My recent article, “My Own Private Basic Income” (Open Democracy, June 2017) just came out on audio (September 2017). Karl Miller, an actor and professional voice-over artist, reads the piece. The publisher summarizes it as follows, “One person’s experience becoming a business owner shows how our economy is based on luck rather than merit and how it rewards people who
The Futurism blog, which describes itself as reporting on “the breakthrough technologies and scientific discoveries that will shape humanity’s future”, has published a post on basic income as a response to increasing automation of the workplace. Although universal basic income (UBI) is neither a technology nor a scientific discovery, Futurism’s FAQ page lists UBI as one of the topics that
This article was originally published by OpenDemocracy, where it received more than 43,000 views as of July 20, 2017. It has also be republished by Moon Magazine. It is based on–but greatly extended from–an earlier article published by BIEN in May 2010 at basicincome.org. I have a private basic income – a small, regular cash income without means test or
It is better to have enough financial security to work for no pay than to receive payment directly for the same work — or, at least, this has been my own experience as a volunteer in the basic income community.
Overview (details below) June 15-18, 2017: New York, NY June 20-21: Brussels, Belgium June 27-29: Sheffield, United Kingdom July 5-7: Stockholm, Sweden July 9: Oslo, Norway July 11: Haugesund, Norway July 27-29: St. Louis, Missouri/O’Fallon, Illinois August 15: Canberra, Australia August 16: Sydney, Australia August 17-18: Melbourne, Australia August 31-September 1: Reykjavik, Iceland September 25-27: Lisbon, Portugal October 12-14 (tentative):
For me, a job-unconditional basic income guarantee was simply a part of the life to which I grew accustomed as a young adult. In this piece, I describe how this experience has influenced my hopes and expectations concerning the effects of basic income as a policy. Entering college as a scholarship student, I moved directly into a life