Author Archives: Nick Yeretsian

New academic research shows that basic income improves health

PROOF, the interdisciplinary research group that studies food insecurity in Canada, has published research on guaranteed annual income and food insecurity (not having access to sufficient affordable, nutritious food) in Canadian Public Policy. Seven years of national-level data shows that a guaranteed annual income (in this case, Canada’s Old Age Security program and its supplement for those with low incomes)

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SPAIN [Basque Country]: Two MPs of Basque Country have long been supporting Unconditional Basic Income

On September 25th, Elkarrekin Podemos, a new leftist party with basic income in its platform, won 15% of seats in Basque Parliament. The Socialist Party received 12%, and the centre-right Nationalist Party won a minority government with 37%. Earlier this year in the Spanish general election, Podemos won over a fifth of the seats in the Congress and over a

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VIDEO: Basic Income debated on CNN (Chris Hughes & Eduardo Porter)

On October 16, Chris Hughes (Facebook co-founder) and Eduardo Porter (NY Times columnist) debated basic income on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria. Arguing in support of basic income, Hughes not only emphasized that job security is falling, but also that Americans are currently living on less than they were 20 years ago. He cited a federal report published in May 2016,

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Grantcoin Distributed to 750 People in 69 Countries

The Grantcoin Foundation, a U.S.-based nonprofit, distributes digital currency in the form of unconditional basic income grants. Grantcoin is the first cryptocurrency managed and distributed by an NPO. On October 1st, Grantcoin made its second distribution of basic income grants, this time to 750 people in 69 countries–chiefly the US (227), Puerto Rico (114), and Germany (84). This was about

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NEW LINK: World Basic Income

Founded in Manchester, summer 2016, World Basic Income (WBI) campaigns for the introduction of a universal and unconditional basic income through research, pilot studies, and outreach. It describes itself as a “not-for-profit multi-stakeholder co-operative, which is currently led by four directors.” WBI is keen to develop partnerships with like-minded organizations, academics, and individuals, to build a strong research and campaign base

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