Author Archives: Daniele Fabbri

Could basic income play a role in the fight against unfree labour?

Credit Picture CC(Paul Domenick) A series of articles concerning the role which basic income (BI) could play in the fight against unfree labour in now on openDemocracy. The introduction by Neil Howard sets the tone for the debate: even though many thinks that coercion by evildoers is the main cause for modern day slavery and human trafficking, this is not

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The documentary “UBI, our right to live” is now available on YouTube

Credit Picture CC (Generation Grundeinkommen, Stefan Bohrer) The film, directed by Alvaro Orùs, is now available on Pressenza’s youtube channel. The 41 minutes long documentary focuses on Universal Basic Income (UBI), retracing its history, explaining its rationale, and investigating why and how the idea has reached a much larger audience and unprecedented support in the last years. It does so

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Scott Santens: There is no policy proposal more progressive than Andrew Yang’s Freedom Dividend

Podcast: With an article on medium, Scott Santens, long time Universal Basic Income (UBI) advocate, has explored in depth Andrew Yang’s proposal of a Freedom Dividend (FD). The Freedom Dividend, one of the pillars of Andre Yang’s campaign for the democratic nomination for the 2020 American presidential election, is a $1,000 UBI for every American. Santen’s article discusses in detail

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The Future of Work as seen by the OECD

Credit Picture CC(OECD/Marco Illuminati) The OECD published “The Future of Work Employment Outlook 2019”.  Change is underway, driven by digitalisation, globalization, and demographic changes, and will impact each and every way in which our society operates. While on the one hand these mega-trends can amplify our capacity to better our lives, on the other they also pose challenges, which need

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Joseph Stiglitz on UBI and the future of work

Credit picture: CC(Andrew Newton) Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz speaks about inequality, automation, and Universal Basic Income (UBI) in a conversation at the New York Stock Exchange. The economist says that, as many people fear, it is entirely plausible that the problem of inequality will get worse if countermeasures are not undertaken. Although he recognizes that a single program such

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United States: Green New Deal – the environmental and social revolutions are linked

Picture credit: CC (Giuseppe Milo) With an article on The Conversation, Fabian Shuppeter investigates how Universal Basic Income may be the key to make the green transition possible. A letter demanding to take swift action to address the threat of climate change, with over 600 signatories, was proposed earlier this year (on the tenth of January) to the American Congress.

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Mass extinction on the horizon: Is Universal Basic Income the answer?

Picture Credit: (NASA/Rawpixel Ltd) Mark Maslin and Simon Lewis, authors of the book “The Human Planet: How We Created the Anthropocene”, published an article on Apolitical, suggesting that Universal Basic Income (UBI) may be the answer to the threat of mass extinction caused by anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). The impact of the human race on earth is so massive that

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International Labour Organization: Universal Basic Income proposals in light of ILO standards – Key issues and global costing

Credit Picture: CC(Billy Wilson) The International Labour Organization published a paper investigating Universal Basic Income (UBI) proposals in light of ILO standards. With the ILO Social Protection Floors Recommendation (No. 202) providing relevant guidelines for the discussion on the adoption on UBI, namely: “(i) adequacy and predictability of Universal Basic Income (UBI) benefits to ensure income security, set at least

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UK: Launch of Research Project on the Economics of Basic Income

Picture Credit to: University of Bath The Institute for Policy Research (IPR), based at the University of Bath, launched a research project on the economics of Basic Income (BI). The project will “examine the economics of Basic Income, including the interaction between technology, output GDP, consumer income and expenditure.” The project has been set up with the collaboration of Geoff

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