23rd March: 5.00pm

Let’s Try UBI – The time is now!
Basic Income Northern Ireland (BINI) was set up after an Imagine Festival event in 2018. We have spent the last three years advocating for Universal Basic Income in Northern Ireland, exploring what it is, how it can benefit societies, and this year focusing on how it can be used to support NI recovery. We now want to focus on how we can make UBI a reality in Northern Ireland!

2020 was a year like none we have ever known, and one that has forced us to reflect on how we live and function as a society. Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been thrust into mainstream discussion, and we want to continue this conversation. In this workshop we will reflect on how UBI can make us a more resilient society, how we move forward from here and what YOU can do to help us. Our keynote speakers, Guy Standing and Mary O’Hara, will explore what UBI might look like for Northern Ireland, and how we can make it happen.

About the keynote speakers:

Guy Standing is a Professorial Research Associate and former Professor of Development Studies at SOAS University of London. From August 2006 until January 2013, he was Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath in the UK. Between April 2006 and February 2009, he was also Professor of Labour Economics at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. From 1999 until March 2006, he was Director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 2009 Professor Standing was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK. In 2014 he received an honorary doctorate from the European College of Economics and Management, Bulgaria, and was invited to join the International Advisory Group of Northeastern University’s Center for International Affairs and World Cultures. In 2019 he was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK). He is a member of the Progressive Economy Forum (UK).

Mary O’Hara is an award-winning journalist, author and producer. Her journalism appears in publications including The Guardian and Mosaic Science. She is the author of two books: The Shame Game: Overturning the toxic poverty narrative (2020) and Austerity Bites: A journey to the sharp end of cuts in the UK (2014) and is founder of the multi-platform anti-poverty initiative, Project Twist-It. Mary has directed/produced short films, run a comedy club, been an Alistair Cooke Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley and a producer and consultant on Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness. In 2020 she was named Best Foreign Columnist at the Southern California Journalism Awards. In 2021 she will be a contributor to the anthology of working class writers, Common Gossip, edited by Natasha Carthew.

Organised by Basic Income Northern Ireland (BINI) and UBI Lab NI.

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date & time

date & time

23rd March
(duration: 120 minutes)




This virtual event is free


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