Guy Standings recent speech history

Speeches and Conference Papers


“The precariat in the commons”, lecture to the opening ceremony for post-graduates, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, 11 October 2019.

Dialogue with Daniel Raventos on Democracy and the Precariat: Towards a New Relationship Between Work and Social Protection, organised by the Ernest Lluch Foundation, Barcelona, Spain, 10 October 2019.

“The world if…we had a universal basic income”, Open Future conference organised by The Economist, Manchester (UK), 5 October 2019. Video (at 3’30”)

“Plunder of the commons: Responding with basic income”, keynote address to the sixth annual conference of the Altius Society, Oxford (UK), 4 October 2019.

Launch of Plunder of the Commons: A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth, London, 2 October 2019.

“Basic income as common dividends”, presentation of report for the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer at a fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference, Brighton, UK, 22 September 2019.

“Plunder of the commons”, talk at the Howthelightgetsin festival and participation in panels on Satisfaction and Desire and Is Capitalism Broken?, Kenwood, London, 21 September 2019.

Talk on basic income to “Shaping horizons 2019” organised by the Global Shapers Cambridge Hub, Cambridge, UK, 9-13 September 2019. Video (from 1:14:45)

“A manifesto for the common good”, talk at the Wilderness Festival sponsored by the Royal Society of Arts, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, UK, 3 August 2019.

“The precariat”, keynote speech to the triennial conference of the National Union of Public and General Employees, Winnipeg, Canada, 21-23 June 2019.

Speaker for motion in debate: “Will a basic income help to make the benefits of globalisation reach all?”, Brussels Economic Forum, Brussels, 18 June 2019.

Opening speech on the precariat to the annual general meeting of the Smart cooperative, Brussels, 18 June 2019.

“A call for experiments”, conference on Basic Income in Wales organised by Indycube and the Royal Society of Arts (Wales), Porth, Wales, 7 June 2019.

“What if the precariat becomes the mass class of the future?”, conversation with Anders Fogh Jensen, Heartland Festival, Egeskov Castle, Denmark, 30 May 2019.

Launch of Basic Income as Common Dividends: Piloting a Transformative Policy. A Report for the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (London: Progressive Economy Forum, May 2019) at the Royal Society of Arts, London, 7 May 2019. Report :: Launch video

“Basic income: A weapon against the eight modern giants”, keynote at research symposium on Poverty, Stigma and Inequalities organised by the Power, Inequalities and Citizenship cluster of the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, University of Newcastle, UK, 2 May 2019.

“Universal basic income”, talk at the 2019 Festival of Debate, organised by Now Then Magazine and UBI Lab - Sheffield, Sheffield, UK, 30 April 2019.

“The precariat: The rise of a dangerous new class. And how it is reshaping the world and India”, India Today Conclave on theme Hard Choices, New Delhi, 1-2 March 2019. Video

“The precariat and why basic income would be good for farmers”, talk to Indian Farmers Forum, New Delhi, 28 February 2019.

Keynote at opening of The Hague International Model United Nations, Work in a Globalised World: Promoting Jobs, Protecting People, The Hague, 28 January to 1 February 2019.

Participant in sessions on '“Europe after Brexit” (video), “Tackling the growth paradox” (video) and '“Technology: A common good?” (video), World Economic Forum annual meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 22-25 January 2019.


“The precariat: A disruptive class for disruptive times”, 35C3 (35th Chaos Communication Congress) organised by the Chaos Computer Club, Leipzig, Germany, 27 December 2018. Audio

“Building a new economy”, talk and debate at the Festival of Equality, Ghent, Belgium, 13 December 2018.

“Unlocking human rights with a basic income – a discussion with Guy Standing”, talk and discussion organised by the Right to Work; Right to Welfare campaign (R2W), Belfast, Northern Ireland, 10 December 2018.

“Piloting basic income in Britain: A report for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party”, seminar at SOAS University of London, 7 December 2018.

Keynote speech on the precariat to divisional conference of the Transport, Energy, Aviation and Construction section of the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU), Dublin, 23 November 2018.

“Basic income and how we can make it happen”, keynote address to the Annual Conference of Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations, Glasgow, Scotland, 23 November 2018.

“Basic income: Utopia or solution”, TEDx talk, TEDxLakeComo with the theme Bridges, Como, Italy, 10 November 2018. Video

Keynote speech on the precariat and the commons to annual JobCAMP conference on labour policy organised by KL (Local Government Denmark), Aalborg, 8 November 2018.

“Towards a new social contract: Taking on distributional tensions in Europe and Central Asia”, presentation at seminar organised by the World Bank and the Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland, 18 October 2018.

“From robots to UBI: Is capitalism digging its own grave?”, panel presentation in Battle of Ideas organised by the Academy of Ideas, London, 13-14 October 2018. Audio

“Rentier capitalism and the precariat: Why a basic income is essential”, opening seminar for post-graduate Erasmus Mundus in Sustainable Territorial Development, University of Padua, Italy, 24 September 2018.

"Reviving the commons: A commons fund and basic income", session on Basic Income and Commonfare, at the 18th Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress, Basic Income and the New Universalism: Rethinking the Welfare State in the 21st Century, Tampere, Finland, 24-26 August 2018.

"The precariat under rentier capitalism: Why a basic income is vital", opening keynote at the Crossroads in Cultural Studies conference 2018, organised by the Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China, 12-15 August 2018.

"Responding to rentier capitalism: The precariat in the commons", keynote speech to the 29th conference of the Nordic Sociological Association, The Global North – Welfare Policies, Mobilities, Inequalities, and Social Movements, organised by the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, 8-10 August 2018.

Participation in debate on basic income in series on New Utopias for Europe, Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal, 5 July 2018.

"The precariat in the commons", speech to annual PPP (People, Place and Policy Journal) conference on Alternative Urban Futures for Tackling Social and Spatial Inequalities, organised by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK, 27 June 2018. 

"The precariat under rentier capitalism: Why a basic income is essential", speech to symposium on Work and the Good Life: Utopias, Alternatives, Ethical Perspectives, organised by the Institute of Applied Ethics, University of Hull, 8 June 2018. Audio at 30'

"Universal basic income", 2018 College of Social Sciences/Citizens UK (CoSS/CUK) lecture organised by the College of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham, 6 June 2018.

"The precariat in the global class structure", talk to workshop on Neoliberal Welfare State, Precarity and Development: Transnational Solidarity and Activism for Global Workers on Decent Work and Dignified Wages, organised by the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, 5 June 2018.

"A basic income for all: The answer to financial insecurity", "Cafe Diplo" talk organised by the Friends of Le Monde diplomatique, London, 4 June 2018. Audio

"Basic income: Making it happen", opening keynote to conference on Universal Basic Income and/or Alternatives: 2018 update, organised by the London Futurists, London, 2 June 2018. Video

Series of events at the 2018 HowTheLightGetsIn festival, Hay-on-Wye, 25-28 May 2018: participation in panels "Capitalism" and "Dreams to believe in" (video), Academy course "What we share: The future of the commons", Open Platform on basic income and a debate (with Deirdre McCloskey) on basic income "Money for nothing". 

"Rentier capitalism and the precariat: Arguments for basic income", lecture at the 2018 Matchpoints Seminar on The Welfare State: New Solutions to Old Problems, University of Aarhus, Denmark, 24-26 May 2018. 

"Basic income: Will it ever happen", Agora Session, European Business Summit, Brussels, 23-24 May 2018.

Participation in panel "Inequality and precarity" at the second annual State of the Economy Conference, organised by the Labour Party, 19 May 2018.

Participation in panel "Business and economics" and presentation on basic income, Global Scholars Symposium 2018 on Navigating Uncertainty, University of Oxford, UK, 11-13 May 2018.

Participation in plenary panel "Governing difference: Impact of social fragmentations on national security, issues of class divisions, racial tensions and diversity in megacities", 12th Asia-Pacific Programme for Senior National Security Officers (APPSNO), organised by the Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 6-11 May 2018.

Participation in plenary panel "Beyond the end of work" and presentation on basic income at the 48th St Gallen Symposium organised by the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, 2-4 May 2018.

“A precariat charter: Rebuilding citizenship in the Global Transformation”, keynote speaker at international conference on Rethinking the Future of Work: Competing Perspectives, Methodological Challenges, organised by the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB), Romania, 27-28 April 2018. Video Part 1 :: Part 2 :: Part 3

“Basic income: Time for a radical rethink”, on-stage conversation, International Journalism Festival, Perugia, Italy, 11-15 April 2018. Interview :: Video

Panellist in plenary round-table “The trials and prospects of economic justice today”, King's Transnational Law Summit 2018, organised by the Dickson Poon Transnational Law Institute, King's College London, 10-13 April 2018. Video

"Basic income, and how we can make it happen", public lecture organised by the Swedish Basic Income Party, Gothenburg, Sweden, 23 March 2018.

"The Precariat: Will 2018 be the Tipping Point?", keynote speech to conference on When Work Becomes Insecure: Precarious Work – Before, Now and in the Future, organised by Selskabet for Arbejderhistorie (SFAH), Copenhagen, 22 March 2018.

Participant in panel on basic income at the 2018 International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva, 16 March 2018.

"The corruption of capitalism", talk to Keele World Affairs, Stoke-on-Trent (UK), 15 March 2018.

"The precariat and platform capitalism", Robophilosophy Conference 2018: Envisioning Robots in Society - Politics, Power, and Public Space, Vienna, 14 February 2018.

"The corruption of capitalism", Cambridge University Geographical Society, Cambridge (UK), 8 February 2018.

"Basic income: Democratic justice, republican freedom, universal security", Storrs Lecture, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut (USA), 6 February 2018.

"Rentier capitalism: Why the precariat is the new dangerous class", Storrs Lecture, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut (USA), 5 February 2018. Video

"Rentier capitalism and basic income", Warwick Economics Summit, University of Warwick, Coventry, 2 February 2018. Interview

"Basic income for a fairer 2027", Imagine 2027, Cambridge (UK), 1 February 2018. Video

"Confronting the plunder of the commons", York Sociology Public Seminar Series, University of York (UK), 31 January 2018.

Session panellist on "How is rentier capitalism aggravating inequality?" (video), "Social safety nets for the fourth industrial revolution", "Bringing dignity with basic income", "Preventing the plunder of the commons", "Finding meaning in the fourth industrial revolution" and "Guaranteed income for growth" (video), World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018 with theme Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World, Davos, Switzerland 23-26 January 2018.

Presentation on basic income on panel "The New Society", 2018 Futures Congress, Santiago da Chile, 15-21 January 2018.


"The growing precariat under rentier capitalism", keynote speech to the 10th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning (RWL10), Grahamstown (South Africa), 6-8 December 2017.

"The growing precariat under rentier capitalism", special lecture, and panellist on panel "New paradigm of distribution and the role of leadership", 8th Asia Future Forum on theme The Fourth Revolution: Towards a New Social Contract, Seoul, 15-16 November 2017.

Talks on "The contemporary relevance of the Charter of the Forest" and "A draft Charter of the Commons", regional economic conference organised by the Labour Party, Lincoln (UK), 11 November 2017.

"The future of work and income security", panel at the 2017 Web Summit, Lisbon, 6-9 November 2017. Video

"Why would you oppose universal basic income", panel at the 2017 Web Summit, Lisbon, 6-9 November 2017. Video

"The contemporary relevance of the Charter of the Forest", meeting in the State Rooms, Speaker's House, House of Commons, sponsored by John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, London, 7 November 2017. 

"Common rights and natural resources", public lecture in series The Charter of the Forest: Contexts and Conversations, organised by the Department of History, University of Durham, UK, 6 November 2017.

"Prosperity for the precariat: The transformational role of basic income", IGP Director's Seminar (public lecture) organised by the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London, 2 November 2017. Audio

Contributions on the precariat, rentier capitalism and basic income in two panels at an international conference organised by the Canadian Society for International Health, Leaving No One Behind? Reflections for Action in a Changing World, Ottawa, 29-31 October 2017. 

"The corruption of capitalism: Why rentiers thrive and work does not pay", public lecture organised by SIPA (School of International and Public Affairs), Columbia University, New York, 26 October 2017.

"Are the needs of capitalism and democracy becoming increasingly incompatible?", panel at Global ARC, Boston (USA), 23-25 October 2017.

"The corruption of capitalism: Why rentiers thrive and work does not pay", keynote presentation at Global ARC, Boston (USA), 23-25 October 2017.

"The precariat under rentier capitalism", presentation at panel on The Growth of the Dual Economy, INET2017 conference organised by the Institute for New Economic ThinkingReawakening: From the Origins of Economic Ideas to the Challenges of Our Time, Edinburgh, 21-23 October 2017. Paper :: Video

"The corruption of capitalism", public lecture organised by the Institutu Asturies 2030, Gijón (Spain), 19 October 2017. Video

"Universal basic income: How to implement it?", public lecture organised by the Institutu Asturies 2030, Oviedo (Spain), 19 October 2017. Video

"The precariat under rentier capitalism: Why a basic income is essential", talk at a symposium on The Future of Work and Basic Income organised by Podemos Galicia, A Coruña (Spain), 14 October 2017.

"When work doesn't pay: Ideas for a better economic system", keynote speech to Brighton Summit, organised by the Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce, Brighton (UK), 13 October 2017.

"Can universal basic income work?", panel debate hosted by Oxford Economics Society, Oxford (UK), 12 October 2017.

Participation in panel on “Economics at a crossroads: What should the new economy look like?”, Green Party conference, Harrogate , UK, 7 October 2017. 

"The precariat's agony: Why basic income and a revived commons are vital", keynote, Senior Officers Conference (Scottish social housing conference), Falkirk, Scotland, 5-6 October 2017.

"Rentier capitalism: Why a basic income is essential", public lecture organised by the Carlsberg Foundation and Politiken, Copenhagen, 3 October 2017.

"The precariat: The new dangerous class", guest speech to the biannual study event of the Swedish Left Party, Malmö, 30 September 2017.

"Universal basic income: pros and cons", Head-to-Head Debate with Daniel Zamora, organised by the European Policy Centre, Brussels, 29 September 2017.

"The Charter of the Forest: 800th anniversary of basic income in the commons", keynote speech to the 17th Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), Lisbon, 25-27 September 2017. Video :: Q&A

"Growth of the precariat under rentier capitalism", public seminar organised by Mobilities & Transnational Iceland, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 5 September 2017.

"A universal basic income for Aotearoa New Zealand", public lecture organised by Basic Income New Zealand (BINZ), New Zealand Fabian Society and the University of Auckland Debating Society, Auckland, 31 August 2017. Video

"When work hardly pays - A Conversation with Guy Standing", public seminar on the precariat organised by the Maori and Psychology Research Unit, Waikato University, Hamilton (New Zealand), 30 August 2017. Video

"The precariat under rentier capitalism: The psychological dimensions and class differentiation by rights", keynote speech to the 12th biennial Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) conference, organised by Massey University School of Psychology, Auckland (New Zealand), 26-28 August 2017.

"Emerging risks: The big picture", panel at the 2017 Finance Forum organised by the Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg (Austria), 26-27 June 2017. Forum report

"Speaking truth to power", panel at the 70th Anniversary Gala Board of Directors Weekend organised by the Salzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg (Austria), 23-25 June 2017.

"The rise of the precariat", keynote for conference 24 Hours 2017 organised by Deutsche Telekom, Munich (Germany), 19-20 June 2017.

"The precariat", keynote for panel on Extracting Meaning and Value from Work, York Festival of Ideas focus day on The Future of Work, York (UK), 16 June 2017.

Talk on the precariat to the 2017 International Monetary Conference, London, 13 June 2017.

Keynote speech on basic income at the Green Economics Conference 2017, organised by the Green Economics Institute Trust, Oxford (UK), 10-12 June 2017.

Speaker at United Nations Human Rights Council side event on universal basic income and the future of human rights organised by the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights and International Movement ATD Fourth World, Geneva (Switzerland), 8 June 2017. Video

"Meet the author - The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay", OECD Forum 2017, organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, 6-7 June 2017.

Participation in panel "A fair share: Universal basic income, et al....?", OECD Forum 2017 organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, 6-7 June 2017. Video (Day 1, amphitheatre 3)

"The precariat in rentier capitalism: Why rentiers thrive and work does not pay", seminar in New Methods, Approaches and Perspectives series organised by the Bank of England, London, 23 May 2017. 

Participation in panel on basic income, European Business Summit, Brussels, 22 May 2017.

Participation in debate "Diversity and possiblity" in the Hypotheticals series organised by Aarhus 2017, European Capital of Culture 2017, Aarhus (Denmark), 21 May 2017. 

"The rise of the precariat in the age of rentier capitalism and technological upheaval", talk to CEOs in the Fortune CEO Series of the Salesforce London World Tour, London, 18 May 2017. Interview video

"Rentier capitalism and growth of the precariat", public lecture to open series on Thoughts for a New Local Economy Policy organised by Barcelona Activa, Barcelona (Spain), 9 May 2017.

"Basic income: And how we can make it happen", public lecture and book launch organised by Penguin Random House and the International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics, 8 May 2017. Video

"The corruption of capitalism: Why rentiers thrive and work does not pay", public seminar organised by the York Union and the University of York Department of Politics, York (UK), 3 May 2017.

"The corruption of capitalism", keynote speech to the 2017 European Executive Forum on sustainable leadership, organised by the European Executive Club, and participation in plenary panel on Business in a Europe of Uncertainty, Warsaw, 26-27 April 2017.

"From neo-liberalism to rentier capitalism: The corruption of capitalism", public lecture organised by Department of Political Science, Aalborg University, Aalborg (Denmark), 20 April 2017.

Opening address to National Conference on Basic Income 2017 organised by SEWA (Self Employed Women's Association of India) and INBI (Indian Network for Basic Income, Delhi, 29-30 March 2017. Video :: Interview

"The corruption of capitalism: Why rentiers thrive and work does not pay", Sussex Development Lecture organised by the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton (UK), 16 March 2017. Video

"The corruption of capitalism: Why rentiers thrive and work does not pay", talk in ICT for Development (ICT4D) seminar series organised by the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (UK), 14 March 2017. Video

"The corruption of capitalism: Why rentiers thrive and the precariat struggles", talk in Marx Research Seminar series at University of Lincoln (UK), 13 March 2017.

"Rentier capitalism: Building a new distribution system", lecture to annual Glasgow Economic Forum organised by the Glasgow University Real World Economics Society and the Adam Smith Economics Society, plus participation in panel on interdisciplinary and alternative approaches to solving economic issues, Glasgow (Scotland), 11-12 March 2017.

Presentation on the precariat to conference organised by the National Union of Journalists, Being Freelance in the Age of Precarious Labour, London, 11 March 2017.

"The corruption of capitalism: Why rentiers thrive and work does not pay", Headstrong Club, Lewes (UK), 10 March 2017.

"The precariat and universal basic income", talk in seminar series on New Approaches to Economic Challenges organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris, 9 March 2017.

Participation in a public roundtable on Experiments in Unconditional Basic Income, organised by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford University, Palo Alto (USA), 8 February 2017. Video

"The precariat: The new denizens", talk at the 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Labor Mobility and Precarity on a Global Scale, organised by the Chicano Latino Research Center and Institute for Humanities Research, University of California Santa Cruz (USA), 7 February 2017. Video :: Interview

"The precariat, business and education: Facing the coming revolt", 2017 EFMD Conference for Deans and Directors General on Leading in a World of Uncertainty, Ljubljana (Slovenia), 2-3 February 2017.

Keynote address to UNI Europa Property Services conference, Madrid, 27 January 2017.


For a list and details of earlier speeches, go to the 'Speeches archive' page here.