Author Archives: Jenna van Draanen

CANADA: Manitoba Liberals Vow to Try Basic Income if Elected

Rana Bokhari, leader of the Liberal party in the Canadian province of Manitoba, has come out publicly to say that the party will conduct two basic income pilot projects if they are elected in April 2016. Their proposed projects bear some similarities to the “Mincome” experiment undertaken in Dauphin and Winnipeg (Manitoba) in the 1970’s. The Mincome experiment, however, was

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VIDEO: Julien Damon, “A universal income – what it is and how it works”

This video explains in a very accessible way what basic income is, and how it works. The video is from UTalk, and comes as a response to a question from a UTalk user asking what basic income is all about. The answer comes from Julien Damon, who is an associate professor at Science-Po Paris.   Find the video here: Julien Damon, A universal

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INTERNATIONAL: Webinar – Universal Basic Income, What is it and Could it Work?

The UK-based forum GlobalNet 21 invites everyone to join a webinar in which they will discuss the idea of a Universal Basic Income with Basic Income UK, a collective of independent advocates of unconditional basic income as a progressive social policy for the United Kingdom and beyond. The webinar will be held on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 7pm UK time.

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VIDEO: Federico Pistono, “Basic Income and Other Ways to Fix Capitalism”

  In this TEDx talk, Federico Pistono describes some of the challenges of capitalism and how these challenges are matched by the tenets of basic income. According to the video description, “Federico Pistono is a futurist, social entrepreneur, hacktivist, public speaker, founder and CEO of konoz – a startup that curates and organizes educational videos, whose mission is to become

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Enno Schmidt, “Basic Income in China”

SUMMARY: Cui Zhiyuan is professor of public administration at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He recently starred in a video, following a basic income conference, produced by Enno Schmidt that advocates an unconditional basic income and explains why the kind of means testing that is experienced in the social systems in Western countries today is an invasion of privacy. He says

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CANADA: Pirate Party of Canada Makes Basic Income a Major Part of their Platform

  The Pirate Party of Canada has explicitly made a basic income guarantee one of four key components of their platform. As a national election is upcoming, the party has publicized several of their key issues and has made both a video and an infographic describing the benefits of a basic income in Canada and how it is attainable without

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Carl Benedikt Frey, “How to Prevent the End of Economic Growth”

    SUMMARY: Carl Benedikt Frey has written extensively about job loss due to technological advances. He finishes this piece by concluding that we need to create an environment that encourages more entrepreneurial risk taking: and that a basic income would help by softening the economic blow of failure while boosting spending and combating inequality.   Carl Benedikt Frey, “How

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UNITED STATES: Basic Income Action national advocacy group is launched

  Basic Income Action is a recently formed nonprofit organization with chapters across the United States whose mission is to win a basic income for all by educating and organizing people to take action. This group is a project of the National Institute for Science, Law, and Public Policy (NISLAPP). This represents a key advance for those interested in basic income

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UNITED STATES: New Basic Income NYC Group Calls for Members

    There is a local group of Basic Income supporters in New York City that has recently launched (with their first meeting on May 20, 2015) and is searching for new members. This group has created several channels through which supporters can get involved and is currently focusing on the prospect of a political movement for basic income in

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A host of sources discuss basic income in response to increasing technology-related job loss.

  New research referenced in a Wall Street Journal article shows just how much the world of routine work has collapsed, citing that over the course of the last two recessions and recoveries (since 2001), the economy’s job growth has come entirely from non-routine work. This comes at a time when an increasing number of scholars, politicians, and citizens are talking

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