Events campaign exploring universal basic income launches

Maxine Blane

Speakers at the event will include SNP and Scottish Green Party members, as well as local actvists, trade unionists and artists

FRIDAY 19 AUGUST will see the launch of a bi-monthly campaign of events exploring universal basic income at Partick social enterprise cafe For Fika Sake.

The ‘Exploring a Universal Basic Income’ event is the first in a six-month campaign in association with Independence Live which will stage a series of open discussion evenings with speakers from across the UK.

Hosted by Extra Second Poetry, speakers at Friday’s event include members of the SNP and Scottish Green Party, local activists, trade unionists, students and local artists.

Extra Second described the event as an opportunity for people to “get together under one roof for a ‘clash of minds” and said that “for the last few months speakers from a range of backrounds and perspectives have been tirelessly preparing presentations” for the events.

As well as speakers such as Phd researcher Jen Broadhurst from the Women in Scotland’s Economy Research Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University, and retired academic economist Annie Miller, there will be a performance from Dutch spoken word artist Bibi June Schwithal and a musical set from Caitlin Buchanan.

There will be an open Q&A with time for discussion from both the audience in the room and those watching via livestream. Extra Second are encouraging anyone who might be interested in sharing their views at future events in the campaign “to come along, introduce yourself and get involved”.

Please contact Johnny Cypher at for more information or to put your name forward as a speaker or performer, and visit the Universal Basic Income space on CommonSocial to find out more.

Picture courtesy of Twitter/forFIKAsakeExtra Second Poetry

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