Universal basic income. A radical rethinking of work, well-being and freedom. This is the title of the meeting that took place within the Festival of Journalism held in Perugia on April 13th, 2018. From 2 pm at the Teatro della Sapienza, Alessandro Gilioli de L’Espresso magazine interviewed Guy Standing from BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network).

As an introduction to the meeting, a question was asked:

Can we create a fairer society by providing a guaranteed income for all citizens? What would this mean for our health, wealth and well-being?

Basic income is rooted in the idea that all citizens have a role in generating the wealth currently enjoyed only by a few. Faced with the increasing precariousness in all areas of work, an emerging disaffected mass class and signals of political instability, basic income is an issue around which to build new progressive policies, to redefine citizens’ relationship with work and the community in which they live. Guy Standing, an economist who has been for many years a leading figure worldwide in research on basic income, illustrates what we can learn from the pilot projects on basic income undertaken in various parts of the world, what the effects are on the economy, on poverty and on work, and why many of the arguments against basic income can be overcome.


More information at:

Festival of Journalism website

BIN Italia website (in Italian)

Enrica Piovan, “Guy Standing, Reddito cittadinanza farà bene Italia [Guy Standing, the basic income will be good for Italy]“, Ansa.it, April 11th 2018  (in Italian)


About Sandro Gobetti

Sandro Gobetti has written 30 articles.

Coordinator BIN Italy and social research