It's Time to Get BIG! The Stats, The Stories, The Steps

The BIG Conference

20th Annual Basic Income Guarantee Conference

2 Days in Portland, OR + Livestream

2022 is a BIG year! The only annual basic income conference in North America is getting a new name: The BIG Conference, or The Basic Income Guarantee Conference. It is also the 20th anniversary of this amazing event. The conference will be held from June 23-25, 2022. The first two days will take place live and in-person in Portland, Oregon, with all sessions livestreamed or recorded. The third conference day will be fully virtual with all sessions livestreamed, in partnership with key Canadian organizations.

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1 Day Exclusively virtual

Join These and Other Exciting Sessions

From Pilots to Policy

Guaranteed Basic Income Pilots have been a strategic tool in driving the national conversation about the value of direct cash and its impact.  This Keynote Discussion will include leaders from key organizations who led initial pilot, their focus and strategy in early years, and their evolution as key tools to support cultural narrative change, grassroots coalition building, and policy design at the state and federal level. Join Madeline Neighly from Economic Security Project, Kathrine Cagat from Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, and Halah Ahmad, from Jain Family Institute in this important conversation.

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Film, Stories, and Shifting Culture: Basic Income Filmmaker Forum

Join this exciting conversation with filmmakers who have tackled basic income through a variety of lenses and approaches and hear more about the process of getting their films made, their hopes and goals for their films as agents for change, and the next steps for their films. Filmmakers include: Chris Panizzon, producer of Inherent Good, Conrad Shaw, producer of Bootstraps, and Hazel Gurland-Pooler, director of Storming Caesar’s Palace.

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Supporting Babies, Ending Child Poverty

Targeted guaranteed income programs such as the CTC or pilots focused on very young children have shown promising results both for the children and their parents. Panelists will discuss the pros and cons of a more limited guaranteed income creating a floor for families with children, including the “End Child Poverty” introduced in Congress earlier this year. Join the exciting conversation with Rep. Rashida Tlaib, U.S. Congress, House of Representatives; Holly Fogle, Monarch Foundation / The Bridge Project; Kyra Grener, Family Health Project; Elizabeth Deyoung, UPenn Center for Guaranteed Income Research

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Our Sponsors

Thank you to the following organizations for sponsoring this year's Basic Income Guarantee Conference. Through the generous donations of these organizations we are able to bring, interactive, dynamic, hybrid experiences for national broadcast and participation.

Our 20th Conference

This year marks the 20th annual BIG Conference. With the theme It's Time to Get BIG: The Stats, The Stories, The Steps, much of the conference will be forward looking, there will be some events to take stock of the development of the movement for a BIG in the US, Canada, and worldwide, and to acknowledge some of the researchers, organizers, and organizations that have contributed to the process. How did we start? How have we grown? What have we learned? What are the most urgent current questions? What obstacles do we face? What are our next steps? How should we now define our long-term goals? These are the questions we look forward to digging into together during the 20th BIG Conference. Join us!

History of the Conference

The BIG Conference (formerly the North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress) has been held every year since 2002 with the exception of 2020, to promote networking and exchange of ideas among scholars, activists, and policy makers. The first eight Congresses were organized by the US Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG) in conjunction with the Eastern Economic Association meetings. Beginning with the 2010 Montreal Congress, NABIG has been co-sponsored by USBIG and the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) and alternated annually between Canada and the United States.  In 2021, the number of sponsors of the NABIG Congress expanded to include the Income Movement,  the Basic Income Canada Youth Network, and the Fund for Humanity. Because of the pandemic, the congress was entirely virtual.

Congresses have been supported by hosts such as the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, New York City, Centre for Research in Ethics at the University of Montreal, the University of Toronto, the University of Manitoba, and McMaster University, with financial support from foundations such as the Economic Security Project,  and with the cooperation of other organizations including the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Low Income Families Together, the Roosevelt House, and the Basic Income Earth Network.

Our Partners

These organizations play an important role in making the 20th Annual BIG Conference possible. Thank you to our partners!

Event Features

With COVID, this year's Congress was a virtual event. But virtual didn't have to be boring. See some of the dynamic solutions we incorporated into the 2021 Conference.

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Crowdcast for Easy Access

For our main sessions we used Crowdcast. This allowed for streamlined access to all sessions, whether pre-registering, participating or re-watching.

Social Hours for Networking

This year we used Kumospace as a place for casual conversations, networking and deeper debates about all things basic income.

Interactive Sessions

Conference organizers worked closely with panelists to design sessions that allowed for audience participation and interaction with the ideas being covered.