Basic Income Earth Network
|Type||Non governmental organisation|
|Legal status||Charitable Incorporated Organisation|
|Purpose||To educate the general public about Basic Income, that is, a periodic cash payment delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement; to serve as a link between the individuals and groups committed to, or interested in, Basic Income; to stimulate and disseminate research about Basic Income; and to foster informed public discussion on Basic Income throughout the world.|
|Headquarters||286 Ivydale Road, London SE15 3DF, United Kingdom|
|Executive Committee / General Assembly|
|Remarks||Updated in 2019|
|Basic Income European Network|
The Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN; until 2004 Basic Income European Network) is a network of academics and activists interested in the idea of basic income. It serves as a link between individuals and groups committed to or interested in basic income, and fosters informed discussion on this topic throughout the world. BIEN's website defines a basic income as "a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement."
Formed in 1986, BIEN held its first international conference in Louvain-la-Neuve in September of that year. It expanded its scope from Europe to the Earth in 2004. From 1988 BIEN published a paper newsletter three times per year; later replaced by an electronic NewsFlash Archived 2017-06-06 at the Wayback Machine distributed first six, and now twelve times per year. Since 2011, BIEN has sponsored a news website, called Basic Income News.
Every two years until 2014, and ever year since 2016, BIEN has organised an international congress gathering academics and activists for basic income. The 2016 Congress took place in Seoul, South Korea; the 2017 Congress in Lisbon, Portugal; The 2018 congress took place in Tampere, Finland; The 2019 BIEN congress takes place at Hyderabad, India. For a full list of congresses, see BIEN's website. Papers given at the congresses can also be found on the organisation's website.
BIEN recognises a number of national and regional affiliated networks across the world.
BIEN's secretaries have been Walter Van Trier (1986–1994), Philippe Van Parijs (1994–2004), David Casassas (2004–2014), Anja Askeland (2014–2016), and Julio Aguirre (2016–). In May 2016, BIEN appointed Malcolm Torry as its General Manager.
Chairing of BIEN was a flexible matter during the early years: Those chairing were Peter Ashby, Claus Offe, Guy Standing (1986–88), Edwin Morley-Fletcher, Guy Standing (1988–1996), Edwin Morley-Fletcher, Ilona Ostner, Guy Standing (1996–1998), Ilona Ostner, Guy Standing (1998–2004). In 2004, a revision of the previously sketchy statutes established that there would be either a Chair and Vice chair, or two Co-chairs. Following 2004, posts were held as follows: Guy Standing, Eduardo Suplicy (co-chairs 2004–2008), Ingrid Van Niekerk and Karl Widerquist (co-chairs 2008–2014), Louise Haagh and Karl Widerquist (co-chairs 2014–2018). The new constitution of 2018 provided for a Chair and a Vice Chair: Postholders as follows: Louise Haagh (Chair, 2018–), Sarath Davala (Vice Chair, 2018–).