Universal Basic Income: should business be backing it? – EVENT CANCELLED.

Date(s) - 18/11/2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tyneside Cinema 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG

About Universal Basic Income: should business be backing it? – EVENT CANCELLED.


With prominent business leaders such as Richard Branson backing calls to implement Universal Basic Income (UBI), the idea is receiving high levels of coverage.

But what is UBI? How might it work, what might be the benefits, and is this something that business should support?

The aim of this event is to move beyond the preconceptions, to establish some of the “facts”, and to consider the likely impact of a UBI trial in Newcastle.

Following the presentations providing an international perspective, there will be a panel discussion chaired by the RSA’s Director of the Action and Research Centre, Anthony Painter, with current panellists including Derek Brown (Changing Lives case worker), Chi Onwurah MP (Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central) and Martin Whitlock (author, and political and economic commentator) with business advocates to be confirmed shortly.

This event is being run in partnership with NE1, Newcastle’s Business Improvement District Company, and is part of Freedom City 2017, a city-wide programme marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

This informal event is free to attend and open to Fellows, friends, and colleagues interested in supporting the work of the RSA.

Speakers: Dexter Dias QC, Miska Simanainen, Alexander de Roo, Che Wagner, Dr Simon Duffy, Anthony Painter.