What started out as writing about basic income here on my blog and Medium, has become increasingly talking about basic income on TV, radio, and podcasts, and has now also increasingly become traveling to various conferences and events around the world to talk about basic income with audiences in person.
If money were no issue, there are appearances I would have made that I didn't. Some places I'm invited to are happy to cover the costs of airfare and accommodations, others ask that I cover these costs and then get reimbursed, and still others are not able to cover any of it at all.
As a side note before I continue, the above has taught me some new things as well:
The work I do for free in advocacy of basic income only because I have a basic income that allows me to work for free, obviously has value. To me this further validates the notion that once everyone has basic income, a lot of valuable work that currently isn't getting done, will get done, because more people will finally be able to afford to do it.
Reimbursement is not at all the same thing as cash up front, and it does indeed take money to make money. There is an assumption out there I've noticed among those who don't really worry about money that buying something like a plane ticket anytime is easy. Everyone has a credit card, right? And everyone has room on that credit card, right? So just buy the ticket and get reimbursed later, right? No. It's not that easy at all. If you don't have a credit card, which I don't, then the only way to purchase something is actually having the money. I can't buy something and get reimbursed for it later, if I have no money to buy it in the first place. This further validates the notion that basic income is far more useful than tax credits and deductions, and that everyone needs at least some money in order to make more money.
Shit happens. Sometimes a promise of reimbursement falls through, which again goes to further prove my second point, but also goes to show that the world is a precarious place and life is what happens when we're making plans. Murphy of Murphy's Law loves to strike right when we least expect him, and having basic income as a cushion can mean the difference between disappointment and being unable to pay the rent.
A basic income is truly basic. If anyone out there thinks it removes the incentive to work thanks to being able to afford food and rent, there are a lot of other expenses out there you're going to want to afford, including flying to places and staying in hotels during your travels, that all involve more money than a basic income provides. This is where the motivation to earn more money will always exist, in order to buy all the goods and services out there we want to buy that exist above and beyond our basic needs.
With that said, I'm going to begin keeping track here of UBI-related events I've been asked to go to or would like to go to, whether or not the travel is covered and how, and whether or not I was able to make it or not. You can bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates.
|-----DATE----- | -------EVENT------- | --LOCATION-- | --FUNDING-- | ---STATUS---|
May 12-15, 2016 | NABIG Congress 2016 | Winnipeg | No costs covered | Unable to attend
June 2-8, 2016 | Basic Income Referendum | Switzerland | Costs covered | Attended
July 7-9, 2016 | BIEN Congress 2016 | South Korea | No costs covered | Unable to attend
July 24-28, 2016 | Democratic National Convention | Philadelphia | No costs covered | Crowdfunded
Sept 20-22, 2016 | Vox Conversations | Washington, D.C. | No costs covered | Crowdfunded
Oct 25-27, 2016 | Heartland Poverty Conference | Chicago | Will reimburse | Need crowdfunding
Nov 14-15, 2016 | Global Action Summit | Nashville | Will reimburse | Need crowdfunding
August ??, 2017 | Z-Day Global 2017 | Australia | Partial costs covered | Need crowdfunding
You can help me attend these events and future events by donating to my permanent and ongoing crowdfund I've setup specifically for travel expenses for basic income advocacy travel. Any amount helps as does sharing the link on social media and both can be the difference between my needing to turn something down or being a part of the discussion somewhere.
Thank you and I hope my travels help make basic income happen sooner.
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