ARTE, the franco-german TV channel, dedicated to cultural content and dissemination, has launched (on the 20th November 2018), an interactive documentary on work, money and basic income, named “Gagner sa vie” (“Earn a living”). Over seven episodes transmitted on the Internet, in four languages (French, English, German and Dutch), it poses questions to the internauts and shows them the episodes, according to their choices. These questions are focused on employment, work, automation, trust, wealth distribution and basic income, inviting thought on present-day societal issues, particularly those revolving around work.


Each episode is eleven minutes long. These combine real life footage with animated cartoons, and cover experiences from the United States (the Cherokee casino dividends), Japan (excess work culture), Kenya (Give Directly’s basic income pilot in Kenyan villages), the Netherlands (Bitnation founders account), Israel (sharing in the rural community of Arava) and France (Gironde’s wish to start a basic income experiment). A seventh episode, launched later (already on December 2018), explores a possible future when machines do most work and a basic income already exists, financed by the tech companies that own those robots.



More information at:

Claire Bott, “BBC UBI radio programme”, Basic Income News, May 29th 2018

Cameron McLeod, “BitNation: Recent advances in cryptocurrency see basic income tested”, Basic Income News, 30th March 2017

Tomas Klemm, “The importance of indigenous voice and experience in the UBI discussion”, Basic Income News, June 15th 2018

André Coelho, “France: The Gironde region’s path to a basic income experiment”, Basic Income News, May 17th 2018

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