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The Poverty Crisis and a Case for Universal Basic Income – Article by Brent Ellman in TAFFD’s Magazine

The Poverty Crisis and a Case for Universal Basic Income – Article by Brent Ellman in TAFFD’s Magazine

Brent Ellman


Editor’s Note: U.S. Transhumanist Party member and long-time USTP supporter Brent Ellman has published a piece in TAFFD’s Magazine on Universal Basic Income (UBI). Our friends at TAFFD’s (https://taffds.org/) were nice enough to give us permission to cross-post the article here in full format. Brent is an entrepreneur with a diverse background and currently serves as director of marketing at TAFFD’s. Originally from New York, he has lived in Colorado since 2008. 

~ Dan Elton, Director of Scholarship, United States Transhumanist Party, December 27, 2020


Excerpt: In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced in his State of the Union Address that, “This administration, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.” How does one fight a war against poverty, though? What exactly does poverty even mean? As of 2019 in the United States, an individual who makes under $12,490 annually is considered to be living in poverty. A family of 3 earning under $21,330 also falls under the category of living in poverty.

In Denver, Colorado, 15.1% of the population lives below the poverty level, according to a recent Census Bureau ACS 5-year estimate. That estimate found that 101,000 out of 666,000 people are living below the poverty line. To put this further into perspective, as of July 2020, according to RentJungle.org, the average price to rent a one-bedroom apartment in Denver is $1468 per month. According to RentCafe only 5% of rentals listed in Denver are priced at less than $1000 per month. We’ve been waging America’s unconditional war on poverty for 56 years, and this is how far we’ve come.

How might poverty actually be solved in the United States? Read Brent Ellman’s full article here.

International Conference of Technoscientific Awareness in Solving 21st Century Problems – Announcement by Osinakachi Akuma Kalu

International Conference of Technoscientific Awareness in Solving 21st Century Problems – Announcement by Osinakachi Akuma Kalu

Osinakachi Akuma Kalu


Editor’s Note: The U.S. Transhumanist Party features this announcement by Osinakachi Akuma Kalu of the Transdisciplinary Agora for Future Discussions (TAFFDs), originally published on their site.  The announcement brings attention to a new conference from TAFFDs, focusing on technological advancements for prosperity, which the U.S. Transhumanist Party supports as part of our policy goals.

~ Brent Reitze, Director of Publication, United States Transhumanist Party, September 9, 2019


For the first time, futurists, transhumanists, longevity scientists, leadership experts and vertical farming agriculturists will be gathering in Africa. So, all is set for staging the International Conference on Technoscientific Awareness in Solving 21st Century Problems, a groundbreaking event organized by the Transdisciplinary Agora for Future Discussions (TAFFDs) in collaboration with the University of Rwanda. Themed “The 21st Century Information Tech/Digitization and Sustainable Governance in Developing Countries”, the program (slated to run from 7th – 11th of October 2019) shall provide spaces for exploration of the accelerating pace of technology adoption in Africa and other developing countries, the links between digitization and governance, and how technological effects could be channeled into developmental gains for these societies. There shall also be a futurist and transhumanist edge to the gathering, as ideas and innovations with orientations in transhumanism and life extension shall be discussed and related to Africa’s growth potentials. Leadership experts will bring insights especially in political and managerial terms on how these processes could best be guided into fruition.

As an assembly meant to attract fine and revolutionary global thinkers (futurism, transhumanism, life extensionism, vertical farming, IoT, digital leadership), the conference shall be deepened by a credible line-up of global delegates representing the Association of Professional Futurists, the Transhumanist Party, Singularity University, and several other leading groups in the sector of futurist tech, strategy, and societal development. With a platform presented to link inventors/inventions featured at the Conference’s tech (and particularly infotech and biotech) exhibition with key investors, further pragmatic opportunities are envisaged to be opened up in boosting start-up tech innovations to large industrial scales in Africa for diverse socio-economic benefits.  The vision, essentially, is that of the Fourth Industrial Revolution being engineered into manifestation in Africa. Rwanda, with its recent achievements and growing acclaim as Africa’s emerging tech capital, was so strategically chosen as the symbolic venue where this dawn of a new tech-driven age in Africa should occur.

Endorsements for the Conference have been received from the Scientific Innovation Research Group (SIRG), U.S. Transhumanist Party, Futurist New Deal Podcast, International Longevity Alliance, Open Source Mode, and MyTalent Africa, among others. More endorsements would yet be appreciated, as well as a response to our call for sponsorship and partnership. A host of benefits are assured for stakeholders and attendees of the Conference, not least the fact that much more in terms of reputational capital stands to be garnered by individuals and institutions who get to participate in this very significant, historic, and transformative project. 

Visa is on arrival and easily accessible. 

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Website: taffds.org

Conference site: https://conference2019.taffds.org/