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US: Chris Hughes, co-chair of the Economic Security Project (ESP), favours means tested guaranteed income for working poor over UBI in new book

In a July 2017 televised Town Hall with KCET, Economic Security Project co-chairs Chris Hughes and Natalie Foster were asked about the principles of a Universal Basic Income. Public questions from Facebook were delivered by the moderator, the first common concern of which was: should we “give everybody a Basic Income,” even the lazy and wealthy? Foster took the question

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CANADA: Quebec is implementing a means-tested benefit, not a basic income

The province of Quebec, in Canada, has been fostering conversations around basic income and even, at a certain point in 2016, has appointed a long-time supporter of basic income, François Blais, as Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity. Although the term “guaranteed minimum income” has been used in an indiscriminate fashion ever since 2014, there has never been an actual

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BIEN Congress 2018: Looking for film makers

BIEN Congress 2018 is looking for film makers to display their production at the upcoming basic income congress in Tampere! The 2018 Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress is planning to run a short film festival parallel to the talks, presentations and discussions at the upcoming BIEN Congress in Tampere on 23-26 August 2018. We invite enthusiastic cineasts and documentary

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EUROPE: European Social Survey (ESS) reveal findings about attitudes toward Universal Basic Income across Europe

Map of Europe. Credit to: Flickr   The European Social Survey (ESS) has published its 2016 Round 8 results, which include, for the first time in its history, a polling question asking participants to express their attitude to the hypothetical introduction of a basic income scheme in society.   The 34,604 participants across 18 European countries were asked whether, overall,

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International: McKinsey report identifies basic income as a potential response to automation

As many as 375 million people may have to switch jobs as a result of automation by 2030. This is according to a new report published by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), a private sector think tank and the business and economics research arm of McKinsey & Company. According to MGI researchers, “the transitions will be very challenging – matching or

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United Kingdom: A podcast debate on basic income

Image credit to Nathaniel Houghton, on Medium. The Guardian has published a podcast of a debate on Citizen’s Basic Income (start to listen at 16:00 minutes): Could a universal basic income be a solution to precarious work, automation and a happy, healthier society? It has enthusiasts from Silicon Valley to the Labour party, but would it actually work? We hear from Marjukka Turunen, from the

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SWITZERLAND: Chief Investment Officer of Credit Suisse argues in favour of an Unconditional Basic Income

Michael Strobaek, Global Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Switzerland’s second largest bank Credit Suisse (CS), is interviewed in the December 2017 issue of CS’s “Bulletin“, dedicated to questions around aging. According to Strobaek, it will be crucial to secure the livelihood of the millions of people who will be unemployed through technological development, automation and robotization, and that this has

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United Kingdom: Sonia Sodha – “UBI is no panacea for us – and Labour shouldn’t back it”

Sonia Sodha (Twitter account image)   Sonia Sodha, lead writer at the Observer, urges the British Left not to support UBI. According to her latest opinion piece for the Guardian, UBI will not cure any social disease that UBI advocates claim will be alleviated, and rather, it is currently a fatal distraction from other battles on which the British Left

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UK: Steven Davies reviews Rutger Bregman’s “Utopia for Realists”

In the three years since its initial publication, Rutger Bregman’s Utopia for Realists has helped spur a global conversation on universal basic income (UBI). The book has become an international bestseller, garnering praise from intellectual heavyweights and propelling its author to the TED stage this past April. However, Stephen Davies, education director at the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA), remains

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CANADA: Canadian Association of Social Workers Recommends UBIG of $20,000 As a Better Alternative Than Negative Income Tax

On October 30th 2017, the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) released a position paper recommending a Universal Basic Income Guarantee (UBIG) of $20,000 for all individuals, regardless of income. CASW’s UBIG fulfils the definition of a Basic Income. CASW argues that a UBIG is superior to a Negative Income Tax, which is being tested in other experiments (1). CASW

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