Author Archives: Andre Coelho

Canada: Political candidates in Thunder Bay discuss Basic Income

Basic Income seems to be a hot issue to debate at the local elections run in Thunder Bay (Ontario, Canada). Ever since the cancellation of the Ontario basic income pilot project, by the Doug Administration, discussions over basic income type of policies have been growing in number and intensity. Thunder Bay was one of the localities over which the pilot

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Canada: Green Party is more inclined to creating jobs rather than financing a basic income

Elisabeth May. Picture credit to: Mission City Record.   Elisabeth May, Canada’s Green Party leader has spoken about a “robot tax” which, according to the party’s Platform, focuses on large companies (exempting slam businesses) laying off employees due to investments in artificial intelligence (AI). In this scheme, these companies would pay the equivalent amount of income tax which would be

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Estonia: Governmental officials are convinced basic income is not even worth a feasibility study

The Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu)   As reported before, an Estonian collective of basic income activists, led by Jaanus Nurmoja, delivered a petition to the Social Affairs Committee (SAC) of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu), calling for the investigation of a universal basic income (UBI) implementation in Estonia, on March 29th 2019. Five months later – three months passed from the excepted

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United States: Air Force Veteran talks about his experience with basic income

A United States Air Force Veteran (1) is getting 1300 US$/month. He has been receiving this money from the Veteran Administration (VA) for almost three years. The transfer is unconditional, and is for life so, in a sense, it is like a basic income (as in defined at the Basic Income Earth Network). It is not universal, of course, since

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Global March for UBI

A Global March for Universal Basic Income is setup to happen on the 26th of October 2019. Currently, ten cities in four countries are organizing a march on that date: United States: New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Salt Lake Cityon, Honolulu, Orlando Germany: Berlin Netherlands: Amsterdam Ghana: Kumbungu Canada: Toronto Marches will include speaking venues, in the case of

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The Alaska Permanent Fund on an interactive news-documentary format

A new kind of news-documentary interactive presentation has been delivered by Frame, a digital newsmagazine that uses human-centered stories to illuminate key topics in the news. Its latest issue features the Alaska Permanent Fund, named “The Alaska Model”. The piece tells the story of the creation of Alaska’s universal basic income-style Permanent Fund Dividend and the tense backroom dealings that

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Reykjavik, Iceland: International Conference of Europeanist – Panel on Politics of Universal Basic Income

A panel on Politics of Universal Basic Income is being summoned at the next 27th International Conference of Europeanists, which will be held in Reykjavik (Iceland), on the 22-24th of June 2020. For that purpose, a Call for Papers has been launched, and submissions are being accepted up until the 10th of October, according to these instructions. In this panel,

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Spain: The Barcelona B-MINCOME experiment publishes its first results

The pilot project which is being carried out in Barcelona – B-MINCOME – combining guaranteed minimum income and active social policies in Barcelona’s deprived urban areas– published a report, on July 2019, with the results of its first operational year (2017-2018). The experiment, which began in October 2017 and is due by the end of 2019, aims to reduce poverty

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United Kingdom: Compass think tank looks for coordinator to UBI Hub

Compass, a think tank based in the United Kingdom (UK), is looking for a Coordinator for the newly established Universal Basic Income (UBI) Hub. The aim of this position is to “increase the impact of all the good research and campaign work already happening on UBI in the UK”. The role is expected to be self-sufficient, operating from Compass’ offices

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