fafard

De la formation en double diplômation à l’émergence de pratiques

collectives de recherche en Haïti

Pascal Lafont, Marcel Pariat

Pourquoi “Motivés!” et son approche méthodologique peuvent

répondre aux besoins des jeunes dominicains et de leurs

professeurs?

Alain Brouté

Apprentissages et développement touristique en République

dominicaine

Maria Cantisano

QUATRIEME PARTIE : INTERCULTURALITE ET

PROFESSIONNALISATION DANS LES METIERS DE

L’ENSEIGNEMENT

Quelles sont les ressources des histoires de vie qui influencent la

professionnalisation des enseignants autour des compétences

interculturelles ?

Eugène Gourpil

Hétérogénéité et diversités culturelles : former les enseignants à la

complexité

Emmanuelle Maître de Pembroke

Vers une professionnalisation des enseignants de langues étrangères

à travers la représentation européenne de ce métier ?

Maryna Shpargalyuk

L’ouverture des horizons culturels des «bridgebloggeurs» : une

expérience d’apprentissage informel dans un contexte interculturel

Laura Vidal

 

 

 

 

 

PISA, Power, and Policy

the emergence of global educational governance

Edited by HEINZ-DIETER MEYER & AARON BENAVOT

2013 paperback 336 pages US$56.00
ISBN 978-1-873927-96-0

Over the past ten years the PISA assessment has risen to strategic prominence in the international education policy discourse. Sponsored, organized and administered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), PISA seems well on its way to being institutionalized as the main engine in the global accountability regime.

The goal of this book is to problematize this development and PISA as an institution-building force in global education. It scrutinizes the role of PISA in the emerging regime of global educational governance and questions the presumption that the quality of a nation’s school system can be evaluated through a standardized assessment that is insensitive to the world’s vast cultural and institutional diversity. The book raises the question of whether PISA’s dominance in the global educational discourse runs the risk of engendering an unprecedented process of worldwide educational standardization for the sake of hitching schools more tightly to the bandwagon of economic efficiency, while sacrificing their role to prepare students for independent thinking and civic participation.

Contents

Heinz-Dieter Meyer & Aaron Benavot. Introduction. PISA and the Globalization of Education Governance: some puzzles and problems

Taya L. Owens. Thinking beyond League Tables: a review of key PISA research questions
THE FINLAND PARADOX
Janne Varjo, Hannu Simola & Risto Rinne. Finland’s PISA Results: an analysis of dynamics in education politics

Tiina Silander & Jouni Välijärvi. The Theory and Practice of Building Pedagogical Skill in Finnish Teacher Education

Paul Andrews. What Does PISA Performance Tell Us about Mathematics Teaching Quality? Case Studies from Finland and Flanders
PISA, INSTITUTIONS, AND THE GLOBALIZATION OF
EDUCATION GOVERNANCE
David H. Kamens. Globalization and the Emergence of an Audit Culture: PISA and the search for ‘best practices’ and magic bullets

Daniel Tröhler. The OECD and Cold War Culture: thinking historically about PISA

Marlaine Lockheed. Causes and Consequences of International Assessments in Developing Countries

Sam Sellar & Bob Lingard. PISA and the Expanding Role of the OECD in Global Educational Governance
NON-EDUCATIONAL INFLUENCES ON PISA OUTCOMES
Heinz-Dieter Meyer & Kathryn Schiller. Gauging the Role of Non-educational Effects in Large-scale Assessments: socio-economics, culture and PISA outcomes

Xin Ma, Cindy Jong & Jing Yuan. Exploring Reasons for the East Asian Success in PISA

Jaap Dronkers & Manon de Heus. Immigrant Children’s Academic Performance: the influence of origin, destination and community

Yong Zhao & Heinz-Dieter Meyer. High on PISA, Low on Entrepreneurship? What PISA Does Not Measure

Stephen P. Heyneman. The International Efficiency of American Education: the bad and the not-so-bad news
POLICY
Alexander W. Wiseman. Policy Responses to PISA in Comparative Perspective

Notes on Contributors; Index

Related titles

Globalisation and Europeanisation in Education ROGER DALE, SUSAN ROBERTSON

Education in the Broader Middle East: borrowing a baroque arsenal GARI DONN, YAHYA AL MANTHRI

Globalisation and Higher Education in the Arab Gulf States GARI DONN, YAHYA AL MANTHRI

Higher Education and the State: changing relationships in Europe and East Asia ROGER GOODMAN, TAKEHIKO KARIYA, JOHN TAYLOR

Comparing Standards Internationally: research and practice in mathematics and beyond BARBARA JAWORKSI, DAVID PHILLIPS

An Atlantic Crossing? The Work of the International Examination Inquiry, its Researchers, Methods and Influence MARTIN LAWN

Europeanizing Education: governing a new policy space MARTIN LAWN, SOTIRIA GREK

 

 

 

 

Compendio de la Educación 2012: Oportunidades perdidas: el impacto de la repetición y de la salida prematura de la escuela: http://www.uis.unesco.org/Education/Documents/ged-2012-sp.pdf

Metas Educativas 2021. (2013). Indicadores, metas y políticas educativas. Coords.
Marta Kisilevsky y Enrique Roca

El índice de la obra:

Presentación. Álvaro Marchesi 7
Introducción. Marta Kisilevsky y Enrique Roca 9
Primera parte: Consideraciones generales, teóricas y metodológicas
Los sistemas de indicadores: una radiografía de la educación,
Alejandro Tiana Ferrer 17
Los indicadores educativos y su construcción: qué esperar y qué
cuidar, Felipe Martínez Rizo 31
Estadísticas e indicadores educativos: reflexiones generales, César
Guadalupe 47
La Evaluación de Aprendizajes, herramienta para mejorar la calidad
educativa, Leonor Cariola 61
Desigualdad, diversidad e información, Néstor López y Florencia
Sourrouille 81
Interpretación de indicadores educativos y políticas públicas, Marta
Kisilevsky 95
Segunda Parte: Panorama actual de los indicadores educativos Los
sistemas internacionales de indicadores educativos en Latinoamérica,
Daniel Taccari 117
Sistemas de indicadores nacionales: el modelo español, Joaquín Martín
133
Avances y perspectivas del Sistema de Indicadores de México, H.
Robles, M. Escobar, M. Hernández y L. Zendejas 153
Indicadores internacionales: la OCDE y la Unión Europea, Enrique Roca
173
Bibliografía 191
Los autores 203

http://www.oei.es/metas2021/EVAL2.pdf

 

Low-fee Private Schooling

aggravating equity or mitigating disadvantage?

Edited by PRACHI SRIVASTAVA

2013 paperback 220 pages US$48.00
ISBN 978-1-873927-91-5
Low-fee private schooling represents a point of heated debate in the international policy context of Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals. While on the one hand there is an increased push for free and universal access with assumed State responsibility, reports on the mushrooming of private schools targeting socially and economically disadvantaged groups in a range of developing countries, particularly across Africa and Asia, have emerged over the last decade. Low-fee private schooling has, thus, become a provocative and illuminating area of research and policy interest on the impacts of privatisation and its different forms in developing countries.

This edited volume aims to add to the growing literature on low-fee private schooling by presenting seven studies in five countries (Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan), and is bookended by chapters analysing some of the evidence and debates on the topic thus far.

The book presents research findings from studies across three levels of analysis that have proven relevant in the study of low-fee private schooling: the household, school and state. Chapters address household schooling choice behaviours regarding low-fee private and competing sectors; the management, operation and relative quality of low-fee private schools; and changes to the regulatory frameworks governing low-fee private schools, and the impact of low-fee private schools on those frameworks.

The book does not seek to provide definitive answers since, as an emerging and evolving area of study, this would be premature. Instead, it aims to call attention to the need for further systematic research on low-fee private schooling, and to open up the debate by presenting studies that use a range of methods and, owing to the context specificity of the issue, draw different conclusions. The hope is that these studies may serve as springboards to further research.

Finally, the book does not aim to snuff out the political and vociferous debate surrounding low-fee private schooling and private provision more broadly, or to erase the complications that abound in conducting research in this area, but to engage with them.

The hope is that as the 2015 target date for Education for All and Millennium Development Goals approaches, this book may help us get closer to answering the question: do low-fee private schools aggravate equity or mitigate disadvantage?
Contents

Prachi Srivastava. Low-fee Private Schooling: issues and evidence

Kwame Akyeampong & Caine Rolleston. Low-fee Private Schooling in Ghana: is growing demand improving equitable and affordable access for the poor?

Shailaja Fennell. Low-fee Private Schools in Pakistan: a blessing or a bane?

Pauline Dixon, James Tooley & Ian Schagen. The Relative Quality of Private and Public Schools for Low-income Families Living in Slums of Nairobi, Kenya

Jonathan M.B. Stern & Stephen P. Heyneman. Low-fee Private Schooling: the case of Kenya

Joanna Härmä & Folasade Adefisayo. Scaling Up: challenges facing low-fee private schools in the slums of Lagos, Nigeria

Yuki Ohara. The Regulation of Unrecognised Low-fee Private Schools in Delhi: potential implications for India’s Right to Education Act

Salman Humayun, Rizwana Shahzad & Roger Cunningham. Regulating Low-fee Private Schools in Islamabad: a study in policy and practice

Geoffrey Walford. Low-fee Private Schools: a methodological and political debate

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Seção 1: Criação e recriação de um campo de estudos

1 Introdução editorial conjunta 13

Robert Cowen e Andreas Kazamias

2 A história e a criação da educação comparada 19

Robert Cowen

3 Os primórdios modernistas da educação comparada:

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Andreas M. Kazamias

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7 Educação comparada na Europa 115

Wolfgang Mitter

8 Análise de sistemas-mundo e educação comparada na era da globalização 131

Robert F. Arnove

9 Reflexões sobre o desenvolvimento da educação comparada 153

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10 Educação comparada: uma reflexão histórica 173

Andreas M. Kazamias

viii Sumário

 

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Andreas M. Kazamias

12 Impérios e educação: o Império britânico 207

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14 Educação e formação do Estado na Itália 237

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16 Modernidade, formação do Estado, construção da nação e educação na Grécia 289

Andreas M. Kazamias

17 O Estado desenvolvimentista, mudança social e educação 309

Wing-Wah Law

18 Os Estados em desenvolvimento e a educação: África 333

John Metzler

19 Variedades de transformação educacional: os Estados pós-socialistas do Centro/Sudeste da Europa e a ex-União Soviética 355

Iveta Silova

20 A União Europeia e a educação na Espanha 387

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Robert Cowen

22 Quem está passeando pelo jardim global? Agências educacionais e transferência educacional 413

Jason Beech

23 Mobilidade, migração e minorias em educação 435

Noah W. Sobe e Melissa G. Fischer

24 Fundamentalismos e secularismos: educação e la longue durée 451

David Coulby

25 O duplo significado de cosmopolitismo e os estudos comparados de educação 467

Thomas S. Popkewitz

26 Educação multicultural em um contexto global: diversos temas e perspectivas 489

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27 Educação para o desenvolvimento internacional 505

Nancy Kendall

28 A OCDE e as mudanças globais nas políticas de educação 531

Fazal Rizvi e Bob Lingard

29 Bancos multilaterais podem educar o mundo? 553

Claudio de Moura Castro

30 Por um panóptico europeu: discursos e políticas da UE sobre educação e treinamento, 1992-2007 583

George Pasias e Yiannis Roussakis

 

Seção 4: Industrialização, economias do conhecimento e educação

31 Introdução editorial: industrialização, sociedades do conhecimento e educação 607

Robert Cowen

32 Industrialização e educação pública: coesão social e estratificação social 613

Jim Carl

33 Industrialização, economias do conhecimento e mudança educacional: um comentário sobre a Argentina e o Brasil 635

Márcia Cristina Passos Ferreira

34 Educação, emprego e treinamento profissionalizante 659

Leslie Bash

35 O Estado-avaliador como política em transição: um estudo histórico e anatômico 675

Guy Neave

36 Da coerência à diferenciação: compreendendo o Espaço Europeu de Ensino Superior e Pesquisa (e suas transformações) 699

Wim Weymans

37 Mamon, mercados e gerencialismo: perspectivas da Ásia e Pacífico sobre reformas educacionais contemporâneas 723

Anthony Welch

38 Aprendizagem continuada e globalização: por um modelo estrutural comparativo 741

Peter Jarvis

39 Educação na sociedade em rede: reflexões críticas 763

Eva Gamarnikow

40 Educação e desenvolvimento econômico: avaliações e ideologias 781

Eleni Karatzia-Stavlioti e Haris Lambropoulos

 

 

 

BIEN

BASIC INCOME EARTH NETWORK

NewsFlash Volume 26, no. 70, Summer 2013
www.basicincome.org

 

This is the newsletter of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), which was founded in 1986 as the Basic Income European Network and expanded to become an Earth-wide Network in 2004. It serves as a link between individuals and groups committed to or interested in basic income. It fosters informed discussion on this topic throughout the world.

 

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CONTENTS

1. Editorial: Important study finds that giving money to the poor increases both employment and wages
2. News (India, Switzerland, Malaysia, Malta, Germany, Venezuela, United States, Japan, International)
3. Events (Korea, Alaska, New York, London, California, Namibia, Montreal, and International)
4. Publications
5. Links
6. Audio-Video
7. The NewsFlash and BI News request volunteers

8. About the Basic Income Earth Network and its NewsFlash

1. Editorial: Important study finds that giving money to the poor increases both employment and wages

A randomized field study recently conducted in Uganda found that giving money to people without conditions actually increases both how much they work and how much they earn per hour. The study gave a $400 one-time grant to 20 young people, chosen randomly out of a group of rural Ugandans who applied to be a part of the study. Essentially, this grant amount is a one-time basic income, sometimes called a basic capital grant.

 

Perhaps, $400 doesn’t sound like much, but because poverty is so high in rural Kenya, the $400 grant is equivalent to an entire year’s income for the people in the study. Researchers then followed the recipients for two and a half years to see how they behaved relative to rural Ugandans who did not receive the grant. What they found might surprise some readers.

 

Two-and-a-half years later, receipts of the grant worked 17% more hours than similar Ugandans who did not receive the grant, and they earned higher wages and salaries, so that their incomes increased by even more than the hours the worked for a total increase of 50%. If those who did not receive the grant were making $400 per year, recipients were making $600 per year. No one knows yet how long the differential will last, but it is likely to accumulate for at least several years, perhaps many years.

 

The reasons for the increase in wages and hours worked are not yet certain, but possible explanations stem back to the extreme poverty experienced by so many people in developing nations. People who face such low wages have very little time to spend either improving their skills or looking for better work. They simply must spend their time focusing on getting enough food for the next day. A basic income gives them the opportunity to step back, improve their skills and/or look for a better job.

 

The theoretical possibility that basic income could have a positive affect on wages and hours worked (especially among the poorest people) has been understood for a long time. But this study provides an extremely important piece of empirical confirmation.

 

The basic income debate should take these results seriously. These results challenge the widely-held (yet rarely-empirically-investigated) belief that poor people are poor because they are too lazy either to work hard or to learn better skills. There are billions of people around the world living on less than two dollars per day. Perhaps unconditional cash is what they need most.
-Karl Widerquist, begun in Aberdeen, Shetland, Scotland, completed in Beaufort, North Carolina, USA

 

See BI News stories about this study: http://binews.org/2013/08/blattman-chris-%E2%80%9Cdear-governments-want-to-help-the-poor-and-transform-your-economy-give-people-cash%E2%80%9D/

 

For more on this study see this blog post by one of the authors of the study: Blattman, Chris, “Dear governments: Want to help the poor and transform your economy? Give people cash,” Chris Blattman: International development, politics, economics, and policy, 23 May 2013
http://chrisblattman.com/2013/05/23/dear-governments-want-to-help-the-poor-and-transform-your-economy-give-people-cash/

 

See also the original study: Blattman, Christopher, Nathan Fiala, and Sebastian Martinez “Credit Constraints, Occupational Choice, and the Process of Development: Long Run Evidence from Cash Transfers in Uganda,” the Social Science Research Network, May 20, 2013
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2268552

And the following editorial: Yglesias, Matthew, “Good News About Unconditional Transfers to the Global Poor,” Slate May 29, 2013
http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/05/29/good_news_about_unconditional_transfers.html

 

2. News

INDIA: Basic Income Pilot Project releases an impressive list of findings.

Several NGOs in India have conducted a pilot project on basic income over the last two years. At a conference this May, the researchers released an impressive list of findings below. (Acronyms used below: IES, Interim Evaluation Survey; FES, Final Evaluation Survey; MPUCT, Madhya Pradesh Unconditional Cash Transfer pilot; TVUCT, Tribal Village Unconditional Cash Transfer pilot)

Implementation and Financial Inclusion

Take-up of the basic income grants was rapid, with 93% receiving them in the first month in cash form.

Bank account opening was challenging work for SEWA officials, but within a few months almost everybody had had bank or cooperative accounts.

However, a majority of the villagers reported in the IES and FES that they had experienced no major problems opening bank accounts.

Women found it easier to access and operate SEWA Co-operative accounts than the Nationalised Bank Accounts.

The project has led to financial inclusion: Savings increased and households began using their accounts for saving, rather than keeping money at home.

Housing and sanitation

Recipients of basic income grants were significantly more likely to make improvements to their dwellings.

The main improvements were to walls and roofs, although improvement to latrines was also widespread.

The basic income grants led to a switch to more preferred sources of energy for cooking.

In the tribal village, cash grants were used by the recipients to construct new dwellings (10%), repair old houses, switch to better drinking water sources, such as getting own tube-well,  and shift to better lighting.

 

Nutrition and Diet

Using the WHO’s z-score index, income grants were associated with an improvement in children’s weight-for-age, with the main effect being among young girls.

Cash grant recipients were significantly more likely than others to have enough income for their daily food needs.

Cash grants led to more varied diets, with greater relative consumption of fruit and vegetables, rather than simple reliance on subsidised staples.

In the tribal villages, cash grant recipients reported a sharp rise in food sufficiency. In the cash transfer village, households that reported that their income was sufficient for their food needs increased from about 50% in the baseline to 78% in the IES, and further to 82% in the FES. Correspondingly, the incidence of having insufficient food fell.

In the MPUCT, an increase in food sufficiency was most pronounced for scheduled caste households.

Those receiving cash grants were not more likely than others to increase spending on “private bads”, such as alcohol or tobacco. Reasons for that will be presented in the conference.

Health and healthcare

During the course of the pilots, cash grant households reported a lower incidence of common illnesses.

Cash grants led to more regular medical treatment and more regular taking of medicines. This was particularly observable in the TVUCT.

Cash grants were associated with increased spending on medical treatment.

Improved health was attributed most to an increased ability to afford medicines, although many families also mentioned it was due to more or better food and reduced anxiety.  Scheduled Tribe households were relatively likely to attribute better health to the acquisition of more or better food.

The public health system has achieved impressively high levels of immunization.

Cash grants were associated with more resort to private healthcare, and in particular a shift from government hospitals to private hospitals.

Although the number acquiring health insurance was small, significantly more cash grant households did so during the course of the experiments.

Impact on the Disabled

Cash grants benefited those with disabilities even more than others, by enabling them to have more access to food and to medical assistance.

Individualised cash grants gave household members with disabilities greater voice in how money was spent.

Case studies showed that the cash grants enabled some disabled to become economically active, overcoming constraints to their full membership in village society.

Schooling

Cash grants were associated with improvement in school enrolment. Although initially there was no significant difference in enrolment, by the FES the enrolment rates of children from 4 to 18 years was 12% higher in the cash transfer villages.

Transfers led to increased spending on essentials for school, including stationery, shoes, uniforms and basic equipment.

Cash grants were associated with more regular school attendance, with 29% of cash transfer households reporting an improvement, compared with 13% in control villages.

Income Grants were associated with improved school performance. Grades over time taken from actual registers of schools showed that more children from cash transfer families were doing better than children of non-grant families. Scheduled-tribe households were the most likely to show an improvement in performance in terms of grades.

By the end of the pilots, households in cash grant villages were more likely to be sending their children to private schools. Almost half of all cash-grant village children were enrolled in private school, compared with 30% in control villages.

Cash transfers were associated with families spending more on transport to school. Grant-receiving households were more likely to send their children to schools located at a greater distance from their homes, and so spent more on transport.

In the period covered, cash transfers were associated with an increase in private tuition. Most social categories in cash transfer villages spent more on private tuition than in other villages, except scheduled-caste families.

Cash grants helped families to ensure that their children did non-school work that was less disruptive to their schooling. This was particularly observed in the tribal village.

Economic activity, work and production

Contrary to a common criticism of cash transfers, cash grants were associated with an increase in labour and work.

Cash grant households were twice as likely to have increased their production work as non-transfer households.

Cash grants led to an increase in own-account work, and a relative switch from wage labour to own-account farming and small-scale business. This was especially true for scheduled caste households and for women workers.

The shift from labour to own farm work was especially marked in the tribal villages.

Many families used cash grants to buy small items for production, such as sewing machines and seeds and fertiliser.

Cash grants were associated with the purchase of more livestock to increase production. Households in the cash-grant tribal village increased their livestock by 70%.

Cash grant households more likely to increase their income from work, in spite of it being a difficult year due to weather conditions in the area.

Cash grant households were three times as likely to start a new business or production activity as others, with a majority attributing that to the cash grants.

In tribal village, farmers have increased their spending in good quality seeds, fertilisers and pesticides.

Debt and Savings

Severe indebtedness was found in over three-quarters of all households.

Cash grants were associated with a significant reduction in indebtedness, both because recipients used the money to reduce existing debt and because they used the money to avoid going into further debt. Those receiving cash grants were more than twice as likely to reduce debt.

Cash grants led to a significant increase in savings, even in households with debt. Households often used the money to give themselves vital liquidity.

Policy Implications

Only a minority of low-income households in all 20 of the villages had a BPL (Below Poverty Line) or Antyodaya Card. Some of the poorest households had no poverty card at all.

Only a minority (14%) of households in the 20 villages had ever participated in MGNREGS, the government scheme supposedly guaranteeing every rural household 100 days of employment.

 

For more on the India Pilot projects see the following articles:
Seetha, “Bite this: Survey proves cash transfer critics wrong,” FirstPost: Economy, May 31, 2013: http://www.firstpost.com/economy/bite-this-survey-proves-cash-transfer-critics-wrong-829793.html
Standing, Guy, “The poor are responsible too,” the Financial Express, June 6, 2013: http://www.financialexpress.com/news/column-the-poor-are-responsible-too/1125548/0
Fernandez, Benjamin, “Rupees in your pocket,” The Morung Express, 2013: http://www.morungexpress.com/Perspective/95572.html

Guy Standing, “Can Basic Income Cash Transfers Transform India?” BI News, May 28, 2013: http://binews.org/2013/05/guy-standing-%e2%80%9ccan-basic-income-cash-transfers-transform-india%e2%80%9d/

 

SWITZERLAND: Initiative claims enough signatures to trigger a referendum on BIG

A Swiss petition drive has collected more than the 100,000 signatures necessary to trigger a referendum on introducing Basic Income in Switzerland. If the government certifies 100,000 of the signatures as valid, a referendum will be held within two years. The proposal does not specify the amount of the basic income, but it would enshrine the principle in Switzerland’s constitution. The proposal is controversial. Even some unions and left organizations have dismissed basic income as a “bonus for laziness.” This proposal is one of several petition drives for basic income in Europe this year, some have been waged nationally and some at level of the European Union as a whole.

For more information see:

Jourdan, Stanislas, “Will the basic income revolution come from Switzerland?” Boiling Frogs, Alternatives, June 3, 2013: http://boilingfrogs.info/2013/06/03/basic-income-initiative-switzerland/
Vogele, Wolfgang G., “Swiss parliament may soon debate unconditional basic income,” NNA: News with a difference, 30 Apr 2013: http://www.nna-news.org/index.php?id=9&tx_ttnews%5Byear%5D=2013&tx_ttnews%5Bmonth%5D=04&tx_ttnews%5Bday%5D=30&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=1054&cHash=77e5ad1fba7d00dc0923dcbddf4fe97e

Geiser, Urs “Basic income for all. Old utopian revived on Swiss streets,” swissinfo.ch, June 13, 2013

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_news/Old_utopian_ideal_revived_on_Swiss_streets.html?link=tdj&cid=36104780

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL: Google gives $2.5 Million to a Direct Cash Transfer Charity

Business Press has been praising GiveDirectly, a direct cash transfer charity. The business press has been reporting very positively on a charity that transfers cash directly to Kenya’s poorest residents. In Kenya, cellphones work like debit cards and it is easy to infer who is poor and who is not by their address or other data. GiveDirectly uses that data and simply sends money to poor people in two low-income districts. Those without a phone can pick up cards and use them in other ways.

Google Giving has donated two and a half million dollars to this charity. They cite the efficiency of it. There may be a few people who aren’t as needy as one would prefer and the phone companies do take some of the transfer but even then, it is more efficient than paying someone to assess every recipient. Also, cash aid creates market demand for food and other needs that could be met by entrepreneurs. Some recipients will use the money to start small businesses or pay school fees.

Intriguingly, the rationale for GiveDirectly that Facebook and Google figures have adopted, mirrors the rationale for a basic income and for projects like ReCivitas’ BIG QUATINGA VELHO and BIG Otjivero. ReCivitas has even less administrative costs than those faced by GiveDirectly. We have also discussed on this page BIG experiments in India. This could beat back the weird perception that a BIG is “impossible”.

 

For More info see:

Kerry Dolan, “Why Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes And Google Are Giving Cash Directly To The Poorest,” Forbes, 5/28/2013

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryadolan/2013/05/28/why-google-and-facebook-cofounder-chris-hughes-are-giving-cash-directly-to-the-poorest/

 

Jacqueline Fuller, “Want to Help People? Just Give Them Money,” Harvard Business Review, March 28, 2013 http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/03/want_to_help_people_just_give.html

 

Matthew Yglesias’ article in Slate (see separate BI News report) gives a detailed account of GiveDirectly and its reception: http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2013/05/unconditional_cash_transfers_giving_money_to_the_poor_may_be_the_best_tool.html?wpisrc=most_viral

 

 

THE INTERNET: WikiProject Basic Income aims to improve basic income’s presence on Wikipedia

 

A new group, called “WikiProject Basic Income,” aims to improve the coverage of topics related to basic income in Wikipedia. One of the main goals of this project is to bridge the gap between researchers who have been publishing about basic income and the general public, while simultaneously improving the number of authoritative references in basic income articles on Wikipedia.

The organizers of the project request any help they can get from interested people, writing, “If you have any suggestions or questions about how to get started, feel free to leave a message in the talk page or join the associated Facebook group where further discussion and coordination occurs.”

 

The group’s homepage is:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Basic_Income

The talk page is: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Basic_Income&action=edit&section=new

The associated Facebook group is: http://www.facebook.com/groups/605548516131965/

 

 

 

 

MALAYSIA: Is Malaysia introducing a BIG?”

Malaysia’s new program called Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) that has some elements of the negative income tax (NIT) variant of the basic income guarantee. Receipt of benefits is not automatic, but those who are eligible need to apply by filling out a from. There has been little discussion of the connection between BR1M and NIT, but a recent commentary by Kang Beng Ho discusses BR1M in context of the NIT.

Kang Beng, Ho, “Is BR1M a negative income tax?” the Star Online [Malaysia], Monday May 20, 2013
http://www.thestar.com.my/story.aspx?file=%2f2013%2f5%2f20%2fbusiness%2f13090411&sec=business

 

MALTA, EUROPEAN UNION: Malta joins campaign for right to unconditional basic income

Wolfgang Müller – BI News

 

Malta has joined the campaign for an unconditional basic income in the European Union. This campaign now takes place in 22 countries. It’s aim is to get enough signatures on a petition to force the European Council to examine basic income.

 

For more on Malta joining the initiative, go to see the following story in Malta News, June 18, 2013, “Malta joins campaign for right to unconditional basic income”

http://gozonews.com/39300/malta-joins-campaign-for-right-to-unconditional-basic-income/

More information about the initiative (including info about how to support it) is online at: http://basicincome2013.eu/

 

GERMANY: BIG Petition given 30 Seconds by Bundestag

[BI News – July 2013]

In the beginning of 2009 more than 50,000 people supported the petition of Susanne Wiest, who demanded a Basic Income for Germany. Almost 2 years later a public hearing on the issue took place. And almost another 2 years later, on 28th June 2013, the topic was closed after 30 seconds without a further discussion.

 

The left-wing online journal “Neues Deutschland” commented in an article: “From a political point of view this was a clandestinely funeral of an objective which some years ago attracted great attention – and which actually can not be eliminated with a usual form of ticking off.”

 

The factions of the Green and Left Party voted against the finishing. In a statement of the Green Party they explain: “It is important for the subscribers to combine the general principle of justice and emancipating social policy with the importance of public institutions and financial feasibility. Considering the increasing growth problem and broad restructuring of the economy by processes of rationalization we need in the long term a transformation of the social state.”

 

Katja Kipping, the leader of the Left Party published also a personal statement against the finishing of the petition, because “the principle objection and the social importance of a discussion on the Unconditional Basic Income is not taken into account. Considering the increasing social division in Germany and Europe I consider it for necessary to discuss alternative ideas and practical approaches seriously also in the German Bundestag to improve the social situation of the people.”

 

Both parties, Left and Green, as well as the Pirate Party, suggest in their election manifestos an enquiry commission to continue the discussion on Basic Income within the German Bundestag. The petition brought this discussion into the parliament and the mentioned parties refuse a finishing of the petition in the meaning to end the discussion. The elections on 22nd September 2013 will show what is going to happen further.

 

VENEZUELA:  A Citizen’s Income for Full-Time Mothers

[BICN – Jenna van Draanen – June 2013]

 

A recently published news article describes a new pension for full-time mothers in Venezuela. According to Chew, a labor law has been passed to allow mothers to collect pensions for the work they perform in the household. The article describes the Chavistas’ new labor law as anti-sexist in the way that it recognizes the “monetary value of housework.” The idea of a pension for mothers is similar to some conceptualizations of basic income because of its universality and because it operates on the fundamental premise that an individual is entitled to an income based on something other than their participation in the labour market.

The article written by Kristina Chew can be found at: http://www.care2.com/causes/venezuela-to-pay-pensions-to-full-time-mothers.html#ixzz2VNVHamfr

 

UNITED STATES: Allan Sheahen tours to promote his book, the Basic Income Guarantee: Your right to economic security

 

Allan Sheahen, an author and an activist for basic income, is touring the United States making television, radio, and personal appearances to promote his book, the Basic Income Guarantee: Your right to economic security. He has also published several Op-ed pieces related to the book. His proposal for BIG has recently stirred up controversy from economists (See related story: Wray, L. Randall, two articles criticizing of BIG)

 

Sheahen is making the following radio appearances:

 

1. June 4.  WWNC.  Ashville, NC.  Peter Kaliner show.

2. June 10.  KBYR.  Anchorage, AK    Glen Biegel show.

3. June 13.  WBAL, Baltimore.  Jimmy Mathis Show.

4. June 19.  WGN.  Chicago.  Carol Roth show.

5. June 27. WILS, Lansing MI.  Michael Cohen Show.

6. July 2.  WKBN, Youngstown OH.  Dan Rivers Show

7. July 3.  WTCM.  Traverse City, MI   Norm Jones show.

8. July 10.  WCUB, Manitowic, WI.  The Breakfast Club.

9. July 12.  KAHA, Auburn CA.  Shea Cullen Show for Seniors.

10. July 15., WFBK, Fort Mill, SC, “Jack Anthony Show”

11. July 18., RTT, Rochester, NY, “Debra Reuther”

12. July 22., KFWB, Los Angeles, CA, “AM Drive”

 

Sheahen is making the following person appearance at a civic group:

 

1. July 16, 7PM to 9PM, Valley United Democrats, 6150 Van Nuys Blvd. Van Nuys, CA, 91401

 

Sheahen is making the following television appearance:

 

1. Monday July 22, Bloomberg National TV, “Bottom Line with Mark Crumpton,” 7:40pm Eastern Time, 4:40 pm Pacific Time

 

 

Sheahen has published the following Op-ed pieces:

 

1. Allan Sheahen, “Jobs Are Not the Answer,” Lima News (Lima, Ohio), Thursday, June 13, 2013: http://www.limaohio.com/opinion/columns/article_60d99fac-d420-11e2-adfa-001a4bcf6878.html

2. Allan Sheahen, Guest Columnist, “Basic income, not jobs, is the answer” On Your Mind, Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Ohio), Monday, June 17, 2013: http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/news/opinion/basic-income-not-jobs-is-the-answer/nYKbw/

3. Allan Sheahen, “Jobs Are Not the Answer,” Public Comment, Berkeley Daily Planet (Berkeley, CA), Monday June 17, 2013: http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2013-06-13/article/41173?headline=Jobs-Are-Not-the-Answer–by-Allan-Sheahen

4. Allan Sheahen, “Jobs Are Not the Answer,” Tikkun, Truthout, Thursday, 20 June 2013: http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/17104-jobs-are-not-the-answer

 

Allan Sheahen is a board member of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee (USBIG) Network and the author of several books and articles including his most recent book, Basic Income Guarantee: Your Right to Economic Security, which is now out on paperback from Palgrave-Macmillan. Sheahen can be reached at: alsheahen@prodigy.net.

 

More information about his book is online at: http://www.basicincomeguarantee.com/

 

The publisher’s website for his book is: http://us.macmillan.com/basicincomeguarantee/AllanSheahen

 

JAPAN: Japanese translations of BI News articles now available

Japanese translations of selected BI News articles are now available at BIEN-Japan’s website. The site is managed by Toru Yamamori, of the Department of Economics at Doshisha University, Japan. It has begun with only a few stories. But BIEN-J hopes the site will grow over time, and BI News and BIEN-J will soon establish direct links—in both directions—between the English and Japanese versions of articles. BIEN and some of its national affiliates hope soon to begin similar efforts to translate BI News articles into other languages.

 

The Japanese versions are online at: http://tyamamor.doshisha.ac.jp/bienj/bienj_top.html

 

 

3. Events

 

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: Basic Income discussed at 6th Marx Commulane, May 2013

[BIKN – August 2013]

The Basic Income Korean Network (BIKN) participated in South Korean leftists’ conference, the 6th Marx Commulane in May 2013, Seoul, South Korea. Kang Nam Hoon, Kwen Jong Im, and Lee Kwang Ill presented papers on basic income.

Information about the conference (in Korean) is online at: http://www.marxcommunnale.net/board/bbs/board.php?bo_table=re&mx_ver=6&wr_id=19&page=2 2.

 

 

Hoon Kang, Nam and Popho E. S. Bark-Yi, “Special Issue: Basic Income and Issues of Alternative Economic Strategies”

[BI News – August 2013, BIKN contributed to this report]

A Korean academic journal, Marxism 21, published a special edition on basic income entitled, “Basic Income and Issues of Alternative Economic Strategies.” Marxism 21 is a quarterly academic journal published by the Institute for Social Sciences of Gyeongang National University (of South Korea) with financial support from the Korean Research Foundation. The special issue included the following two papers.

 

Nam Hoon Kang, “Precarious Workers and Basic Income”

ABSTRACT: This paper compares selective income support policy with basic income for precarious workers. In 2012, there were 17,027,000 precarious workers in Korea, which is about 62% of the total economically-active population. Under this situation, a basic income policy is more suitable than selective income support. If there were perfect information and no administrative costs, selective income support policy could have exactly the same economic effects as basic income. But given those constraints, it is impossible for selective income policy to have the same economic effects as basic income. The former has more administrative costs, blind spots, moral hazards, bad transition effects, lower labor incentives and labeling effects. If most of the population are precarious workers, basic income is more appropriate not only economically but also politically.

 

Popho E. S. Bark-Yi, “The System of Sexuality and Basic Income”

ABSTRACT: This paper suggests that the ideological idea that equates women to sexual objects, not to sexual subjects, is still pervasive in South Korean culture. The author argues that this idea puts women in an inferior position to men in social, economic, and political spheres. Arguing for this idea’s deconstruction, the author introduces the term ‘system of sexuality’. This highlights the key feature of the current system, in which relationships between women and men are deeply intertwined with and sustained by sexuality, economics and politics. Basic income implies unconditional cash payment to every individual regardless of gender, age, marital status, employment status or wealth. Negotiation power in relationships partially but significantly depends on one’s degree of economic independence. Women’s economic status, nevertheless, has been heavily weakened due to the heterosexual male-oriented economic system as well as the marriage system. Basic income which guarantees each and every woman a certain level of income will offer a meaningful contribution to enhance women’s negotiation power within the current system of sexuality.

Hoon Kang, Nam, and Popho E. S. Bark-Yi, “Special Issue: Basic Income and Issues of Alternative Economic Strategies” Marxism 21, vol. 30, 2013 is online in English at: http://nongae.gnu.ac.kr/%7Eissmarx/eng/eng_index.php

 

 

SOUTH KOREA: Kwen Moon Seok, steering committee member of Basic Income Korean Network dies

[BIKN – August 2013]

Third, Kwen Moon Seok, a beloved steering committee member of the Basic Income Korean Network (BIKN), passed away in May 2013. He was only in his mid 30s and left his wife and an infant daughter behind. Before his death, he had devoted himself to setting up an new network called, “alba-yondae (Solidarity of tentative workers)” and had been respected by many young people who joined the network. According to a member of BIKN, “He was one of the most sincere and hard working activist. … May rest in peace.”

 

More information about Kwen Moon Seok (in Korean) is online at: http://alba.or.kr/xe/news/113480

 

 

 

 

ANCHORAGE ALASKA: “How the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Could Work in Iraq and Other Countries: A Conversation with Todd Moss,” June 3, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm

As part of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research series of lunchtime talks, “Understanding Alaska,” Todd Moss discussed whether something like Alaska’s Basic Income, the Permanent Fund and Dividend, could work in Iraq and other countries. Todd Moss, editor of The Governor’s Solution and vice president of the Center for Global Development.  The Governor’s Solution features the firsthand account of Governor Jay Hammond that describes, with brutal honesty and piercing humor, the birth of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, which has been paid to each resident every year since 1982.

 

The event was held at the University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Drive Room 307, Consortium Library, Anchorage, Alaska 99508

More information about the event can be found at the following two websites:

http://www.cgdev.org/event/how-alaska-permanent-fund-dividend-could-work-iraq-and-other-countries-conversation-todd-moss

http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/news/?p=593

More information about Todd Moss is online at:

http://www.cgdev.org/expert/todd-moss

Todd Moss’s email address is: tmoss@cgdev.org

 

New York: “A Basic Income for All?” New Left Forum, June 9, 2013

The New Left Forum include a panel session on BIG in its meeting on June 9, 2013 in New York City. The panel examined the feasibility and desirability of basic income proposals from a number of disciplinary viewpoints, including history, economics, and comparative political science. Panelists included Frances Fox Piven, Lena Lavinas, Almaz Zelleke, and Benjamin Kunkel.

More information about the event is online at: http://www.leftforum.org/content/basic-income-all-0

 

VAN NUYS, CA, UNITED STATES: “Can the U.S. afford a Basic Income Guarantee?” Valley Democrats United July meeting, Tuesday, July 16th 2013

 

Al Sheahen, author of Basic Income Guarantee: Your Right To Economic Security, leads a discussion of the Basic Income Guarantee at the July meeting of Valley United Democrats. He is joined by Mark Pash of the Center for Progressive Economics for a Round Table Discussion. The organizers write, “Be on time and bring an open mind…”

 

The meeting will take place:

Tuesday, July 16th 2013, 7PM to 9PM

Van Nuys State Building Auditorium

6150 Van Nuys Blvd. (corner of Calvert and Van Nuys Blvd.)

Van Nuys, CA, 91401

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONDON, UK: Basic Income Meetup, August 1, 2013

Basic Income UK is holding an open meetup for basic income supporters to get to know each other, talk about basic income, and discuss the next steps for the promotion of the European citizen’s initiative. The meetup will take place at 7pm at the Crown and Shuttle Pub, 226 Shoreditch High St., Shoreditch, London E1 6PS. Basic Income UK is an activist organization which aims to raise awareness of Basic Income in the UK. It is organized by Jeffrey Andreoni, Janos Abel, and others. According to the organizers, “Everyone is welcome! See you there!”

For more information contact Jeffrey Andreoni <jeffrey@ouishare.net>
Basic Income UK has a facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/BasicIncomeUK
The meetup has a facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/222677171213117/?ref=3

 

 

 

WINDHOEK, Namibia, “Social safety nets in Namibia: Assessing current programmes and future options,” September 26, 2013.

 

Karl Widerquist will discuss the basic income guarantee as a way to provide a more effective social safety net in Namibia at a conference in Windhoek on September 26, 2013. He will discuss the experience in Alaska with its dividend program as well as pilot projects in Namibia, Indian, Uganda, and other places. The conference is hosted by the Namibian central bank.

 

Karl Widerquist is an Associate Professor at SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University. He holds two doctorates—one in Political Theory from Oxford University (2006) and one in Economics from the City University of New York (1996). He has published six books, the most recent of which is Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A theory of freedom as the power to say no.

 

Karl Widerquist, “Social safety nets in Namibia: Assessing current programmes and future options,” Featured Speaker, Windhoek, Namibia, Bank of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia, September 26, 2013. For more information, see the following two websites:
https://www.bon.com.na/Annual-Symposium.aspx
https://www.bon.com.na/Annual-Symposium/Annual-Symposium-Speakers.aspx

 

 

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, BIEN Congress: June 26-29, 2014

The Fifteenth International Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network will take place in Montreal, Quebec on June 26-29, 2014. The Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) (known in French as Reseau Canadien Pour Le Revenu Garanti) will host the Congress. The theme of the Congress will be “Re-Democratizing the Economy.” More details about the Congress will be released gradually over the coming months. United then, conference organizer recommend, “Save the date.”

More details of the Congress will first appear on the BICN website: http://biencanada.ca/BIEN2014_Congress.html

 

 

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA: Keynote Speakers Announced for the 15th BIEN Congress in June, 2014

[July 26, 2013 – The Basic Income Canada Network / Reseau Canadien Pour Le Revenu Garanti]

 

The Basic Income Canada Network / Reseau Canadien Pour Le Revenu Garanti (BICN) has announced some of the keynote speakers for the Fifteenth Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). BIEN has held a Congress every second year since 1986.

The 2014 congress will take place at the McGill Faculty of Law in Montreal, Quebec from June 26th to June 29th, 2014. The theme of the 2014 BIEN Congress is “Re-democratizing the Economy”. The congress aims to engage BIEN’s affiliate networks and the public in a sustained discussion about the role of a basic income guarantee in re-democratizing the economy, nationally and globally.

The following speakers have so far agreed to join the discussion:

Roberto Gargarella, Professor at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina and Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at University College London, author of The Legal Foundation of Inequality: Constitutionalism in the Americas, 1776-1860 (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Latin American Constitutionalism,1810-2010: The Engine Room of the Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2013).

·      Renana Jhabvala, President of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Bharat, India, and author of The Idea of Work (Indian Academy For Self Employed Women, 2012) and Social Income and Insecurity: A Study in Gujarat (Routledge, 2010)

·      Linda McQuaig, Journalist, columnist, social critic, and best-selling author of, most recently, The Trouble with Billionaires (Viking Canada, 2010) and Billionaires’ Ball: Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality (Beacon Press, 2012)

·      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), author of Work After Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship (Edward Elgar, 2009) and The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (Bloomsbury, 2011)
The Congress will also include the 2014 General Assembly meeting of BIEN. The call for papers will be announced early in the fall of 2013. Updates about the congress can be obtained from the Canadian network’s website at: http://biencanada.ca/BIEN2014_Congress.html.

 

See also BIEN’s website: http://www.basicincome.org

 

4. Publications

FRENCH: Special issue of journal Mouvements

The left-wing French journal Mouvements devoted its entire Spring 2013 issue to basic income. This substantial volume includes no less than 20 papers on the various aspects of basic income. While most authors are very much in favour of it, some are more skeptical. Sociologist Bernard Friot, for instance, argues in favour of a complex “universal wage” system, in which the guaranteed income would not be disconnected from one’s qualifications. The issue also includes a micro-simulation for the implementation of a basic income in France, by economist and basic income activist Marc de Basquiat. Furthermore, the editors have interviewed two prominent academic figures, sociologist Robert Castel and philosopher Philippe Van Parijs. Castel insists on the fact that paid work, i.e. the labour market, remains of paramount importance for social recognition and self-esteem, and he does not endorse basic income. Van Parijs, by contrast, explains why he supports it, and how it connects to his reflections about green politics.

 

Full references: Un revenu pour exister (Simon Cottin-Marx, Julie Garda & Baptiste Mylondo eds.), Special issue of ‘Mouvements. Des idées et des luttes’ (Paris), n° 73, Spring 2013, 190p. http://www.cairn.info/revue-mouvements-2013-1.htm

 

 

Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Evolution and Technology, “Technological Unemployment and Universal Basic Income Guarantee”

 

Submissions are invited for a special issue of the journal on the topic of the impending global decline of employment due to automation, disintermediation and other effects of emerging technologies, and the need for reform and expansion of state income support such as a universal basic income guarantee (BIG).  Papers questioning the premises of technological unemployment or the desirability of a BIG are also welcome.

 

Guest editor: James J. Hughes, Ph.D., Public Policy Studies, Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut james.hughes@trincoll.edu

Expected publication:  Winter/Spring 2014

Submission deadline:  Oct 1, 2013

Notification of acceptance/rejection: Jan 1, 2014

Final revision deadline: Feb 1, 2014

Publication: Winter/Spring 2014

 

For more information contact: James J. Hughes <james.hughes@trincoll.edu>

 

Blattman, Christopher, “Dear governments: Want to help the poor and transform your economy? Give people cash”

In this blog post, author and political scientists, Chris Blattman, reports on a study he helped to organize, which shows that giving cash to poor people in a very poor country significantly increases both their employment rate and their employment income. The study was a randomized field experiment conducted in Uganda.

 

Blattman, Chris, “Dear governments: Want to help the poor and transform your economy? Give people cash,” Chris Blattman: International development, politics, economics, and policy, 23 May 2013

 

http://chrisblattman.com/2013/05/23/dear-governments-want-to-help-the-poor-and-transform-your-economy-give-people-cash/

 

 

Blattman, Christopher, Nathan Fiala, and Sebastian Martinez “Credit Constraints, Occupational Choice, and the Process of Development: Long Run Evidence from Cash Transfers in Uganda”

 

Abstract: How to stimulate employment and the shift from agriculture to industry in developing countries, with their young, poor, and underemployed populations? A widespread view is the poor have high returns to investment but are credit constrained. If so, infusions of capital should expand occupational choice, self-employment, and earnings. Existing evidence from established entrepreneurs shows that grants lead to business growth on the intrinsic margin. Little of this evidence, however, speaks to the young and unemployed, and how to grow employment on the extensive margin — especially transitions from agriculture to cottage industry. We study a large, randomized, relatively unconditional cash transfer program in Uganda, one designed to stimulate such structural change. We follow thousands of young adults two and four years after receiving grants equal to annual incomes. Most start new skilled trades. Labor supply increases 17%. Earnings rise nearly 50%, especially women’s. Patterns of treatment heterogeneity are consistent with credit constraints being relieved. These constraints appear less binding on men, as male controls catch up over time. Female controls do not, partly due to greater capital constraints. Finally, we go beyond economic returns and look for social externalities. Poor, unemployed men are commonly associated with social dislocation and unrest, and governments routinely justify employment programs on reducing such risks. Despite huge economic effects, we see little impact on cohesion, aggression, and collective action (Peaceful or violent). This challenges a body of theory and rationale for employment programs, but suggest the impacts on poverty and structural change alone justify public investment.

 

Blattman, Christopher, Nathan Fiala, and Sebastian Martinez “Credit Constraints, Occupational Choice, and the Process of Development: Long Run Evidence from Cash Transfers in Uganda,” the Social Science Research Network, May 20, 2013
This paper can be downloaded at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2268552

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, For Fighting Poverty, Cash Is Surprisingly Effective

Global Economics

For Fighting Poverty, Cash Is Surprisingly Effective

By Charles Kenny

June 03, 2013

 

Worldwide, richer people express fears about handing money to poorer people. Giving poor people money is no way to stop them being poor, the thinking goes: Surely they will just waste it. Instead, we design complex, bureaucratic programs like SNAP, the supplemental nutrition assistance program (formerly known as food stamps), to help poor families buy food and only food. That way, they can’t buy a trip to Disney World with our tax dollars.

 

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-03/for-fighting-poverty-cash-is-surprisingly-effective#r=rss

 

 

Brady, Michael, “Basic income in Norway?”

This article argues that Norway should introduce a basic income, and considers the Alaska model as a financing strategy.

Brady, Michael, “Basic income in Norway?” The Foreigner: Norwegian News In English, Sunday, 26th May, 2013

http://theforeigner.no/pages/columns/basic-income-in-norway/

 

 

 

Broadbent, Ed, “Begin by hiking tax credits for working poor”

In this opinion piece, Ed Broadbent, former leader of the New Democratic Party, argues that Canada should take a small step in the direction of a basic income or a negative income tax by increasing the federal Working Income Tax Benefit, which provides a very modest tax credit to Canadians who work but still have very low incomes.

 

Broadbent, Ed, “Begin by hiking tax credits for working poor,” the Chronicle Herald, June 28, 2013.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/1138555-begin-by-hiking-tax-credits-for-working-poor

 

Coppola, Francis. “Economic equivalence: job guarantee and basic income”

This article argues in support of the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG), relative to another proposed reform, the Job Guarantee (JG). Responding to two recent articles by L. Randall Wray criticizing basic income as inflationary, Francis Coppola castes doubt that Wray’s claims that BIG and JG would have very different effects on inflation. She concludes, “It seems to me that the fundamental difference between JG proponents and supporters of basic income lies not in their economics but in their view of human nature. JG proponents are essentially managerialist. They think that people have to be told what to do or they won’t do anything useful. Basic income supporters, on the other hand, are liberals: they believe that if people are supported and their basic needs are met, they will find useful and productive things to do. … Personally I would prefer a basic income, and I admit that is because I am shockingly liberal and really don’t like being told what to do.”

 

Coppola, Francis. “Economic equivalence: job guarantee and basic income,” Coppola Comment, Thursday, 11 July 2013

http://coppolacomment.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/economic-equivalence-job-guarantee-and.html

 

Fernandez, Benjamin “Rupees in your pocket”

This story begins, “A new pilot study at Panthbadodiya could significantly change living conditions for the poor, and India’s approach to fighting poverty. The village is taking part in the Madhya Pradesh Unconditional Cash Transfer Initiative, a project run by the Self Employed Women’s Association (Sewa; a trade union that has defended the rights of women with low incomes in India for 40 years), with subsidies from Unicef (United Nations Children’s Fund) India. The research director, Sarath Dewala, explained: ‘The experiment involves giving individuals a small sum of money, at regular intervals, as a supplement to all other forms of income, and observing what happens to their families if this sum is given unconditionally.’ …”

 

Fernandez, Benjamin “Rupees in your pocket,” the Morung Express, 2013

http://www.morungexpress.com/Perspective/95572.html

 

Geiser, Urs “Basic income for all. Old utopian revived on Swiss streets”

Wolfgang Müller – BI News

 

A campaign for an unconditional basic income in Switzerland claims to have achieved the required signatures for a nationwide vote. This article illustrates the work of the campaigners and their experiences along with some of the controversy about the issue in Switzerland.

 

Geiser, Urs “Basic income for all. Old utopian revived on Swiss streets,” swissinfo.ch, June 13, 2013

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_news/Old_utopian_ideal_revived_on_Swiss_streets.html?link=tdj&cid=36104780

 

Giannelli, Silvia, “Pray Again to Saint Precarious”

[Sabrina Del Pico – July 2013]

Saint Precarious (San Precario) is an iconic image created back in 2004 by a network of Italian activists who dealt with the concept of “precarity” since 2001. This unusual saint was declared patron of all precarious workers and used to recall Catholic saints believed to protect the faithful. This article not only explains the beginnings of San Precario movement and its early connections to international grassroots movements but also the reasons behind the failure of an international movement of precarious workers. For the introduction of a minimum income is one of the core battles for San Precario, the article also deals with this topic highlighting those campaigns which aim to such a measure both at national and European level.

 

Silvia Giannelli, “Pray Again to Saint Precarious”, Inter Press Service, July 19th, 2013

http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/07/pray-again-to-st-precarious/

 

 

 

Harford, Tim, “The Undercover Economist: How to give money away”

A commentator for the Financial Times, Britain’s leading business newspaper, has tentatively endorsed BIG. Tim Harford writes, “Helping the poor in the most obvious way of all is starting to look attractive.”

Harford, Tim, ” The Undercover Economist: How to give money away,” the Financial Times, July 12, 2013. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/a1101f00-e8fd-11e2-aead-00144feabdc0.html

 

Hern, Alex: two articles on Basic Income

Alex Hern has published two articles in the New Statesman, “Basic income versus the robots: An economic all-stars match-up,” 17 June 2013 and “The most universal benefit of them all: While the UK debates ending universality, economists in America are talking about making income itself universal, 5 June 2013.

 

The two articles are online at:

http://www.newstatesman.com//economics/2013/06/basic-income-versus-robots

http://www.newstatesman.com/economics/2013/06/most-universal-benefit-them-all

 

Kenny, “For Fighting Poverty, Cash Is Surprisingly Effective”

Charles Kenny “For Fighting Poverty, Cash Is Surprisingly Effective”

[BICN – Jenna van Draanen – June 2013]

 

Kenny writes an article for Bloomberg Business Week that challenges prevalent attitudes about alleviating poverty with cash transfers. He cites two particular studies that involved grants given to people living in Uganda and also gives examples from the United States.

 

Kenny discusses the US 1970s negative income tax experiments that guaranteed an income to thousands of low-income recipients and cites outcomes of improved test scores and school attendance for the children of recipients, reduced prevalence of low-birth-weight infants, and increased homeownership.

He argues that many studies of cash transfers in both developed and developing countries have led to a variety of impacts and that these studies have shown that impacts are not correlated with any conditions applied. He also argues for the cost-efficacy of administering such unconditional programs. The author is critical of the argument that poverty is a result of moral failings of the poor and believes this is a justification for taking a paternalistic approach to poverty relief.

Charles Kenny “For Fighting Poverty, Cash Is Surprisingly Effective,” Bloomberg Business Week. June 3, 2013. The original article can be found here: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-03/for-fighting-poverty-cash-is-surprisingly-effective#r=rss

 

 

Krugman, Paul, “Sympathy for the Luddites”

 

Nobel Laureate, Paul Krugman endorsed a “minimum income” in his edition of his regular Op-ed column in the New York Times. The column is mostly about technological unemployment, but Krugman concludes that the solution requires, “a strong social safety net, one that guarantees not just health care but a minimum income, too.” The term minimum income is a bit vague and is not spelled out by Krguman, but among economists the term minimum income is usually used to mean some kind of basic income guarantee, usually along the lines of a negative income tax.

 

Krugman, Paul, “Sympathy for the Luddites,” The New York Times, June 13, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/14/opinion/krugman-sympathy-for-the-luddites.html?_r=0

 

Latimer, Paul, “An alternative to welfare may help Canadians”

“One idea that warrants further investigation is a guaranteed annual income or negative income tax. This would replace our current welfare system and would ensure Canadians had a certain minimum income.…”

 

Paul Latimer, “An alternative to welfare may help Canadians,” Kelowna Capital News (British Columbia), May 23, 2013

http://www.kelownacapnews.com/opinion/208557221.html

 

L’Hirondelle, C.A., “Job Fairy or Universal Livable Income: What is More Realistic?”

This article response to the allegation that basic income is unrealistic by arguing that the idea of full employment at a living wage is far less realistic.
L’Hirondelle, C.A., “Job Fairy or Universal Livable Income: What is More Realistic?” June 7, 2013

http://livable4all.tumblr.com/post/52402871329/job-fairy-or-universal-livable-income-what-is-more

 

L’Hirondelle, C.A., Frederik Schenk, and Eric Manneschmidt, “Why Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend is a bad idea”

 

Written as response to the article, “Six Lessons from the Alaska Model,” by Karl Widerquist (http://binews.org/2013/07/opinion-six-lesson-from-the-alaska-model/), C.A. L’Hirondelle, Frederik Schenk, and Eric Manneschmidt argue that resource dividends are not a good source of funding for a basic income because,

“The Alaska Permanent Fund and concepts like it are created to corrupt people into accepting a business that they might otherwise strongly oppose.” The authors support BIG, but not this method of financing.

 

L’Hirondelle, C.A., Frederik Schenk, and Eric Manneschmidt, “Why Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend is a bad idea,” Livable4all, July 12, 2013:
http://livable4all.tumblr.com/post/56267288138/why-alaska-permanent-fund-dividend-is-a-bad-idea

 

 

Moase, Godfrey “Why Australians deserve a universal minimum income”

 

The author writes, “I’d like to see every citizen receive a basic income of AUD$30,000 per year. No exceptions, no means testing. This is why.”

 

Moase, Godfrey “Why Australians deserve a universal minimum income,” The Guardian, Wednesday 19 June 2013

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/19/australia-minimum-wage

 

Moss, Todd (editor) The Governor’s Solution: How Alaska’s Oil Dividend Could Work in Iraq and Other Oil-Rich Countries

The Governor’s Solution features his firsthand account (PDF) that describes, with brutal honesty and piercing humor, the birth of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, which has been paid each year to every citizen-resident of Alaska since 1982. This book, part of the Center for Global Development’s Oil-to-Cash initiative, includes recent scholarly work examining Alaska’s experience and how other oil-rich societies, particularly Iraq, might apply some of the lessons.

Contributors to the book include: Todd Moss (Center for Global Development), Jay Hammond (governor of Alaska 1974–1982 and creator of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend), Scott Goldsmith (University of Alaska-Anchorage), Nancy Birdsall (Center for Global Development), Arvind Subramanian (Peterson Institute for International Economics and Center for Global Development), and Johnny West (journalist and founder of Open Oil).

Moss, Todd (editor) The Governor’s Solution: How Alaska’s Oil Dividend Could Work in Iraq and Other Oil-Rich Countries, London: Center for Global Development, November 5, 2012

More info about the book is online at: http://www.cgdev.org/publication/9781933286709-governor%E2%80%99s-solution-how-alaska%E2%80%99s-oil-dividend-could-work-iraq-and-other-oil-rich

 

Perkio, Johanna, “Basic Income Proposals in Finland, Germany and Spain”

This paper compares BI models and discussion in Finland, Germany and Spain.

 

Perkio, Johanna, “Basic Income Proposals in Finland, Germany and Spain,” Discussion Paper No. 2, Transform! European network for alternative thinking and political dialogue, 2013, online at: http://transform-network.net/programmes/discussion-papers/news/detail/Programm/basic-income-proposals-in-finland-germany-and-spain.html

 

It’s also online as a PDF at: http://transform-network.net/uploads/tx_news/Paper_no2_perkioe_EN.pdf

The appendix is online at: http://transform-network.net/uploads/tx_news/Basic_Income_in_Europe.Tabellen.corr_mitangenommenenAenderungen.pdf

 

Robertson, James, James Robertson’s Newsletter: Working for a Sane Alternative

[USBIG June 2013]

The latest issue of James Robertson’s Newsletter (No. 41, May 2013) is online. The newsletter regularly contains discussion of BIG as part of a larger monetary reform.

James Robertson, James Robertson Newsletter: Working for a Sane Alternative, No. 41, May 2013.
http://www.jamesrobertson.com/previousnewsletters.htm

 

 

 

Ryan, Anne, “Universal Basic Income: A brief overview of a support for intelligent economies, quality of life and a caring society”

This article argues for basic income in the Irish context. It argues that the current social security system in Ireland is not working, and it discusses how basic income would impact businesses, workers, young people, low-paid individuals, workers, and taxpayers.

 

Anne B Ryan is an adult educator, an active member of Basic Income Ireland, a trustee of Feasta and a founder member of Cultivate Celbridge, a resilience and mutual help network in her home town. Her most recent book is Enough is Plenty: Public and Private Policies for the 21st Century (O Books, 2009).

 

Ryan, Anne, “Universal Basic Income: A brief overview of a support for intelligent economies, quality of life and a caring society,” Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, Apr 17, 2013:

http://www.feasta.org/2013/04/17/universal-basic-income-a-support-for-intelligent-economies-quality-of-life-and-a-caring-society/

 

 

 

 

Sheahan, Allan, “Jobs are not the answer”

Wolfgang Müller – BI News

 

In this article, Al Sheahen argues that the labor market has changed. Full employment is very unlikely in the future. Globalization and improvement of technology will eliminate more jobs. This development demands a break of “the link between work and income” in order to avoid poverty. We need to recognize that people do not need jobs but income. Sheahen concludes that one useful tool is a basic income guarantee, which would provide income security but also economic freedom and other advantages.

 

Al Sheahen is the author of The Basic Income Guarantee: Your Right to Economic Security.

 

Sheahan, Allan, “Jobs are not the answer,” The Gilmer Mirror, June, 2013

http://www.gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/22861612/article-Jobs-Are-Not-the-Answer?instance=lead_story_left_column

 

Simulacrum, “Three trends that will create demand for an Unconditional Basic Income”

In a post at the blog Simulacrum, “Liu” discusses three trends that will create a demand for an unconditional basic income: The fall of the middle class, the long term decline in demand for human labor, and the detachment of cultural production from the market. According to Timothy Roscoe Carter, “This is an excellent post, and my only complaint is that Liu does not explicitly note that trend #2, the decline in demand for human labor, is the primary cause of the other two. The section on the detachment of cultural production from the market is probably the best due to originality. This trend is important, and this is the first time I have seen a discussion of it that links it to a demand for basic income. My favorite quote from this post: ‘Don’t dismiss this as socialism, it involves a complete rejection of the Stakhanovite work ethic and a full-throttle embrace of consumer culture.’”

Simulacrum: Media, technology, and anthropology. “Three trends that will create demand for an Unconditional Basic Income,” posted 2013-07-10, in a Blog by Lui.

http://simulacrum.cc/2013/07/10/three-trends-that-push-us-towards-an-unconditional-basic-income/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torry, Malcolm, “Why it’s the right time for a Citizen’s Income”

Malcolm Torry, author of Money for Everyone, writes in this article, “A Citizen’s Income is an unconditional, nonwithdrawable income for every individual as a right of citizenship. …”

Torry, Malcolm, “Why it’s the right time for a Citizen’s Income” Policy Press Blog, June 14, 2013

http://policypress.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/why-its-the-right-time-for-a-citizens-income/

 

 

 

Torry, Malcolm, Money for Everyone: Why we need a Citizen’s Income

Malcolm Torry, the head of Britain’s BIEN affiliate, the Citizen’s Income Trust, has released a book entitled, Money for Everyone: Why we need a Citizen’s Income. The publisher provides the following information about the book and the author:

About This Book: Due to government cuts, the benefits system is currently a hot topic. In this timely book, a Citizen’s Income (sometimes called a Basic Income) is defined as an unconditional, non-withdrawable income for every individual as a right of citizenship. This much-needed book, written by an experienced researcher and author, is the first for over a decade to analyse the social, economic and labour market advantages of a Citizen’s Income in the UK. It demonstrates that it would be simple and cheap to administer, would reduce inequality, enhance individual freedom and would be good for the economy, social cohesion, families, and the employment market. It also contains international comparisons and links with broader issues around the meaning of poverty and inequality, making a valuable contribution to the debate around benefits. Accessibly written, this is essential reading for policy-makers, researchers, teachers, students, and anyone interested in the future of our society and our economy

About the author: Dr. Malcolm Torry is Director of the Citizen’s Income Trust; he has first degrees in mathematics, theology, philosophy, and economics and management; and higher degrees in social policy and in theology. He has recently completed an honorary research fellowship in the Social Policy Department at the London School of Economics. He is Team Rector of the Church of England Parish of East Greenwich.

Torry, Malcolm, Money for Everyone: Why we need a Citizen’s Income, London: Policy Press, 27th June, 2013.

More details about the book can be found on the Citizen’s income Trust website (www.citizensincome.org.uk) and the publisher’s website (www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781447311256).

 

Torry, Malcolm “There are many convincing arguments in favour of a Citizen’s Income”

In this blog, Malcolm Torry discusses a new book, Money for Everyone: Why we need a Citizen’s Income, which argues for a Universal Basic Income, or as it is termed here, a Citizen’s Income. He discusses the different approaches the book uses in arguing for the policy, concluding that every mainstream political ideology generates arguments for a Citizen’s Income.

Malcolm Torry is honorary Director of the Citizen’s Income Trust, BIEN’s affiliate in the United Kingdom. He has first degrees in mathematics, theology, philosophy, and economics and management, and higher degrees in social policy and in theology. From May 2011 to April 2012 he was an honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. He is Vicar of Holy Trinity, Greenwich Peninsula.

Torry, Malcolm “There are many convincing arguments in favour of a Citizen’s Income,” British Politics and Policy at LSE, 2013: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/archives/34269?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BritishPoliticsAndPolicyAtLse+(British+politics+and+policy+at+LSE

 

Van Parijs, Philippe “The Euro Dividend”

 

In this short article, Philippe Van Parijs proposes a Euro-dividend, which he describes as “one, simple and radical, yet … reasonable and urgent” proposal. The Euro-dividend is a modest basic income for every legal resident of the European Union. According to Van Parijs, “This income provides each resident with a universal and unconditional floor that can be supplemented at will by labour income, capital income and social benefits. Its level can vary from country to country to track the cost of living, and it can be lower for the young and higher for the elderly.”

 

Van Parijs is a professor at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium and the author Real Freedom for All: what (if anything) can justify capitalism.

 

Van Parijs, Philippe, “The Euro-Dividend,” Social Europe Journal, July 3, 2013
http://www.social-europe.eu/2013/07/the-euro-dividend/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+social-europe%2FwmyH+%28Social+Europe+Journal%29

 

Weisenthal, Joe, “There’s A Way To Give Everyone In America An Income That Conservatives And Liberals Can Both Love”

“Here’s an idea for stimulating the economy: Free money for everyone, all the time, with no exceptions or conditions. …”

Joe Weisenthal, “There’s A Way To Give Everyone In America An Income That Conservatives And Liberals Can Both Love,” Business Insider May 13, 2013
http://www.businessinsider.com/universal-basic-income-2013-5#ixzz2WffnIFed

Worstall, Tim, “An Unconditional Basic Income Is The Solution But The Important Word Here Is Basic”

Forbes, one of the top business magazines in the United States is now discussing Basic Income (BI). Tim Worstall, a regular contributor to Forbes on business and Technology writes “a universal basic income … would solve many of our economic problems. It’s not quite the miracle panacea but it is still pretty good all the same.” He argues against the claim that technological unemployment will make BI a necessity, but argues in favor of it on the basis of eliminating the huge effective marginal tax rates experienced by people with little or no private income.

 

Tim Worstall, “An Unconditional Basic Income Is The Solution But The Important Word Here Is Basic” Forbes, July 12, 2013

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/07/12/an-unconditional-basic-income-is-the-solution-but-the-important-word-here-is-basic/

 

Wray, L. Randall, two articles criticizing of BIG

“Are More Jobs the Answer? The ‘BIG’ Bait and Switch” and “How BIG is BIG Enough: Would The Basic Income Guarantee Satisfy The Unemployed?”

 

In two articles, L. Randall Wray compares the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) to the Job Guarantee / Employer of Last Resort (JG/ELR). A Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, NY, Wray has been writing about the benefits of the JG/ELR approach since the 1990s. He is one of the leading scholars of what is now called “modern monetary theory,” which stresses the need to prevent inflation by using a JG/ELR as an anchor for the currency.

Wray opposes the BIG mostly because he believes it will cause inflation. He simply believes that some of the goals of BIG are unsustainable: attempts to provide everyone with a descent income without requiring them to work will, according to Wray, necessarily cause an inflation spiral. He also argues that many of the goals of BIG are good and sustainable, but that they can be achieved better through a JG/ELR than through BIG.

Wray’s starting point is a response to a recent editorial by Al Sheahen (author of the recent book, Basic Income Guarantee: Your Right to Economic Security), but he cites a wide range of BIG authors including Philippe Van Parijs, Guy Standing, Charles M.A. Clark and others.

L. Randall Wray, “Are More Jobs the Answer? The ‘BIG’ Bait and Switch,” Economonitor, June 25th, 2013: http://www.economonitor.com/lrwray/2013/06/25/are-more-jobs-the-answer-the-big-bait-and-switch/#sthash.AWm9RZFN.dpuf
L. Randall Wray, “How BIG is BIG Enough: Would The Basic Income Guarantee Satisfy The Unemployed?,” Economonitor, July 9th, 2013

– See more at: http://www.economonitor.com/blog/2013/07/how-big-is-big-enough-would-the-basic-income-guarantee-satisfy-the-unemployed/#sthash.dDSXay3l.dpuf

 

 

 

 

 

Yglesias, Matthew: for articles on BIG in Slate magazine

Aynur Bashirova – BI News – 2013.

 

Basic Income has a new advocate at a major U.S. publication. Since December 2012, Matthew Yglesias has published four articles in Slate magazine, each arguing for basic income, either on the basis that it would speed up the economic activity and that it would reduce poverty.

He argues that the current system of getting out of economic crisis and ending poverty is too complex and it does not work. Instead, he says, we should find a simpler and faster approach, which is to print money and distribute it to everyone, regardless of his or her income. If people had more money, they would be buying more things. Increasing the size of savings would reduce the borrowing costs of firms and this will push up the value of stocks and other financial assets.

Yglesias accepts that there is one downside to this approach, which is the risk of inflation due to printing too much money. However, the central bank has promised it is temporarily capable of tolerating 2.5% of inflation, until unemployment falls below 6.5%. Currently, inflation is just below 2%, which means that there is a room to implement Yglesias’ plan, which should help the US get out of the crisis.

On the issue of poverty, Yglesias draws the simple conclusion, “I’ve come to think that directly transfering [sic] cash money to people in need is the most underrated tool around for fighting poverty.”

He makes the connection between his two goals for basic income clear from his first article. Specifically discussing international poverty relief in Kenya, he writes, “when you give a poor household stuff that helps them but in some ways may undercut local businesses involved in the production and distribution of stuff. Transferring purchasing power (i.e. money) to a high-poverty community not only helps the recipient, but creates economic opportunities for others to obtain that money by providing useful goods and services.”

 

Matthew Yglesias is Slate’s business and economics correspondent. Before joining the magazine he worked for ThinkProgress, the Atlantic, TPM Media, and the American Prospect. His first book, Heads in the Sand, was published in 2008. His second, The Rent Is Too Damn High, was published in March.

 

All four articles are online at Slate:

 

Yglesias, Matthew. (2013). “The Best and Simplest Way to Fight Global Poverty.” Slate. May 29, 2013.

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2013/05/unconditional_cash_transfers_giving_money_to_the_poor_may_be_the_best_tool.html

 

Yglesias, Matthew. (2013). “EITC Isn’t the Alternative to a Minimum Wage. This Is.”

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/02/17/guaranteed_basic_income_the_real_alternative_to_the_minimum_wage.html

 

Yglesias, Matthew. (2013). “Print Money. Mail Everybody a Check.” Slate, April 1, 2013.

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2013/04/helicopter_money_federal_reserve_should_print_money_and_give_it_directly.html.

 

Yglesias, Matthew, “Fighting Poverty By Giving Poor People Money” Slate Magazine, Dec. 25, 2012

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2012/12/25/give_directly_the_new_charity_that_fights_money_by_giving_poor_people_money.html

 

 

 

 

 

Yglesias, Matthew, “Good News About Unconditional Transfers to the Global Poor”

In the latest of several articles on Basic Income for Slate magazine, Matthew Yglesias reports on a pilot project in Uganda. The project found “recipients of one-off lump-sum cash transfers earn substantially higher annual incomes two and four years after the intervention.”

 

Yglesias, Matthew, “Good News About Unconditional Transfers to the Global Poor,” Slate May 29, 2013
http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/05/29/good_news_about_unconditional_transfers.html

 

 

Zeese, Kevin and Margaret Flowers, Time for an Economy Of, By and For the People

Zeese, Kevin and Margaret Flowers, “Time for an Economy Of, By and For the People,” Global Research, June 25, 2013

This article argues for basic income as a response to technological unemployment, The authors write, “because of increases in technology that replace workers, we need to face a very important reality that is never discussed – there may never be enough jobs.”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/time-for-an-economy-of-by-and-for-the-people/5340471

 

5. Links

 

The Basic Income Project

The Basic Income Project is to build a smart phone application that uses a type of digital currency which gets injections of unconditional basic income for communities and individuals to start using in their initiatives.

 

http://basicincomeproject.org/

 

 

6. Audio-Video

 

AUDIO: Discussion of eleven one-minute cases for Basic Income

[USBIG – June 2013]

BlogTalkRadio interviews Timothy Roscoe Carter about his recent opinion piece on BI News, entitled “The One Minute Case for a Basic Income.” Carter’s piece actually has eleven different one-minute arguments for basic income, each focused to appeal to a different ideology. BlogTalkRadio and Carter discuss at least half of them and several other aspects of basic income. The interview was originally posted on June 9, 2013.

The interview is online at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tzmsacdavis/2013/06/09/a-basic-unconditial-income-for-everyone#.UbULZ1gZTZg.facebook
Carter’s original opinion piece is on BI News at: http://binews.org/2013/02/opinion-the-one-minute-case-for-a-basic-income/

 

 

SLIDE SHOW: Jourdan, Stanislas “The Basic Income Movement in France”

 

The situation of the Basic Income movement is evolving rapidly. This slide show, presented at a conference in Berlin, summarizes some of the developments of the Basic Income movement in France in 2013.

 

Jourdan, Stanislas “The Basic Income Movement in France,” Slideshare.net 30 May 2013

http://fr.slideshare.net/StanislasJourdan/the-basic-income-movement-in-france

 

SLIDE SHOW: Basic Income Grant Pilot Project in Namibia

This PowerPoint slideshow by Uhuru Dempers summarizes some of the results of the Basic Income Pilot Project in Otjivero, Namibia.

 

It’s online at: http://www.slideshare.net/SIANIAgri/basic-income-grant-pilot-project-in-namibiasentationatstockholmseminar11thsept2012

 

VIDEO: Martin Ford discussion BIG on the CBC

Martin Ford is the author of The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future. In a recent interview Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), he discussed the impact that automation is having on jobs. Asked about a solution, he recommends a ‘guaranteed minimum income,’ because there will be no one to buy what the machines can make otherwise. The host, Nora Young, asked about regulating automation to control it to keep jobs from disappearing. Ford explained why that was a very bad idea.

 

The video is online at the CBC website:

http://www.cbc.ca/spark/full-interviews/2013/06/13/rise-of-the-robots-the-automated-workforce/

 

 

 

VIDEO: Malcolm Torry: two YouTube videos on Basic Income

Malcolm Torry, head of Britain’s BIEN affiliate, the Citizen’s Income Trust and author of the book, Money for Everyone: Why we need a Citizen’s Income, has two videos on YouTube discussing his book.

The two videos are online at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDpAz_KOcgo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_iAehEKjxg

 

VIDEO: Bloomberg national Television discusses BIG

Al Sheahen, author of the Basic Income Guarantee: Your Right to Economic Security, discussed BIG on Bloomberg Television. His interview, by Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television’s “Bottom Line,” was broadcast nationally live on July 22 and is now available online at the following link.
http://www.businessweek.com/videos/2013-07-22/what-is-the-guaranteed-income-bill

 

VIDEO: Basic Income, a new human right

The European Citizens Initiative for Basic Income has produced a 3-minute cartoon video (published on Mar 28, 2013) introducing the idea of basic income and encouraging Europeans to sign the petition for basic income in the European Union.

 

The video is online here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zru79jcVTt4

Sign the petition here: http://sign.basicincome2013.eu

Follow us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ECI.BasicIncome

 

 

VIDEO: Guy Standing, “Why the Precariat Requires a Basic Income.”

In this 37-minute video, Guy Standing explains what the precariat class is, why it is so important to contemporary politics, and why solving the problem of a class of people with a precarious existence requires a basic income.

 

It’s online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WaA8zqjBSk

 

VIDEOS: Politics in an Equal Money System

This YouTube video channel has more than a dozen different videos discussing different aspects of BIG. According to the channel’s introduction, “Politics in an Equal Money System will essentially not exist as it does now, where you have a small portion of the population given all the power to make decisions for the rest of the population, that the population must live by, whether not they agree with them. In an Equal Money System, Politicians will have no power to make decisions. Everyone will participate in the decision making.”

The channel is online at: http://www.youtube.com/user/EqualMoneyWiki

VIDEO: Andrew MacAfee recommends BIG in a TED talk

BIG has been recommended in a TED talk by MIT’s Andrew McAfee, who cites arguments similar to ones presented at earlier NABIG Congresses. “The New Machine Age” brings on the possibility of a very good or very bad future. He only mentions BIG 9:55 seconds into the talk but it is well set up.

It’s online at: http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_mcafee_what_will_future_jobs_look_like.html

 

VIDEO: Sustainable Basic Income Proposal

 

This video is a live discussion with Anna Brix, Darryl Thomas, and Marlen Vargas on the latest developments on basic income to make it a sustainable system that works for everyone in every country in the world. Published on YouTube on June 16, 2013

It’s online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmWv-0zcLy4&feature=youtu.be

 

VIDEO: “A town without poverty”

This YouTube video is a 7-minute Canadian Broadcasting Company interview with Evelyn Forget on her examination of the results of the guaranteed income experiment conducted in Dauphin, Manitoba in the 1970s. Forget found many positive effects including an 8 percent reduction in hospital emissions. She explains that when you work in a hospital, “a lot of what you’re treating is the effects of poverty.”

It’s online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pQ1CapAOu7M

 

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El Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte ha publicado un resumen de la publicación Education at a Glance. OECD Indicators 2013 (Panorama de la Educación. Indicadores de la OCDE 2013)  en el que reproduce los datos más destacados relativos a España en comparación con los de la OCDE, la UE21 y otros países. Tanto el informe de este año como los de años anteriores y otro material complementario está accesible en la siguiente URL:

http://www.mecd.gob.es/inee/publicaciones/indicadores-educativos/Indicadores-Internacionales/OCDE.html

 

 

4th ERT is August 31, 2013. Please visit our website at www.edkuconference.org for more details and registration process. Also be noted that the Symposium has been rescheduled to November 18-20, 2013.

 

Naciones Unidas (2013).  UNA NUEVA ALIANZA MUNDIAL: ERRADICAR LA
POBREZA Y TRANSFORMAR LAS ECONOMÍAS A TRAVÉS DEL DESARROLLO
SOSTENIBLE Agenda Post2015 de Desarrollo. http://www.post2015hlp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/HLPReport_Spanish.pdf

Steven Klees, University of Maryland, “Whither Post-2015? A Critique of the Post-
2015 High Level Panel’s Education and Economic Goals”:
http://norrag.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/whither-post-2015-a-critique-of-the-post-2015-high-level-panel-education-and-economic-goals/

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The High Level Panel (HLP), appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, released its highly awaited report at the end of May this year:  “A New Global Partnership:  Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development – The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.

This deals with what are perhaps the most important questions in international development: where do we go post-2015, when current international goals expire?  In their report, the HLP proposed an ambitious successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) involving 12 new goals with 54 measureable targets. The 12 goals are: (1) end poverty; (2) empower girls and women and achieve gender equality; (3) provide quality education and lifelong learning; (4) ensure healthy lives; (5) ensure food security and good nutrition; (6) achieve universal access to water and sanitation; (7) secure sustainable energy; (8) create jobs, sustainable livelihoods and equitable growth; (9) manage natural resource assets sustainably; (10) ensure good governance and effective institutions; (11) ensure stable and peaceful societies; and (12) create a global enabling environment and catalyze long-term finance.  There are some very laudable aspects of this report, especially proposing the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger by 2030, not just their reduction, and tying these goals to across-the-board multi-sectoral improvements, including not just traditional areas like education and health but also areas like climate change and food security.

However, despite the spin doctors, the world has not been doing very well in meeting the MDGs, and there are many reasons to think that the HLP report falls significantly short of what is needed, especially in terms of a good understanding of what it will take to achieve its goals. Here I will focus on the education and economic goals and vision put forth by the HLP.

But let me begin by raising questions about the HLP itself.  Why is such attention focused on a “high level” panel of “eminent persons?”  While there was a scramble of many organizations to feed into the HLP, this was, from conception, basically a very elitist process, as the title of the panel and its report indicate.  Although there was some attention to getting the views of grassroots stakeholders, those efforts were few and generally unsuccessful.

Education

Let me turn first to education.  While primary and lower secondary education are targeted as universal, pre-primary is not.  Decades of research point to the substantial benefits of early childhood education, and how essential it is for primary school readiness and for the reduction of inequalities, yet pre-school targets are left to countries to decide their extent.  Also, while the overall goal mentions “quality education,” in none of the specific education targets is educational quality mentioned.  This lack of focus on quality was a significant  problem with the MDGs that increased access, but often to educational systems of marginal quality.

HLP members might point to some targets having learning goals, but, at best, this only gets at outcome quality, not needed quality of inputs, resources, and processes.  Moreover, learning outcome targets are very narrowly conceived.  By focusing primary school on reading, writing, and counting, it ignores most of the primary school curriculum.  And there is a lot of experience that tells us that in this high-stakes process what doesn’t get measured will get short shrift or be eliminated.  The proposed primary school target will result in a neglect of most of the world’s primary school curricula, as did No Child Left Behind in the U.S.

The report also ignores what some consider one of our most significant global educational problems – adult illiteracy, which affects almost a billion people.  There is also no reference to post-secondary education, essential in today’s world.  While universal human rights is given a nod, it is hardly emphasized, and the right to education is barely mentioned.  Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is included as a target, which some will be very happy about, but it comes with what is too often a narrow view of skills and jobs.  Nor is there any mention of how too often TVET becomes a second-class education for those marginalized.  Somewhat surprisingly, nowhere is education’s role for citizenship mentioned, a role that was central to Ban Ki-moon’s UN Education First initiative.

The HLP’s views of economics

Let me now turn to the HLP’s views of economics.  Like I said, I find the goals to eliminate poverty and hunger laudable (and many of the other goals), as is the ethos of sustainable development that underlies the whole report.  But unfortunately, the report is based on views that are too often superficial and ideological.  The report acknowledges that the eradication of poverty has been “promised time and again.”  But there is no recognition of the causes of the repeated failure to achieve this goal – causes that are built into our economic system.  Poverty is not a failure of our economic system; inequality and poverty are the result of the successful functioning of our economic system.

At one point, the report does recognize the need for “structural changes in the world economy,”

yet, throughout,  the HLP report just calls for more of the same.  It takes almost a religious fundamentalist view of a market system and a pro-business ethos.  It calls for an “enabling business environment.”  It argues that “business wants, above all, a level playing field,” and is willing to pay “fair taxes” and “promote labor rights.”  What nonsense!  No business wants a level playing field.  Wasn’t it Lee Iacocca, former chair of Chrysler, who said, “Socialism for me, capitalism for everyone else.”  Profit-maximizing businesses naturally want any advantage they can get.  If they can get away with it, and many do, they want to pay no taxes.  And they certainly do not champion labor rights.  The history of capitalism is one where business has been dragged kicking and screaming to give concessions to workers.

This is not a criticism of business, it is simply a description of its natural state in a market system.  Our market system has been eulogized and subsidized for a long time, most especially for the past 30 years, yet inequality, poverty, and unemployment remain rampant.  Why would we expect the market system to perform any better between now and 2030?  Where are “decent” jobs (or the lower quality “good” jobs posited by the HLP) supposed to come from?  How will “no person be left behind?”  (Not to mention that that phrase comes from the utter failure that is No Child Left Behind.)   The best that the HLP can come up with is the by now shopworn idea of a global partnership.  But this is a false partnership; we are not all in this together.  We live in a world full of conflicting interests, there are debates that permeate every aspect of policy.  The report touches on none of this.

The role of governments

Key to the direction we need to take is the role of governments.  For the past 30 years, the whole idea of  government has been maligned.  The report ignores this fundamental issue.  While its 12 policy areas need significant government intervention, the report is silent on the continued attack that has left governments paralyzed, incapacitated, barely able to function.  What needs to be front and center in our post-2015 efforts is the call for a large, vibrant public sector that puts limits on the market, that promotes and creates decent employment, that provides for the production of public goods, that develops an adequate and fair system of taxation, that redistributes wealth, not just income, and that is run as a very participatory democracy.  If we were to do that, we would not have to wait until 2030 to realize the very laudable goals of the HLP.

Steven J. Klees is the R. W. Benjamin Professor of International and Comparative Education at the University of Maryland. Email: sklees@umd.edu

University Expansion in a Changing Global Economy: Triumph of the BRICs? Stanford University Press. 2013.

 

 

Congreso Internacional sobre Políticas Educativas, Eficacia y Mejora Escolar,  Universidad de Évora,  21 a 23 de novembre 2013: http://www.peeme.uevora.pt/EN/homeEN.php

CALL FOR PAPERS

Social Policy, Risk, and Education

This special issue of the journal Policy Futures in Education – www.wwwords.co.uk/PFIE – takes the broad lens of risk as its point of departure and invite empirical and theoretical papers which focus on the ways in which risk is enacted through and within education. Risk has become a central discourse – a cultural mindset – in modern societies which frames identities and organizes the governance of individuals and populations. The neoliberal, deregulated state, which emphasizes market-based solutions to the distribution of social goods, has collapsed economic and social policy: the paramount reality is competition and risk. Risk in multifarious settings now dominates social, political and economic discourse.

In a world where uncertainty and harm are governed through risk assessment and risk management, it is no surprise that educational policy similarly aligns loss, injury, and disadvantage with educational management strategies. American education, largely associated with formal schooling, has long embraced the concept of risk (e.g. ‘at-risk children’ and ‘a nation at risk’) as the basis for securing the nation’s economic future competitiveness. Public program initiatives such as Head Start are fashioned upon the perception of a perilous future, and attempt to assess and manage negative risks to children and society, as do the policies of many private intervention programs. Similarly, school-age children, from kindergarten through high school, are systematically identified as ‘at risk’ and targeted for academic and social intervention. While the US Department of Education’s ‘A Nation At Risk’ predated Beck’s risk society, the ‘at risk’ child can only be imagined within a risk society. Conversely, both official and unofficial educational sites are also governed by risk, but individual identities are frequently portrayed as ‘risk takers’. Here, risk is aligned with well-being and the enterprising self. Learning to skydive or rock climb, taking a challenging class, ‘having a go’ at spelling a new word, or returning to college to transition a career indicates a life worth living.

The purpose of this themed issue is to bring together international and critical perspectives on risk theory and education in both formal and informal settings.

All papers submitted will be evaluated using the journal’s normal peer review process. Please also see the journal’s guidance for authors: www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/howtocontribute.asp

Publication for the special issue is planned for 2014. Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2013. Papers should be sent as an email attachment to the Guest Editor, Policy Futures in Education, Professor Steve Bialostok, College of Education, University of Wyoming: stevebialostok@yahoo.com

La OCDE acaba de publicar en inglés el informe titulado: PISA 2012 Assessment and Analytical Framework. Mathematics, Reading, Science, Problem Solving and Financial Literacy. En esta publicación se plasma el marco de evaluación y análisis del PISA 2012, que aporta algunos cambios importantes en relación con sus edizione previas. La edición en francés estará disponible a prinicpios de Agosto: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/education/pisa-2012-assessment-and-analytical-framework_9789264190511-en

 

 

La OCDE ha publicado hace poco tiempo un interesante informe titulado “Synergies for Better Learning: An International Perspective on Evaluation and Assessment”. En esta publicación se compara la experiencia de 28 países de la OCDE en materia de evaluación, se analizan los pros y los contras de distintos enfoques y se ofrece asesoramiento en materia de políticas sobre cómo utilizar la evaluación para mejorar la calidad, la igualdad y la eficacia de la educación. http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/education/synergies-for-better-learning-an-international-perspective-on-evaluation-and-assessment_9789264190658-en

 

 

 

Michele Schweisfurth (2013). Editorial. The comparative gaze: from telescope to microscope. Comparative Education, Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 121-123.

Sultan Barakat, David Connolly, Frank Hardman & Vanita Sundaram (2013). The role of basic education in post-conflict recovery. Comparative Education, Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 124-142.

David Raffe (2013). What is the evidence for the impact of National Qualifications Frameworks? Comparative Education, Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 143-162.

 
Paul Morris (2013). Book reviews: World yearbook of education 2012: policy borrowing and lending in education. Comparative Education, Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 260-262.

 

 

Markus Deimann & Norm Friesen. Introduction. Exploring the Educational Potential of Open Educational Resources (2013). E-LEARNING AND DIGITAL MEDIA. Volume 10 Number 2, 2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/elea/content/pdfs/10/issue10_2.asp, SPECIAL ISSUE. Exploring the Educational Potential of Open Educational Resources. Guest Editors: MARKUS DEIMANN & NORM FRIESEN

Stefanie Panke & Tina Seufert (2013). What’s Educational about Open Educational Resources? Different Theoretical Lenses for Conceptualizing Learning with Open Educational Resources. E-LEARNING AND DIGITAL MEDIA. Volume 10 Number 2, 2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/elea/content/pdfs/10/issue10_2.asp, SPECIAL ISSUE. Exploring the Educational Potential of Open Educational Resources. Guest Editors: MARKUS DEIMANN & NORM FRIESEN

Glenda Cox (2013). Researching Resistance to Open Educational Resource Contribution: an activity theory approach. E-LEARNING AND DIGITAL MEDIA. Volume 10 Number 2, 2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/elea/content/pdfs/10/issue10_2.asp, SPECIAL ISSUE. Exploring the Educational Potential of Open Educational Resources. Guest Editors: MARKUS DEIMANN & NORM FRIESEN

Melody M. Terras, Judith Ramsay & Elizabeth Boyle (2013). Learning and Open Educational Resources: a psychological perspective. E-LEARNING AND DIGITAL MEDIA. Volume 10 Number 2, 2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/elea/content/pdfs/10/issue10_2.asp, SPECIAL ISSUE. Exploring the Educational Potential of Open Educational Resources. Guest Editors: MARKUS DEIMANN & NORM FRIESEN

Sandra Peter & Lesley Farrell (2013). From Learning in Coffee Houses to Learning with Open Educational Resources. E-LEARNING AND DIGITAL MEDIA. Volume 10 Number 2, 2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/elea/content/pdfs/10/issue10_2.asp, SPECIAL ISSUE. Exploring the Educational Potential of Open Educational Resources. Guest Editors: MARKUS DEIMANN & NORM FRIESEN

Markus Deimann (2013). Open Education and Bildung as Kindred Spirits. E-LEARNING AND DIGITAL MEDIA. Volume 10 Number 2, 2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/elea/content/pdfs/10/issue10_2.asp, SPECIAL ISSUE. Exploring the Educational Potential of Open Educational Resources. Guest Editors: MARKUS DEIMANN & NORM FRIESEN

Norm Friesen & Judith Murray (2013). ‘Open Learning 2.0’? Aligning Student, Teacher and Content for Openness in Education. E-LEARNING AND DIGITAL MEDIA. Volume 10 Number 2, 2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/elea/content/pdfs/10/issue10_2.asp, SPECIAL ISSUE. Exploring the Educational Potential of Open Educational Resources. Guest Editors: MARKUS DEIMANN & NORM FRIESEN

Alexander W. Wiseman & Audree Chase-Mayoral (2013). Introduction. Transitioning Roles of Post-Secondary Education and Community Colleges Worldwide. RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, Volume 8 Number 2 2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_2.asp SPECIAL ISSUE. Community Colleges and Post-secondary Institutions Worldwide. Guest Editors: ALEXANDER W. WISEMAN & AUDREE CHASE-MAYORAL

Rosalind Latiner Raby & Edward J. Valeau (2013). Community College Global Counterparts: historical contexts. RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, Volume 8 Number 2 2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_2.asp SPECIAL ISSUE. Community Colleges and Post-secondary Institutions Worldwide. Guest Editors: ALEXANDER W. WISEMAN & AUDREE CHASE-MAYORAL

Shannon S. Fleishman & Yuan Luo (2013). China’s Top-up Policy and the Role of Community College-like Institutions in Educational Expansion. RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, Volume 8 Number 2, 2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_2.asp SPECIAL ISSUE. Community Colleges and Post-secondary Institutions Worldwide. Guest Editors: ALEXANDER W. WISEMAN & AUDREE CHASE-MAYORAL

Nitza Davidovitch, Zilla Sinuany-Stern & Yaacov Iram (2013). Paradoxes in Higher Education: universities versus academic colleges. RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, Volume 8 Number 2 2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_2.asp SPECIAL ISSUE. Community Colleges and Post-secondary Institutions Worldwide. Guest Editors: ALEXANDER W. WISEMAN & AUDREE CHASE-MAYORAL

Dallas R. Jurisevic (2013). Voice from the Field: examining the role of foreign language teaching in the community college. RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, Volume 8 Number 2 2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_2.asp SPECIAL ISSUE. Community Colleges and Post-secondary Institutions Worldwide. Guest Editors: ALEXANDER W. WISEMAN & AUDREE CHASE-MAYORAL

Laura Fenwick-Sehl (2013). Lessons from Elsewhere? The Evolution of the Labour Academy School Concept, 1997-2010. RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, Volume 8 Number 2 2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_2.asp SPECIAL ISSUE. Community Colleges and Post-secondary Institutions Worldwide. Guest Editors: ALEXANDER W. WISEMAN & AUDREE CHASE-MAYORAL

 

Revista Latinoamericana de Educación Inclusiva, Vol 7 Nº2: Presente y futuro de la Educación especial de cara a la educación inclusiva. Editor Invitado: Ismael García Cedillo (ismaelgace@yahoo.com.mx), U. Autónoma de San Luis de Potosí, México.

Recepción originales: 15 Julio 2013                           Fecha publicación: Septiembre 2013
 

Descriptor: El Enfoque y rol de la educación especial  ha estado sujeto a grandes cambios en las últimas décadas. A partir del movimiento de integración educativa, que se expandió en los años noventa en Latinoamérica,  una parte se dedicó a la atención de estudiantes con discapacidad en escuelas especiales, mientras que la otra pasó a formar parte de los servicios de apoyo a la educación general, promoviendo la escolarización de los alumnos con discapacidad y/o NEE en las escuelas regulares. En la actualidad, la aspiración es avanzar hacia escuelas inclusivas que acojan a todos/as y ofrezcan respuestas de calidad a la diversidad de estudiantes. Esta nueva visión, demanda cambios todavía más trascendentes y profundos tanto a la educación regular como a la especial, es decir al conjunto del sistema educativo.

Este número, dedicado al análisis de la situación actual y futura de la educación especial en Iberoamérica, se pregunta por el sentido, enfoque y rol que ésta debe adoptar para contribuir a  una educación inclusiva. Contemplará trabajos de indagación, experiencias y propuestas referidas a las políticas y prácticas de educación especial desarrolladas en diferentes países, con este fin.

 

Vol 8 Nº1: Inclusión en la Educación Superior

Editores Invitados: Sandra Katz (sandrakatz4@gmail.com), U. Nacional de La Plata y Ariel Librandi (ariel@librandi.com.ar), U. Nacional de Luján, Argentina

Plazo recepción originales: 30 Septiembre 2013                       Fecha publicación: Marzo 2014

Descriptor: La Convención de los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad ha establecido un marco normativo y regulatorio para el acceso a estos derechos, uno de los cuales es el de la Educación, inclusive en el nivel superior. Muchos de los países e instituciones de Educación Superior en Latinoamérica han consagrado este derecho a través del postulado de la Educación Superior como bien público y social.

Se propone en la sección monográfica de este número  recoger los principales avances tanto de producción  teórica como de experiencias y acciones que se han venido gestando en las últimas décadas que favorecen la eliminación de barreras que obstaculizan el desempeño exitoso de las personas con discapacidad en este nivel educativo, ya sea en su rol de estudiantes, docentes o trabajadores  no docentes; desde las dimensiones de la accesibilidad comunicacional, curricular, edilicia, y las  políticas de extensión e investigación académica.

 

 

II CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL DEL IUEM

Universidad de La Laguna, 25 a 27 de septiembre de 2013

CONVOCATORIA/ CALL FOR PAPER

El Instituto Universitario de Estudios de las Mujeres (IUEM) de la Universidad de La Laguna invita a participar en el II Congreso Internacional del IUEM que tendrá lugar en la Universidad de La Laguna los días 25, 26 y 27 de septiembre de 2013.

El Segundo Congreso del IUEM aspira a ser una expresión de la investigación realizada en los últimos años sobre las cuestiones de género en los distintos ámbitos del conocimiento, desde la ciencia, la tecnología, la política, la globalización y sus implicaciones, la interseccionalidad, la violencia, la responsabilidad social a través de los planes de igualdad, etc. Pero no se trata sólo de presentar los resultados de esas investigaciones, sino de crear una plataforma que posibilite el debate entre las aportaciones más novedosas realizadas en estos terrenos. Escenario abierto y plural, serán bienvenidas todas aquellas contribuciones que ayuden a enriquecer un diálogo, tanto desde el análisis de lo existente como desde las distintas propuestas de cambio que parece, hoy más que nunca, no sólo ineludible sino necesario.

Call for Paper

Eje1.

Políticas de la Ciencia y Género

Organizadoras: Amparo Gómez, Margarita Santana, Antonio Fco. Canales, María José Tacoronte, Yasmina Alvarez.

El objetivo de este eje es abordar las relaciones entre ciencia y política desde la perspectiva feminista. Se pretende analizar la dimensión de género de la ciencia y las políticas científicas, tanto actuales como en perspectiva histórica. Se trata de abordar en qué medida las propias políticas científicas han hecho suyas las investigaciones y teorías acerca de la inferioridad “natural” de las mujeres, mientras contribuyen a la exclusión de las mujeres de la ciencia y la tecnología o a su relegación a ciertos lugares marcados por el género a lo largo del siglo XX. En este contexto se prestará especial atención a la investigación científica, las epistemologías y los propios conocimientos científicos que han fundamentado políticas de la ciencia, discriminatorias y desiguales. Igualmente interesa a este eje el estudio de las políticas educativas que han contribuido a los sesgos de género en la trasmisión del conocimiento científico en la educación.

Temas.

1. Ciencia, Género y Política.

2. La construcción científica de la inferioridad femenina: teorías y prácticas.

3. Epistemologías feministas como epistemologías políticas: Empirismo feminista, materialismo del punto de vista y postmodernidad.

4. Políticas de la ciencia y la tecnología como políticas de género: discriminación e igualdad.

5. Mujeres, ciencia y democracia.

6. Mujeres, ciencia y dictadura

7. Políticas educativas como políticas de género.

8. Sesgos de género de la ciencia y la educación científica.

9. La incorporación de las mujeres a las comunidades científicas: presente y pasado.

10. Las científicas, memoria, trayectoria e historia.

 

Quienes deseen participar deberán enviar su propuesta cumplimentando la ficha anexa que incluye el resumen de la comunicación (máximo 250 palabras) antes del 15 de mayo a segundocongreso@iuem-ull.org.

Todas las instrucciones para la participación se encuentran en

http://www.iuem-ull.org/participantes.html

El comité científico evaluará las propuestas y comunicará los resultados antes del 1 de junio de 2013.

Los textos de las comunicaciones presentadas al congreso se editarán como actas en formato electrónico con ISBN por lo que la fecha límite para la recepción de los originales será el 1 de septiembre de 2013. Es nuestra intención que estas actas sean una referencia de calidad para el personal investigador en la materia por lo que, para garantizar dicha calidad, el comité científico internacional evaluará tanto las propuestas como los textos para su publicación.

Para información específica sobre este eje, contactar con Amparo Gómez.

Antonio Fco. Canales, Universidad de La Laguna, acanales@ull.es

 

Les Sciences de l’éducation – Pour l’Ère nouvelle

Revue internationale

ISSN :  0755-9593

CERSE

NUMÉRO 2, 2013

L’exigence réflexive en formation : quels développements à l’université ?

 

Numéro coordonné par Philippe MAZEREAU – Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

 


SOMMAIRE

Introduction

Réflexivité et formations professionnalisantes à l’université : enjeux épistémologiques et pragmatiques
Philippe MAZEREAU Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, CERSE

Quels outils pour favoriser la réflexivité des formés ? Les apports du suivi de parcours de reconversion dans des dispositifs universitaires de formation professionnelle
Catherine NÉGRONI, Université Lille 3 Charles de Gaulle, CIREL

Éléments de conceptualisation du travail d’enseignant chercheur : l’activité suivi de mémoire est-elle homomorphe à l’activité accompagnement de Validation des Acquis de l’Expérience ?
Grégory MUNOZ (Université de Nantes), Emmanuel SYLVESTRE (Université de Lausanne) et Évelyne SOULARD (Université de Nantes)

L’accompagnement de l’autoformation dans des dispositifs de formation. Pratiques relationnelles et effets formatifs
Catherine CLÉNET, Université Rennes 2

Le rôle du processus de fonctionnalité dans la professionnalisation et le développement professionnel des enseignants
Valérie HUARD, IUFM d’Aquitaine

Varia

L’insertion professionnelle dans le milieu de l’ingénierie : Une question de genre
Biljana STEVANOVIC, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, CERSE (Membre associé)

 


                  
Commander ce numéro :
Bon de commande téléchargeable à l’adresse suivante : http://www.unicaen.fr/recherche/mrsh/cerse/publications/revue    (cliquer  sur  Abonnements, commandes)

Par courrier : service abonnement – CERSE, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, 14032 Caen cedex 05
Par courriel : sciences-education@unicaen.fr / Par fax : +33 02 31 54 58

Accéder aux sommaires des numéros déjà parus :  http://www.unicaen.fr/recherche/mrsh/cerse/publications/revue?id=liste

Accéder au texte intégral des articles parus depuis 2005 sur le portail Cairn.Info : http://www.cairn.info/revue-les-sciences-de-l-education-pour-l-ere-nouvelle.htm

 

 

Charl Wolhuter, Nikolay Popov, Bruno Leutwyler y Klara Skubic Ermenc la Bulgarian Comparative Education Society y Ljubljana University Press ha sido editada la tercera edición del libro “Comparative Education at Universities World Wide”. El prefacio está escrito por los coordinadores y la obra está prologada por Erwin H. Epstein bajo el título “Crucial Benchmarks in the Professionalization of Comparative Education”, cuyo índice y prefacio os adjunto en formato pdf.

El libro recoge 42 aportaciones agrupadas en seis apartados geográficos:

Parte I ‘Comparative Education at Universities in Europe’ con 19 capítulos que recogen aportaciones sobre Bulgaria, Croacia, República Checa, Dinamarca, Finlandia, Francia, Alemania, Grecia, Hungría, Italia, Lituania, Países Bajos y Flandes, Noruega, Rusia, Serbia, Eslovenia, España, Suiza, Reino Unido e Irlanda..

Parte II ‘Comparative Education at Universities in North America’ con dos capítulos sobre Canadá y EE.UU.

Parte III ‘Comparative Education at Universities in Latin America’ con 5 capitulos sobre Brasil, Chile, Cuba, México y Uruguay.

Parte IV ‘Comparative Education at Universities in Asia’ incluye 6 capítulos sobre China, Japón, Kazakhstan, Corea, Malasia y Tailandia.

Parte V ‘Comparative Education at Universities in the Middle East’ con 3 chapters sobre Egipto, Irán y Omán.

Parte VI ‘Comparative Education at Universities in Africa’ con 7 capítulos sobre Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, otro sobre el África Central (Camerún, Congo, Gabón, República Centroafricana, Chad, Guinea Ecuatorial), otro sobre el África occidental (Senegal y Benin), y uno sobre la región Sudafricana (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Reunión, Sudáfrica, Swazilandia y Zimbabwe).

Y un capítulo de conclusions titulado “The Chequered Global Picture of Comparative Education at Universities”.

Los capítulos están redactados en español, francés e inglés.

 

 

IIDH (Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos) con sede en Costa Rica, acaba de publicar el informe “El Derecho a la Educación en Derechos Humanos en las Américas – 2000-2013”. En él se recoge un análisis sobre lo que está ocurriendo en las Américas que tiende, en el marco de la Educación en DDHH hacia la expansión y la especificidad. Por un lado, se da una expansión temática, que se refiere a la tendencia a incorporar temas que aún no se han incorporado o que están dados de manera implícita o reducida en los currículos y programas escolares en el último decenio.

Este informe culminó con la consulta regional sobre el estado de la EDH y la preparación del informe final que se entregó al II Encuentro Ministerial Interamericano sobre Educación en Derechos Humanos (Ciudad de Guatemala, 3-4 de junio de 2013) y fue aprobado por la 43ª Asamblea General de la OEA (Antigua Guatemala, 4-6 de junio de 2013).

http://iidh-webserver.iidh.ed.cr/multic/UserFiles/Biblioteca/IIDH/6_2013/414921ea-8ffc-4e22-b9ad-d1020f79fca8.pdf

 

 

La OCDE acaba de publicar su informe anual “Education at a Glance – 2013”, que, como todos los años, presenta un panorama sobre lo que está ocurriendo en diferentes sistemas educativos.  Toda la información, tablas, etc. está disponible en:

http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/education/education-at-a-glance-2013_eag-2013-en

La versión en inglés del informe la podéis descargar en formato pdf en la siguiente URL:

http://www.oecd.org/edu/eag2013%20(eng)–FINAL%2020%20June%202013.pdf

La versión en francés estará disponible el próximo 31 de julio en la siguiente URL:

http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/fr/education/regards-sur-l-education-2013_eag-2013-fr

El resumen en español lo podéis descargar en la siguiente URL:

http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/9613034e5.pdf?expires=1372398320&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=FEED4B1586C7C300261C0BA34E337870

El informe sobre España desde la página del MECD, en la siguiente URL:

http://www.mecd.gob.es/dctm/inee/internacional/panoramadelaeducacion2013informe-espanol.pdf?documentId=0901e72b816996b6

Las conclusiones del MECD se pueden consultar en:

http://www.mecd.gob.es/prensa-mecd/dms/mecd/prensa-mecd/actualidad/2013/06/20130625-panorama/Panorama-de-la-Educacion-2013/Panorama%20de%20la%20Educacion%202013.pdf

y la intervención de la Secretaria de Estado de Educación, Formación Profesional y Universidades, Monserrat Gomendio, está disponible en Youtube la siguiente dirección:

http://youtu.be/SAGhZlkcJhw

 

 

Henri PEYRONIE (2013). Le mouvement Freinet : du fondateur charismatique à l’intellectuel collectif. Regards socio-historiques sur une alternative éducative et pédagogique. Caen: Presses Universitaires de Caen

Élaborée juste après la première guerre mondiale, la Pédagogie Freinet nouait ensemble les tendances de l’éducation nouvelle, l’ambition d’une éducation populaire nourrie des idéologies du xixe siècle et la volonté de changement social portée par la génération d’anciens combattants progressistes et pacifistes. Comment cette pédagogie peut-elle être encore d’actualité, près d’un siècle plus tard, malgré les mutations sociales qu’a connues la période ? L’auteur montre comment Célestin Freinet, le fondateur charismatique de cette pédagogie, a aussi créé les bases d’un mouvement coopératif d’instituteurs, un “intellectuel collectif” qui, génération après génération, ré-élabore et met en œuvre la pensée et les pratiques de l’émancipation à l’école (coopération, expression libre, éducation du travail, tâtonnement expérimental, personnalisation des apprentissages…). Avec la même approche de sociologie et de sociologie historique, Henri Peyronie interroge un autre enjeu important – trop peu étudié – des pratiques éducatives, et ignoré de la culture dominante de l’évaluation : quels sont les effets sociaux et humains de cette pratique éducative alternative portée par le mouvement Freinet de l’École moderne ?

http://www.unicaen.fr/puc/

TABLE DES MATIÈRES

Introduction

I Des imprimeurs à l’École moderne : la singularité d’un mouvement pédagogique coopératif, soutien, puis successeur du fondateur charismatique

Chapitre 1 La coopération dans la classe et la coopération dans un mouvement d’instituteurs et institutrices
Chapitre 2 Qui sont les “instituteurs Freinet” ? Qui entre dans le mouvement Freinet ?
Chapitre 3 Le mouvement Freinet : un “intellectuel collectif”
Chapitre 4 La revue Techniques de vie : une tentative de coopération intellectuelle entre deux mondes culturels et deux ordres d’enseignement
Chapitre 5 Le mouvement Freinet : écrits de “l’intérieur” et écrits de “l’extérieur” ; l’intellectuel collectif, la forme de production universitaire et les universitaires
Chapitre 6 Regards sur un congrès de l’ICEM

II La pédagogie Freinet : quels effets sociaux et Humains ?

Chapitre 7 Les effets des pédagogies nouvelles en matière de savoirs et de savoir-être
Chapitre 8 La Pédagogie Freinet, une pédagogie pour les enfants des nouvelles classes moyennes ou une pédagogie alternative en milieu populaire ?
Jalons pour une étude de l’itinéraire social et professionnel, des pratiques, et des manières d’être au métier “d’instituteurs Freinet”
Chapitre 9 Quelles traces de leur scolarité chez des adultes, anciens élèves de classes Freinet

Quelques mots en forme de conclusion

ANNEXE – Freinet et le mouvement de l’École moderne, orientations bibliographiques en langue française

 

Vol 11 num 2 (2013) de “REICE . Revista Iberoamericana sobre Calidad, Eficacia y Cambio en Educación”. Este número no es uno más, es un volumen especial para celebrar 10 años de existencia de nuestra revista. Para ello hemos seleccionado 8 de los artículos “más  relevantes” en estos 10 años de andadura y hemos pedido a sus autores que los actualicen, que les den una vuelta.

EL resultado, es como no puede ser de otra forma, es un lujo.

http://www.rinace.net/reice/numeros/vol11num2.htm

A partir de este número, vamos a empezar una transformación de REICE que haga que sigamos subiendo en calidad. Que nos digan que somos la 9º revista española en educación con más impacto, solo es un aliciente por seguir trabajando. No para ser la 8ª, o 7ª, para hacer de nuestros sistemas educativos  de mayor calidad y equidad, de tal forma contribuyamos a la construcción de sociedades más justas e inclusivas.

 

 

Instituto de Estadísticas de la UNESCO que recoge los últimos datos sobre la cantidad de niños y niñas sin escolarizar en el mundo.

Tan sólo como una primera anotación podemos ver que se ha reducido claramente el ritmo para escolarizar a los niños que estaban fuera de la escuela desde el principio de la década y que, evidentemente, no va a ser posible cumplir los compromisos internacionales de Educación Primaria Universal.

El informe también denuncia que no sólo ha disminuido la ayuda a la educación básica, sino que los fondos que se le asignan no llegan forzosamente a los países que más la necesitan. De los 5.800 millones de dólares de ayuda a la educación básica en 2011, sólo 1.900 millones se asignaron a los países de bajos ingresos, así en el África subsahariana se encuentran más de la mitad de todos los niños no escolarizados del mundo y, sin embargo, la ayuda a la educación básica destinada a esta región disminuyó en un 7% entre 2010 y 2011

 

El documento puede ser descargado en castellano en la siguiente URL:

http://www.uis.unesco.org/Education/Documents/fs-25-out-of-school-children-sp.pdf

En francés en:

http://www.uis.unesco.org/Education/Documents/fs-25-out-of-school-children-fr.pdf

y en inglés en:

http://www.uis.unesco.org/Education/Documents/fs-25-out-of-school-children-en.pdf

 

 

Chez L’Harmattan

TRAITÉ D’INGÉNIERIE DE LA FORMATION

Problématiques, orientations, méthodes

Par le Centre d’études et de recherche en Sciences de l’éducation

(Université de Caen Basse-Normandie), coordonné par Alain Vergnioux.

Collection « Savoir et formation »   –    326 pages

http://www.editions-harmattan.fr/index.asp?navig=catalogue&obj=livre&no=40001

 

Table des matières

Préface (Nguyễn Kim Hồng)

Présentation (Nguyễn Xuân Tu Huyên)

Introduction (Alain Vergnioux)

Première partie

Chapitre 1. Éléments d’anthropologie sociale des pratiques de transmission de savoirs (Philippe Mazereau)

Chapitre 2. Entre politiques d’institutions et pratiques d’acteurs professionnels : identité professionnelle, manières d’être au métier, mobilisation, curriculum caché (Henri Peyronie)

Chapitre 3. L’ingénierie de la formation : formalisation d’expériences en formation d’enseignants (Marc Bailleul, Jean-François Thémines)

Deuxième partie

Chapitre 4. La didactique professionnelle et la démarche générale d’ingénierie de la formation (Thierry Piot)

Chapitre 5. Innovation et compétences à l’épreuve des organisations éducatives (Gérard Boudesseul)

Chapitre 6. Le partenariat en formation : formes, mécanismes et enjeux (Nathalie Dupont)

Troisième partie

Chapitre 7. La médiation cognitive des apprentissages (Catherine Arnaud)

Chapitre 8. La personne et le groupe en formation (Laurence Filisetti)

Chapitre 9. L’accompagnement en formation. Son rôle dans l’acquisition des compétences (Jean-Yves Bodergat)

Postface (Trần Thị Mai Yến)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Documento de políticas número 9 del Informe de Seguimiento de la Educación para Todos en el Mundo.

http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002211/221129S.pdf?utm_source=News+Alert+10%2F6%2F13+-+New+figures+on+children+out+of+school+and+aid+to+education&utm_campaign=News+Alert+June+2013&utm_medium=email

 

Los datos están sobre la mesa y mientras la banca recibe ayudas para su refinanciación no hay dinero para la escolarización de los países en desarrollo.

 

UNICEF (2013). ESTADO MUNDIAL DE LA INFANCIA 2013. “Niñas
y niños con discapacidad”: http://www.unicef.org/sowc2013/files/SPANISH_SOWC2013_Lo_res.pdf
 

 

 

 

 

BIEN

BASIC INCOME EARTH NETWORK

 

NewsFlash Volume 26, no. 69, Spring 2013

www.basicincome.org

 

 

 

This is the newsletter of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), which was founded in 1986 as the Basic Income European Network and expanded to become an Earth-wide Network in 2004. It serves as a link between individuals and groups committed to or interested in basic income. It fosters informed discussion on this topic throughout the world.

 

 

 

This NewsFlash, below, can also be downloaded as a PDF document on our website www.basicincome.org.

 

This NewsFlash goes out to more than 1,500 subscribers four times a year. If you would like to be added or removed from the subscription list, please go to: http://www.basicincome.org/bien/subscribe.php.

 

For up-to-date information about basic income, see:

 

http://binews.org/

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS

1. Editorial

 

2. International Basic Income news

 

A. INDIA: Results of Basic Income pilot project to be evaluated at a conference in Delhi, May 30-31, 2013

B. EUROPEAN UNION: Citizens Initiative for Basic Income

C. ITALY: 50,000 signatures in favour of a Guaranteed Minimum Income delivered to the lower house of the Italian Parliament

D. ITALY: 5 Star Movement and the confusing proposal of a citizen’s income

E. LATIN AMERICA: Latin American Parliament passes basic income draft law

F. FINLAND: Campaign for basic income launched

G. NAMIBIA: BIG Advocate says pilot project less likely to be restarted but hopeful that the government will introduce BIG after the next election

H. ALASKA: New Debate Over the Future of the Alaska Dividend as the State Gives Tax Break to Oil Companies

I. OREGON, UNITED STATES: Proposed amendment to state constitution would create a small basic income

J. INTERNATIONAL: The BIG Movement

 

3. Publications

4. Events

5. New Links

6. Audio/Video

7. Blogs

8. About the Basic Income Earth Network and the BIEN NewsFlash

 

 

 

 

1. Editorial

The small, but persistent basic income movement is growing. As you can see from the news stories below, new movement activity happening all over the world. Citizens’ movements in several European countries, and in the European Union as a whole, have been pushing petition initiatives to collect signatures for basic income. The Latin American Parliament endorsed the idea. Proposed constitutional amendments in Oregon and Alaska would permanently establish one form or another of basic income guarantee, and the pilot project in India is showing great results. And as you’ll see from the publication section below, people are writing more and more about basic income. This is an optimistic edition of the NewsFlash.

 

 

 

 

2. International Basic Income news

A. INDIA: Results of Basic Income pilot project to be evaluated at a conference in Delhi, May 30-31, 2013

[BIEN – April 2013]

 

Since 2010, three overlapping pilot schemes have been testing how unconditional cash grants could be expected to work in India. Altogether, over 6,000 individuals have been receiving monthly cash grants, including all men, women and children of nine villages in Madhya Pradesh.

 

A public conference at which the evaluations of those pilots will be presented will take place at the Indian International Centre Conference Hall, New Delhi, on May 30-31, 2013.

 

The Minister of Rural Development, Jairam Ramesh, will open the Conference, along with Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chair of the National Planning Commission. The Minister is also the Cabinet Minister in charge of rolling out cash transfers across India.  Other very senior government and international agency dignitaries, from the UN, World Bank and so on, will also be participating. Officials from various government departments, academics and social activists are expected to attend, as are representatives of the media.

 

The largest of the pilots was based on a randomised control trial methodology (RCT). In this, a random sample of 8 villages in Madhya Pradesh was selected, where every man, woman and child received individually a monthly cash benefit each month for 17 months, with the money for each child going to the mother or surrogate mother if she was dead or absent.

 

To evaluate the impact on health, schooling and so on, 12 other similar villages were drawn as a control group, in which nobody received the transfers. To assess the effects, a series of evaluation surveys were designed, beginning with a baseline census of all households in all 20 villages undertaken just before the launch of the cash payments.

 

Having done a listing of all households and individuals living in the villages and the baseline census, an Awareness Day was held in each of the 8 villages chosen to receive the cash grants. This involved a mass meeting of villagers, when our local team informed the villagers that they would be receiving the money, that it would be unconditional and paid universally, and that nobody would intervene to say how the money could or should be spent or used.

 

All recipients were required to open a bank account or a cooperative account within three months of receiving the first payment, which was handed out on formal registration. After that, the money was paid directly into their accounts. Initially, every adult was to receive 200 Rupees per month and every child under the age of 14 was to receive 100. This was later modified to be 300 Rupees and 150 Rupees respectively.

 

After nine months, an Interim Evaluation Survey (IES) was conducted in all 20 villages, covering all the subjects on which we had hypothesised there would be an impact on status, behaviour and attitudes. The IES covered a random sample of households, and gave a special focus to issues of implementation and “financial inclusion”.

 

After 12 months, a Final Evaluation Survey (FES) was conducted, which was a full census of all households and individuals in the 20 villages. After the pilot ended, a Post-FES survey was conducted, mainly to obtain personal impressions of the experience and the impact on the disabled, adolescents and the elderly, groups often neglected in such schemes.

 

 

 

A feature of the MPUCT pilot was a design intended to test the following general hypothesis, that cash grants have a series of positive effects but that the presence of a Voice mechanism in the community would make some effects more pronounced. Accordingly, half the villages selected for cash grants had SEWA already established in them, half did not; and the control villages were also split into half having SEWA, half not.

 

The series of evaluation surveys were complemented by some detailed case studies. And a Community Survey was conducted in the villages at the beginning and end of the experiment.

 

The other two pilots were smaller-scale. A sample of 450 low-income households in western Delhi were offered the alternative options of either continuing to receive subsidised food and kerosene in the ration shops or switch to receiving cash grants equivalent to the monetary value of those rations.

 

The third pilot was in a tribal village in Madhya Pradesh. In this case, for 12 months, every man, woman and child received a cash benefit of 300 Rupees, if an adult, and 150 if a child. For comparisons, a similar tribal village was chosen as a control group. As in the larger pilot in Madhya Pradesh, a baseline census was followed by an Interim Evaluation Survey and a Final Evaluation Survey.

 

The main objective of the evaluations was to determine the effects on such crucial developments as living conditions, including sanitation, health, nutrition, schooling, work, labour and production, consumption, savings and debt, women’s status and decision-making roles, and the effects for socially disadvantaged groups, including scheduled castes and the disabled.

 

The project has been coordinated by SEWA, the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India, working in collaboration with Professor Guy Standing, of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and with others who have made important contributions. The pilots have been funded mostly by UNICEF, New Delhi, which has seen it as a research project that could advance the debate on cash transfers in India and elsewhere.

 

The Conference will be open to the media. A variety of proponents and opponents of “cash transfers” are being invited, and there will be special sessions on all the crucial subject areas, such as nutrition, health, schooling and economic production.

 

An Op-Ed piece on the study by Guy Standing appeared in the Hindu newspaper. It is online at: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/sewa-model-shows-cash-transfers-work/article4262718.ece

 

A short video of initial results can be seen on the following: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtYtwiG-uAM&feature=youtu.be

 

Further details could be obtained from SEWA (Renana Jhabvala or Sarath Davala) or Professor Guy Standing (guystanding@standingnet.com). Provisional findings could also be provided, if interested.

 

 

 

 

B. EUROPEAN UNION: Citizens Initiative for Basic Income

[Robin Ketelaars – Vereniging Basisinkomen (the Netherlands) – April 2013]

 

At the start of this year the European Union (EU) registered the European Citizens’ Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income. Fifteen EU member states are participating in this initiative. Before January 14th 2014 one million statements of support have to be collected for the initiative to pass. When the organizers of the citizens’ initiative reach this number, the European Commission will have to examine the initiative and arrange a public hearing for the Unconditional Basic Income by the European Parliament.

 

The initiative can be found at http://basicincome2013.eu and can only be signed by citizens of the European Union.

A YouTube Video explaining the initiative is online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqXXO0GGNRI

 

 

 

 

C. ITALY: 50,000 signatures in favour of a Guaranteed Minimum Income delivered to the lower house of the Italian Parliament

[BIN-Italia – April 2013]

 

On the 15th of April, 2013 more than 50,000 signatures gathered for the campaign to propose a popular initiative bill on guaranteed minimum income in Italy were delivered to the lower house of the Italian Parliament. A delegation of the 170 associations involved in the campaign met the newly elected President of the lower house, Laura Boldrini.

 

Before meeting the President of the lower house, the delegation met also some MPs of Partito Democratico (Democratic Party), SEL – Sinistra Ecologia Libertà (Left Ecology Freedom) and Movimento 5 Stelle (5 Star Movement) who came out of the Parliament to express their willingness to bring the discussion on a guaranteed minimum income into the lower house. In front of journalists and media photographers they grabbed the boxes containing the signatures as a symbolic gesture and declared to be in favour of a bill on guaranteed minimum income.

 

A few days before delivering the signatures, the associations involved in the campaign launched a call to the new elected MPs for approval of the guaranteed minimum income bill. The call highlighted the increasingly alarming conditions of precarious workers and unemployed in Italy and demanded that MPs who during the electoral campaign put on their agenda measures addressing citizens’ economic conditions to take a stance on this issue, back this proposal, and support the necessity of introducing a right to guaranteed income.

 

An article (in Italian) by the Italian journalist Roberto Ciccarelli about the delivery of the petition is online at: http://www.bin-italia.org/informa.php?ID_NEWS=485

 

The call to elect new MPs, entitled ‘#Just Approve it! More than 50,000 people have already done it!’, is on line (in Italian) at: http://www.bin-italia.org/informa.php?ID_NEWS=470

 

For more information go to the Basic Income Italia website: http://www.bin-italia.org/

 

 

 

 

D. ITALY: 5 Star Movement and the confusing proposal of a citizen’s income

[by Sabrina Del Pico – March 2013]

 

In January 2013, a few weeks before general elections, Beppe Grillo, the colourful leader of Movimento 5 Stelle – M5S (5 Star Movement) declared: “The first thing we will do, after entering the Parliament, is to introduce a citizen’s income for those who lost their jobs or do not have a job”. During the campaign for the national Parliament M5S presented its agenda including 20 points, the second of which was what Beppe Grillo improperly called a citizen’s income.

 

That term is usually used synonymously with the term basic income for an unconditional income given to all without any means test or work requirement. Grillo instead used it essentially as a new name for unemployment insurance conditional on readiness to accept a job if one becomes available. Grillo himself said in a recent interview (in Italian), “the employment offices will offer people one, two, three jobs. If they don’t accept those jobs they will lose the benefit.” He did not even clarify whether the job offer must be appropriate for the individual’s skills.

 

M5S won an astonishing victory. It emerged as Italy’s biggest single party in the lower chamber with 8.7 million over, nearly a quarter of all votes cast. Its leader did not eat his words pronounced during the electoral campaign and went on talking about the introduction of a what he calls citizen’s income as one of the most important actions to be taken.

 

If on the one hand, it is unprecedented that Italian mainstream politicians put on their agenda measures addressing citizens’ economic conditions; on the other hand it added confusion to political language and therefore also to concepts and outcomes. See the link below for an article misunderstanding Grillo’s use of the term citizens income. M5S’ proposal considers a measure that provides unemployed with €1000 a month for 3 years. It is a quite vague proposal as regards the implementation process but as one point: the measure is entirely conditional to availability for work or some kind of commitment to a reintegration trajectory. It is clear, therefore, that what they call a citizen’s income is actually a kind of unemployment benefit, either contributory or non-contributory. This is not a mere linguistic issue. It actually hides – or reveals, according to the standpoint – an inadequate and shallow knowledge of welfare state policies by mainstream politics, which implies the risk to implement a workfare measure passed off as a basic income.

 

Nevertheless, this proposal opened a lively debate in the mainstream politics about the necessity to provide citizens facing economic problems with some kind of income support. Nearly all Italian political parties are now aware that the issue of introducing an income support scheme is an inescapable fact.

 

As a matter of fact, in July 2012, BIN Italia, along with many associations and grassroots organisations, already launched a campaign to propose a popular initiative bill on guaranteed minimum income in Italy. The campaign, which ended in December 2012, was a great success. It reached its target to collect 50,000 signatures, and therefore the popular initiative bill on guaranteed minimum income may not only represent an important contribution to the current debate but it may also help determine implementation and practical aspects of welfare reform in Italy.

 

RELATED LINKS:

The website, truthout.org, published a long article (in English) on M5S’s policy entirely under the misapprehension that M5S had endorsemed basic income: Ellen Brown, “QE for the People: Comedian Beppe Grillo’s Populist Plan for Italy,” Truthout, Thursday, 07 March 2013: http://truth-out.org/news/item/14953-qe-for-the-people-comedian-beppe-grillos-populist-plan-for-italy

 

An article (in Italian) by Roberto Ciccarelli appears in Il Manifesto briefly explaining the difference between a basic income and the unemployment benefit particularly in the light of the latest statements made by main mainstream politicians. He clarifies the positions of Bersani (Democratic Party), Vendola (SEL Sinistra Ecologia Libertà – Left Ecology Freedom), and Grillo (M5S) as well as those of some grassroots organizations such as BIN Italia and San Precario. Ciccarelli is one of the few in the mainstream media to highlight the haziness of Grillo’s proposal: http://www.ilmanifesto.it/area-abbonati/ricerca/nocache/1/manip2n1/20130302/manip2pg/06/manip2pz/336754/manip2r1/ciccarelli/

 

 

 

 

E. LATIN AMERICA: Latin American Parliament passes basic income draft law

[USBIG – April 2013]

 

The Latin American Parliament [Parlamento Latino Americano], approved a “Draft Basic Income Framework Law” at its meeting on November 30th, 2012 in Panama City. The Latin American Parliament is transnational party similar to the European Parliament. The draft law was presented as a model for all the parliaments of all 23 nations of Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

For more on the draft law see Eduardo Suplicy’s recent commentary: http://www.usbig.net/papers/Palestra%20USBIG2013_English.doc

 

 

 

 

F. FINLAND: Campaign for basic income launched

[Vivan Storlund – Suomen Perustuloverkosto (BIEN Finland) – February 2013]

 

On 1 February 2013 a campaign for an unconditional basic income was launched in Finland. This was a historic moment, as the possibility to present citizen’s initiatives is as new in Finland as the one in the European Union. There is one difference between the EU and Finnish citizens’ initiative. The EU citizens’ initiative is addressed to the Commission, whereas in Finland, it is the Parliament that will decide on the initiatives. So now the initiative has the opportunity to test Finnish citizens’ democratic muscle. 50,000 signatures are required from a population of close to 5.5 million. The result of the first day was more than 3,100 electronic signatures and some 100 signatures on paper forms.

 

These are the central points in the Finnish initiative:

–  A basic income should be introduced to an amount covering at least the present basic social security entitlements and it should be designed in such a way that it does not reduce the income or entitlements of low-income earners.

– The basic income should be seen as a citizen’s right to an income free of means testing.

– It would secure means necessary for a life of dignity as required both by the Finnish Constitution and international human rights conventions.

– It would secure a comprehensive income to all and in all situations, avoiding thereby that groups of people would be excluded from the social security systems. This is a requirement that has also been expressed by the Parliament’s Constitutional Law Committee during the reform of the basic rights and liberties provisions embedded in the present constitution.

– It should be unconditional, paid automatically to all persons independently of other incomes or choices in life.

 

The initiative stresses the need for a basic income because of the structural uncertainties in the labour market, caused by the increase in short-term or part-time work as well as different forms of self-employment. In addition, there are increasing problems in combining different social security benefits based on need with other kinds of entitlements, income from work and entrepreneurship. Paid employment and the current social security do not offer sufficient continuity in income. Through a basic income, a more egalitarian and just welfare state can be created. On these grounds Finnish citizens demand that their MPs start preparing legislation for the introduction of a basic income.

 

As of February 2013, the initiative has 7,500 signatures.

 

The initiative at the campaign website: http://perustulo.org/kansalaisaloite-perustulosta/aloiteteksti/#en

 

 

 

 

G. NAMIBIA: BIG Advocate says pilot project less likely to be restarted but hopeful that the government will introduce BIG after the next election

According to AllAfrica.com, Uhuru Dempers, a supporter of the Basic Income Grant (BIG) pilot project in Otjivero, Namibia said that the BIG Coalition of Namibia is unlikely to be able to continue the project any longer. The coalition maintained a BIG in this small town for nearly two years and had hoped to keep it going until the government took it over or introduced BIG nationwide. The coalition doesn’t have enough donors to do that, but Dempers said that the prospects for BIG are likely to increase after the next election.

 

For more on this issue, see “Namibia: Big Idea Needs Some Tweaking” by Magreth Nunuhe, 27 February 2013, New Era, at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201302270751.html

 

 

 

 

H. ALASKA, UNITED STATES: New Debate Over the Future of the Alaska Dividend as the State Gives Tax Break to Oil Companies

The state of Alaska has given the big oil companies something they’ve spent the last several years lobbying for—an enormous tax cut. Oil companies have argued that they must have lower taxes to make it worthwhile to keep investing in the state, and they have have supported their arguments with generous campaign contributions. Opponents of tax breaks for oil companies have argued that there are better ways to incentivize the oil companies to invest more and that at the very least any tax breaks should be tied to increased investment.

 

Oil company arguments have won the day. According to the New York Times, the legislature passed and the governor signed a law that will reduce taxes by an estimated $750 million per year from now on. The tax cut comes with no responsibility on the part of the oil companies to actually increase their investment in Alaska.

 

Alaska’s basic income—the Permanent Fund Dividend—is not directly affected by the oil tax cuts because the Alaska Permanent Fund, which finances the dividend, is directly financed by a dedicated portion of the state’s oil revenue, and that portion is unaffected by the cuts.

 

However, anything that puts greater financial pressure on the state, puts indirect financial pressure on the fund and dividend. Historically the state has occasionally used budget surpluses to add to the fund or the dividend. And if and when oil revenue becomes insufficient to fund state expenditure, the legislature will come under enormous financial pressure to redirect the returns of the fund from the dividend to the state’s operating budget. In fact one recent editorial has called for the state to do just that (see link below).

 

In response to the tax cut for the oil companies, Democrats in the state legislature, most of whom opposed the tax cut for the oil companies, have proposed a constitutional amended that would constitutionally protect the dividend in the same way that the state constitution projects the fund. The APF was created by an amendment specifying that the legislature could not spend the fund’s principle, only its yearly returns. The PFD, however, was created by ordinary legislation, and so the legislature retains the power to cancel the dividend and redirect the funds to some other use at any time.

 

If the proposed amendment is passed, it would require another constitutional amendment to redirect funds from the PFD to the regular state budget. In Alaska, a constitutional amendment requires a supermajority vote of both houses of the legislature and a direct vote of the people. The proposal probably has little chance of passing as a Democratic proposal in a Republican-controlled government.

 

For more on these issues, see the following articles:

 

Clifford Krauss, “To Reinvigorate Production, Alaska Grants a Tax Break to Oil Companies,” The New York Times, April 15, 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/16/business/energy-environment/alaska-grants-a-tax-break-to-oil-companies.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130416&_r=0&pagewanted=print

 

Mark Gnadt, “Alaska Native News: Democrats Push Permanent Fund Dividend Protection In Light Of Oil Giveaway,” Alaska Native News, 04/03/2013.

http://alaska-native-news.com/state_news/8193-democrats-push-permanent-fund-dividend-protection-in-light-of-oil-giveaway.html

 

KTOO News Department, “Proposal would put PFD calculation in constitution,” KTOO-TV, April 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm

http://www.ktoo.org/2013/04/03/proposal-would-but-pfd-calculation-in-constitution/

 

The Tolling Bell, “The Time May Be Right To End The Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend,” The Tolling Bell: Economic, Business, Political, And Higher Education Food For The Mind, May 6, 2013

http://www.professorhollybell.com/2013/05/06/time-alaska-permanent-fund-dividend/

 

 

 

 

I. OREGON, UNITED STATES: Proposed amendment to state constitution would create a small basic income

[USBIG – April 2013]

 

Oregon State Senator Chip Shields submitted a proposal to amend the state’s constitution, to a land tax and dividend. The official summary reads, “Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution to establish land-value lease fee imposed on real market value of land with proceeds distributed pro rata to residents of state. Establishes Resident’s Dividend Agency to administer collection of fee and distribution of dividend.” The bill was introduced on January 14, 2013, and referred to committee on Jan 18. No further action has been taken by the state so far.

 

The text of the amendment is online at: http://landru.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measures/sjr1.dir/sjr0016.intro.html

Sen. Chip Shields can be reached at: Sen.ChipShields@state.or.us

 

 

 

 

J. INTERNATIONAL: The BIG Movement

[Aynur Bashirova – BI News – April 2013]

“The BIG Movement” is a global grassroots movement that aims to raise awareness about the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) through a network of project teams, public events, and media channels. It has a website and a Facebook page. It is currently sponsoring a petition and recruiting members. It held a virtual meeting online on December 30, 2012 in which the following issues were discussed: Goals of the movement, website structure & functionality, and TeamSpeak server setup. The meeting decided to focus in on one central goal, “To raise awareness of Basic Income through a network of project teams, public events, and media channels.”

 

If you’re interested in the BIG Movement, it can be found online at these two places: Webpage: http://www.thebigmovement.org/

Facebook page: http://www.thebigmovement.org/2013/01/02/like-this-facebook-page-the-big-movement

 

 

 

 

3. Publications

Call for papers for special issue on BIG in the journal, Homo Oeconomicus

[USBIG – April 2013]

 

This special issue of Homo Oeconomicus, edited by Ao Yumin and Ulrich Steinvorth, requests submission of papers answering questions such as:

 

·      What are the reasons to demand a basic income?

 

·      What would be the consequences of its introduction?

 

·      What are the reasons or motives to reject or distrust it?

 

·      Can, or how far can, basic income counteract unemployment?

 

·      Should it, or how far should it, promote a life independent of salaried jobs?

 

·      What kind of activities should basic income promote or can it be expected to promote?

 

·      What should be the amount of basic income?

 

·      What are alternatives to basic income?

 

·      What can established institutions of basic income tell us about its future and possibilities?

 

 

Papers can be written both in an academic and in a more popular style accessible to a broader public and apt to impact the public opinion. Proposals are to be sent to aoyumin@gmail.com and ulrich.steinvorth@uni-hamburg.de  The deadline for the papers, which must be preceded by an abstract, are expected for December 1st, 2013.

 

Homo Oeconomicus, is online at: http://www.homooeconomicus.org/

 

 

 

 

Basic Income Studies to become freely available as part of publisher promotion

Some news on how to access full text versions of articles published by Basic Income Studies (BIS) on the website of our new publisher, DeGruyter (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bis)

 

Individual users with already existing accounts at the DeGruyter site can use the token “newusercredits”.  This token can be entered in the window popping up when a user chooses a BIS article and clicks on “Get Access to Full Text”.

 

For new users … DeGruyter is planning to include the BIS as part of a free access promotional package of 11 journals. When this promotion is launched, all BIS articles will be freely accessible for every new user registering (i.e. creating a new account) on www.degruyter.com.

 

For technical reasons, current registered users with DeGruyter will have to use the token as outlined above in order to access full text articles.

 

LIBRARY ACCESS: If you have access to a library that subscribes to Basic Income Studies, this of course is another means of accessing the journal.  If the library at your institution or organization does not yet subscribe to BIS, please suggest that they do so!

 

If you are having access problems to BIS, please contact jim.mulvale@uregina.ca

 

 

 

 

Basic Income Studies Vol. 7 No. 2, Dec. 2012: special issue, “The Right to Work and Basic Income”.

This special issue, guest-edited by Michael Lewis, features a debate on whether it would be better for government to guarantee a job or an income. It features articles by Philip Harvey, Guy Standing, Michael Lewis, Eri Noguchi, and Pavlina Tcherneva (see more information below).

 

The debate is online at: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bis.2013.7.issue-2/issue-files/bis.2013.7.issue-2.xml

 

“Introduction to the Special Issue on the? Right to Work and Basic Income”

Lewis, Michael A. Page 1-2

Published Online: 12/31/2012

“As I write these lines, the US economy is about 4 years out of the Great Recession of 2008–2009. Yet, unemployment is estimated to be at a stubbornly high 7.8% and the poverty rate is around 15%. That is, an estimated 12.2 million people are currently unemployed and about 46.2 million are living in poverty. … The two economists whose articles are featured in this special issue take fundamentally different approaches to these problems…”

http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bis.2013.7.issue-2/bis-2013-0011/bis-2013-0011.xml?format=INT

 

“More for Less: The Job Guarantee Strategy”

Harvey, Philip. Page 3

Published Online: 12/31/2012

Abstract: The cost and effectiveness of a basic income guarantee and a job guarantee (combined with conventional transfer payments) are compared with respect to their ability to eliminate poverty and unemployment. It is argued that a BI guarantee provided in the form preferred by most advocates of the idea (a universal basic income grant or equivalent negative income tax) would be both more costly and less effective than a job guarantee—if the latter is properly designed to secure the right to work and income security recognized in in the Universal Declaration of Human Right. It is further argued that the job guarantee strategy configured in this way also would do more to promote the real freedom goals of the basic income advocacy movement.

http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bis.2013.7.issue-2/bis-2013-0006/bis-2013-0006.xml?format=INT

 

“Why a Basic Income Is Necessary for a Right to Work”

Standing, Guy. Page 19

Published Online: 12/31/2012

Abstract: This article makes the proposition that a right to work can only exist if an individual has a prior right to a basic income. It criticizes the perspective that maximizing the number of jobs is a meaningful way of advancing the right to work, since activity in subordinated labour is scarcely consistent with a freedom-enhancing right to work. In recalling the historical right to practise an occupation, it rejects the notion of a “job guarantee”, as neither feasible nor desirable in a free society or as part of a progressive vision of a Good Society.

http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bis.2013.7.issue-2/bis-2013-0007/bis-2013-0007.xml?format=INT

 

“Cost, Compensation, Freedom, and the Basic Income – Guaranteed Jobs Debate”

Lewis, Michael A. Page 41

Published Online: 12/31/2012

Abstract: In this volume Harvey argues that guaranteeing people the right to work would be a better policy approach than guaranteeing people an unconditional basic income. This is because a guaranteed job would provide many of the benefits that a basic income would but at far lower cost. I argue that Harvey’s analysis of the relative cost differences between guaranteeing one a job or an income is misleading if not flat out wrong in some places. I also argue that there is one benefit that BI could promote that his jobs strategy, at least as presented in the paper in this volume, could not – the right of an able-bodied person to lead the kind of life they desire even if they desire not to sell their labor.

http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bis.2013.7.issue-2/bis-2013-0008/bis-2013-0008.xml?format=INT

 

“The Cost-Efficiency of a Guaranteed Jobs Program: Really? A Response to Harvey”

 

Noguchi, Eri. Page 52

Published Online: 12/31/2012

Abstract: Responding to Harvey’s argument that a Guaranteed Jobs program would be more cost-efficient than a Guaranteed Income program, this paper points out several costs related to the latter that are not included in Harvey’s cost comparisons, mostly related to the administrative costs of operating a Guaranteed Jobs Program, which tends to be much more complex and high maintenance. This paper also points out that the unemployment rate would shift in response to the program, and that some unnecessary jobs would most likely need to be created if the program is to guarantee a job for everyone. However, the paper concludes that the public projects imagined as part of a guaranteed jobs program have merit on their own grounds, and should not be dismissed.

http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bis.2013.7.issue-2/bis-2013-0009/bis-2013-0009.xml?format=INT

 

“The Job Guarantee: Delivering the Benefits That Basic Income Only Promises – A Response to Guy Standing”

Tcherneva, Pavlina R. Page 66

Published Online: 12/31/2012

Abstract: The present article offers three critiques of the universal basic income guarantee (BIG) proposal discussed by Standing in this volume. First, there is a fundamental tension between the way income in a monetary production economy is generated, the manner in which BIG wishes to redistribute it, and the subsequent negative impact of this redistribution on the process of income generation itself. The BIG policy is dependent for its existence on the very system it wishes to undermine. Second, the macroeconomic effects of BIG on contemporary economies that use modern money are destabilizing. The job guarantee (JG), by contrast, stabilizes both the macro-economy and the currency while helping transform the nature of work itself. Finally, the employment safety-net in Standing’s piece is not an accurate representation of the modern JG proposals – a confusion which this paper aims to remedy.

http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bis.2013.7.issue-2/bis-2013-0010/bis-2013-0010.xml?format=INT

 

 

 

 

Lo Vuolo, Rubén. Citizen’s Income and Welfare Regimes in Latin America: From Cash Transfers to Rights

This book is a collection of essays by several authors assessing the need for and prospects of basic income in Latin America. It is edited by Ruben Lo Vuolo. According to the publisher, “Social protection systems in Latin America developed in a fragmented manner, offering varying access to benefits and benefit levels to population groups. In the context of widespread informal and precarious work, social insurance institutions could only provide limited coverage. In this context, progress toward a Citizen’s Income policy in Latin America depends on the possibility of reappraising its importance for an integrated institutional system which promotes the empowerment and economic independence of people. A Citizen’s Income policy is not only a cash transfer to alleviate poverty or a basic income for food. It is a basic right to improve democracy and encourage a more autonomous development of people living in profoundly unequal societies.”

 

Rubén M. Lo Vuolo is academic director and researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Public Policy (Centro Interdisciplinario para el Estudio de Políticas Públicas, Ciepp), Buenos Aires Argentina.

 

This book is part of Palgrave-Macmillan’s series “Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee.”

 

 

 

Lo Vuolo, Rubén. Citizen’s Income and Welfare Regimes in Latin America: From Cash Transfers to Rights. Palgrave Macmillan, January 2013. ISBN: 978-0-230-33821-0, ISBN10: 0-230-33821-6, 5.500 x 8.500 inches, 286 pages. $100.

 

Publisher’s book page: http://us.macmillan.com/citizensincomeandwelfareregimesinlatinamerica/Rub%C3%A9nLoVuolo

 

Publisher’s series page:  http://us.macmillan.com/series/ExploringtheBasicIncomeGuarantee

 

 

 

 

Sheahen, Allan, Basic Income Guarantee: Your Right to Economic Security now out in paperback

Allan Sheahen’s book, Basic Income Guarantee: Your Right to Economic Security, released by Palgrave Macmillan in July of 2012 is now out on paperback for $28.00, less than a third the cost of the hardcover ($100.00). This book is both an introduction to the basic income guarantee and a series of arguments for it. This is the first book in Palgrave Macmillan’s series (Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee) to be released on paperback.

 

According to the publisher, “A Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is the unconditional government-ensured guarantee that all citizens will have enough income to meet their basic needs without a work requirement. Significant questions include: Why should we adopt a BIG? Can the U.S. afford it? Why don’t the current welfare programs work? Why not guarantee everyone a job? Would anyone work if his or her income were guaranteed? Has a BIG ever been tested? This book answers these questions and many more in simple, easy-to-understand language.” The publisher also quotes U.S. Senator George McGovern, writing, “This book is a great idea – brilliantly stated. Some may think it’s ultra-liberal, as they did when I proposed a similar idea in 1972. I see it as true conservatism – the right of income for all Americans sufficient for food, shelter, and basic necessities. Or, what Jefferson referred to as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

 

Sheahen, Allan, Basic Income Guarantee: Your Right to Economic Security, Palgrave Macmillan, May 2013. ISBN: 978-1-137-34788-6, ISBN10: 1-137-34788-0, 5.500 x 8.500 inches, 220 pages. $28.00.

 

Publisher’s book page:

http://us.macmillan.com/basicincomeguarantee/AllanSheahen

Publisher’s series page:

 

http://us.macmillan.com/series/ExploringtheBasicIncomeGuarantee

 

 

 

 

Widerquist, Karl, Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No

According to the publisher, “Freedom is commonly understood in two different ways: the absence of restriction or interference (scalar freedom) and the absence of slavery or oppression (status freedom). Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income argues that philosophers have focused too much on scalar freedom and proposes a theory of status freedom as effective control self-ownership—simply, freedom as the power to say no. This exciting new volume argues for and explores the implications of this theory of freedom. It shows that most societies today put the poor in situations in which they lack this crucial freedom, making them vulnerable to poverty, exploitation, and injustice. Widerquist argues that the basic income guarantee is an appropriate institution to help secure status freedom in a modern industrial society.”

 

Karl Widerquist is an associate professor in Political Philosophy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. This book is the first of two planned books examining a theory of justice he called “justice as the pursuit of accord.”

 

This book is part of Palgrave-Macmillan’s series “Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee.”

 

Widerquist, Karl, Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No, Palgrave Macmillan, March 2013

 

ISBN: 978-1-137-27472-4, ISBN10: 1-137-27472-7, 5.500 x 8.500 inches, 256 pages, $100.

 

Publisher’s book page:

http://us.macmillan.com/independencepropertylessnessandbasicincome/KarlWiderquist

 

Publisher’s series page:

http://us.macmillan.com/series/ExploringtheBasicIncomeGuarantee

 

A Kindle Edition is available on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Independence-Propertylessness-Basic-Income-Exploring/dp/1137274727/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1369254360&sr=8-5&keywords=Widerquist

 

 

 

 

Gosseries, Axel and Yannick Vanderborght (editors), Arguing about justice: Essays for Philippe Van Parijs now available for free download on PDF

[BIEN – May 2013]

This book, released in 2011, is now available for free download as PDF. The hard copy is still available for €29.90. Philippe Van Parijs is one of the leading philosophers writing about basic income today. Many of the chapters in this book respond to his ideas about basic income. According to the publisher, “This book brings together fifty of today’s finest thinkers. They were asked to let their imaginations run free to advance new ideas on a wide range of social and political issues. They did so as friends, on the occasion of Philippe Van Parijs’s sixtieth birthday. Rather than restricting themselves to comments on his numerous writings, the authors engage with the topics on which he has focused his attention over the years, especially with the various dimensions of justice, its scope, and its demands. They discuss issues ranging from the fair distribution of marriage opportunities to the limits of argumentation in a democracy, the deep roots of inequality, the challenges to basic income and the requirements of linguistic justice. They provide ample food for thought for both academic and general readers.”

 

According to Noble Laureate, Amartya Sen, “A book of quick and sharp thoughts on a grand theme is a novel way of paying tribute to a leading philosopher. But it has worked beautifully here, both as a stimulating book of ideas on justice, and as a fitting recognition of the intellectual contributions of Philippe Van Parijs, who is one of the most original and most creative thinkers of our time. ”

 

Gosseries, Axel and Yannick Vanderborght, (editrs) Arguing about justice: Essays for Philippe Van Parijs. Louvain-la-Neuve: UCL Presses, 2011

 

For a link to the PDF go to: http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.science.philosophy.region.europe/4125?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

For more info about the book, in hardcopy and PDF, go to: http://www.i6doc.com/fr/livre/?GCOI=28001100609230

 

 

 

 

Alberti, Mike and Kevin C. Brown, two articles on the history of the guaranteed income movement

[USBIG – May 2013]

Mike Alberti and Kevin C. Brown recently published two in-depth articles on the history of the guaranteed income movement in the United States. The first discusses the moment in the late 1960s and early 1970s that the guaranteed income was a widely-discussed policy proposal in the United States. During that period the U.S. conducted four pilot projects studying a guaranteed income and a (water-down) proposal to introduce a national guaranteed income passed the House of Representatives by a wide margin, only to fail narrowly in the Senate. The second article discusses the change in values that caused the guaranteed income to fall out of mainstream politics in the United States in the 1980s.

 

Remapping Debate is a news website with offices located in the Flatiron District of New York City. It is committed to original reporting. Sponsored by the Anti-Discrimination Center, Remapping Debate covers the full spectrum of domestic public policy issues.

 

Mike Alberti has worked for Remapping Debate since its launch, and is now its chief correspondent.  Mike graduated with a B.A. in English from Vassar College in 2009. Email: ma@remappingdebate.org

 

Kevin C. Brown is a staff reporter at Remapping Debate. He holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Carnegie Mellon University. Kevin is also the creator and host of Remapping Debate’s “History for the Future” interview series, which he started in 2010 at WRCT-Pittsburgh. Email: kb@remappingdebate.org

 

FIRST ARTICLE: Alberti, Mike and Kevin C. Brown, “Guaranteed income’s moment in the sun,” Remapping Debate, April 24, 2013

http://www.remappingdebate.org/article/guaranteed-income%E2%80%99s-moment-sun

 

SECOND ARTICLE: Alberti, Mike and Kevin C. Brown, “Loss of support for guaranteed income reflects radical shift in values,” Remapping Debate, April 24, 2013

http://www.remappingdebate.org/article/loss-support-guaranteed-income-reflects-radical-shift-values

 

 

 

 

The Citizen’s Income Trust, Citizen’s Income Newsletter

[USBIG – May 2013]

The Citizen’s Income Trust (CIT) is the UK affiliate of BIEN. This issue of the CIT’s newsletter, the Citizen’s Income Newsletter contains news, book reviews, an editorial, an opinion piece, an in-depth article on cash transfers and basic income in India.

 

 

The Citizen’s Income Trust, Citizen’s Income Newsletter, 2013, issue 2: www.citizensincome.org

For more information, email: info@citizensincome.org

 

 

 

 

The Citizen’s Income Trust, “Editorial: The 2013 budget”

[USBIG – May 2013]

This editorial argues that recent proposed changes in Britain’s tax and benefit system would have a more stimulative and beneficial effect on Britain’s economy if they were reformulated as a Citizens (or basic) Income.

 

The Citizen’s Income Trust, “Editorial: The 2013 budget,” 2013, issue 2: www.citizensincome.org

 

 

 

Guy Standing, “Can Basic Income Cash Transfers Transform India?”

[USBIG – May 2013]

 

This article discusses the problem of poverty in Indian and argues that recent basic income pilot projects conducted in India show how the country would benefit from moving toward a basic income system. The author is Professor of Development at SOAS (University of London) and honorary co-president of BIEN.

 

Guy Standing, “Can Basic Income Cash Transfers Transform India?” 2013, issue 2: www.citizensincome.org

 

 

 

 

SOAS, “Unique pilot schemes assess impact of basic income schemes on India’s rural poor”

SOAS, a publication of the University of London, published an article on May 10, 3013 on the Indian basic income pilot project including quotes from an interview with Guy Standing, one of the organizers of the project.

 

SOAS, “Unique pilot schemes assess impact of basic income schemes on India’s rural poor,” 10 May 2013

http://www.soas.ac.uk/news/newsitem84314.html

 

 

 

 

Rigmar Osterkamp, “Poverty reduction Lessons from failure”

Rigmar Osterkamp, a long-time critic of the Namibian Basic Income Pilot project has recently published a new piece on DandC.edu. In the piece he calls the project a “failure.”

 

Rigmar Osterkamp, “Poverty reduction Lessons from failure” D+C (DandC.eu), May 5, 2013:

http://www.dandc.eu/en/article/disappointing-basic-income-grant-project-namibia

 

 

 

 

Schreiber, Leon “Time to think BIG again?”

[Wolfgang Müller – BI News]

 

As many other countries, South Africa struggles to provide effective social assistance policies in tackling poverty and inequality. Any proposed reform has been determined by ideology according to Leon Schreiber in an article on Politicsweb, February 26, 2013. They still ignore social reality, that many people are not able to find employment. This dominance of ideology also affected the public discourse about a proposal for a Basic Income Grant (BIG) by the Taylor Committee on Comprehensive Social Security for South Africa. Despite of positive examples such as Alaska or the Basic Income Grant Coalition in Namibia, the BIG has faded. In order to overcome this ideological driven discourse in South Africa and alleviate poverty and inequality, Schreiber urges to simply relay on the Constitution, which grants everyone the right to social security and social assistance.

 

Schreiber, Leon “Time to think BIG again?” Politicsweb, February 26, 2013

http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=360521&sn=Detail&pid=71619

 

 

 

 

Smith, Noah, “The End of Labor: How to Protect Workers From the Rise of Robots”

[Wolfgang Müller – BI News]

 

This article by Noah Smith, published in The Atlantic, January 13, 2013, discusses the hypothetical proceeding fall of labor income along with its consequences and possible solutions. He argues that the two-thirds/one-thirds division of labor and capital income of most rich nations has changed in a disadvantage to labor income. This is a result of mainly two reasons: First, China’s low wage labor force entered into the global trading system, and second, more persuasive, technology replaces humans in more and more areas. This development requires new creative measurements since current social security systems are not build to deal with this challenge. As an alternative, Smith suggests stakeholder grants “with some fairly light paternalism”, which he calls “portfolio of capital ownership”. Not exactly basic income, but a step in that direction.

 

Smith, Noah, “The End of Labor: How to Protect Workers From the Rise of Robots,” The Atlantic, January 13, 2013L http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/01/the-end-of-labor-how-to-protect-workers-from-the-rise-of-the-robots/267135/

 

 

 

 

Devenish, GE “The grant has key role”

This opinion piece supports a basic income grant in South Africa.

 

Devenish, GE “The grant has key role,” BusinessDay (South Africa) 08.03.2013

http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/letters/2013/03/08/letter-the-grant-has-key-role

 

 

 

 

McAlpine, Robin “A new enlightened political debate?”

This op-ed piece argues that the political climate in Scotland has recently opened up to big ideas such as basic income.

 

McAlpine, Robin “A new enlightened political debate?” The Scotsman, 05.03.2013

 

http://www.scotsman.com/news/robin-mcalpine-a-new-enlightened-political-debate-1-2821758

 

 

 

 

Monahan, Bryan W. “Introduction To Social Credit: Second Revised And Enlarged Edition”

This classic article of the Social Credit movement is now online. Social Credit is a monetary reform movement that includes a basic income guarantee under the name of a “national dividend.”

 

Monahan, Bryan W. 1967. “Introduction To Social Credit: Second Revised And Enlarged Edition,” London: K.R.P. Publications Ltd.

 

This article is online at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/112942854/Introduction-to-Social-Credit-by-Dr-Bryan-W-Monahan

 

 

 

 

Gordon-Cumming, M. “Money in Industry.”

A very early article from the Social Credit movement is now online. Social Credit is a monetary reform movement that includes a basic income guarantee under the name of a “national dividend.”

 

Gordon-Cumming, M. 1935. “Money in Industry.” London: the C. W. Daniel Company

This article is online at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/114593844/Money-in-Industry

 

 

 

 

Segal, Hugh, “Why Guaranteeing the Poor an Income Will Save Us All In the End”

This op-ed piece calls for basic income as a new approach to poverty and an alternative to austerity. It is written by Senator Hugh Segal of the Conservative Party (Canada).

 

Segal, Hugh, “Why Guaranteeing the Poor an Income Will Save Us All In the End,” The Blog, Business Canada, The Huffington Post, April 8, 2013

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/hugh-segal/guaranteed-annual-income_b_3037347.html

 

 

 

 

Raventos, Daniel and Julie Wark, “A republican call for a basic income”

OurKingdom: Power & Liberty in Britain, “Democratic Wealth,” 15 May 2013

 

This piece discusses BIG from a republican perspective—that is from the two-millennia old political movement with roots in the writings of Cicero, Livy, Machiavelli, and Rousseau and with little or nothing to do with the so-called “Republican” party in the United States. According to the authors, “Republicanism offers a persuasive guide to the political shaping of markets. A basic income could be the foundation of a democratic republican economy that frees all citizens from the commodification of labour.”

 

The piece is a part of a series called “Democratic Wealth” (http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/collections/democratic-wealth-building-citizens-economy), which is edited by Stuart White and which has included other pieces on basic income, including “The Alaska Model: a citizen’s income in practice” (http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/karl-widerquist/alaska-model-citizens-income-in-practice).

 

Julie Wark is the author of Manifiesto de derechos humanos  (The Human Rights Manifesto, 2011). Daniel Raventos is the author of Basic Income: The Material Conditions of Freedom. Both are involved with the international political review Sin Permiso.

 

Raventos, Daniel and Julie Wark, “A republican call for a basic income”

OurKingdom: Power & Liberty in Britain, “Democratic Wealth,” 15 May 2013

http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/daniel-raventos-julie-wark/republican-call-for-basic-income

 

 

 

 

Konczal, Mike “Thinking Utopian: How about a universal basic income?”

 

This op-ed piece in the Washington Post has inspired a buzz in the blogosphere. The author goes over some of the common arguments for and against basic income, showing how it has aspects that attract to (and sometimes repel) both left and right. The author, Mike Konczal, is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where he focuses on financial regulation, inequality and unemployment. He writes a weekly column for Wonkblog.

 

Konczal, Mike “Thinking Utopian: How about a universal basic income?” The Washington Post, Wonkblog page, May 11, 2013

 

 

Pieces responding to Konczal’s include:

 

Weisenthal, Joe, “There’s A Way To Give Everyone In America An Income That Conservatives And Liberals Can Both Love”

Business Insider May 13, 2013

This short op-ed piece describes BIG as “an idea for stimulating the economy: Free money for everyone, all the time, with no exceptions or conditions.”

 

Bruenig, Matt, “Is a Universal Basic Income Really Utopian?”

Policy Shop Blog / Demos, May 13, 2013

 

Matt Bruenig he describes BIG as a ‘sadly-neglected policy idea” and calls Mike Konczal’s op-ed “a wonderful piece,” but he takes issue with Konczal’s description of BIG as “utopian.”

 

RiseUpEconomics, “That Vision Thing: our need to search for Utopia”

 

Daily Kos, May 13, 2013

This piece does not take issue with the term utopian. Instead it calls for the need for more utopian thinking. It calls on people to imagine utopian things such as the transformation of work where more worker-owned businesses are possible and where banks don’t get bailed out.

 

The Daily Bell, “Universal Basic Income Promotion Hits Washington Post, May 13, 2013

This piece responds to the Washington Post article and connects it to Beppe Grillo’s misleadingly named citizen’s income proposal.

 

Mike Konczal’s piece is online at:

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/11/thinking-utopian-how-about-a-universal-basic-income/

 

 

 

Joe Weisenthal’s piece is online at: http://www.businessinsider.com/universal-basic-income-2013-5#ixzz2TUIyu5DT; and it is cross-posted online at: http://www.demos.org/blog/universal-basic-income-really-utopian

 

 

 

RiseUpEconomics’s piece is online at:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/13/1208812/-That-Vision-Thing-our-need-to-search-for-Utopia

 

The Daily Bell piece is online at:

http://www.thedailybell.com/29093/Universal-Basic-Income-Promotion-Hits-the-Washington-Post

 

 

 

 

Yglesias, Matthew. “Print Money. Mail Everybody a Check.”

Aynur Bashirova – BI News – 2013.

 

Yglesias, Matthew. (2013). “Print Money. Mail Everybody a Check.” Slate, April 1, 2013.

 

Matthew Yglesias, in an article published in Slate, argues that old and traditional methods of stimulating the economy in the United States is not effective and are subject to criticism from citizens because the they are so complex that citizens do not understand them; instead, he writes, the government needs to adopt a simpler method of printing money and sending checks to citizens. If people had more money, they would be buying more things. Increasing the size of savings would reduce the borrowing costs of firms and this will push up the value of stocks and other financial assets. All of these, in turn, would speed up the economic activity.

 

Ygesias accepts that there is one downsize to this approach, which is the risk of inflation due to printing too much money. However, the central bank has promised it is temporarily capable of tolerating 2.5% of inflation, until unemployment falls below 6.5%. Currently, inflation is just below 2%, which means that there is a room to implement Yglesias’ plan, which should help the US get out of the crisis.

 

Online at: http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2013/04/helicopter_money_federal_reserve_should_print_money_and_give_it_directly.html

 

 

 

 

Westrick, Brian. “Basic Income Guarantee Solution for Social Welfare.”

Aynur Bashirova – Bi News – May 2013.

 

Westrick, Brian. (2013). “Basic Income Guarantee Solution for Social Welfare.” The North Wind, Thursday, Apr 11 2013

 

Brian Westrick, in his article published in the North Wind, argues that the social safety nets in the US are inefficient and can be replaced by a more efficient system of the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG), which will supersede the desperation to find work with desire to work. According to Wesrick, BIG would give people the incentive to work with the principle of the more you work, the more you get and eradicate extreme poverty by making sure that no one stays without income. The author concludes that BIG is not perfect, but comparing its benefits to unemployment benefits, it makes more sense overall.

 

Online at: http://www.thenorthwindonline.com/?p=3867309.

 

 

 

 

Lewis, Jack, “South Africa Should Learn From Brazil’s Bolsa Familia”

[USBIG – April 2013]

Lewis, Jack, “South Africa Should Learn From Brazil’s Bolsa Familia,” AllAfrica.com, 3 April 2013

This article argues that Brazil’s experience with the Bolsa Familia gives evidence that Namibia should adopt something similar or even a full basic income grant.

 

Online at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201304040319.html

 

 

 

 

Beernaert, Lauranne, “Basic Income – A Solution for Austerity?”

Beernaert, Lauranne, “Basic Income – A Solution for Austerity?” Utblick, March 30, 2013

 

This article begins, “While austerity plans become more and more popular in Europe and poverty is on the rise on the continent, a citizens’ initiative in favor of a basic income is also flourishing. Indeed, tired of a welfare system, which does not meet their expectations, some citizens and scholars are strongly convinced that a basic income might represent an alternative…”

 

It’s online at: http://www.utblick.org/2013/03/30/basic-income-a-solution-for-austerity/

 

 

 

 

Morgan, Gareth and Susan Guthrie, “the Benefits System Needs to Evolve”

[USBIG – April 2013]

 

This editorial argues for a wholesale reformation of New Zealand’s social welfare system introducting a basic income.

 

Morgan, Gareth and Susan Guthrie, “the Benefits System Needs to Evolve,” Garethsword.com, February 19, 2013

Online at: http://garethsworld.com/blog/tax-and-welfare/benefits-system-needs-to-evolve/

 

 

 

 

Ailsa McKay, “Citizens’ financial rights”

[USBIG – April 2013]

Ailsa McKay, “Citizens’ financial rights,” the Scotsman, February, 2013

 

This editorial argues that a Citizens Income (basic income) would be an affordable and effective way for Scotland to reform its welfare system.

 

Ailsa McKay is Professor of Economics at the Glasgow School for Business and Society in Glasgow Caledonian University.

 

http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/opinion/comment/ailsa-mckay-citizens-financial-rights-1-2799922#.USSiaQ85niY.twitter

 

 

 

 

MacQueen, Ken “Is it time to chuck welfare?”

 

Guaranteed (Basic) Income has been featured in an article in the prominent Canadian newsmagazine Maclean’s. According to the author, “Fresh analysis of an old program shows that a guaranteed annual income kickstarts health.”

 

MacQueen, Ken “Is it time to chuck welfare?” MacLean’s, Friday, April 19, 2013

http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/04/19/time-to-chuck-welfare/

 

 

 

 

Bidadanure, Juliana. “Rediscovering The Utopian In Europe: An Interview With Philippe Van Parijs”

Bidadanure, Juliana, “Rediscovering The Utopian In Europe: An Interview With Philippe Van Parijs,” Global: The Global Journal. March 26, 2013

 

According to the author, Philippe Van Parijs is a central figure in the worlds of philosophy and politics alike. Described by Amartya Sen as ‘one of the most original and creative thinkers of our time,’ he is famous for his defense of a Universal Basic Income – an unconditional monthly grant allocated to all – as the best expression of social justice and freedom. Building on the thought-provoking exchange between Francis Fukuyama and Jürgen Habermas published in May, this special extended interview challenges us to imagine a fairer future for the European project.”

 

http://theglobaljournal.net/article/view/1038/

 

 

 

 

Stephen Fortunato, “The Imperative of an International Guaranteed Income”

Published back in April of 2007, this article begins with “super-capitalist” Warren Buffett’s “trenchant understatement: ‘A market system has not worked well in terms of poor people.’” It argues from there for the necessity of an international basic income guarantee.

 

The author, Stephen J. Fortunato, was a trial judge on the Rhode Island Superior Court for thirteen years after serving as a civil rights lawyer for more than two decades.  He has been a Zen practitioner for at least forty years. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, the Howard Law Journal, In These Times, and other publications.

 

Stephen Fortunato, “The Imperative of an International Guaranteed Income.” The Monthly Review Volume 58, Issue 11 (April 2007)

The article is online at: http://monthlyreview.org/2007/04/01/the-imperative-of-an-international-guaranteed-income

 

 

 

 

Stephen Fortunato, “The Fraud of Jobs”

This article exposes what the author sees as the widely held misconception that the creation of jobs is the motivating objective behind most U.S. economic policy. It argues that we need to shift from the focus on job creation to the focus on meeting people’s needs through a basic income guarantee. The article concludes, “the prevailing ludicrous insistence that people obtain jobs that do not exist — or which are being phased out into oblivion — is a cruel fabrication that will result in nothing but the continued dystopian consequences of poverty, marginalization, and oppression.”

 

The Author, Stephen Fortunato was a trial judge on the Rhode Island Superior Court for thirteen years after serving as a civil rights lawyer for more than two decades.  He has been a Zen practitioner for at least forty years.

 

Stephen Fortunato, “The Fraud of Jobs,” Buddhist Peace Fellowship. February 25, 2013

http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/job-creationism/

 

 

 

 

Monbiot, George. “Communism, welfare state – what’s the next big idea?”

[BIEN – April 2013]

This opinion piece in one of Britain’s leading newspapers, begins, “Most of the world’s people are decent, honest and kind. Most of those who dominate us are inveterate bastards. It decries most recent British policy toward the poor as punitive, “brutal,” and “antisocial.” Looking for new solutions it considers both a land tax and basic income. According to Monboit, basic income “banishes the fear and insecurity now stalking the poorer half of the population. Economic survival becomes a right, not a privilege. … The poor are not forced by desperation into the arms of unscrupulous employers: people will work if conditions are good and pay fair, but will refuse to be treated like mules. It redresses the wild imbalance in bargaining power that the current system exacerbates. It could do more than any other measure to dislodge the emotional legacy of serfdom.”

 

Monbiot, George. “Communism, welfare state – what’s the next big idea?” The Guardian, Monday 1 April 2013

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/01/alternative-to-war-on-britains-poor

 

 

 

 

L’Hirondelle, C.A., “The High Costs of a Leaky Roof Society”

[Sabrina Del Pico – March 2013]

 

This article argues that a universal livable income represents a wise investment for the future rather than an unsustainable cost. Using a metaphor about roof construction, the author compares and contrasts the long-term benefits of a universal income with the detriments to society at large caused by failing to introduce such a measure. The author, in fact, highlights how society would benefit from it both at socio-economic and health level.

 

C.A., L’Hirondelle, “The High Costs of a Leaky Roof Society” Livable 4 All, February 26th, 2013

http://www.livableincome.org/agliroof.htm

 

 

 

 

4. Events

Book launch: Money for Everyone, by Malcolm Torry, Thursday 27th June

[USBIG – May 2013]

An event, at the London School of Economics on Thursday 27th June at 6 pm, will launch the publication of the book, Money for Everyone: Why we need a Citizen’s Income, by Malcolm Torry, and published by the Policy Press. According to the publisher:

 

“Due to government cuts, the benefits system is currently a hot topic. In this timely book, a Citizen’s Income (sometimes called a Basic Income) is defined as an unconditional, non-withdrawable income for every individual as a right of citizenship. This much-needed book, written by an experienced researcher and author, is the first for over a decade to analyse the social, economic and labour market advantages of a Citizen’s Income in the UK. It demonstrates that it would be simple and cheap to administer, would reduce inequality, enhance individual freedom and would be good for the economy, social cohesion, families, and the employment market. It also contains international comparisons and links with broader issues around the meaning of poverty and inequality, making a valuable contribution to the debate around benefits. Accessibly written, this is essential reading for policy-makers, researchers, teachers, students, and anyone interested in the future of our society and our economy.”

 

The author, Dr. Malcolm Torry, is Director of the Citizen’s Income Trust. He has first degrees in mathematics, theology, philosophy, and economics and management; and higher degrees in social policy and in theology. He has recently completed an honorary research fellowship in the Social Policy Department at the London School of Economics. He is Team Rector of the Church of England Parish of East Greenwich.

 

For an initial period the book can be ordered at a reduced price (£19.99 rather than £24.99) on the Policy Press website: www.policypress.co.uk.

 

If you would like to attend the launch then please email info@citizensincome.org to book your place and receive further information.

 

 

 

 

Brussels, Belgium: European Parliament Conference, “Building resilience,” May 8, 2013

[USBIG – April 2013]

 

This conference looks at alternative responses to the crises such as the collective reduction of working time, the use of community currencies, and the implementation of basic income. Experts in these fields present and discuss these alternative policies and explain how they can contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future for all. The event is organized and hosted by Carl Schlyster, Member of the European Parliament (Green-Sweden). Presenters include Louise Haag, of the University of York (UK), Jean-Marie Perbost, author of the Green Party’s report “Work More? Work Less?” and Tony Greenham, of the New Economic Foundation. The event is free, but all attendees must register.

 

More information, including the program and registration instructions, is online at: http://www.greens-efa.eu/building-resilience-9644.html

 

 

 

 

Maynooth, Ireland, “Basic Income Ireland: first and secon public events, March 7 and May 2, 2013

[USBIG – April 2013]

 

A new organisation called Basic Income Ireland, held its introductory meeting on Thursday March 7th, at National University of Ireland in Maynooth, 7-9pm. Erik Olin Wright, professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, was a featured speaker.

 

The next Basic Income Ireland general network meeting will take place at the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 on Thursday May, 2nd from 6.30 to 8.30pm. The general theme of the meeting will be ‘spreading the word’ about basic income. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

More information about the first event is online at:

http://www.feasta.org/2013/02/15/basic-income-ireland-first-public-event/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=PGBot&utm_source=PGBot

 

More information about the second event is online at:

http://www.basicincomeireland.com/news–events.html

 

Basic Income Ireland is online at:

http://www.basicincomeireland.com/

 

 

 

 

The internet: Earth Sharing and New Economics Webinar, May 6, 2013

[USBIG – May 2013]

 

Earth Sharing and New Economics Webinar – On Monday, 6th May (10:00 am EST US East Coast (7:00 am US West Coast, 15:00 London time) Alanna Hartzok will give a teleseminar of the powerpoint she presented at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference (April in Washington, WB headquarters). The ppt contains key points from her paper titled Socializing Land Rent, Untaxing Production, which includes a significant argument for basic income. There will be several discussion periods during the teleseminar. The teleseminar is sponsored by Commons Action for the United Nations and the Commons Cluster. For PDF of the full paper and further information contact: alanna@earthrights.net

 

Title: Earth Sharing and New Economics

Time: Monday, May 6th at 10:00am Eastern  3:00 pm UK

Listening method: Phone + Web Simulcast

Phone number: (206) 402-0100

PIN Code: 090366#

 

To attend via web only, no need to call in, this is the audio/visual link:

 

http://InstantTeleseminar.com/?eventID=40610271

 

 

 

 

Verona, Italy: Images of a Concrete Utopia: photo exhibit, April 4-29, 2013

Verona, Italy, 4th-29th April 2013: Photo Exhibition on Basic Income in Namibia

 

[BIN-Italia – Sapril 2013]

 

A photo exhibition on Namibia’s basic income experiment has been going on at the Library Frinzi in Verona from April 4th to 29th. On kick-off day, April 4th, there was a brief introduction of both the exhibition and Namibia’s basic income project. The experimentation undertaken in Namibia by BIGNAM (Basic Income Grant-Namibia) aims at granting every man and women a universal and unconditional basic income.

 

The photo exhibition, which is entitled ‘Basic Income and Right to Life – Signals from Namibia, Images of a Concrete Utopia’, depicts particular moments of daily life of Otjivero – Omitara (Namibia) community.

 

The exhibition was organized by Simone Michelangelo Muzzioli, a Ph.D student in Sociology and Social Research at the University of Verona, and it has been supported by PhD program in Sociology and Social Research of the University of Verona.

 

For further information about the exhibition it is possible to contact Simone Muzzioli (PhD student in Sociology and Social Research): simonemichelangelo.muzzioli@univr.it

 

More info (both in Italian and in English) is also available on line at: http://www.bin-italia.org/informa.php?ID_NEWS=473

 

http://www.bin-italia.org/

 

 

 

 

Athens, Greece, Basic Income event at Free Thinking Zone, April 25, 2013

[BIEN – April 2013]

The Initiative for Basic Income in Greece organized a presentation in Athens on April 25, 2013 to inform people about what Basic Income is and how they can participate in the European effort to accumulate 1,000,000 signatures on a petition to get the European Union to exmine BI. The event’s speakers were Stanislas Jourdan (coordinator of the French movement for basic income and coordinator of the European campaign for basic income), Manos Matsaganis (Professor of public economics and social policy at the Athens University of Economics and Business and a life time member of BIEN) and Vassilis Perantzakis (Software engineer/Analyst and member of the Pirate Movement).

 

for more information on the Initiative for basic income in Greece

https://www.facebook.com/basicincomegr

https://twitter.com/basic_incomegr

 

 

 

 

Perugia, Italy, 24th April 2013: A lesson about Citizen’s Income

[BIN-Italia – April 2013]

 

On April 24th a lesson about Citizen’s Income will be held at the Faculty of Law of Università degli Studi di Perugia (University of Perugia). The lesson will be lectured by Giuseppe Bronzini who is a Judge in the Supreme Court of Cassation in Italy, and the coordinator of the scientific committee of BIN Italia. The event was organised by the University of Perugia, and specifically by Professor Tamar Pitch who is chair of Philosophy of Law.

 

http://www.bin-italia.org/

 

 

 

 

Rome, Italy, 13th April 2013: Public meeting on Common Goods lists BIG

[BIN -Italia – April 2013]

 

On April 13th a public meeting on Common Goods and the so-called Commissione Rodotà (a parliamentary commission established in 2007 to change the rules of the Italian civil code on the subject of public goods and chaired by Stefano Rodotà, Professor Emeritus of Civil Law) was held at Teatro Valle Occupato. The meeting is an important step to form a coalition of scholars, jurists, and activist aiming at protecting the commons against neoliberal governance. Basic income has been listed as a common good along with the access to water, culture and nature.

 

More info (in Italian) is available on line at: http://www.teatrovalleoccupato.it/linarrestabile-ascesa-dei-beni-comuni-assemblea-pubblica-sabato-13-aprile-ore-15-30

http://www.bin-italia.org/

 

 

 

 

Torino, Italy, 10th April 2013: ”The Future of Europe,” a Conference with Philippe Van Parijs

[BIN-Italia – April 2013]

 

On April 10th a conference entitled ”The Future of Europe: a debate about solidarity, democracy, and integration” was held in Turin at Fondazione Einaudi. The conference, which focused also on the issue of Basic Income, was attended by Philippe Van Parijs, Universite Catholique de Louvain, and Guido Montani, Universita di Pavia. The event was moderated by Flavio Brugnoli, Director of Centro Studi sul Federalismo.

 

Info (in Italian): http://www.carloalberto.org/assets/events/ilfuturodelleuropa.pdf

http://www.bin-italia.org/

 

 

 

 

Firenze, Italy, 8th April 2013: Workshop: Guaranteed Minimum Income and fight against social exclusion

[BIN-Italia – April 2013]

 

A workshop entitled ‘Guaranteed Minimum Income and Fight Against Social Exclusion’ was organised on April 8th at Universita degli studi di Firenze. The workshop was lectured by Giuseppe Bronzini, Judge in the Supreme Court of Cassation in Italy, and coordinator of the scientific committee of BIN Italia. The event was part of a cycles of workshops organised by the Course of Labour Law of the University of Florence.

 

http://www.bin-italia.org/

 

 

 

 

Rome, Italy, 8th April 2013: Presentation of the campaign ‘#Just Approve it!’

[BIB-Italia – April 2013]

 

On April 8th the Association Progetto Diritti organised the presentation of both BIN Italia last book, Reddito minimo garantito, un progetto necessario e possibile [Guaranteed Minimum Income, a feasible and necessary project] (published by Edizioni Gruppo Abele) and the campaign ‘#Just Approve it!’ launched by the associations involved in the campaign for a popular initiative bill on guaranteed minimum income. During the event they screened the video ‘Reinventing the Welfare State: a European perspective’ by Francesca Bria and Sandro Gobetti.

 

The event was attended by Luca Santini (President of BIN Italia), Massimiliano Smeriglio (Deputy Governor of Regione Lazio), Celeste Costantino (MP of Sinistra Ecologia Libertà [Left, Ecology Freedom]), and Arturo Salerni (lawyer and member of Progetto Diritti). The meeting was introduced by Mario Angelelli, President of the Association Progetto Diritti.

 

http://www.progettodiritti.it/

http://www.bin-italia.org/

 

 

 

 

5. New Links

 

 

Link: Portuguese website on Basic Income in Portugal

[BIEN – 2013]

 

The New website, du basic income au Portugal, has news and information about basic income in Portugal. The language of the site is Portuguese.

 

It’s online at: http://www.rendabasicaincondicional.pt

 

It has a facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Renda-Básica-Incondicional-PT

 

 

 

 

Link: European Citizens’ Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income

[BIEN – April 2013]

 

On January 14th 2013, the European Commission accepted a petition for European Citizens’ Initiative for Basic Income, triggering a one-year campaign involving all countries in the European Union. If the organizers collect 1 million statements of support for the Basic Income petition from any 1 million out of the 500 million citizens of the European Union by January 14, 2014, the European Commission will be legally obliged to examine their initiative and arrange for a public hearing in the European Parliament.

 

The initiative’s website is: http://basicincome2013.eu/

The signup page for the petition is: http://basicincome2013.eu/ubi/signup-page/

 

 

 

 

Link: The BIG Movement

[Aynur Bashirova – BI News – February 2013]

 

The BIG movement is a grassroots movement, which aims to raise awareness about the Basic Income. It does this by a network of project teams, public events, and media channels. Anyone interested can join the movement from its website, Facebook users can connect its through its Facebook page.

 

Website: http://www.thebigmovement.org/.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thebigmovement?fref=ts

 

 

 

 

Link: Arguments for Basic Income

Curated by Khannea Suntzu

 

This website has a host of links to articles supporting basic income.

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/arguments-for-basic-income

 

 

 

 

6. Audio/Video

AUDIO: Latentexistence “Why does everyone have to work?”

 

Also available as a blog, the podcast challenges the notion that the poor can be divided into the deserving and the undeserving. According to the author, a BIG would:

 

·      Replace the tax allowance and the benefits system

 

·      Make savings on means testing and administration

 

·      Allow freedom to work part time, full time or not at all

 

·      Allow the pursuit of hobbies and interests away from work

 

·      Produce inventions and innovations that benefit us all

 

·      Result in the production of books, music and art

 

·      Allow people to perform services for others and their community

 

·      Shift the balance of power from employers to employees

 

·      Provide security when jobs are not secure

 

·      Remove the fear and stress of disability assessments

 

 

AUDIO: Latentexistence, “Why does everyone have to work?” November 27, 2012

 

http://www.latentexistence.me.uk/why-does-everyone-have-to-work/

 

 

 

AUDIO: Gosseries, Axel and Yannick Vanderborght (editors), “Arguing about justice: Essays for Philippe Van Parijs” now available as audio book for free download

This book, released in 2011, is now available for free as a computer-generated audio book in MP3 format. (It is also available for download as PDF, see story from BI News, May 19, 2013). The hard copy is still available for €29.90. Philippe Van Parijs is one of the leading philosophers writing about basic income today. Many of the chapters in this book respond to his ideas about basic income.

 

The audio version of the book is not read by a human being. It is created by read-out-loud software in a computer-generated voice. But it provides an accessible version of the text ready for downloading from the internet and uploading onto an iPod or any other portable audio player.

 

According to Noble Laureate, Amartya Sen, “A book of quick and sharp thoughts on a grand theme is a novel way of paying tribute to a leading philosopher. But it has worked beautifully here, both as a stimulating book of ideas on justice, and as a fitting recognition of the intellectual contributions of Philippe Van Parijs, who is one of the most original and most creative thinkers of our time. ”

 

Gosseries, Axel and Yannick Vanderborght (editors), Arguing about justice: Essays for Philippe Van Parijs. Louvain-la-Neuve: UCL Presses, 2011

 

The audio (MP3) version is available at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z54m0lhjyd9y636/zgW4qS9Ssc/A.B.%20Axel%20Gosseries%20%26%20Yannick%20Vanderborght%20%28editors%29

 

The PDF version is available at: http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.science.philosophy.region.europe/4125?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

For more info about the book go to: http://www.i6doc.com/fr/livre/?GCOI=28001100609230

 

 

 

 

Hartmann, Thom. “The right to basic income: Interview with Guy Standing”

Thom Hartman, of the U.S.-based news website, RT The Big Picture, recently interviewed Guy Standing on basic income, the Alaska Dividend, and related issues. The interview is now on YouTube.

 

Hartmann, Thom. “The right to basic income: Interview with Guy Standing,” RT The Big Picture, YouTube, Apr 1, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO: Song entitled “Basic Income”

Martin Ruhland has written and recorded a song about basic income. Two versions of the song (in both English and German) are unconditionally available on Ruhland’s MySpace page. According to the song, Basic Income will “grant all the people living here on Earth / Enough to live in dignity from birth.”

 

The English version, “Basic Income,” is online at: http://www.myspace.com/martinruhland/music/songs/basic-income-91877476

The German version, “Grundeinkommen,” is online at: http://www.myspace.com/martinruhland/music/songs/grundeinkommen-40-rich-version-41-88553520

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: Citizens Initiative for Basic Income

[BIEN – April 2013]

 

This 3-minute YouTube video explains the European Citizens’ Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income. It is online at:

 

 

 

 

 

AUDIO: 1971 Wallace Klinck lecture on social credit which includes a form of BIG

[USBIG – March 2013]

 

Wallace Klinck, “Social Credit, Unemployment and Leisure–an address”

 

This 45-minute YouTube lecture discusses the economic system known as Social Credit, which includes a form of Basic Income Guarantee. The lecture was originally delivered by Wallace Klinck, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on March 8, 1971. The YouTude “video” includes audio and the text of the speech.

 

It’s online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F6h1s42vWQ

 

 

 

 

AUDIO: Gabriel Barta is Interviewed (In English) about the Swiss Basic Income Initiative

[BIEN – March 2013]

 

Goodman, David, “Push is on for CHF2,500 ‘basic income’ (audio interview)” World Radio Switzerland, Monday, 21 January, 2013

 

A federal initiative was launched in Switzerland last April asking for an unconditional basic income guaranteed of 2,500 Francs a month for every resident, regardless of their nationality. Campaigners already have half the signatures for a ballot with 10 months of campaigning still left. And last week, a another citizen’s initiative was launched in the European Union, asking the European Commission to consider the a similar idea. Dave Goodman, of World Radio Switzerland, talks to Gabriel Barta, a member of the committee behind the Swiss Basic Income initiative.

 

The interview can be found at this link: http://worldradio.ch/wrs/news/switzerland/push-is-on-for-chf2500-basic-income.shtml?34207

 

 

 

 

7. Blogs

 

 

Carrico’s, Dale, “p2p is EITHER Pay to Peer OR it is Peers to Precarity”

March 23, 2013, The Futurist: A Magazine of Forecasts, Trends, and Ideas about the Future.

 

This blog makes a connection between BIG and peer-to-peer networks.

 

https://www.wfs.org/blogs/dale-carrico/p2p-either-pay-peer-or-it-peers-precarity

 

 

 

 

8. About the Basic Income Earth Network and its NewsFlash

BIEN NewsFlash:

Editor: Karl Widerquist

The BIEN NewsFlash is the newsletter of the Basic Income Earth Network. It is mailed electronically every two months to over 1,500 subscribers throughout the world. If you would like to be added or removed from the subscription list, please go to: http://www.basicincome.org/bien/subscribe.php.

BIEN’s news website is BInews.org. It includes many of the articles from the NewsFlash, daily news on basic income, book reviews, opinion, and more.

Items for inclusion or review in future NewsFlashes and BI News please contact BIEN’s News Editor, Karl Widerquist <Karl@widerquist.com>

Or go to the following page on the BI News website: http://binews.org/contribute.php

 

Thanks for help with this issue to Cindy L’Hirondelle, Guy Standing, Steve Shafarman, Michael Howard, and others.

 

 

 

BIEN

 

Co-chairs:

Ingrid VAN NIEKERK ivanniekerk@epri.org.za, Economic Policy Research Institute, Cape Town, South Africa

Karl WIDERQUIST Karl@Widerquist.com, Georgetown University, SFS-Qatar

 

Further details about BIEN’s Executive Committee and International Board as well as further information about the Recognised National Networks can be found on our website www.basicincome.org

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

All life members of the Basic Income European Network, many of whom were non-Europeans, have automatically become life members of the Basic Income Earth Network. To join them, just send your name and address (postal and electronic) to Almaz Zelleke <azelleke@gmail.com>, Secretary of BIEN, and transfer EUR 100 to BIEN’s account 001 2204356 10 at FORTIS BANK (IBAN: BE41 0012 2043 5610), 10 Rond-Point Schuman, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium. An acknowledgement will be sent upon receipt.

 

 

BIEN Life-members can become “B(I)ENEFACTORS” by giving another 100 Euros or more to the Network. The funds collected will facilitate the participation of promising BI advocates coming from developing countries or from disadvantaged groups.

 

 

 

 

En Oviedo el XXVI Seminario Interuniversitario de Pedagogía Social “Crisis social y Estado del Bienestar: las respuestas de la Pedagogía Social”. sips2013@uniovi.es

(http://www.sips2013.es)

 

 

El UNICEF ha publicado hace unos días un interesante informe comparativo sobre el Bienestar infantil en los países ricos. En el que se presenta la situación de la infancia en las 29 economías más avanzadas del mundo de acuerdo con cinco dimensiones clave en la vida de los niños: bienestar material, salud y seguridad, educación, conductas y riesgos, y vivienda y medio ambiente.

El informe está organizado en tres apartados, el primero presenta una tabla clasificatoria del bienestar infantil en 29 de las economías más avanzadas del mundo; el segundo se centra en lo que los niños dicen sobre su propio bienestar (e incluye una tabla clasificatoria de la satisfacción de los niños con su vida) y el tercero examina los cambios en el bienestar infantil en las economías avanzadas durante la primera década del siglo XXI y analiza el progreso de cada país en logros educativos, tasas de embarazos en adolescentes, niveles de obesidad infantil, prevalencia de casos de acoso escolar y consumo de tabaco, alcohol y drogas.

 

El informe completo en castellano lo podéis descargar en la siguiente URL:

http://www.unicef.es/sites/www.unicef.es/files/Bienestarinfantil_UNICEF_0.pdf

 

 

RIGHT TO EDUCATION, 21-22 MAY 2013, TAIPEI, TAIWAN

 

 

Nitya Rao, Paul Morris & Yusuf Sayed (2013). Gendered cultures, educational experiences and policy contestation. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 293-294.

 

Jennifer A. Delaney & Patricia Yu (2013). Policy innovation and tertiary education graduation rates: a cross-country analysis. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 387-409.

Anna Robinson-Pant (2013). Book reviews : Developing cultural capability in international higher education: a narrative inquiry. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 410-412.

 

 

Guy Tchibozo (2013). Editorial. Educators’ Work: between community service, professional improvement and personal development  POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION. Volume 11 Number 3  2013  SPECIAL ISSUE EDUCATORS’ WORK: between community service, professional improvement and personal development. Guest Editor: GUY TCHIBOZO www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_3.asp

Jean-François Marcel (2013). Critical Approach to the Contribution Made by Education Research to the Social Construction of the Value of Teaching Work. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION. Volume 11 Number 3  2013  SPECIAL ISSUE EDUCATORS’ WORK: between community service, professional improvement and personal development. Guest Editor: GUY TCHIBOZO www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_3.asp

Lisa Shoaf, Ted Zigler & Robert Beebe (2013). Building Cohesive Leadership Development. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION. Volume 11 Number 3  2013  SPECIAL ISSUE EDUCATORS’ WORK: between community service, professional improvement and personal development. Guest Editor: GUY TCHIBOZO www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_3.asp

Christian Bégin & Laetitia Gérard (2013). The Role of Supervisors in Light of the Experience of Doctoral Students. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION. Volume 11 Number 3  2013  SPECIAL ISSUE EDUCATORS’ WORK: between community service, professional improvement and personal development. Guest Editor: GUY TCHIBOZO www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_3.asp

Sacha Kiffer & Guy Tchibozo (2013). Developing the Teaching Competences of Novice Faculty Members: a review of international literature. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION. Volume 11 Number 3  2013  SPECIAL ISSUE EDUCATORS’ WORK: between community service, professional improvement and personal development. Guest Editor: GUY TCHIBOZO www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_3.asp

Limin Jao (2013). Peer Coaching as a Model for Professional Development in the Elementary Mathematics Context: challenges, needs and rewards. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION. Volume 11 Number 3  2013  SPECIAL ISSUE EDUCATORS’ WORK: between community service, professional improvement and personal development. Guest Editor: GUY TCHIBOZO www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_3.asp
Periklis Pavlidis (2013). The Ideal of Education and the Emancipation of Labour. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION. Volume 11 Number 3  2013  SPECIAL ISSUE EDUCATORS’ WORK: between community service, professional improvement and personal development. Guest Editor: GUY TCHIBOZO www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_3.asp

Michael Surbaugh, Sarah Desroches & Clarence W. Joldersma (2013) REVIEW SYMPOSIUM. Consuming Schools: commercialism and the end of politics. With a Response by Trevor Norris. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION. Volume 11 Number 3  2013  SPECIAL ISSUE EDUCATORS’ WORK: between community service, professional improvement and personal development. Guest Editor: GUY TCHIBOZO www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_3.asp

 

Aisi Li (2013). Historical Research in Comparative Education: a discussion of some methodological issues. RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. Volume 8 Number 1 2013 www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_1.asp

Ann Harlow (2013). Learner Success Stories: what constitutes, and contributes to, success in tertiary vocational training courses? RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. Volume 8 Number 1 2013 www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_1.asp

 

IV Encuentro Latinoamericano de Metodología de las Ciencias Sociales, en Heredia (Costa Rica), del 27 al 29 de agosto de 2014: “La investigación social ante desafíos transnacionales: procesos globales, problemáticas emergentes y perspectivas de integración regional”.

Anna Mountford-Zimdars and Daniel Sabbagh (2013). Fair Access to Higher Education: A Comparative Perspective. Comparative Education Review, Vol. 57, No. 3, 2013, pp. 359-368. Abstracts in Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, and Russian

Steven Jones (2013). “Ensure That You Stand Out from the Crowd”: A Corpus-Based Analysis of Personal Statements according to Applicants’ School Type. Comparative Education Review, Vol. 57, No. 3, 2013, pp. 397-423.

Peter Stone (2013). Access to Higher Education by the Luck of the Draw. Comparative Education Review, Vol. 57, No. 3, 2013, pp. 577-599.

Stephen Roche (2013). Plus ça change: Change and continuity at the International Review of Education. International Review of Education Volume 59, Issue 2, Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Joseph Zajda (2013). Book Review Higher education and equality of opportunities: Cross-national perspectives. International Review of Education Volume 59, Issue 2, Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

Darko Štrajn (2013). Book Review Becoming multilingual: Language learning and language policy between attitudes and identities. International Review of Education Volume 59, Issue 2, Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

R. Murray Thomas (2013). Learning from culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms: Using inquiry to inform practice. International Review of Education Volume 59, Issue 2, Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Joseph Zajda (2013). Book Review Not by bread alone. International Review of Education Volume 59, Issue 2, Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Cari Strand & Jess L. Gregory (2013). Book Review School leadership for public value: Understanding valuable outcomes for children, families and communities. International Review of Education Volume 59, Issue 2, Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Ali Ait Si Mhamed (2013). Book Review Discourse formation in comparative education. International Review of Education Volume 59, Issue 2, Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

 

 

 

Oficina Internacional de Educación (2013). Porqué importa hoy el debate curricular. Ginebra:

http://www.ibe.unesco.org/es.html /// http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002213/221328s.pdf

 

 

Anna Robinson-Pant & Nidhi Singal (2013). Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 4,  Researching ethically across cultures: issues of knowledge, power and voice, pp. 417-421.

Leon Tikly & Tim Bond (2013). Towards a postcolonial research ethics in comparative and international education. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 4,  Researching ethically across cultures: issues of knowledge, power and voice, pp. 422-442.

Anna Robinson-Pant & Nidhi Singal (2013). Research ethics in comparative and international education: reflections from anthropology and health. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 4,  Researching ethically across cultures: issues of knowledge, power and voice, pp. 443-463.

Fauzia Shamim & Rashida Qureshi (2013). Informed consent in educational research in the South: tensions and accommodations. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 4,  Researching ethically across cultures: issues of knowledge, power and voice, pp. 464-482.

Dheeba Moosa (2013). Challenges to anonymity and representation in educational qualitative research in a small community: a reflection on my research journey. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 4,  Researching ethically across cultures: issues of knowledge, power and voice, pp. 483-495.

 

Pat Sikes (2013). Working together for critical research ethics. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 4,  Researching ethically across cultures: issues of knowledge, power and voice, pp. 516-536.

Adrian Holliday (2013). The politics of ethics in diverse cultural settings: colonising the centre stage. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 4,  Researching ethically across cultures: issues of knowledge, power and voice, pp. 537-554.

Juan Carlos Barrón-Pastor, Malini Ghose & Disha Mullick (2013). COMPARE Forum. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 4,  Researching ethically across cultures: issues of knowledge, power and voice, pp. 555-562.

Anna Robinson-Pant (2013). Book review – Research methodologies in the ‘South’. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 4,  Researching ethically across cultures: issues of knowledge, power and voice, pp. 563-566.

Clementina Acedo (2013). Key education and quality issues and reassessments coming from the developing world. PROSPECTS. Volume 43 Number 2, Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Helen Abadzi (2013). School-based management committees in low-income countries: Can they improve service delivery? PROSPECTS. Volume 43 Number 2, Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

 

Jeongwoo Lee (2013). Creating world-class universities: Implications for developing countries. PROSPECTS. Volume 43 Number 2, Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

John Fox (2013). Lord Robert Baden-Powell (1857–1941). PROSPECTS. Volume 43 Number 2, Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Roche (2013). Editorial: Equity and equality in education. International Review of Education, Vol. 59, Issue 1 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Geert Driessen & Annemarie van Langen (2013). Gender differences in primary and secondary education: Are girls really outperforming boys? International Review of Education, Vol. 59, Issue 1Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

 

Peter Broeder & Mia Stokmans (2013). Why should I read? – A cross-cultural investigation into adolescents’ reading socialisation and reading attitude. International Review of Education, Vol. 59, Issue 1Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Shlomit Oryan & John Gastil (2013). Democratic parenting: paradoxical messages in democratic parent education theories. International Review of Education, Vol. 59, Issue 1Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

Joseph Zajda (2013). Book Review : Educating for democracy: Background materials on democratic citizenship and human rights education for teachers. International Review of Education, Vol. 59, Issue 1Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

Darko Štrajn (2013). Book Review International struggles for critical democratic education. International Review of Education, Vol. 59, Issue 1Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Sonia Mehta (2013). Book Review:   Comparative education: The construction of a field. International Review of Education, Vol. 59, Issue 1Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Michael McVey (2013). Book Review :PISA under examination: Changing knowledge, changing tests, and changing schools. International Review of Education, Vol. 59, Issue 1Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

Julia Preece (2013). Book Review : Education and HIV/AIDS. International Review of Education, Vol. 59, Issue 1 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF Darko Štrajn (2013). Book Review : Surviving economic crises through education. International Review of Education, Vol. 59, Issue 1Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Esther Priyadharshini (2013). Reimagining Knowledge Terrains: the Economic and Social Research Council, governmentalism and the social science landscape. POWER AND EDUCATION. Volume 5 Number 2 www.wwwords.co.uk/power/content/pdfs/5/issue5_2.asp

Anna Kirova & Kelly Hennig (2013). Culturally Responsive Assessment Practices: examples from an intercultural multilingual early learning program for newcomer children. POWER AND EDUCATION. Volume 5 Number 2 www.wwwords.co.uk/power/content/pdfs/5/issue5_2.asp

Alison Healicon. ‘My Dress Is Not a Yes’: subversion and the SlutWalk message. POWER AND EDUCATION. Volume 5 Number 2 www.wwwords.co.uk/power/content/pdfs/5/issue5_2.asp

David Rufo (2013). bUzZ: a guide to authentic and joyful creative learning. POWER AND EDUCATION. Volume 5 Number 2 www.wwwords.co.uk/power/content/pdfs/5/issue5_2.asp

Jennifer Martin & Tony Lawson (2013). Whose Empowerment? The Dynamics of Power and Choice in Managing Student Access to Personalised Key Stage 4 Options. POWER AND EDUCATION. Volume 5 Number 2 www.wwwords.co.uk/power/content/pdfs/5/issue5_2.asp

Rachael Gabriel & Jessica Nina Lester (2013). Community Performances and Performative Texts as Tools for Critical Exploration: the practice of being labeled disabled. POWER AND EDUCATION. Volume 5 Number 2 www.wwwords.co.uk/power/content/pdfs/5/issue5_2.asp

Richard Hall (2013). Academic Activism in the Face of Enclosure in the Digital University. POWER AND EDUCATION. Volume 5 Number 2 www.wwwords.co.uk/power/content/pdfs/5/issue5_2.asp

Sylvia Rose-Ann Walker (2013) BOOK REVIEWS Decolonizing Philosophies of Education (Ali A. Abdi, Ed.),POWER AND EDUCATION. Volume 5 Number 2 www.wwwords.co.uk/power/content/pdfs/5/issue5_2.asp

Gerald Walton (2013) BOOK REVIEWS From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: navigating gender and sexuality diversity in pre-K12 schools (Jennifer Bryan). POWER AND EDUCATION. Volume 5 Number 2 www.wwwords.co.uk/power/content/pdfs/5/issue5_2.asp

Cornelia Gräsel, Inka Bormann, Kerstin Schütte, Kati Trempler & Robert Fischbach (2013). Outlook on Research in Education for Sustainable Development. Policy Futures in Education, Volume 11 Number 2  2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_2.asp

Mike Cole (2013). Racism, the Left and Twenty-first-century Socialism: some observations on the Gur-Ze’ev/McLaren interchange. Policy Futures in Education, Volume 11 Number 2  2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_2.asp

Deb J. Hill & Lynley Tulloch (2013). Can Market Capitalism be Greened? Environmental Education Revisited. Policy Futures in Education, Volume 11 Number 2  2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_2.asp

Herner Saeverot (2013). On the Need to Ask Educational Questions about Education: an interview with Gert Biesta. Policy Futures in Education, Volume 11 Number 2  2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_2.asp

Jan Vanhoof & Paul Mahieu (2013). Local Knowledge Brokerage for Data-Driven Policy and Practice in Education. Policy Futures in Education, Volume 11 Number 2  2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_2.asp

Chuan-Rong Yeh (2013). Existential Thoughts in Fanon’s Post-colonialism Discourse. Policy Futures in Education, Volume 11 Number 2  2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_2.asp
Ricardo D. Rosa (2013). REVIEW ESSAY European Higher Education and Corporate Designs of Utopia. Policy Futures in Education, Volume 11 Number 2  2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_2.asp

Rita Hofstetter & Bernard Schneuwly (2013). The International Bureau of Education (1925-1968): a platform for designing a ‘chart of world aspirations for education’. EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL Volume 12 Number 2  2013 www.wwwords.eu/EERJ/content/pdfs/12/issue12_2.asp

Martin Lawn (2013). A Systemless System: designing the disarticulation of English state education. EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL Volume 12 Number 2  2013 www.wwwords.eu/EERJ/content/pdfs/12/issue12_2.asp
Alis Oancea (2013). EERJ ROUNDTABLE, ECER 2012, CADIZ: RESEARCH IMPACT AND EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH Interpretations of Research Impact in Seven Disciplines. EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL Volume 12 Number 2  2013 www.wwwords.eu/EERJ/content/pdfs/12/issue12_2.asp

Paulina Korsnakova (2013). Large-scale Comparative Studies of Educational Achievement: an impact case. EUROPEAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL
Volume 12 Number 2  2013 www.wwwords.eu/EERJ/content/pdfs/12/issue12_2.asp

 

Tello, César (2013) Epistemologías de la política educativa: enfoques, perspectivas y posicionamientos.
http://es.scribd.com/doc/156589274/Tello-Epistemologias-de-la-politica-educativa-Libro-2013

 

Rimbert P. (2013). Les robots ne joueront pas “La Traviata”. Illusoire course à la productivité dans la culture, l’éducation et la santé. Le Monde Diplomatique, Juin 2013.

 

Pampanini G., ed. (2013). Right to Education and Democracy. Catania: CUECM.

 

 

Ruth Boyask, Arnet Donkin, Sue Waite & Hazel Lawson. Autonomy and Governance in Local Authority Provision for Children and Young People. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION, Volume 11 Number 4  2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_4.asp

Vera Lucia Felicetti, Marilia Costa Morosini & Patricia Somers. Affirmative Action in the Quality of Higher Education: the voices of graduates of the University for All program. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION, Volume 11 Number 4  2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_4.asp

Sarina Molina & Heather Lattimer. Defining Global Education. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION, Volume 11 Number 4  2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_4.asp

Noah De Lissovoy. Pedagogy of the Impossible: neoliberalism and the ideology of accountability. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION, Volume 11 Number 4  2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_4.asp

Vassiliki Papatsiba. The Idea of Collaboration in the Academy: its epistemic and social potentials and risks for knowledge generation. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION, Volume 11 Number 4  2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_4.asp

Ronald Barnett. Potentials and Risks of Collaboration: two sides of the same coin or the same side of the coin? A Response to Vassiliki Papatsiba. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION, Volume 11 Number 4  2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_4.asp

Jenny Ozga. Acts of Construction: the conditions of collaboration. A Response to Vassiliki Papatsiba. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION, Volume 11 Number 4  2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_4.asp

THE INTERNATIONALIST
Peter McLaren. Farewell to the Man in the Red Beret, Enter the Man in the White Silk Mitre: ‘there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in’. POLICY FUTURES IN EDUCATION, Volume 11 Number 4  2013  www.wwwords.co.uk/pfie/content/pdfs/11/issue11_4.asp

 

 

 
Chou, C.P (Ed.)(2013).The SSCI Syndrome in Higher Education:
A Local or Global Phenomenon? Holland: Sense Publishers.
(http://www3.nccu.edu.tw/~iaezcpc/renew_c_news.html)

 

 

 

 

The Rise of Data in Education Systems

collection, visualization and use

Edited by MARTIN LAWN

2013 paperback 160 pages US$56.00
ISBN 978-1-873927-32-8
The growth of education systems and the construction of the state have always been connected. The processes of governing education systems always utilized data through a range of administrative records, pupil testing, efficiency surveys and international projects. By the late twentieth century, quantitative data had gained enormous influence in education systems through the work of the OECD, the European Commission and national system agencies. The creation and flow of data has become a powerful governing tool in education. Comparison between pupils, costs, regions and states has grown ever more important.

 

The visualization of this data, and its range of techniques, has changed over time, especially in its movement from an expert to a public act. Data began to be explained to a widening audience to shape its behaviours and its institutions.

 

The use of data in education systems and the procedures by which the data are constructed has not been a major part of the study of education, nor of the histories of education systems. This volume of contributions, drawn from different times and spaces in education, will be a useful contribution to comparative historical studies.

Contents

Martin LawnIntroduction. The Rise of Data in Education

Martin Lawn. The Internationalisation of Education Data: exhibitions, tests, standards and associations

Marcelo Caruso. Policing Validity and Reliability: expertise, data accumulation and data parallelisation in Bavaria, 1873-1919

Noah W. Sobe. Educational Data at Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century International Expositions: ‘accomplished results’ and ‘instruments and apparatuses’

Joakim Landahl & Christian Lundahl. (Mis-)Trust in Numbers: shape shifting and directions in the modern history of data in Swedish educational reform

Ian Grosvenor & Siân Roberts. Systems and Subjects: ordering, differentiating and institutionalising the modern urban child

Inés Dussel. Counting, Describing, Interpreting: a study on early school census in Argentina, 1880-1900

Joyce Goodman. Visualising Girls’ Secondary Education in Interwar Europe: Amélie Arató’s L’Enseignement secondaire des jeunes filles en Europe

Romuald Normand. Governing Population: the emergence of a political arithmetic of inequalities in education. A Comparison Between the United Kingdom and France

Related titles

An Atlantic Crossing? The Work of the International Examination Inquiry, its Researchers, Methods and Influence MARTIN LAWN

Europeanizing Education: governing a new policy space MARTIN LAWN& SOTIRIA GREK

Materialities of Schooling: design, technology, objects, routines MARTIN LAWN & IAN GROSVENOR

Modelling the Future: exhibitions and the materiality of education MARTIN LAWN

PISA, Power, and Policy: the emergence of global educational governance HEINZ-DIETER MEYER & AARON BENAVOT

SYMPOSIUM BOOKS

 

Madeleine Arnot, Claudia Schneider & Oakleigh Welply (2013). Education, mobilities and migration: people, ideas and resources. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 5. Special Issue: Education, Mobilities and Migration: People, Ideas and Resources, Pages: 567-579.

Jo Boyden (2013). ‘We’re not going to suffer like this in the mud’: educational aspirations, social mobility and independent child migration among populations living in poverty. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 5. Special Issue: Education, Mobilities and Migration: People, Ideas and Resources, Pages: 580-600.

Caroline Dyer (2013). Does mobility have to mean being hard to reach? Mobile pastoralists and education’s ‘terms of inclusion’. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 5. Special Issue: Education, Mobilities and Migration: People, Ideas and Resources, Pages: 601-621.

Başak Bilecen (2013). Negotiating differences: cosmopolitan experiences of international doctoral students. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 5. Special Issue: Education, Mobilities and Migration: People, Ideas and Resources, Pages: 667-688.

Anna Robinson-Pant (2013). Book review Student mobilities, migration and the internationalisation of higher education
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Vol. 43, No. 5. Special Issue: Education, Mobilities and Migration: People, Ideas and Resources, Pages: 712-714.

 

 
Revista Internacional de Educación para la Justicas Social (REIJS), revista editada por el grupo de Investigación “Cambio Educativo para la Justicia Social” de la universidad Autónoma de Madrid, en colaboración con nuestra Red Iberoamericana de Investigación sobre Cambio y Eficacia Escolar (RINACE). http://www.rinace.net/riejs/ Directores de RIEJS F. Javier Murillo y Reyes Hernández-Castilla. El vol 2 número 1,  tiene una sección monográfica dedicada a “La Educación para la Ciudadanía: Nuevos Retos y Perspectivas desde el enfoque de la Justicia Social”, coordinada por los profesores Liliana Jacott y Antonio Maldonado; así como tres artículos libres y dos reseñas.

 

 

El primer número de la Journal of Supranational Policies of Education (JoSPoE), editada  por el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido de la UAM sobre “Políticas Educativas Supranacionales”: http://jospoe-gipes.com/

 

 

 

Arne Carlsen & Georges Haddad (2013). Introduction International Review of Education . Volume 59 Number 3 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

Jacques Delors (2013). The treasure within: Learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be. What is the value of that treasure 15 years after its publication? International Review of Education . Volume 59 Number 3 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

Georges Haddad & Jean-Pierre Aubin (2013). Towards a humanism of knowledge, action and cooperation. International Review of Education . Volume 59 Number 3 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

 

Jarl Bengtsson (2013). National strategies for implementing lifelong learning (LLL) – the gap between policy and reality: An international perspective. International Review of Education . Volume 59 Number 3 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Roberto Carneiro (2013). Living by learning, learning by living: The quest for meaning. International Review of Education . Volume 59 Number 3 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Lynne Chisholm (2013). Exploring the future of lifelong learning: advocacy, research and footprinting. International Review of Education . Volume 59 Number 3 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF.

 

Alan Tuckett (2013). Towards a lifelong learning target for 2015. International Review of Education . Volume 59 Number 3 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

Sarmite Mikulioniene (2013). Lifelong learning in later life: A handbook on older adult learning. Book Review. International Review of Education . Volume 59 Number 3 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF.

Malini Ghose (2013). Spectrum of lifelong education Book Review. International Review of Education . Volume 59 Number 3Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Alan Rogers (2013). Theories in adult learning and education Book Review. International Review of Education . Volume 59 Number 3Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

 

 

Michael Osborne , Peter Kearns & Jin Yang (2013). Learning cities: Developing inclusive, prosperous and sustainable urban communities.  International Review of Education . Volume 59 Number 4 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Randolph Preisinger-Kleine (2013). An analytical quality framework for learning cities and regions.  International Review of Education . Volume 59 Number 4 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Joseph Zajda (2013). Planning for technical and vocational skills development Book Review.  International Review of Education . Volume 59 Number 4 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

 

Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO) ha puesto en marcha para garantizar que la educación tenga un lugar central en todos los nuevos objetivos de desarrollo a partir del 2015, ha publicado un folleto titulado La Educación transforma la vida, que podéis descargar en la siguiente URL: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002231/223115S.pdf

 

 

 

 

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Quelles sont les langues enseignées chez nos voisins, proches ou lointains ? Selon quels objectifs ? Quel est le rôle de l’école vis-à-vis de ces apprentissages et comment organise-t-elle leur enseignement ? Comment sont formés les enseignants de langues étrangères ? Utilisent-ils tous les mêmes approches, techniques et outils ? Quelles sont leurs places ? Nos institutions éducatives connaissent, avec la mondialisation, l’avènement des médias, l’augmentation des probabilités objectives et subjectives de voyager (de rencontrer l’autre, cet étranger), de vraies mutations qui ne sont pas sans conséquences sur les pratiques. L’enseignement des langues étrangères, selon les systèmes éducatifs, n’apporte pas les mêmes résultats, n’a pas les mêmes finalités, et interpelle différemment les acteurs qui en ont la charge. Cet enseignement relève de politiques linguistiques et éducatives dont on s’est peu préoccupé jusqu’à présent. Ces orientations et ces choix concernent non seulement la manière dont s’envisage, s’organise ou se planifie la diffusion-promotion de nos langues-cultures respectives en dehors de nos frontières, la manière dont s’opère l’enseignement des langues locales, nationales, régionales ou étrangères, au sein de nos propres systèmes éducatifs, mais encore nos manières d’apprendre et d’enseigner. Comparer ce qui est comparable, s’intéresser aux caractéristiques qui font nos spécificités, nos manières d’envisager l’enseignement-apprentissage des langues – que l’on se place du point de vue des institutions ou des acteurs de l’éducation –, c’est être en mesure de se décentrer, c’est être capable de s’ouvrir « aux centrations de l’étranger » (L. Porcher). Tel est l’objectif de ce numéro, qui regroupe des contributions d’ici et d’ailleurs, sur l’enseignement des langues étrangères dans nos systèmes éducatifs respectifs.

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Introduction

Première Partie

Politiques linguistiques et enseignement-apprentissage des langues étrangères dans les systèmes éducatifs

Politique trilingue seychelloise, la formation des futurs professeurs de français en question. F. Barthélémy

Construire l’identité individuelle et collective d’adolescents français et québécois à travers la littérature jeunesse. A.-C. Raimond

Les sciences du langage et la didactique des langues à la croisée des politiques linguistiques, éducatives et culturelles. Dimensions méthodologique, curriculaire et réticulaire à visée comparatiste. S. Borg

La démarche qualité chez les certificateurs européens en langues étrangères. Lieu de rencontres, curricula cachés et représentations stéréotypées. P. Riba

« Classe d’accueil » ou « classe dépotoir ». La politique éducative en question. K. Ben Abbdalah

Deuxième Partie

Didactiques, pédagogies des langues étrangères et formations

Dans la peau d’un natif. État des lieux sur l’enseignement des gestes culturels. L. Cadet Joseph et M. Tellier

Enseigner/apprendre avec les techniques dramatiques.Une démarche fondamentalement interactionnelle. A. Cormanski

La scolarisation des enfants turcophones en maternelle dans la montagne comtoise. Pour une approche holistique et écologique. N. Thamin

Atelier théâtre FLE et formation initiale des enseignants. L. Garcia

Formation des enseignants de langues étrangères en Turquie. Y. Turkan

Réflexions sur la place de l’action collective dans la professionnalisation des enseignants de FLE en formation initiale. É. Perrichon

Point de vue

Une approche esthétique. Contre-conduite à une didactique des langues utilitariste. B. Rui

Thèse

Pratiques d’appropriation de la langue 2 en interactions par des Enaf à travers leurs « réseaux sociaux » en périmètre scolaire – dans et hors la classe. École primaire Bourgogne, à Besançon-Planoise. A. Laurence

Recensions

Francine Cicurel. Les interactions dans l’enseignement des langues. Agir professoral et pratiques de classe

Jean-Michel Cartier et Louis Porcher. Apprendre et enseigner d’hier à aujourd’hui. Souvenirs d’une classe de

philo au lycée Fontanes à Niort (1956-1957)

Nathalie Auger, Christine Beal et Françoise Demougin. Interactions et interculturalité. Variété des corpus et des approches

Jean-Jacques Richer. La Didactique des langues interrogée par les compétences

Entretien avec Louis Porcher. Les langues en vrac

Colloques et conférences

Conclusion

 

 

James H. Williams & Laura C. Engel. Testing to Rank, Testing to Learn, Testing to Improve: an introduction and overview. RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. SPECIAL ISSUE THE GLOBALIZATION OF ASSESSMENT: a forum on international tests of student performance Guest Editors: LAURA C. ENGEL & JAMES H. WILLIAMS Volume 8 Number 3 2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_3.asp
William H. Schmidt & Nathan A. Burroughs. Opening the Black Box: prospects for using international large-scale assessments to explore classroom effects RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. SPECIAL ISSUE THE GLOBALIZATION OF ASSESSMENT: a forum on international tests of student performance Guest Editors: LAURA C. ENGEL & JAMES H. WILLIAMS Volume 8 Number 3 2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_3.asp

Judith Torney-Purta & Jo-Ann Amadeo. International Large-Scale Assessments: challenges in reporting and potentials for secondary analysis RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. SPECIAL ISSUE THE GLOBALIZATION OF ASSESSMENT: a forum on international tests of student performance Guest Editors: LAURA C. ENGEL & JAMES H. WILLIAMS Volume 8 Number 3 2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_3.asp

David Rutkowski & Leslie Rutkowski. Measuring Socioeconomic Background in PISA: one size might not fit all RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. SPECIAL ISSUE THE GLOBALIZATION OF ASSESSMENT: a forum on international tests of student performance Guest Editors: LAURA C. ENGEL & JAMES H. WILLIAMS Volume 8 Number 3 2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_3.asp

Rebecca Winthrop & Kate Anderson Simons. Can International Large-Scale Assessments Inform a Global Learning Goal? Insights from the Learning Metrics Task Force RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. SPECIAL ISSUE THE GLOBALIZATION OF ASSESSMENT: a forum on international tests of student performance Guest Editors: LAURA C. ENGEL & JAMES H. WILLIAMS Volume 8 Number 3 2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_3.asp

Marlaine E. Lockheed & Hans Wagemaker. International Large-Scale Assessments: thermometers, whips or useful policy tools? RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. SPECIAL ISSUE THE GLOBALIZATION OF ASSESSMENT: a forum on international tests of student performance Guest Editors: LAURA C. ENGEL & JAMES H. WILLIAMS Volume 8 Number 3 2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_3.asp

Keita Takayama, Florian Waldow & Youl-Kwan Sung. Finland Has it All? Examining the Media Accentuation of ‘Finnish Education’ in Australia, Germany and South Korea RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. SPECIAL ISSUE THE GLOBALIZATION OF ASSESSMENT: a forum on international tests of student performance Guest Editors: LAURA C. ENGEL & JAMES H. WILLIAMS Volume 8 Number 3 2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_3.asp

Amy Jo Dowd & Lauren Pisani. Two Wheels are Better than One: the importance of capturing the home literacy environment in large-scale assessments of reading RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. SPECIAL ISSUE THE GLOBALIZATION OF ASSESSMENT: a forum on international tests of student performance Guest Editors: LAURA C. ENGEL & JAMES H. WILLIAMS Volume 8 Number 3 2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_3.asp

Amber Gove, Samir Habib, Benjamin Piper & Wendi Ralaingita. Classroom-up Policy Change: early reading and math assessments at work RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. SPECIAL ISSUE THE GLOBALIZATION OF ASSESSMENT: a forum on international tests of student performance Guest Editors: LAURA C. ENGEL & JAMES H. WILLIAMS Volume 8 Number 3 2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_3.asp

BOOK REVIEWS

IEA 1958 2008: 50 years of experiences and memories (Constantinos Papanastasiou, Tjeerd Plomp & Elena C. Papanastasiou, Eds), reviewed by Oren Pizmony-Levy
PISA Under Examination: changing knowledge, changing tests and changing schools (Miguel A. Pereyra, Hans-Georg Kotthoff & Robert Cowen, Eds), reviewed by Morten Greaves
PISA, Power and Policy: the emergence of global educational governance (Heinz-Dieter Meyer & Aaron Benavot, Eds), reviewed by Noel McGinn RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION. SPECIAL ISSUE THE GLOBALIZATION OF ASSESSMENT: a forum on international tests of student performance Guest Editors: LAURA C. ENGEL & JAMES H. WILLIAMS Volume 8 Number 3 2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_3.asp

 

 

 

Annual Review of Comparative and International Education 2013
(International Perspectives on Education and Society, Volume 20):

http://www.emeraldinsight.com/books.htm?issn=1479-3679&volume=20

Alexander W. Wiseman and Emily Anderson
Editors, *Annual Review of Comparative and International Education
2013*
La OCDE acaba de publicar una nueva Web titulada “Education GPS” con una gran cantidad de datos comparables internacionalmente sobre políticas educativas, oportunidades y resultados: http://gpseducation.oecd.org/Home

 

el informe PISA 2012 de la OCDE, así que en los próximos días tendremos un debate interesante en los medios de comunicación al respecto: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/ y los resultados en http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results.htm

Los datos sobre España, los ha puesto a disposición pública el MEC en las siguientes direcciones:

http://www.mecd.gob.es/inee/Ultimos_informes/PISA-2012.html

http://www.mecd.gob.es/prensa-mecd/dms/mecd/prensa-mecd/actualidad/2013/12/20131203-pisa/pisa-2012.pdf

 

Clementina Acedo (2013). Curriculum reforms: In search of innovative models for dynamic education systems Prospects Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Philippe Jonnaert & Geneviève Therriault (2013). Curricula and curricular analysis: Some pointers for a debate Prospects Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Jean-Philippe Ayotte-Beaudet (2013). The concept of competence in the French-language education literature. Prospects Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Geneviève Therriault & Léon Harvey (2013). Epistemological beliefs and their relationship to the knowledge of preservice secondary school teachers. Prospects Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Rosette Defise (2013). Supporting the implementation of curriculum reform through learning communities and communities of practice. Prospects Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

 

n. 63 RIE

de la educación de personas con discapacidad /

Qualidade de vida no âmbito da educação de pessoas com discapacidade

Coordinadores: Javier Tamarit y Laura Hernández

Presentación

Apresentação

Carmen Vega García y otros, «El papel del contexto educativo en la autodeterminación. Análisis de su influencia en el proceso de transición a la vida adulta de alumnos con discapacidad intelectual»

Joan Jordi Muntaner Guasp, «Calidad de vida en la escuela inclusiva »

Marisol Marfull-Jensen, Tara D. Flanagan y Carlos Ossa Cornejo, «Desarrollo de habilidades para la vida: promoción de la autodeterminación en jóvenes con discapacidad»

Sofia Veiga e Eunice Ferreira, Sara Quintas, «Sentidos: um projeto de educação social no âmbito da deficiência mental»

Marcela Salinas Alarcón y otros, «La inclusión en la educación superior: desde la voz de estudiantes chilenos con discapacidad»

Miren Fernández-de-Álava, Aleix Barrera-Corominas y Anna Díaz-Vicario, «La inclusión en instituciones iberoamericanas de educación superior. Buenas prácticas para el acceso y la permanencia de estudiantes con discapacidad»

Joaquín Gairín Sallán y otros, «Planes de acción tutorial para estudiantes con discapacidad: una propuesta para mejorar la calidad formativa en las universidades españolas»

Dolores Izuzquiza Gasset, Inmaculada Egido Gálvez y Rosario Cerrillo Martín, «Diez años de formación para el empleo de personas con discapacidad intelectual en la universidad: balance y perspectivas»

Fundación Once América Latina, «Proyecto Ágora: El desafío de la inclusión laboral»

Araceli Arellano y Feli Peralta, «Calidad de vida y autodeterminación en personas con discapacidad. Valoraciones de los padres»

José Luis Cuesta Gómez, Claudia Grau Rubio y María Fernández Hawrylak, «Calidad de vida: evaluación y trastornos del espectro del autismo»

Isabel Maria Moreira Pinto, Celmira Macedo e Paulo C. Dias, «Qualidade de vida de famílias com necessidades especiais»

Pablo Rodríguez Herrero, Dolores Izuzquiza Gasset y Agustín de la Herrán Gascón, «Diseño, aplicación y evaluación de un programa de educación para la muerte dirigido a personas adultas con discapacidad intelectual».

 

Yusuf Sayed, Paul Morris & Nitya Rao (2013). Equity and education change Editorial. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education número 6 del Volumen 43, Pages: 715-717

Yusuf Sayed, Terra Sprague, UNESCO, UNICEF, David Turner, Alan Smith, Julia Paulson, Robin Shields, Purna Kumar Shrestha, Elaine Unterhalter, Rosie Peppin Vaughan, Amy Smail, Frida Tungaraza, Margaret Sutherland, Niamh Stack, Angeline M. Barrett, Vasant K. Bunwaree, Sajjad Alhawsawi, Helen Hanna, Crain Soudien & Albert Motivans (2013). COMPARE Forum: The post-2015 education and development agenda. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education número 6 del Volumen 43, Pages: 783-846

Cris Revaz & Edwin H. Gragert (2013). Post-2015 education recommendations of the High-Level Panel: joint comments of the Basic Education Coalition and the Global Campaign for Education-US. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education número 6 del Volumen 43, Pages: 847-856

Peter Kelly. Comparative Pedagogy: making sense of cultural complexity RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Volume 8 Number 4 2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_4.asp

Scott Kissau & Florian Hiller. Reading Comprehension Strategies: an international comparison of teacher preferences RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Volume 8 Number 4 2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_4.asp

Åsta Birkeland. Research Dilemmas Associated with Photo Elicitation in Comparative Early Childhood Education Research RESEARCH IN COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Volume 8 Number 4 2013   www.wwwords.co.uk/rcie/content/pdfs/8/issue8_4.asp

 

La OCDE dio ayer a conocer los resultados de la Evaluación de Competencias de Adultos (PIAAC). UN nuevo estudio de la OCDE que evalúa, en 24 países, el dominio de la población en tres competencias clave:

–          comprensión lectora – la capacidad de comprender y responder de forma adecuada a textos escritos;

–          comprensión matemática – la capacidad de manejar conceptos matemáticos; y

–          resolución de problemas en entornos digitales1 – la capacidad de acceder, interpretar y analizar información en medios digitales.

http://skills.oecd.org/OECD_Skills_Outlook_2013.pdf

Michal Razer & Victor J. Friedman (2013). Non-abandonment as a foundation for inclusive school practice. PROSPECTS . Volume 43 Number 3 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

Cynthia Akorfa Sottie , Nicole Dubus & Marie-Antoinette Sossou (2013). Enhancing student outcomes through mentoring, peer counselling and parental involvement. PROSPECTS . Volume 43 Number 3 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

 

Encounters on Education, Vol 14 (2013), http://library.queensu.ca/ojs/index.php/encounters/issue/current

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Front Matter PDF
Jon Igelmo Zaldívar i-xi

Introduction

introduction PDF
Rosa Bruno-Jofré, Gonzalo Jover xiii-xxiii

PART I FROM MULTICULTURALISM TO COSMOPOLITANISM: THE CANADIAN SETTING

Cosmopolitanism and Canadian Multicultural Policy: Intersection, relevance and critique PDF
Yvonne M. Hébert 3-19

 

Twenty-five years of Multicultural Science Education: Looking backward, looking forward PDF
Eva Krugly-Smolska 21-31

PART II COSMOPOLITANISM IN THE EDUCATIONAL SCENE

Cosmopolitanism as a Philosophy for Life in Our Time PDF
David Hansen 35-47

 

George Grant’s Cosmopolitan Critique of Education PDF
William Frederick Pinar 49-69

 

A cosmopolis of all beings: Cosmopolitanism, Indigeneity and the more-than-human PDF
Chris Beeman 71-83

PART III REBUILDING A CRITICAL NOTION OF DEMOCRACY WITH A COSMOPOLITAN VISION

Neoliberalism, Subversion and Democracy in Education PDF
John P. Portelli, Christina Patricia Konecny 87-97

 

Citizenship without certainties PDF
Xus Martín García, Ana Novella Cámara, Josep Ma Puig Rovira 99-116

PART IV CATHOLIC EDUCATION: HISTORICAL ARTICLE

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Elizabeth Smyth 119-132

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Of metaphors and literalization: Reconceptualizing scaffolding in Language Teaching. PDF
Gabriel H Diaz Maggioli 133-150

 

 

BIEN

BASIC INCOME EARTH NETWORK

NewsFlash Volume 26, no. 71, Autumn 2013
www.basicincome.org

 

This is the newsletter of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), which was founded in 1986 as the Basic Income European Network and expanded to become an Earth-wide Network in 2004. It serves as a link between individuals and groups committed to or interested in basic income. It fosters informed discussion on this topic throughout the world.

 

This NewsFlash, below, can also be downloaded as a PDF document on our website www.basicincome.org.

This NewsFlash goes out to more than 1,500 subscribers four times a year. If you would like to be added or removed from the subscription list, please go to: http://www.basicincome.org/bien/subscribe.php.

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3. News

4. Events

5. Publications

6. Audio-Video

7. New Links

8. About the Basic Income Earth Network and its NewsFlash

 

1. Editorial: Too much news of one newsletter

Thanks largely to the success of the Swiss petition drive for basic income (see stories below), there has been an enormous increase in media attention to the issue of basic income around the world in the last few months. Major media outlets across Europe, in the United States, and around the world have been talking about the idea. The attention has been exiting and literally overwhelming. The coverage of Basic Income News and its accompanying NewsFlashes has increased, but it can no longer hope to be comprehensive. The NewsFlash presents some of the most important news, much more is available online at Basic Income News (BInews.org).
-Karl Widerquist, Doha, Qatar, December 1, 2013

 

 

3. News

SWITZERLAND: Citizen’s initiative formally accepted

[Original by Enno Schmidt & Daniel Straub, translated by Joerg Drescher]

 

Today [November 8, 2013], the Federal Chancellery of Switzerland announced that the citizen’s initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income has been formally accepted. It stated that after the validation of the signatures on 4 October, 126,408 valid signatures were submitted. Thus, the Federal Chancellery of Switzerland confirms formally: There will be a national referendum [on Unconditional Basic Income].

 

Now, the Federal Council will consider Basic Income and prepare a report on it. This will take about one year. Afterwards there will be a debate in the parliament. The national referendum will follow in two to three years. The question is: Should each person in the country receive the financial basis for a living unconditionally?

 

Source (in German):

Enno Schmidt &  Daniel Straub, “Volksinitiative zum Grundeinkommen formell zustande gekommen,” grundeinkommen.ch, November 8, 2013: http://www.grundeinkommen.ch/volksinitiative-zum-grundeinkommen-formell-zustande-gekommen/

 

SWITZERLAND: National Referendum will be held on Basic Income

Switzerland will hold national referendum to vote on basic income. On October 4, 2013 activists delivered more than the necessary 100,000 to call for the vote. The organizing committee for the initiative has been collecting signatures for months in preparation for this event. The proposal is for a substantial basic income of 2,500 francs ($2,756US) per month for every adult legal resident of Switzerland.

 

Along with the signatures, supporters held a large demonstration outside the Federal Palace in Bern. At the demonstration they dropped a dump truck load of 8 million five-rappen coins, one for each person living in Switzerland. Assuming the signatures are valid, the government is now obliged to schedule a vote in the near future.

 

For more on the initiative see:

Alice Baghdjian (author) Denis Balibouse (reporter), and Gareth Jones (editor), “Swiss to vote on 2,500 franc basic income for every adult,” Reuters, October 4, 2013: www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/04/us-swiss-pay-idUSBRE9930O620131004. Reposted by MSN: http://news.msn.com/world/swiss-to-vote-on-dollar2800-monthly-income-for-all-adults?stay=1

VIDEO: “Cash Bern: Swiss may grant unconditional income for all” Ruplty TV, YouTude: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqKkERp-ias

VIDEO: “Switzerland: Parliament forced to debate basic income for nationals”

Ruptly TV, Oct 3, 2013: Enno Schmidt, founder of Generation Basic Income Initiative, talks through the aims of the unconditional basic income initiative: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFCMNNny6EQ

Max Rivlin-Nadler, “Swiss to Vote on Guaranteed $2800 Monthly Income for All Adults,” Gawker, October 5, 2013: http://gawker.com/swiss-to-vote-on-guaranteed-28-000-monthly-income-for-1441514881

Common Dreams staff, “Swiss Showing the World How to Take on Pay Inequality” Common Dreams, Saturday, October 5, 2013: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/05

Ivan Botoucharov, “The Abolition of Poverty in Switzerland: A Template for Europe?” One-Europe, 04 Oct 2013: http://one-europe.info/the-abolition-of-poverty-in-switzerland-a-template-for-europe

Anna Edwards, “Streets of Basel paved with gold: 15 TONS of five cent coins are dumped on city’s streets as protesters demand a basic minimum income for every Swiss household,” The Mail Online, 4 October 2013: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2443812/Streets-Basel-paved-gold-15-TONS-cent-coins-dumped-citys-streets-protesters-demand-increased-minimum-wage.html. This story includes pictures of how the coins were assembled to be dropped during the demonstration in Bern.

VIDEO: “Swiss prepare to vote on basic income,” Belfast Telegraph: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/video-news/video-swiss-prepare-to-vote-on-basic-income-29640651.html

 

 

NAMIBIA: Churches and other NGOs to use BIG for drought relief

Namibia is experiencing its worst drought in decades. Hundreds of thousands of people are affected. Several groups have decided to use the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) as a model for distributing relief aid. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) initiated the effort, which will give a short-term monthly grant of N$100 to 4 000 drought affected people. The cash will be disbursed from mid-September 2013 until March 2014 when the next (hopefully improved) crop is harvested. The LWF selected four communities, one in each of the hardest hit regions of Hardap, Kunene, Omusati and Kavango.

The idea of using BIG as a method of distribution for disaster relief aid has been discussed for years, but this is the apparently first time it has been implement anywhere in the world. The decision to use this method follows the successful BIG pilot project conducted recently in Otjivero, Namibia.

BIG has several potential advantages of as a form of emergency relief. It allows individuals to tailor their relief to their needs. Food aid is good for people who need food, but not as good for people who need medicine, seeds for next year, or money to relocate. Direct food aid crowds out market provision of food, but BIG attracts more companies to bring food into the area. Donations can be more quickly turned into BIG than they can be turned into almost any other form of aid. Experts will be watching this project closely to determine whether BIG lives up to this potential.

The cash response of the Churches received media attention yesterday. The Bishops of the Lutheran Churches, the LWF Africa Secretary and TARA informed the media about the joint drought relief programme. The three major newspapers of Namibia reported in detail about it, two on the front page.

People can donate to the project online via the following link by entering the keyword “Appeal NAM 131”: http://www.lutheranworld.org/content/emergency-drought-angola-and-namibia

For more information about the project see these three articles:
ENGLISH: Fifi Rhodes, “Cash for drought victims,” New Era, September 3, 2013

http://www.newera.com.na/features/cash-drought-victims/
ENGLISH: Clemans Miyanicwe, “Lutherans give N$100 to the poor,” the Namibian, September 3, 2013: http://www.namibian.com.na/indexx.php?id=3150&page_type=story_detail
GERMAN: Catherine Sasman, “Lutherse gemeenskap staan saam teen droogte,” Voorgele deur Republikein, September 3, 2013
http://www.republikein.com.na/plaaslike-nuus/lutherse-gemeenskap-staan-saam-teen-droogte.210917

 

EUROPEAN UNION Citizens’ Initiative for Basic Income Collects 77,000 Signatures

 

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) for Basic Income (BI) has so far collected more than 77,000 signatures from all 28 member countries of the European Union (EU). The ECI is a petition to encourage cooperation between the Member States aiming to explore BI as a tool to improve their respective social security systems. If one million EU citizens, who are nationals of at least one quarter of the Member States, sign the petition the European Commission to propose a legislation to promote BI within the member states. The initiative is a long way from its goal of one million signatures, but so far, neither has any other initiative since the treating creating the possibility went into affect. The initiative has made great strides in raising awareness of the issue across the EU.

A major push for the initiative is happening this week during the International Week of the Basic Income, which is taking place worldwide from 16 to 22 September 2013.

The Initiative’s website is: http://basicincome2013.eu/

To support the initiative go to: https://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/REQ-ECI-2012-000028/public/index.do

For information on the International Week of the Basic Income go to: http://basicincome2013.eu/ubi/ai1ec_event/6th-international-week-of-the-basic-income?instance_id=97

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION: The European Initiative for Basic Income begins crowd-sourcing campaign.

 

The European Citizens’ Initiative for Unconditional Basic Income has opened a crowd-funding (or crowd-sourcing) campaign. They are calling on basic income supporters to donate to help finance the collection of the rest of the 875,000 signatures needed to pass the initiative.

 

The crowd-sourcing initiative is inspire by Croatia, which in September 2013, started promoting their built basic income website and their Facebook page. By October 15th, Croatia, the last country to enter the race for signatures, became the first country to collect their minimum quota of signatures. They achieved it in only 45 days, using nothing but the power of the Internet, and the attention of the media. Sweden and Portugal, which have begun trying Croatia’s tactics, are now seeing an enormous increase in signatures.

 

For more information or to donate or sign the initiative, go to:

http://funding.basicincome2013.eu/

 

EUROPEAN UNION: Slovenia becomes second country to reach the target signatures for the Basic Income European Citizens Initiative

[Craig Axford]

 

On October 24th, Slovenia joined Croatia to become the second EU nation reaching the required number of signatures on the Basic Income Initiative in Europe.  If the initiative receives one million signatures and receives the required level of support in at least seven EU member nations, the EU will evaluate a basic income guarantee in Europe.

 

“Slovenia has become the second country to reach the target”, Basic Income Initiative in Europe, October 24, 2013: http://www.basicincome.gr/portal/slovenia-has-become-the-second-country-to-reach-the-target/

 

EUROPEAN UNION: Citizens’ Initiative for Basic Income can be signed online

Aynur Bashirova – BIEN

European citizens’ initiative petition on basic income was launched earlier this year. Basic income initiative believes in distributing minimum income to all the citizens without conditionality and regardless of the employment. The petition can be signed online by any EU citizen based on universal suffrage. If the initiative manages to collect 1 million signatures from at least seven EU countries, the initiative will be looked upon by the European Parliament.

For more information go to: European Commission. (14 January 2013). Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) – Exploring a pathway towards emancipatory welfare conditions in the EU. European Citizens’ Initiative. http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/initiatives/ongoing/details/2013/000001/en. Accessed 22 October 2013.

 

CANADA BICN announces: “the BIG Push”

Basic Income Canada Network (BICN—BIEN’s affiliate in Canada) has announce the BIG Push, a new national campaign for a basic income guarantee in Canada. The campaign’s web site is up and running. The BIG Push campaign embraces work to raise awareness about basic income, build public support and secure public commitments for an expanded system of basic income, building on several existing income security programs that are working fairly well. The website includes information how individuals can get involved with or donate to the effort.

 

For more information: Rob Rainer, Director, The BIG Push: rob.causeworth@gmail.com.

Or see the big push website: http://www.thebigpush.net/

 

 

UNITED STATES: The Alaska Permanent Fund recovers from the financial crisis as worries continue about future revenues

On October 3, 2013, most Alaskans received their yearly dividend check—Alaska’s small, nearly unconditional, and nearly universal basic income. This year the dividend was $900, up slightly from last year’s dividend of $878, but still far below the level dividends reached at the height of the stock market bubble in 2008. Now that the fund that finances the dividend has recovered from the financial crisis of 2008-2009, dividends are like to rise over the next few years. However, the long-term future of the dividend is in danger from falling oil revenues.

 

Every U.S. citizen who meets Alaska’s residency requirement (and fills out forms verifying their residency) receives a yearly dividend from the state government. A dividend of $900 per person, therefore, amounts to $4,500 for a family of five. The dividend is financed by the Alaska Permanent Fund, a sovereign wealth fund created out of state oil revenues in 1976. Since then, each year a small fraction of Alaska’s oil revenues have been deposited into the fund, which as grown to $48.5 billion as of December 1, 2013. The fund began paying dividends in 1982. Nearly 600,000 Alaskans received the 2013 dividend.

 

Recent articles on the Fund and Dividend include:

 

Senator Bill Wielechowski, “Compass: Repeal SB 21 and start real partnership with oil industry,” Anchorage Daily News, November 23, 2013. http://www.adn.com/2013/11/23/3192309/compass-repeal-sb-21-and-start.html

 

Alex DeMarban, Bigger dividend checks likely as Permanent Fund swells $4.3 billion in 2013,” the Alaska Dispatch, September 27, 2013. http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130927/bigger-dividend-checks-likely-permanent-fund-swells-43-billion-2013

 

Alaska Daily News, “Alaskans get direct deposits of oil-wealth checks,” Alaska Daily News, October 3, 2013. http://www.adn.com/2013/10/03/3107071/alaskans-get-direct-deposits-of.html

 

Dermot Cole, “Forget $900. The important Alaska Permanent Fund amount is $47 billion,” the Alaska Dispatch, September 18, 2013. http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130918/forget-900-important-alaska-permanent-fund-amount-47-billion

 

Austin Baird, “Looking Back at the Permanent Fund, Looking Ahead to the PFD [Interview with Jamie Love],” KTUU-TV, August 16, 2013. http://articles.ktuu.com/2013-08-16/permanent-fund_41419329

 

UNITED STATES: Occupy Strategy Group includes BIG in its top 10 recommended strategic objectives

The Occupy Strategy Group has included the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) on its top 10 list of recommended strategic objectives. The group is an email list of over 100 people who have met to craft strategy for the Occupy Movement. The group reviewed surveys, research, emails, articles, and other sources. After intense deliberations—and with the desire to be as inclusive as possible—the group chose 10 recommendations based on urgency, doability, and degree of impact.

BIG is included not once but twice on the list. Item 5 is “Replace all entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee.” Item 10 is “Institute a carbon and other natural resource use tax based on ‘full resource use accounting’ and allocate the revenue derived from it for a Basic Income Guarantee.” The group quotes the USBIG network for a definition of BIG, “‘The Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) is a government ensured guarantee that no one’s income will fall below the level necessary to meet their most basic needs for any reason.’ – The U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network

http://www.usbig.net/whatisbig.php”

Other items on the list include the following: Abolish Corporate Personhood. Nationalize health care. Establish a strong “commons” to protect the Earth and nourish community.  Enact a sustainable large scale energy, jobs, and environmental recovery program. Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Discontinue the practice of using federal reserve notes to back US currency and replace them with U.S. notes. Dismantle the CIA; end private military forces and prohibit private intelligence agencies. Stop the Patriot Act, NDAA and Drones.

The group invites individuals to join their ongoing conversation about current and future studies of strategic objectives by going to the following website: https://lists.mayfirst.org/mailman/listinfo/occupy-strategy

For more information see the following web page: “Occupy Strategy Group’s Top 10 Recommended Strategic Objectives,” InterOccupy, first published October 11, 2013: http://interoccupy.net/occupystrategy/2013/10/occupy-strategy-groups-top-10-recommended-strategic-objectives/

Or contact the Occupy Strategy Group at: OccupyStrategy@interoccupy.net

 

CYPRUS: “Guaranteed minimum income” is not a guaranteed minimum income

In July 2013, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades announced the implementation of a “guaranteed minimum income,” but the president’s language was self-contradictory. The program was supposed to be a “guaranteed minimum income,” assuring “a dignified living, irrespective of age, class or professional situation.” But he also said, “The single but absolutely necessary precondition is that they don’t refuse to accept offers for employment and to participate in the policies of continuous employment that are determined by the state.”

 

The name of the program and the first quote imply that the program would be a negative income tax—a form of basic income guarantee with some features in common with an unconditional basic income. However, the second quote demonstrates that it is neither a negative income tax nor an income guarantee of any kind. If recipients are held to a work requirement they are not guaranteed to have an income. Those who refuse employment or who are unable to take employment but unable to prove that inability cannot receive the income that is supposedly guarantee.

 

Whether the program (which will take effect in 2014) involves a practical step in the direction of a basic income guarantee at all is questionable. However, it does represent a rhetorical step toward a basic income guaranteed. It seems to show that politicians are finding it necessary to use the language of guaranteed incomes or of universality. This development might be an indication that universality is becoming more politically acceptable. Some politicians want to have it both ways to say that support is guaranteed for all but to restrict it for only those who fulfill conditions.

 

Several articles about the Cypriot program are online include two on Basic Income News:

 

Angela Mitropoulos, “Basic Income, Workfare & affirmations of productivity,” S0metim3s.com, August 16, 2013. http://s0metim3s.com/2013/08/16/basic-income/

 

Stanislas Jourdan, “Cyprus to implement a ‘guaranteed minimum income,’” Basic Income UK, August 8, 2013. http://basicincome.org.uk/news/2013/08/cyprus-guaranteed-minimum-income/

 

Basic Income Initiative in Europe, “Cyprus’ Guaranteed Minimum Income plan and the basic income,” Basic Income Initiative in Europe, August 1, 2013. http://www.basicincome.gr/portal/guaranteed-minimum-income-in-cyprus/

 

BIEN, “CYPRUS: ‘President announces ‘Guaranteed Minimum Income’ program,” Basic Income News, August 5, 2013. http://binews.org/2013/08/cyprus-president-announces-%E2%80%9Cguaranteed-minimum-income%E2%80%9D-program/

 

Malcolm Torry, “OPINION: Means-testing in Cyprus,” Basic Income News, November 4, 2013. http://binews.org/2013/11/opinion-means-testing-in-cyprus/

 

 

CYPRUS: President announces “Guaranteed Minimum Income” program

The president of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, has announced the creation of a “Guaranteed Minimum Income for all citizens.” The president said, “Beneficiaries will be all of our fellow citizens who have an income below that which can assure them a dignified living, irrespective of age, class or professional situation.” According to Cyprus Mail, the policy will begin in June 2014. The exact level of the grant will be determined between now and then, but every citizen would be guaranteed “the minimum needs for a dignified living in a European Country.”

If the program goes into affect as described, it will be the world’s first full “Basic Income Guarantee” (BIG) as defined by the U.S. Basic income Guarantee Network: “government ensured guarantee that no one’s income will fall below the level necessary to meet their most basic needs for any reason.” However, the details of the program available so far indicate that it will be the negative income tax version (NIT) and not the basic income (BI) version of BIG. The difference is that NIT gets everyone to the minimum by paying only those whose incomes are below some minimum level, while BI gets everyone to the minimum, pay paying all citizens regardless of means. What will actually happen remains to be seen.

For more information, see “President announces ‘Guaranteed Minimum Income’ program,” Cypress Mail, July 26, 2013: http://cyprus-mail.com/2013/07/26/president-announces-guaranteed-minimum-income-for-all-citizens/

 

INTERNATIONAL: Cult-Debunker Accuses Equal Life Foundation of Deceptively Using the Term, “Basic Income Guaranteed”

Robert W. Lester, a blogger who specialized in debunking cults, has accused the Equal Life Foundation (ELF) of deceptively using the term “Basic Income Guaranteed”—BIG with a “D” added at the end. For a while, ELF was using the term BIG with a D for a program that had some similarities to the Basic Income Guarantee as usually defined by groups such as the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) and the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee (USBIG) Network. Although ELF’s proposal was substantially different from most BIG proposals (for example, it was means tested and included a temporary work requirement), ELF not only used a similar term but also referred to BIEN- and USBIG-affiliated researchers. These efforts was the basis for Lester’s claim of deception. Lester also accused ELF for being a cult because it is affiliated with a questionable money-making effort called Desteni. According to Lester, ELF had hoped to fool people into believing that giving money to Desteni would support research done by BIEN-affiliated researchers.

Since the release of a video by Lester earlier this year, ELF has reduced its use of the term BIG with a D, replacing it with the term Living Income Guaranteed (LIG). People at ELF might simply have made an honest mistaking, thinking their proposal was closer to BIG than it actually is. However, one Cult-debunking website claims that ELF still uses BIG with a D occasionally, still uses the domain name basicincome.me, and still refers to some BIEN-affiliated work without nothing the difference between LIG and BIG. Some argue that ELF’s overall program, of which LIG is only a small part, is totalitarian.

 

Several links in the confusion between LIG and BIG are below.

 

VIDEO: Robert W. Lester, “Desteni Basic Income – Scam?,” YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dpaSfyzgc-A, claims ELS is a cult deceptively using the term BIG.

 

The Desteni Cult, “Equal Life Foundation & Living Income Guaranteed,” October 2013: http://destenicult.blogspot.com/p/basic-income-equal-life-foundation.html, this article, on a website entirely dedicated to examining Desteni as a cult accuses ELF of misusing BIG and LIG.

 

Robin Ketelaars, “You can also abuse the term Basic Income for personal gain” Orthelius.info, July 4, 2013: http://orthelius.info/blog/Index.php/you-can-also-abuse-the-term-basic-income-for-personal-gain-by-ems-elf-destini/. In this article, Robin Ketelaars, of BIEN’s affiliate in the Netherlands and of the European Citizens’ Initiative for Basic Income, discusses Desteni as a cult and outlines differences between LIG and BIG.

 

Karsten Lieberkind, “OPINION: Living Income Guaranteed – A proposal for a Basic Income from Equal Life Foundation,” BI News, September 23, 2013: http://binews.org/2013/09/opinion-living-income-guaranteed-a-proposal-for-a-basic-income-from-equal-life-foundation/. In an earlier opinion piece on BI News, Karsten Lieberkind, of BIEN’s Danish affiliate discusses the LIG as an proposal related to Basic Income, without discussing the cult accusations.

 

The Living Income Guaranteed: http://basicincome.me/. A website run by ELF/Desteni has links to many articles related to their LIG proposal.

 

 

IRELAND: Green Party Endorses Basic Income

The Green Party of Ireland has released its budget plan and it includes the endorsement of a basic income. Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said, “We believe this budget should provide the first phase in the move towards a basic income system.  This would do more than anything else to get people out of the social welfare traps that exist and to value the massive amount of voluntary and caring work that goes on in our society.”

 

For more info, see Green Party Communications September 27, 2013: http://greenparty.ie/news.html?n=263

 

 

INTERNATIONAL: Open call for the creation of a worldwide basic income youth network

Members of the Basic Income Youth Network (BIYN) of Korea are interested in organizing a global network of young people who are interested in activism for Basic Income. They have put out a call for BI activists and organizations who are interested in this project. Initial members include BH Jo, Juon Kim, Nakang, Smila, Eunseon Park, and Gurogu Kimkang-kimyoung.

The project’s draft is online at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Pc5hx1fN4q0q0ZH-gfIpdyqz8uqphTV3jiqaC7B74lA/edit)
For more information contact the organizers at: Biyn.smila@gmail.com

 

 

NAMIBIA: Central Bank to Discuss the Basic Income Grant

The Bank of Namibia (Namibia’s central bank) will discuss the Basic Income Grant at it’s upcoming annual symposium. The focus of this year’s symposium is “Social safety nets in Namibia: Assessing current programmes and future options.” Karl Widerquist, of Georgetown University-Qatar and co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network, will be one of the featured speakers. He will discuss, “The Basic Income Grant as Social Safety Net for Namibia: Experience and lessons from around the world.” The event will be attended by Namibia and international economists, executives of the Bank of Namibia, and members of the Namibian government.

 

More information about the symposium is online at: https://www.bon.com.na/Annual-Symposium.aspx

Information about the speakers is online at: https://www.bon.com.na/Annual-Symposium/Annual-Symposium-Speakers.aspx

 

 

INTERNATIONAL: Roisin Mulligan wins BIS Essay Prize

Roisin Mulligan of Dublin, Ireland won the Basic Income Studies (BIS) Essay Prize for papers presented at the 14th Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress held in Munich, Germany in September 2012. She received the award for her paper entitled “UBI and Recognition Theory – A Tangible Step towards an Ideal.”

 

The BIS Essay Prize is organized by BIS in association with BIEN. The prize encourages promising research on basic income and related policies and is awarded to an essay that exemplifies a high standard of quality and original basic income research. The prize winner’s paper is published as an article in BIS.

 

Two additional individuals who presented papers at Munich received honorable mention. They are (in alphabetical order): Dr. Tomohiro Inoue, Tokyo, Japan, “The economic sustainability of a Basic Income under the Citizen-oriented Monetary Regime” and Dr. Nam Hoon Kang, Seoul, South Korea, “The necessity and distributional effects of ecological basic income in Korea.”

 

4. Events

 

Celbridge, Ireland: Public Event about Basic Income, November 23rd, 2013

Members of the Basic Income Ireland network will participate in a public event about basic income at the Public Library in Celbridge, Co Kildare, at 2pm on Saturday Nov 23rd. The event will begin with a short presentation about the fundamentals of basic income and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. The event is being hosted jointly by Cultivate Celbridge and Transition Town Maynooth.

Everyone is welcome to attend. The library is just off the main street (turn at AIB) and the bus from Dublin city centre is the number 67.

 

For more information go to: http://www.basicincomeireland.com/1/post/2013/10/participative-public-event-about-basic-income-nov-23rd.html

 

Guy Standing to give several presentations on basic income in Italy, Norway, Finland, and the United Kingdom, 2-13 November 2013

 

Guy Standing, honorary co-president of BIEN and Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, will be taking part in a debate on basic income at the Salone dell’Editoria Sociale book fair in Rome. The event will take place on Saturday 2 November 2013 at 6.15pm to 8pm at the Porta Futura, Via Galvani 108 (Testaccio), Rome. For more details, see http://www.editoriasociale.info/

 

On Monday 4 November, Standing will talk about basic income to the Bergen Students Society. The event will take place at 6pm at the Akademiske Kvarter, Olav Kyrres gate 49, 5015 Bergen. For more information see http://samfunnet.sib.no/events/basic-income/

Standing will then speak at two venues in Helsinki on issues related to the precariat, identified in his 2011 book The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, including why the precariat needs a basic income. On Wednesday 6 November he will give a keynote address to the 2013 Finnish Conference on Youth Studies entitled “Generations, Economy and Equity”. The conference will take place from 10am to 6pm at the House of Science and Letters, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki. For more information see http://www.nuorisotutkimusseura.fi/nuorisotutkimuspaivat-2013/information-in-english.

On Thursday 7 November he will give a guest lecture at 2pm at Aalto University, Arkadia building, Lapuankatu 6, Helsinki, lecture room AE-127. For more information see https://into.aalto.fi/display/enmanagement/Visiting+lecture+by+Guy+Standing,+7th+of+November,+2+pm+(AE-127)

On Saturday 9 November Standing will be one of the speakers at the 2013 Forum organized by the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Society of Warwick University. The title of the forum is “All Work and No Pay in 2013: The Automation of the Global Economy”, and will address, inter alia, how technological progress can be used for the benefit of all rather than just an elite. The Forum will take place at 2pm to 6pm at the Arts Centre, Warwick University, Coventry CV4 7AL. For more information and to buy tickets, see http://www.warwicksu.com/events/9430/10622/

On Wednesday 13 November, Standing will give a seminar on “Basic Income in India: Evaluating a Pilot Scheme” at the India Institute, King’s College, University of London, Strand, WC2R 2LS. The seminar, based on the results of an unconditional cash transfer pilot scheme in a number of Indian villages, will be held from 5pm to 7pm. For more information, see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/worldwide/initiatives/global/indiainstitute/Events/India@Kings-Seminar-Series-2013.aspx

 

 

Copenhagen, Denmark: “Lectures with Philippe Van Parijs,” Nov. 1-2, 2013

Philippe Van Parijs, professor at the Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, will give two lectures in Copenhagen on November 1 – 2. In the first, on Nov. 1, he will talk about his idea of financing a European Unconditional Basic Income through the European tax system, the so-called Value Added Tax or VAT. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion headed by associate professor Christian Rostbøll from the Centre for European Politics, a branch of the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. The title of this lecture will be “No Euro-zone without EU-dividend”.

In the second lecture, titled “Basic Income and Social Justice”, on Nov. 2, Van Parijs will discuss the reasoning behind his Basic Income proposal in a more generalized form. The lecture will take place at the Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen in collaboration with the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University. As an introduction to the seminar, the Swiss Basic Income film “Grundeinkommen – ein Kulturimpuls” will be shown on a big cinema screen with Danish subtitles. This will be followed by the lecture itself and another panel discussion with invited participants, among others a former colleague of Van Parijs, professor Robert van der Veen and associate professor Søren Midtgaard.

Lecture 1:
Time and date: 2-4pm, 1. November 2013
Place: Room 35.01.06. Building 35, CSS, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5.
The lecture is open to all, but registration is necessary.
Language: English
Website: http://www.cep.polsci.ku.dk/lecture_with_phillipe_van_parisj/

Lecture 2:
Time and date: 12-2pm (film), 2:15-4pm (lecture), 2. November 2013
Place: The Danish Film Institute, Gothersgade 55, 1123 Copenhagen K
Detailed information about the second lecture is listed (in Danish) at the following website: http://www.dfi.dk/Filmhuset/Cinemateket/Billetter-og-program/Serie.aspx?serieID=9259

 

Bern, Switzerland: Swiss Basic Income Initiative Calls for Gathering, October 4, 2013
The 4th of October will be a major event for the international Basic Income community. The 116,000 signatures collected in Switzerland since April 2012 for the popular initiative for an unconditional basic income will be handed over to the Swiss parliament. Because of this initiative, within 4 years every Swiss citizen will know the idea of unconditional basic income (UBI) and have to vote on whether they want or not a basic income. It will be the first time in history that the people of a country will be asked to make this choice. Organizers of the Swiss Basic Income Initiative have requested supporters to gather in the Swiss capital of Bern for the handover.

Meeting point : Friday, 4th October, at 10am, Bundesplatz 3, in Bern. Signatures will be handed over to the Federal Chancellery at 11am. Then supporters will have a prepared lunch together and finally a party at 8pm in the “Turnhalle,” next to Bern station.

The Swiss initiative in details: The popular initiative for UBI was launched in 2012. It aims to have a new clause incorporated into the Swiss constitution that the Confederation “shall ensure the introduction of an unconditional basic income. The basic income shall enable the whole population to live in human dignity and participate in public life. The law shall particularly regulate the way in which the basic income is to be financed and the level at which it is set.”

For more information (in English) go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/557424807640024/

For information in French, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/407789052654692/

 

 

Windhoek, Namibia, “Basic Income Grant: A remedy for poverty and inequality in Namibia?” 24 September 2013

 

Karl Widerquist, Associate Professor at SFS-Q, Georgetown University, will give a public lecture entitled, “Basic Income Grant: A remedy for poverty and inequality in Namibia?” at 6:30pm on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 at the Windhoek Multipurpose Youth Centre, Auala Street, Windhoek, Namibia. The lecture is organized by the University of Namibia’s Department of Sociology and the Theological Institute for Advocacy and Research in Africa. Widerquist will speak on a related topic two days later at the Bank of Namibia’s Annual Symposium.

 

Topic: Basic Income Grant: A remedy for poverty and inequality in Namibia?

Date: Time: Venue: Tuesday, 24 September 2013 18h30 Windhoek Multipurpose Youth Centre, Auala Street, Katutura (near Independence Arena)

Guest Speaker: Prof. Karl Widerquist

For further details please contact Heidi at 081 440 1194 or 235 420

 

Europe, 6th International Week of the Basic Income, September 16-22

The International Week of the Basic Income will take place 16 to 22 September 2013. For its 6th edition, the week of basic income will focus on raising awareness on the European Citizens Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income. Proponents of Unconditional Basic Income in 22 Member States of the European Union have joined their forces to make this week of basic income a major event.

 

Web sites organizing a Week of the Basic Income are:

Germany, Switzerland, Austria (German language)

www.woche-des-grundeinkommens.eu

Netherlands, Belgium (Dutch language)

week-van-het-basisinkomen.nl

France, Belgium, Switzerland (French):

semaine.revenudebase.info

 

 

Berlin, Germany, Unconditional Basic Income – Liberty meets Justice, 14 September 2013

[Robin Ketelaars – Vereniging Basisinkomen]

Just before the election of the 18th German Bundestag a BIG demo will take place. The demonstration will be held on the 14th of September 2013 starting at 13:00 in Berlin at the Neptunbrunnen.

The demonstration is titled: “Unconditional Basic Income –  Liberty meets Justice” and is organized by the German network for Basic Income (Netzwerk Grundeinkommen) in coöperation with the European Citizens Initiative for Basic Income (ECI-UBI). So this event is not only a German event.

The participants will start at Neptunbrunnen and will walk towards the Swiss embassy. Switserland is not a part of the EU, but also fighting for a BI [1]. In front of the Swiss embassy most of the representatives of the ECI-UBI from all the participating countries will make a 30-second statement about BI.

 

In the evening a book launch and book reading will take place in the House of Democracy and Human Rights. There  guests from all over Europe can meet and greet.

 

More info: http://grundeinkommen-ist-ein-menschenrecht.blogspot.de

 

[1] A Swiss petition drive has collected more than the 100,000 signatures necessary to trigger a referendum on introducing Basic Income in Switzerland.  http://binews.org/2013/08/switzerland-initiative-claims-enough-signatures-to-trigger-a-referendum-on-big/

 

 

5. Publications

Several articles on the Swiss Basic Income Referendum

As reported recently on BI News, following a successful petition initiative, Switzerland will hold national referendum to vote on basic income. The referendum has received significant attention in world news media, including the following articles:

 

Alice Baghdjian (author) Denis Balibouse (reporter), and Gareth Jones (editor), “Swiss to vote on 2,500 franc basic income for every adult,” Reuters, October 4, 2013: www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/04/us-swiss-pay-idUSBRE9930O620131004. Reposted by MSN: http://news.msn.com/world/swiss-to-vote-on-dollar2800-monthly-income-for-all-adults?stay=1

VIDEO: “Cash Bern: Swiss may grant unconditional income for all” Ruplty TV, YouTude: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqKkERp-ias

VIDEO: “Switzerland: Parliament forced to debate basic income for nationals”

Ruptly TV, Oct 3, 2013: Enno Schmidt, founder of Generation Basic Income Initiative, talks through the aims of the unconditional basic income initiative: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFCMNNny6EQ

Max Rivlin-Nadler, “Swiss to Vote on Guaranteed $2800 Monthly Income for All Adults,” Gawker, October 5, 2013: http://gawker.com/swiss-to-vote-on-guaranteed-28-000-monthly-income-for-1441514881

Common Dreams staff, “Swiss Showing the World How to Take on Pay Inequality” Common Dreams, Saturday, October 5, 2013: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/05

Ivan Botoucharov, “The Abolition of Poverty in Switzerland: A Template for Europe?” One-Europe, 04 Oct 2013: http://one-europe.info/the-abolition-of-poverty-in-switzerland-a-template-for-europe

Anna Edwards, “Streets of Basel paved with gold: 15 TONS of five cent coins are dumped on city’s streets as protesters demand a basic minimum income for every Swiss household,” The Mail Online, 4 October 2013: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2443812/Streets-Basel-paved-gold-15-TONS-cent-coins-dumped-citys-streets-protesters-demand-increased-minimum-wage.html. This story includes pictures of how the coins were assembled to be dropped during the demonstration in Bern.

Jameson, “Swiss to Vote on Whether to Give a $2,800 Monthly Income to Every Citizen,” ClassWarfareExists.com, 5 Oct 2013: http://www.classwarfareexists.com/swiss-to-vote-on-whether-to-give-a-2800-monthly-income-to-every-citizen/

Richard Cook, “Swiss in Forefront With Basic Income Proposal,” Global Research,

6 October 2013: http://www.globalresearch.ca/swiss-in-forefront-with-basic-income-proposal/5353952

Rubin Report, “Switzerland Might Guarantee A $2800 Monthly Income for All Adults,” The Rubin Report, Oct 14, 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyKBVsiuiHc

Adam Taylor, “Switzerland Mulls Giving Every Citizen $2,800 a Month,” Business Insider, Slate, Oct. 19 2013: http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2013/10/19/swiss_government_giveaway_2_800_a_month_for_all_citizens.html

Ivan Botoucharov, “The Abolition of Poverty in Switzerland: A Template for Europe? The success of a ‘Basic Income’ campaign in Switzerland provides momentum to an equivalent EU initiative.” One: Society, Democracy, Europe, 04 Oct 2013: http://one-europe.info/the-abolition-of-poverty-in-switzerland-a-template-for-europe

Josh Eidelson, “Rather than savage cuts, Switzerland considers ‘Star Trek’ economics: Switzerland will vote on giving every adult in the country a $2,800 check every month. How would that work?” Salon.com. Friday, Oct 11, 2013: http://www.salon.com/2013/10/11/rather_than_savage_cuts_switzerland_considers_star_trek_economics/

 

If you know of more articles on the BI referendum in Switzerland, please leave the publication information and link in the comments section. If it’s in a language other than English, please indicate what language it’s in.

 

 

Karl Widerquist, Jose Noguera, Yannick Vanderborght, and Jurgen De Wispelaere (editors), Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research

 

Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research presents a compilation of six decades of Basic Income literature. It includes the most influential empirical research and theoretical arguments on all aspects of the Basic Income proposal. According to the publisher, it presents the best theoretical and empirical arguments for and against Basic Income. It includes unpublished and hard-to-find articles. It is the first major compendium on one of the most innovative political reform proposals of our age. It explores multidisciplinary views of Basic Income, with philosophical, economic, political, and sociological views. It features contributions from key and well-known philosophers and economists, including Tony Atkinson, James Buchanan, Milton Friedman, Erick Fromm, Andre Gorz, Claus Offe, Philip Pettit, John Rawls, Herbert Simon, Philippe Van Parijs, and many more.

 

Karl Widerquist, Jose Noguera, Yannick Vanderborght, and Jurgen De Wispelaere (eds.), August 2013. Basic Income: An Anthology of Contemporary Research, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell

The publisher’s U.S. webpage for this book is: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405158107.html

The publisher’s E.U. webpage for this book is:

http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405158107.html

 

 

Guinevere Liberty Nell, Basic Income and the Free Market: Austrian Economics and the Potential for Efficient Redistribution

This book is collection of essays by economists and political scientists, each with an interest in arguments of the Austrian school of economics. The book, Basic Income and the Free Market, outlines Austrian arguments for and against the BIG. According to the publisher, it includes critiques of Austrian theory from market-socialist and post-Keynesian perspectives that lead to defense of the BIG; critiques of BIG that consider Austrian and other heterodox theory; comparisons of the policy to proposals by others, such as Milton Friedman’s negative income tax; pragmatic arguments for the policy; and proposals which discuss complex systems theory (which is embraced by ‘left’ and ‘right’ thinkers alike) and its relationship to Hayek’s spontaneous order.

The collection opens a dialog between Austrian and other heterodox economists as well as between ‘classical liberal,’ libertarian, and left-leaning or socialist political scientists and policymakers. The authors discuss whether the BIG could offer an alternative to both laissez-faire and existing welfare systems in developed countries, which are often criticized by both advocates and critics of laissez-faire, opening a constructive dialog in policy discussion. Included in this discussion is a systematic critique of pure laissez-faire interpretations of Austrian theory, and the analysis of the addition of a BIG to pure laissez-faire in the place of existing interventionist systems. Proposals making this case form the first section, followed by rebuttals and proposals against the policy, and rejoinders.

Guinevere Liberty Nell, Basic Income and the Free Market: Austrian Economics and the Potential for Efficient Redistribution, Palgrave Macmillan, August 2013

http://us.macmillan.com/basicincomeandthefreemarket/GuinevereLibertyNell

 

 

Martin, Melissa, International Perspectives on Guaranteed Annual Income Programs

ABSRACT: Addressing the issue of poverty in Canada is an important challenge to policymakers. Establishing an income floor below which no citizen falls is a critical public policy goal for the Canadian welfare state. In responding to this policy issue, recent debate has revolved around a guaranteed annual income (GAI), defined as a basic income paid by the government to all citizens on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement. The purpose of this paper is to analyze past and present GAI programs to inform the public policy debate on the implementation of a GAI in Canada. Among the factors under consideration are the program’s efficiency in targeting payments, as well as its effect on family structure and labour force participation. On an implementation level, the paper also explores the potential for introducing a GAI through a negative income tax. It is also important to note, however, that relatively few GAI programs exist currently, and those that do, often are not sufficient alone in providing income maintenance to citizens.

 

Martin, Melissa, “International Perspectives on Guaranteed Annual Income Programs,” Queen’s Policy Review, Volume 2, No. 1 (Winter 2011), pp. 49-61
http://www.queensu.ca/sps/qpr/issues/vol2issue1/Martin.pdf

 

 

Philippe Van Parijs, “The Universal Basic Income: Why Utopian Thinking Matters, and How Sociologists Can Contribute to It”

 

ABSTRACT: Utopian thinking consists of formulating proposals for radical reforms, justifying them on the basis of normative principles combined with the best possible scientific analysis of the root causes of the problems the proposals are meant to address, and subjecting these proposals to unindulgent critical scrutiny. Such utopian thinking is indispensable, and contributing to it is part of sociology’s core business. This article illustrates these claims by considering one particular utopian proposal: an unconditional basic income paid to every member of society on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement. It summarizes the main arguments that support this proposal, mentions a number of contexts in which it is being taken seriously, and sketches a number of ways in which sociological insights and research are crucially relevant to the discussion of the economic and political sustainability of an unconditional basic income.

 

Philippe Van Parijs, “The Universal Basic Income: Why Utopian Thinking Matters, and How Sociologists Can Contribute to It,” Politics & Society June 2013 vol. 41 no. 2 171-182: http://pas.sagepub.com/content/41/2/171.short

 

Chris Farrell, It’s Time for a Negative Income Tax

Discussion of BIG has reached Bloomberg Businessweek. This opinion piece by Chris Farrell argues for BIG in the form of a Negative Income Tax. Farrell is contributing economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek.
By Chris Farrell, “It’s Time for a Negative Income Tax,” Bloomberg Businessweek August 08, 2013

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-08/its-time-for-a-negative-income-tax

 

 

Matt Bruenig: More than a half dozen blogs about BIG in 2013

Matt Bruenig is a journalist who has written politics, economics, and political theory for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and many other publications. In 2013 he has written ten articles on basic income. Mostly for Demos’s Policy Shop, and also for the Atlantic and his own blog. His writing on basic income covers a wide rage of topics including its cost, its affect on poverty, its political prospects, and so on.

 

Matt Bruenig’s articles on BIG include:

 

Matt Bruenig, “Argumentation 101,” MattBruenig: Politics, May 9, 2013. http://mattbruenig.com/2013/05/09/argumentation-101/

 

Matt Bruenig, “The weak feminist case against a basic income,” MattBruenig: Politics, May 11, 2013. http://mattbruenig.com/2013/05/11/the-weak-feminist-case-against-a-basic-income/

 

Matt Bruenig, “Is a Universal Basic Income Really Utopian?” Policy Shop, Demos May 12, 2013. http://www.demos.org/blog/universal-basic-income-really-utopian

 

Matt Bruenig, “How Much Money Would It Take to Eliminate U.S. Poverty?” Policy Shop, Demos, September 23, 2013. http://www.demos.org/blog/9/23/13/how-much-money-would-it-take-eliminate-us-poverty

 

Matt Bruenig, “How a Universal Basic Income Would Affect Poverty,” Policy Shop, Demos, October 3, 2013. http://www.demos.org/blog/10/3/13/how-universal-basic-income-would-affect-poverty

 

Matt Bruenig, “Sasha Abramsky’s The American Way of Poverty,” Policy Shop, Demos, October 14, 2013. http://www.demos.org/blog/10/14/13/sasha-abramsky%E2%80%99s-american-way-poverty

 

Matt Bruenig and Elizabeth Stoker, “How to Cut the Poverty Rate in Half (It’s Easy),” the Atlantic, Oct 29 2013. http://mattbruenig.com/?s=%22basic+income%22

 

Matt Bruenig, “Have Hope: Conservatives Rationalize Leftist Stuff They Like,” Policy Shop, Demos, November 2, 2013. http://www.demos.org/blog/11/2/13/have-hope-conservatives-rationalize-leftist-stuff-they

 

Matt Bruenig, “What Would a Basic Income Actually Cost?” Policy Shop, Demos, November 13, 2013. http://www.demos.org/blog/11/13/13/what-would-basic-income-actually-cost

 

Matt Bruenig, “Thinking About Government Costs in Three Buckets,” Policy Shop, Demos, November 14, 2013. http://www.demos.org/blog/11/14/13/thinking-about-government-costs-three-buckets

 

Tom Boland, “Column: Should every citizen receive an unconditional basic income?”

Switzerland is considering the introduction of a Basic Income scheme, which would guarantee a standard benefit income to every citizen, regardless of need. Tom Boland looks at how that system would work in Ireland. Tom Boland lectures in Sociology at Waterford Institute of Technology, and is co-ordinator of the Waterford Unemployment Experiences Research Collaborative.

 

Tom Boland, “Column: Should every citizen receive an unconditional basic income?” TheJournal.ie, October 30, 2013: http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/basic-income-switzerland-should-every-citizen-receive-an-unconditional-basic-income-1128378-Oct2013/

 

 

David Jenkins, “Why Reciprocity Might be Bullshit”

[Craig Axford]

 

In this blog the author questions the conventional standards of reciprocity.  Recent economic downturns have left too many people seeking opportunities to reciprocate by ‘contributing’ in the usual way, via a traditional job.  BIG will empower people to contribute through volunteerism or to more effectively democratically challenge society.

David Jenkins, “Why Reciprocity Might be Bullshit,” Basic Income UK, October 14, 2013: http://basicincome.org.uk/article/2013/10/reciprocity-bullshit/

 

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, “Report on SADC-wide Basic Income Grant: Alternatives to financing SADC-wide Basic Income Grant”

This document reports on a conference that was hosted by Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) and the Ecumenical Service on Southern Africa (KASA) in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was held on 25 and 26 April 2013 at the Economic Rights Programme. The conference was aimed to develop an innovative and comprehensive case for the introduction of a universal cash transfer in the form of a Basic  Income Grant for the entire Southern African Development Community  (SADC). The grant will be funded by a tax on extractive activities, such as mining and drilling.

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, “Report on SADC-wide Basic Income Grant: Alternatives to financing SADC-wide Basic Income Grant,” KASA, June 11, 2013, The report is online at: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CEAQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fccs.ukzn.ac.za%2Ffiles%2FSADC%2520BIG%2520Conference.pdf&ei=VcCZUpWbGePiywONsoKwCQ&usg=AFQjCNFVmDoi8IsY6QDMVJRF8FHf7MqvbA&sig2=q53gOcla6oE8zE3DxGCfXA&bvm=bv.57155469,d.bGQ
For more details, contact Thabileng <thabileng@spii.org.za> and Taku <taku@spii.org.za>

 

 

LiveMint & The Wall Street Journal, “A universal basic income for all Indians”

Taking inspiration from the Swiss referendum, this article argues for BIG in India, claiming, “the idea is to help the poor and ensure that government intervention is minimized.”

LiveMint & The Wall Street Journal, “A universal basic income for all Indians.” Hindustan Times, November 25, 2013. http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/lrBg4qDddoKgtlx1zgNwQJ/A-universal-basic-income-for-all-Indians.html

 

Kahleej Times, “The basic income movement”

According to this article, ‘Growing unemployment and rising poverty levels in the developed world has led to the re-emergence of a movement calling for “unconditional basic income”, where the state provides a monthly pay cheque to every adult seeking some income.’

Editorial, “The basic income movement,” Kahleej Times, 16 November 2013. http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=/data/editorial/2013/November/editorial_November32.xml&section=editorial

 

Tim Kreider, “The ‘Busy’ Trap”

The author connects the way out of the busy trap to BIG, writing, “My old colleague Ted Rall recently wrote a column proposing that we divorce income from work and give each citizen a guaranteed paycheck, which sounds like the kind of lunatic notion that’ll be considered a basic human right in about a century, like abolition, universal suffrage and eight-hour workdays.”

Tim Kreider, “The ‘Busy’ Trap,” The New York Times Opinion Pages, June 30, 2012. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/?_r=0

 

The Economist, “The check is in the mail: A government-guaranteed basic income”

This article begins a rather philosophical discussion of basic income with the following, “What if America were to scrap all its anti-poverty programmes—welfare, food stamps, unemployment benefits, the works—and replace them with an unconditional basic income (UBI) for everybody? Even in a Congress beset by less extraordinary levels of dysfunction, the idea would have little chance of becoming law. It’s fun to theorise, though. And if Switzerland approves a referendum to send all of its citizens $2,800 a month, the debate will have a fascinating new reference point.”

The Economist, “The check is in the mail: A government-guaranteed basic income,” The Economist, Nov 19th 2013. http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2013/11/government-guaranteed-basic-income

 

Stuart White, “Citizen ownership: the lost radicalism of the centre?”

This article discusses the extremes of global wealth inequality and connects the issue with basic income and related policies.

Stuart White, “Citizen ownership: the lost radicalism of the centre?” Our Kingdom, 8 November 2013. http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/stuart-white/citizen-ownership-lost-radicalism-of-centre

 

 

Ketterer, H., Bossard, E., Neufeind, M., Wehner, T. “Gerechtigkeitseinstellungen und Positionen zum Bedingungslosen Grundeinkommen. [For and against the unconditional basic income: a matter of differences in justice attitudes and life goals?]”

 

ABSTRACT: Since the launch of the referendum on an Unconditional basic income (UBI) in April 2012 a lively debate is being held on the possibility of a society with UBI. The proposal to introduce a basic in- come without means-testing receives strong support as well as strong opposition. How can this be explained? Recently, a study run by a master student at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and a research group based at ETH Zurich tried to answer this question. The results of the online survey show that there is a link between an individual’s position towards the UBI on the one hand, and his/her understanding of justice and his/her personal life goals on the other hand. Supporters of the UBI consider equality in society important, whereas non-supporters of the UBI tolerate inequalities between individuals if they are based on personal achievement. With regard to life goals, supporters rate community and personal growth as more important than non-supporters who rate wealth and image as more important. However, both supporters and non-supporters report intact social relationships and personal growth as their most important life goals.

 

In German with summaries in English, French and Italian.

 

Ketterer, H., Bossard, E., Neufeind, M., Wehner, T. “Gerechtigkeitseinstellungen und Positionen zum Bedingungslosen Grundeinkommen. [For and against the unconditional basic income: a matter of differences in justice attitudes and life goals?]” Zürcher Beiträge zur Psychologie der Arbeit Zürcher. Issue 2, 2013

http://www.pda.ethz.ch/news/editors/Zurcher_Beitrage_Ketterer_2013.pdf

 

 

Annie Lowrey, “Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive”

[Ian Orton]

News of the forthcoming Swiss referendum on the Basic Income proposal continues to make inroads in the popular press; this time across the Atlantic where The New York Times features this important political moment in a positive light. The article runs through the manifold arguments in favour of the idea, elaborates on the different types of proposal that could come into being (i.e. unconditional/means tested), how it appeals both to left and right persuasions, and charts its historical roots both in North America and elsewhere. Significantly, the author recognises its potential and how it could make sense in the United States too (i.e. helping to address its current social ills such as stagnant wages, high and stubborn long term employment): ‘If our economy is no longer able to improve the lives of the working poor and low-income families, why not tweak our policies to do what we’re already doing, but better — more harmoniously? It’s hardly uplifting news, but minimum incomes just might be stimmig [‘coherent, harmonious and beautiful’] for the United States too’. More importantly still, the author senses the idea may just sneak into the Swiss system. Such a hunch reflects a discernable quickening and intensification of the momentum gathering behind the Basic Income proposal.

 

Annie Lowrey. “Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive”. The New York Times, November 12, 2013:

www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/magazine/switzerlands-proposal-to-pay-people-for-being-alive.html?_r=1

 

 

Mehdi Hasan. “We could fix our economy by giving every man, woman and child £6,000 in cash”.

 

[Ian Orton]

This article criticizes the ineffectiveness of quantitative easing [QE] in the UK and how it has benefited the banking sector and the richest. It suggest the amount spent so far of 375bn could have be ‘given instead as around £6,000 per man, woman and child in the UK. So why not electronically add this to the current accounts of every member of the public? Why not give the QE money directly to ordinary people to spend, save or pay off their debts?’ In 2009, Australia actually did something similar when the global crisis hit, giving one-off cash payments to low- and middle- income groups, particularly pensioners and cash constrained families (ISSA, 2010). This helped soften the impact of the crisis and generated significant positive multiplier effects.
Mehdi Hasan, “We could fix our economy by giving every man, woman and child £6,000 in cash”. New Statesman, October 25, 2013: www.newstatesman.com/2013/10/we-could-fix-our-economy-giving-every-man-woman-and-child-6000-cash

 

For more information about the 2009 Australian payments see also:

ISSA, “Australia’s successful income-led response to the crisis”. ISSA, 2010: www.issa.int/Observatory/In-Focus/In-Focus-Social-security-responding-to-the-financial-crisis/Snapshots/Australia-s-successful-income-led-response-to-the-crisis

 

 

The Economist. “Cash to the poor, Pennies from heaven: Giving money directly to poor people works surprisingly well. But it cannot deal with the deeper causes of poverty”

[Ian Orton]

The evidence that simply giving cash to the poor and vulnerable households is successful is well accepted by those familiar with the BI.  Elsewhere, in more mainstream debate this recognition has lagged somewhat behind the empirical evidence, until now where a change seems to be afoot. A recent article in The Economist: “Cash to the poor: Pennies from heaven” charts both the origins of cash transfers (both in their unconditional and conditional forms), and most importantly gives its seal of approval that giving cash, when combined with wider measures, is an effective way forward for addressing inequality and poverty.

 

The article reaffirms the overwhelming evidence that giving cash improves key human development incomes (increased vaccinations and school attendance/attainment), spending money on improved living conditions, bolsters psychological well being (e.g. reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisone in the blood of recipients), depicts positively the capabilities of the poor by illustrating how transfers unlock and resource their economic potential, resulting in increased micro-economic activity and entrepreneurialism.

 

However, the article goes far beyond this, showing a nuanced understanding of the different outcomes generated by the incentives of soft and tough conditions (the latter credited with giving more significant results); the fact that pilot projects or one-off basic income-type transfers from Google or Facebook (as has occurred recently via ‘Give Directly’ in Kenya), might distort relations between recipient and non-recipient villages therefore skewing regional developmental goals. Moreover, from a Real Politick position the article also recognises the important strategic complementarity between conditions and cash and therefore political viability: conditions are the easiest way to assure political support by reassuring middle-class taxpayers that the poor are not violating the ‘norm of reciprocity’ through something-for-nothingism. And perhaps most importantly it lends weight to emerging concerns about the tendency of politicians and media to transform  ‘shame’ and cash transfers into an ironclad collocation, especially in OECD countries, by dispelling this idea: ‘[UCTs] dent the stereotype of poor people as inherently feckless and ignorant’. In short, the article represents something of a popular breakthrough in legitimising cash transfers, whether they be unconditional or the ‘soft’ and ‘tough’ conditional variants.

 

The Economist, “Cash to the poor, Pennies from heaven: Giving money directly to poor people works surprisingly well. But it cannot deal with the deeper causes of poverty”, The Economist, October 26, 2013.

www.economist.com/news/international/21588385-giving-money-directly-poor-people-works-surprisingly-well-it-cannot-deal

 

Charo Castelló “WMCW International Plan of Action ‘for a Universal Basic Income’”

[Aynur Bashirova]

The article published in the World Movement of Christian Workers (WMCW), talks about their meeting with the motto of “conducting a more just, fraternal, and sustainable society” where they decided that in order to reach the outcome of their motto, they need conduct a Universal Basic Income (UBI) awareness campaign. Analyses by many WMCW delegates around the World showed that many families living on Earth are living in poverty and do not have even the minimum means to make their ends. In the light of the current crisis, argues the article, there is a growing unemployment and inability to offer jobs and these problems cannot be tackled by current economic policies. There is a need to offer something different, such as UBI, which is, as its name suggests, universal (offered without condition to everyone) and basic (enough to fulfill basic necessities). The UBI is already on the agenda of several international institutions such as United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU).

 

Charo Castelló “WMCW International Plan of Action ‘for a Universal Basic Income’.” World Movement of Christian Workers, 18th September 2013. http://www.mmtc-infor.com/m/index.php/en/press-releases/34-wmcw-international-plan-of-action-qfor-a-universal-basic-incomeq.html.

 

 

Citizen’s Income Trust Citizen’s Income News Letter 2013

The Citizen’s Income Trust (BIEN’s affiliate in the United Kingdom) has released the third issue of the 2013 volume of the Citizen’s Income Newsletter. It contains editorials, news, and nine book reviews.

 

Citizen’s Income Trust Citizen’s Income News Letter 2013, issue 3: http://www.citizensincome.org/resources/Newsletter20133.htm

 

Arthur de Grave & Benjamin Tincq, “Can debt catalyse the next global rebellion? An interview with David Graeber”

[Craig Axford]

In this wide-ranging interview with the anthropologist David Graeber, ideas such as a debt jubilee and basic income guarantee are discussed.  According to Graeber, a basic income would allow people to “find a valuable occupation” of their own choosing instead of forcing people to work in increasingly unproductive “bullshit jobs” that exist simply to perpetuate the perception that work is a moral undertaking.

Arthur de Grave & Benjamin Tincq, “Can debt catalyse the next global rebellion? An interview with David Graeber,” OUIShare, October 9, 2013: http://ouishare.net/2013/10/graeber-morality-debt/

 

 

Georgette Jasen, “Research Finds Outright Grants of Cash Are Surprisingly Effective Form of Aid to the Poor”

[Craig Axford]

Researcher Christopher Blattman investigated the impacts of a Ugandan grant program financed through a loan from the World Bank and discovered it paid huge dividends both for the grant recipients and the communities they belonged to.  Though the grants were largely unconditional with no follow-up to determine how the money was spent, Blattman found that grant recipients learned a trade, started a business, or otherwise spent the money responsibly.

Georgette Jason, “Research Finds Outright Grants of Cash Are Surprisingly Effective Form of Aid to the Poor,” Global Impact, October 8, 2013: http://news.columbia.edu/global/3240

 

 

Tom Streithorst, “Basic Income and the Atavistic Appeal of Austerity”

[Craig Axford]

According to this article, fear of inflation and creditors’ desire to be paid back in a strong currency has fuelled the austerity argument.  However, growing productivity and increasing numbers of debtors is driving down demand.  Tom Streithorst argues that a basic guaranteed income is perhaps the only big idea being advanced that could solve that problem.

Tom Streithorst, “Basic Income and the Atavistic Appeal of Austerity,” Pieria, Oct 15, 2013: http://www.pieria.co.uk/articles/basic_income_and_the_atavistic_appeal_of_austerity

 

Erin Andersen, “To end poverty, guarantee everyone in Canada $20,000 a year.  But are you willing to trust the poor?”
[Craig Axford]

In 2010, a Canadian House of Commons committee on poverty released a report recommending a guaranteed basic income for every Canadian with disabilities.  In Quebec, a task force also recommended a basic income guarantee of $12,000 for each of the province’s citizens.  In Canada, home of the Dauphin, Manitoba experiment, the BIG idea has receives some support from across the political spectrum.

Erin Anderson, “To end poverty, guarantee everyone in Canada $20,000 a year. But are you willing to trust the poor?”The Globe and Mail, November 19, 2010 (updated August 23, 2012): http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/to-end-poverty-guarantee-everyone-in-canada-20000-a-year-but-are-you-willing-to-trust-the-poor/article560885/?page=1

 

Tom Streithorst, “Creative Destruction, Basic Income and the Jobs of the Future”

[Craig Axford]

In this post in Pieria, Tom Streithorst outlines the history of ‘creative destruction’ that has enhanced productivity as new technologies replaced workers in both the fields and the factories.  He argues agricultural and factory workers alike could once count on moving into new good paying jobs created by emerging technologies, but now rapid automation and the decline of the labour movement is leaving many lucky to find lower paying jobs in the service industry.  A basic income guarantee could raise our standard of living and give employees greater leverage with employers while also presenting an opportunity to rethink our collective relationship with work.

 

Tom Steithorst, “Creative Destruction, Basic Income and the Jobs of the Future” Pieria, August 7, 2013 http://www.pieria.co.uk/articles/creative_destruction_basic_income_and_the_jobs_of_the_future

 

 

 

Linda Raven, “Basic Income Grant in Namibia”

Linda Raven, an American who works in Namibia teaching visiting university students, uses this blog to discuss Karl Widerquist’s two talks on BIG in Namibia in September. Raven contrasts the two talks—one given at a symposium hosted by the central bank, the other given at a community center in a poorer area of Windhoek—and connects these contrasts to the need for BIG in Namibia.

 

Linda Raven, “Basic Income Grant in Namibia,” Center For Global Education-Southern Africa, Tuesday, October 1, 2013: http://cgesouthernafrica.blogspot.com/2013/10/basic-income-grant-in-namibia.html

 

See also the following related stories on BI News:

Windhoek, Namibia, “Basic Income Grant: A remedy for poverty and inequality in Namibia?” 24 September 2013: http://binews.org/2013/09/windhoek-namibia-%E2%80%9Cbasic-income-grant-a-remedy-for-poverty-and-inequality-in-namibia%E2%80%9D-24-september-2013/

 

WINDHOEK, Namibia, “Social safety nets in Namibia: Assessing current programmes and future options,” September 26, 2013: http://binews.org/2013/08/windhoek-namibia-%e2%80%9csocial-safety-nets-in-namibia-assessing-current-programmes-and-future-options%e2%80%9d-september-26-2013/

 

Elvis Muraranganda, “US academic wants Namibia to go BIG:” http://binews.org/2013/10/elvis-muraranganda-“us-academic-wants-namibia-to-go-big”

 

Elvis Muraranganda, “US academic wants Namibia to go BIG”

This article reports on Karl Widerquist’s lecture on BIG at the Bank of Namibia conference and on Social Safety Nets on September 26, 2013. The article also reports on the debate over BIG in Namibia.

 

Elvis Muraranganda, “US academic wants Namibia to go BIG,” The Namibian Sun, Wednesday September 25, 2013: http://sun.com.na/government/us-academic-wants-namibia-go-big.57674

 

Tina Rosenberg, “The Benefits of Cash Without Conditions”

[Timothy Roscoe Carter]
In a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, Rosenberg summarizes recent results from the GiveDirectly campaign in Kenya and a couple of other unconditional cash transfer programs in Uganda and contrasts them with conditional transfer programs in Mexico and Brazil.

Tina Rosenberg won a Pulitzer Prize for her book “The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism.” She is a former editorial writer for The Times.

Tina Rosenberg, “The Benefits of Cash Without Conditions”, New York Times Opinion pages, August 28, 2013. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/28/the-benefits-of-cash-without-conditions/?_r=0)

 

Jürg Müller, “The ‘emancipation of Switzerland or an ‘attack on the welfare state’? The debate over a basic income”

[Craig Axford]

Jürg Müller of the Swiss Review reports proponents of an unconditional basic income (UBI) are planning to submit 100,000 signatures or more to Switzerland’s Federal Chancellery on October 13th. (Organizers of the initiative have since moved that date up to October 4th.) The Swiss initiative, labeled “the emancipation of Switzerland” by supporters, is drawing both support and opposition from across the political spectrum.
Jürg Müller, “The ‘emancipation of Switzerland or an ‘attack on the welfare state’? The debate over a basic income” Swiss Review, August 2013

http://www.revue.ch/politik-05-de3

Jonny Steinberg, “Idea of jobs for all blinds us to need for welfare”

[Craig Axford]

Jonny Steinberg, professor of African Studies at Oxford University, argues that South Africa’s failure to provide grants to unemployed young men is shifting the burden of supporting this segment of the nation’s population onto the working poor.  This has contributed to the country’s recent labor unrest. Steinberg proposes that South Africa accept there will never be sufficient jobs for everyone, and that by providing a permanent basic income it will produce needed relief to both the nation’s working poor and its unemployed.

 

Jonny Steinberg, “Idea of jobs for all blinds us to need for welfare,” Business Day (South Africa, 26 July 2013

http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2013/07/26/idea-of-jobs-for-all-blinds-us-to-need-for-welfare

 

Thomas Smith, “The Guaranteed Basic Income – Reality or Utopia?”

[Craig Axford]

 

In this blog post Frank Thomas Smith recounts a recent visit to Germany where he first encountered the idea of a basic guaranteed income.  He explores the challenges companies and employees face as automation and outsourcing continue to reduce the demand for workers, leaving many without jobs.  He concludes that a basic income for everyone will free many to explore new opportunities on their own and enhance creativity within both individuals and society as a whole.

Thomas Smith, “The Guaranteed Basic Income – Reality or Utopia?” Editor’s Page, SouthernCrossReview.org http://southerncrossreview.org/56/basic-income.htm

For more information see: www.unternimm-die-zukunft.de

 

Olga Khazan, “The Case for Unconditional Handouts to the Poor”

(Craig Axford)

 

In this article in The Atlantic, Olga Khazan points to recent research coming out of Morocco that demonstrates unconditional handouts to those in need leads to better outcomes than conditional handouts. Many fail to enrol in conditional programs at all, fearing they may not be able to meet the requirements, while those receiving unconditional support have no such concerns. Unconditional programs also come with fewer administrative burdens saving both time and resources.

Olga Khazan, “The case for Unconditional Handouts to the Poor: No, they don’t blow it on booze or drugs – at least not in developing countries.” The Atlantic, Aug 16, 2013. www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/08/the-case-for-giving-poor-people-handouts-with-no-strings-attached/278770/

 

 

Allan Sheahen, “Basic Income Guarantee: Why now is the right time”

In this article, Allan Sheahen discusses the growing problems of poverty, hunger, and inequality in the United States, and argues that BIG can provide the solution. Allan Sheahen is a board member of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network and the author of the Basic Income Guarantee: Your Right to Economic Security. He can be reached by email at alsheahen@prodigy.net.

Allan Sheahen, “Basic Income Guarantee: Why now is the right time,” The Californian, Sep. 5, 2013
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20130906/OPINION04/309060024/Basic-Income-Guarantee-Why-now-right-time?nclick_check=1

 

SEWA, “Unconditional cash transfers: SEWA pilots a unique experiment in Madhya Pradesh”

The Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) recently completed a large pilot project on Basic Income in India. The association’s June Newsletter reports on the methodology and findings of the study.

The project randomly assigned 8 out of 20 villages in the study to receive the grant, while the other 12 villages were used as controls. Every adult man and woman in the treatment villages received a grant of 200 Rupees (about US$3 or N$30) per month and every child received 100 Rupees per month. After one year, the amounts were increased to 300 Rupees and 150 Rupees respectively. A total of 6,000 individuals in the 8 villages received the grants for 12 to 17 months. The amount was equivalent to about 20 to 30 percent of household income for the lower-income families in the study.

Researchers conducting the study found that the grants significantly reduced hunger, malnutrition, and illness among recipients. Recipients increased ownership of livestock, reduced, improved school attendance, improved school attendance, and increased investment in agricultural implements. Researchers found no increase in alcohol consumption in the treatment villages. Importantly, the study also found that grant recipients worked more than people in the control villages and that they were three times more likely to start a new business. These results for a positive effect on work effort and earned income (found both the Uganda and the India studies) are confirmed by evidence from cash transfer programs. For example, in South Africa, the Old Age Pension, the Child Support Grant, and the Disability Grant all helped to raise labor force participation and employment.

SEWA, “Unconditional cash transfers: SEWA pilots a unique experiment in Madhya Pradesh,” We the Self-Employed: SEWA’s Electronic Newsletter, No. 50, June 2013.

http://www.sewa.org/enewsletter/Previous-E-News-Letter.asp

 

Victoria White, “We need to stop tax system incentivising dual-income families”

This article Irish Examiner argues in favour of basic income. Summary: Paid work is a scarce resource. Basic income is one way to support people to share the paid work available and still have a decent income. It’s also a way to show we value all the unpaid work that people do in communities and households. Victoria White comes at this subject from an unusual angle and advocates basic income as part of the response.

 

Victoria White, “We need to stop tax system incentivising dual-income families,” Irish Examiner, Thursday, August 22, 2013
http://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/victoria-white/we-need-to-stop-tax-system-incentivising-dual-income-families-240622.html

 

Jourdan, Stanislas. “The Dangers and Hopes of the Precariat: An Interview with Guy Standing.”

[Aynur Bashirova – BI News]

 

Guy Standing, in his interview with Stanislas Jourdan, published in Basic Income UK, talks about the rising social class called “Precariat” and its dangers for society. Standing is a Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath and one of the founders and co-president of BIEN. Precariat is a social class, members of which suffer from precarity, existence without predictability or security. It started with governments making labor markets more flexible and more and more people ended up being pushed into precariat. This social class encompasses three types of people. The first type is the people coming from working class conditions. Second type is the immigrants. The ones that belong to the final type are the young, educated people. All three of them have different social consciousness, but more and more they came to share the same feeling of precarity. Solution to this condition, according to Standing, is BI, which will create more security, both in private and work life of people belonging to this social group. He believes that movements led mostly by young people will become a wake up call for politicians to realize the existing situation and its solution.

 

Jourdan, Stanislas. (6 August 2013). “The Dangers and Hopes of the Precariat: An Interview with Guy Standing.” Basic Income UK. http://basicincome.org.uk/article/2013/08/guy-standing-interview-precariat/.

 

 

Stanislas Jourdan, “INTERVIEW: A Way to Get Healthy: Basic Income Experiments in Canada”

From 1974 to 1979, a basic income social experiment known under the name of “Mincome Program” took place in a small Canadian town. Evelyn Forget, researcher, is one of the very few persons who have studied the sociological impact of the guaranteed income experiment. In this interview with Stanislas Jourdan, she explains more about her findings, 30 years after the experiment ended.

 

Stanislas Jourdan, “A Way to Get Healthy: Basic Income Experiments in Canada,” Basic Income UK, August 7, 2013

http://basicincome.org.uk/article/2013/08/health-forget-mincome-poverty/

This article was first published in french on revenudebase.info

 

Baukje Hilarides, “Is het onvoorwaardelijk basisinkomen haalbaar in Nederland? [Is introduction of the UBI in the Netherlands feasible?]”

[Robin Ketelaars – Vereniging Basisinkomen]

In a thesis of the study in Dutch Law at the Open University of the Netherlands 2012, (now) Baukje Hilarides investigated the possibilities and bottlenecks in the implementation of the Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) (OBi in Dutch) in Netherlands. Is the Unconditional Basic Income achievable in the Netherlands? Her answer is: “Yes, because the UBI is line with the Constitution and does not appear to be inconsistent with Article 1 ECtHR FP[1]. The UBI is also affordable and can positively influence society and the economy”. It will find the author’s current commitment to full employment obsolete, because the automation unemployment will increase rather than decrease. The conclusion at the end of the thesis is that the introduction of the UBI in the Netherlands is feasible. However, extensive research is needed before one can implement the UBI

 

Baukje Hilarides, “Is het onvoorwaardelijk basisinkomen haalbaar in Nederland?” Open University, Leeuwarden 2012: http://dspace.ou.nl/bitstream/1820/4485/1/hilarides.pdf

[1] http://basisinkomen.nl/wp/basisinkomen-positief-getoetst-aan-de-grondwet-en-artikel-1-ep-evrm/

 

 

Guy Standing, “Pleasure Before Business”

In The European, Basic Income Earth Network co-founder Guy Standing argues that globalization and technological developments pose an opportunity if the precariat, and those who may join it, work together for economic security, including a BIG. He also seeks to counter frequent objections to BIG.

At the end of the article, there are links to 3 other economists, who were also part of a series on the “Changing Nature of Work.” One of them, by Bo Cutter, mentions BIG dismissively, argues that government should promote jobs, then asserts that it won’t do so anytime soon.

Guy Standing, “Pleasure Before Business,” The European; July 28th, 2013.
http://www.theeuropean-magazine.com/guy-standing–2/7231-life-after-labor

See also: Cutter, Bo; “Roll Up Your Sleeves”; The European; July 27th, 2013.

http://www.theeuropean-magazine.com/bo-cutter–2/7223-automation-and-entrepreneurship

 

 

Baron, Alexander. “Op-Ed: Basic Income for Europe in 2014?”

[Aynur Bashirova – BI News]

 

Alexander Baron, in an article published in the Digital Journal, argues that today’s governments’ wage policies are not functional, will not get countries out of the economic crisis, and do not benefit people. People working in unskilled jobs, such as at McDonalds’, are paid so little that they cannot become a breadwinner. If Basic Income (BI) is not introduced in Europe, the poor will become even more desperate and highly paid professionals will stay crippled because of high taxes. On top of that, those who cannot find well paid jobs enter into crime. Introduction of BI will help with the economic crisis, people’s salaries, and lowering the crime rates.

 

Baron, Alexander. (7 August 2013). “Op-Ed: Basic Income for Europe in 2014?” Digital Journal. http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/354625.

 

Jacob Goldstein, “Is It Nuts to Give to the Poor Without Strings Attached?”

Discussion of BIG has gained strength in the United States recent with editorials in Slate, Bloomberg Businessweek, and it even got a mention from Paul Krugman. Although not by name, the discussion of BIG has now reached the New York Times Magazine. A column by Jacob Goldstein reports very positively on GiveDirectly and the Kenyan study on cash dividends, which essentially follows a BIG model.

See past BI News reports on these issues:
Karl Widerquist, “OPINION: Important study finds that giving money without conditions to the poor increases both employment and wages”
http://binews.org/2013/08/important-study-finds-that-giving-money-without-conditions-to-the-poor-increases-both-employment-and-wages/
“INTERNATIONAL: Google Gives $2.5 Million to a Direct Cash Transfer Charity” http://binews.org/2013/07/international-googlefives-2-5-million-to-a-direct-cash-transfer-charity/
“New non-profit uses unconditional cash transfers” http://binews.org/2013/01/united-states-kenya-new-non-profit-uses-unconditional-cash-transfers/

If you would like to support GiveDirectly, go to: http://www.givedirectly.org/.

Jacob Goldstein, “Is It Nuts to Give to the Poor Without Strings Attached?” the New York Times, August 13, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/magazine/is-it-nuts-to-give-to-the-poor-without-strings-attached.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&hp

 

 

 

6. Audio-Video

 

VIDEO: Fox News calls Basic Income “A Great Idea”

 

Discussing the Swiss Basic Income Initiative, Fox news commentators stress how many other programs government could cut if BI were introduced, but they agree, “it’s a great idea.”

 

Fox, New, “Veronique De Rugy Discusses Switzerland’s Minimum Income,” YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=07F1b3uPoGs

 

 

VIDEO: Fox News, “Should the government give you a ‘basic income’ just for being alive?”

In this Fox News video, economist Peter Morici and Economic Policy Institute’s Christian Dorsey discuss the proposal in Switzerland of a ‘basic income’ with host Melissa Francis.

 

Melissa Francis, “Should the government give you a ‘basic income’ just for being alive?” Fox News, Nov. 15, 2013. http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2842657107001/should-the-government-give-you-a-basic-income-just-for-being-alive/

 

 

AUDIO: Marina Weisband erklärt das Bedingungslose Grundeinkommen (BGE)

Bundestagswahl, Neuigkeiten

AUDIO: “Marina Weisband erklärt das Bedingungslose Grundeinkommen (BGE)

Bundestagswahl, Neuigkeiten” Pirate Partei [the Pirate Party], 25 August 2013. [Video in German]. http://www.piraten-trier.de/2013/08/marina-weisband-erklaert-das-bedingungslose-grundeinkommen-bge/

 

 

VIDEO: Switzerland Basic Income Mountain of Money Performance”

VIDEO: TheLipTV, “Switzerland Basic Income Mountain of Money Performance” YouTube Oct. 17, 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnL-1P4Qri0

 

VIDEO: The Swiss Activist Who Collected 100,000 Signatures to Provide Every Adult Citizen with $2,800/Month

[Steve Shafarman – USBIG]

 

This video, an exclusive interview is cofounder of the Basic Income Initiative, Enno Schmidt, includes references to Milton Friedman, Alaska, Namibia, and more. Enno is an artist and author of the film Basic Income: A Cultural Impulse.

 

Jessica Desvarieux, “The Swiss Activist Who Collected 100,000 Signatures to Provide Every Adult Citizen with $2,800/Month,” The Real News Network, October 21, 2013: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10859; republished at: http://www.commondreams.org/video/2013/10/21-0

 

AUDIO: Aaron Schachter [Interview with Karl Widerquist], “$2750 a month for every adult, guaranteed? Switzerland’s considering it”

In this 3-minute, 46-second interview, host Aaron Schacter asks Karl Widerquist about Switzerland’s petition drive that has successfully mandated a national referendum on basic income. Schachter uses the opportunity to discuss basic income more generally and asks Widerquist whether the idea sounds “kooky.” Karl Widerquist is an Associate Professor at SFS-Q, Georgetown University and co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network.

 

Aaron Schachter, “$2750 a month for every adult, guaranteed? Switzerland’s considering it,” PRI’s The World, Producer: Emily Files, October 14, 2013: http://pri.org/stories/2013-10-14/2750-month-every-adult-guaranteed-switzerlands-considering-it

 

VIDEO: Emily DeCiccio, “Giving cash directly to the poor”
[Craig Axford]

GiveDirectly.org takes a different approach to charity by giving money directly to those in need, no strings attached.  Emily DeCiccio of MSNBC reports that many people’s initial reaction to this type of giving is that people “will just drink away” the money they are given, but that kind of behaviour is rare.  Typically those in need use the money on things they really need.  According to GiveDirectly.org’s Jacob Goldstein, “there’s a very econ-101 idea going on here, which is each person knows what he or she needs.”

Emily DeCiccio, “Giving cash directly to the poor”

MSNBC, August 27, 2013-09-30

http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/08/27/giving-cash-directly-to-the-poor/

 

 

AUDIO, SWEDISH: Daniela Marquardt “Is Basic Income a solution for Switzerland? [Är medborgarlön en ekonomisk lösning för Schweiz?]”

 

[by Karsten Lieberkind]

 

In this interview (in Swedish), Daniela Marquardt speaks with Daniel Häni who runs a very successful café in Basel, Switzerland, in what was previously a major bank. He is also one of the founders of the Swiss Basic Income movement. This movement has now managed to collect more than 116,000 validated signatures asking for a referendum on Unconditional Basic Income. The signatures will be handed over to the Swiss authorities on October 4. This is made possible by the fact that Switzerland has a direct democracy.

 

Daniel Häni’s message is freedom. He wants us to break the traditional strong link between job and income and ask ourselves what we really want in our lives. An Unconditional Basic Income will secure the kind of freedom that makes is possible to realize whatever goal we may have. We will be able to live a decent life without a paid job or demand reasonable conditions if we do have one.

 

The proposal asks for a UBI of 2500 SFr a month to be financed through a sales tax and possibly other revenue sources.

 

Daniela Marquardt, “Är medborgarlön en ekonomisk lösning för Schweiz? [Is Basic Income a solution for Switzerland?],” Swedish Radio P1 ‘Studio Ett’ August 20, 2013

To hear this interview (in Swedish) go to: http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=1637&artikel=5621803

 

AUDIO: David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein: Several National Public Radio reports on GiveDirectly, a charity that gives unconditional grants as form of development aid

[Jason Burke Murphy – USBIG]

Reporters David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein interview the founders of GiveDirectly and travel to a village in Kenya where they gave many inhabitants $1,000 with no conditions. Most of these recipients were getting by spending about that same amount every year.

Reporters were able to verify that many recipients made purchases with long-term beneficial consequences. These included roof repair, motorcycles for a taxi service, and a dowry for marriage. Interestingly, many recipients had a very low assessment of their neighbor’s use of the money. Reporters found that most neighbors were making good choices.

GiveDirectly is conducting very intensive surveys to compare their approach to that made by other charities. They have received support from Google Giving.

GiveDirectly is not issuing a Basic Income Guarantee. They only give once to each recipient and they do not give to everyone in an area. They often choose recipients based on simple indicators of deep poverty-like grass roofs. They are giving money unconditionally and their arguments for their approach mirror closely argument for a BIG.

Planet Money also talked about another charity, Heifer Project International, which gives livestock to poor people alongside training in how to raise them. Recipients promise to give the next offspring as a gift to someone else in need.

Planet Money asserts that future research would determine which approach solves more problems for poor people. The podcast mentions government cash transfer programs like those found in Mexico and Brazil. These have soft conditions like school attendance and immunizations. They are also a regularly occurring source of income.

More people are hearing about unconditional cash transfer and government development programs like Brazil’s Bolsa Familia. This is likely to make a guaranteed income more familiar when people do hear about it.
Several different version of this report were broadcast on different NPR programs:

A 28-minute report was broadcast on This American Life:
David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein, “Money for Nothing and Your Cows for Free,” as part of the one-hour episode, “I Was Just Trying to Help”, This American Life, August 16, 2013: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/503/i-was-just-trying-to-help?act=1#play

A 6-minute report was broadcast on Planet Money:
David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein, “The Charity That Just Gives Money to Poor People”, Planet Money, August 23, 2013. http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/08/23/214210692/the-charity-that-just-gives-money-to-poor-people

Morning Edition and All Things Considered broadcast a two-part story on this report:
David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein, “The Charity That Just Gives Money to Poor People”, Morning Edition, August 23, 2013 and David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein, “Cash, Cows, and the Rise of Nerd Philanthropy,” All Things Considered, August 23, 2013.

 

 

Huffington Post, 17-minute video discusses BIG: “America The Poor

The Huffington post included Allan Sheahen, author of the Basic Income Guarantee: Your Right to Economic Security, in a 17-minute panel discussion of BIG as “a solution to reversing this ever increasing problem,” of poverty.

It’s online at: http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/americas-poverty-line/5202961678c90a30d3000123

 

7. New Links

 

LINK: “Round Up: Universal Basic Income links”

This web page has a collection of links to articles and websites on basic income

 

“Round Up: Universal Basic Income links,” A Latent Existence, November 21, 2013. http://www.latentexistence.me.uk/round-up-universal-basic-income-links/

European Map of Basic Income Groups

The European Citizens Initiative for Basic Income has an interactive map of basic income groups throughout Europe. The map has links and contact info for dozens of groups from Portugal to Finland and from Ireland to Greece.

It’s online at: http://basicincome2013.eu/ubi/european-map-of-basic-income-groups/

 

United Kingdom: Website hopes to create new basic income party

Eric Mutch, who ran for office under the name, Corrupt B’stard, is now trying to start a national political party. The party’s website has information and editorials about basic income.

The party’s website is: http://thebigpoliticalparty.wordpress.com/

 

Arguments for Basic Income: Basic Income would cure most of our current economic problems.

“Arguments for Basic Income: Basic Income would cure most of our current economic problems” is a website curated by Khannea Suntzu.

It’s online at: http://www.scoop.it/t/arguments-for-basic-income

 

BIEN Congress 2014 now available on Facebook and Twitter

The 15th International Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) will take place on Friday June 27th to Sunday June 29th, 2014 at McGill University, Montreal. The conference theme is “Re-democratizing the Economy.” The conference now has websites on both Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/485269558223569/?fref=ts) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/BIENCongress14).

 

BIEN Congress 2014 invites proposals for individual papers, themed panels of up to three papers, and discussion roundtables that cover any aspect of the justification, design or implementation of basic income. The deadline for proposals is Monday 13 January 2014. For more info about the congress and how to submit proposals, visit the conference website at www.biencongress2014.com.

 

Basic Income 2013 EU Signature Counter

[Craig Axford]

Every morning at around 8 a.m., basic income guarantee campaigners in Europe receive an update from the European Commission on the number of signatures gathered in each country in support of the European Citizens’ Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income.  As of this writing with about 206 days to go, just over 17.2% of the required signatures have been gathered.  Use the link provided to follow the European campaign’s progress.

Basic Income 2013 EU Signature Counter, European Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income: http://basicincome2013.eu/ubi/counter/

 

 

8. About the Basic Income Earth Network and its NewsFlash

BIEN NewsFlash:
Editor: Karl Widerquist
The BIEN NewsFlash is the newsletter of the Basic Income Earth Network. It is mailed electronically every two months to over 1,500 subscribers throughout the world. If you would like to be added or removed from the subscription list, please go to: http://www.basicincome.org/bien/subscribe.php.
BIEN’s news website is BInews.org. It includes many of the articles from the NewsFlash, daily news on basic income, book reviews, opinion, and more.
Items for inclusion or review in future NewsFlashes and BI News please contact BIEN’s News Editor, Karl Widerquist <Karl@widerquist.com>
Or go to the following page on the BI News website: http://binews.org/contribute.php

Thanks for help with this issue to Cindy L’Hirondelle, Guy Standing, Steve Shafarman, Michael Howard, and others.

 

BIEN Co-chairs: Ingrid VAN NIEKERK ivanniekerk@epri.org.za, Economic Policy Research Institute, Cape Town, South Africa
Karl WIDERQUIST Karl@Widerquist.com, Georgetown University, SFS-Qatar

Further details about BIEN’s Executive Committee and International Board as well as further information about the Recognised National Networks can be found on our website www.basicincome.org

 

 

 

 

Clementina Acedo (2013). Contributing to the debate on learning in the post-2015 education and development agenda Editorial PROSPECTS . Volume 43 Number 3 Abstract    Full text HTML    Full text PDF

 

nº 10 de la  Revue Française d’Éducation Comparée (L’Harmattan), bajo el título: LE STORYTELLING. Un angle neuf pour aborder des disciplines multiples ?

Indice:

Louis Porcher – Storytelling

Louis Porcher – Storytelling et Français langue étrangère

Chantal Müller – Utiliser des histoires pendant le cours de FLE à l’école primaire

Augustin Mutuale – Storytelling ou la danse de la raison

Hélène Bézille – Storytelling, management et accompagnement du changement dans les métiers de l’intervention éducative et sociale

Geneviève Baraona – Le storytelling en littérature

Florian Schertel – Le storytelling en médecine

Patricia Legris – Les grands hommes et la destinée de la nation. Le storytelling dans les manuels d’histoire du secondaire français depuis les années 1980

François Audigier – Penser le présent et construire l’avenir : quels récits ?

Sophie Ramond – Raconter des histoires, raconter l’Histoire. La narrativité biblique

Eric Many, José Alberto Correia, Sofia Marquês

Silva –Ruptures biographiques : quand les migrants se rencontrent, quand les migrants se racontent

 

Rubrique Histoire :

Brigitte Dancel – Storytelling et leçon d’histoire à l’école primaire (1882-1970

Rubrique Entretien : Entretien avec Bruno Ollivier : le storytelling, de l’Antiquité à nos jours, ses usages en politique par Dominique Groux

Rubrique Thèses et HDR : Emmanuelle Petit, Matérialisations du souvenir en montagne, les enjeux identitaires des places et des placements, thèse de doctorat en géographie, soutenue le 28 septembre 2012, à l’université de Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3, et dirigée par le Professeur Guy Di Méo. par Elisabeth Guimbretière

Valérie Haas, Traces, silences, secrets – Une approche psychosociale de la mémoire et de l’oubli collectifs, Synthèse de travaux d’habilitation à diriger des recherches, soutenue le 16 novembre 2012, à l’université Paris V – René Descartes, coordinatrice : Madame le Pr. Ewa Drozda-Senkowska. par Elisabeth Guimbretière.

 

El Instituto de Estadísticas de la UNESCO acaba de publicar el “Atlas electrónico de la UNESCO sobre docentes” que, utilizando mapas, gráficos y tablas, permite al usuario personalizar las cuestiones y responder a preguntas clave como ¿cuántos maestros nuevos se requieren para responder a la creciente demanda por educación primaria? ¿Cómo se comparan las condiciones laborales de los docentes entre países y regiones?  ¿qué grado de representación tiene la mujer en la fuerza laboral docente?, etc.

El Atlas recoge datos de más de 200 países y territorios e información específica sobre indicadores de la situación de las escuelas en el África Subsahariana, proyecciones sobre demanda de personal docente y datos sobre las condiciones laborales de los docentes de 60 países: http://www.app.collinsindicate.com/uis-atlas-teachers/es-es

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CULTURE, ART, AND SCIENCE

February: US and China are willing to invest in the research on the human brain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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