About

Our Mission and Vision:

Basic Income Action is a nonprofit organization with chapters across the United States. Our mission is to win a basic income for all by educating and organizing people to take action.

We envision a world where basic economic security is guaranteed, and everyone has enough money to live with dignity. We envision a society that is truly committed to the American ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — with a government that provides everyone with the basic income we need to ensure these rights.

We aim to extend and advance the successful efforts of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network, USBIG, which was founded in December 1999. We also work closely with the Basic Income Earth Network, BIEN.

Our Founding Committee:

Ian Schlakman is a technology expert and a community organizer in Baltimore City. Ian has worked in the education, healthcare and new economy field for the past 15 years.

Diane R. Pagen is a social policy analyst and a social worker in New York and has been doing both since 2004. She is also a part-time lecturer of social policy at Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work. She is co-author with Theresa Funiciello of The Adventures of Carrie Giver: The Cost of Caring, a policy advocacy comic book, and an author of various articles on social policy and problems.

Steven Shafarman is an independent scholar/activist for basic income. He wrote his first essays about these ideas in the mid-1980s, and self-published a book in 1998. A member of the USBIG coordinating committee since 2002, he presented talks at BIEN meetings in Geneva in 2002, Dublin in 2008, and Montreal in 2014. His forthcoming book is The Basic Income Imperative: for peace, justice, liberty, and personal dignityHe is also the creator of FlexAware®, a fitness/healing/exercise practice for people of all ages and health conditions

Dan O'Sullivan is a communications specialist who has worked for labor, community and student organizations for the past 23 years.

M Andrew Witham is a social entrepreneur, developer, and technology advocate for a socially responsible digital currency. Three years ago he started Basic Income Project, a software platform for exchanging digital currency with a built in basic income.

Scott Santens has a crowdfunded basic income and has been a moderator of the basic income community on Reddit since 2013. As a writer and blogger, his pieces advocating the idea have appeared on such sites as The Huffington Post, the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), and Quartz among others.

Our Advisory Board:

Karl Widerquist
Michael Howard
Michael Lewis
Eri Noguchi
Howard Croft
Krissi Jimroglou
Peter Barnes