台灣代表團會見了以「Rise Up」保障收入計畫而聞名的劍橋前市長 Sumbul Siddiqui； Camp Harbor View 和 United South End Settlements (USES) 都開展了基本收入實驗項目，將計畫重點置於有孩子的家庭。 與這些組織的討論顯示了基本收入如何提高弱勢兒童的就學率，且如何穩定生活條件。
UBI 台灣創辦人 Tyler Prochazka （羅泰） 表示學生在設計UBI企劃的第一要素是「熱情」。
波士頓的組織向委員會分享了寶貴的實踐經驗，有助於台灣在支援單親家庭方面進行實驗計畫。 UBI Taiwan 每月向單親家庭提供 10,000 NTD，並透過紀錄片追蹤他們的生活起居。 單親家庭基本收入計畫主任魏嘉佑強調了該計畫對幫助了單親媽媽找尋更好的工作機會，同時也能給予自身的健康好的照護。這部紀錄片計劃於 2025 年上映，為了解基本收入如何影響這些人的生活提供一個窗口。
台灣領導未來協會 Lead For Taiwan 創始人陳孝彥表示：「我們訪問的目標是以創新的方式，將教育與社會問題結合。我們希望通過這次經歷，引導學生找到解決問題的方法。他們關心的社會問題並將解決這個問題作為他們的人生目標。」
訪問期間，其中一個重要議題探討了全民基本收入能否永續發展。 青年領導委員會在和USES的會面中學習到，重新構建對話，強調支持護理工作者，而非僅提供無條件現金支援，可能有助於緩解公眾的擔憂。 會議的另一個見解是，非營利組織可能會彌合接受者和政府實體之間的信任差距。 這引發了關於公私夥伴關係在管理 UBI 補充項目方面潛力的討論，例如 USES 為處理其基本收入受益者的財務問題提供的指導服務。
羅泰表示，見劍橋前市長、現任市議員對學生們來說特別有意義。 Siddiqui 強調了劍橋低收入家庭基本收入計畫的管理挑戰和影響，該計畫類似於UBI Taiwan的單親家庭基本收入計畫。 西迪基議員緩解劍橋貧富差距的經驗為學生提供了政策實施的現實視角。
Lead for Taiwan 理事長林佑良 (Bob Lin) 在回顧這些會議時表示：「親眼目睹了教育在推動社會變革方面的力量，這次旅行如何激勵學生為他們的計畫採取行動，這讓我深受啟發。」
該學生的一個計畫包括 Buddy Up，該計畫為弱勢學生，特別是單親家庭的學生提供指導。 Wesley Low 是台北美國學校的學生，他創立了這個計畫。 他的目的是補充無條件基本收入實驗，並提供現金援助以外的支持。
關於台灣領導未來協會（Lead For Taiwan）
The Youth Leadership Council of UBI Taiwan concluded a visit to Boston, Massachusetts, showcasing their projects promoting basic income. The delegation, composed of high school students from Taiwan, engaged in a series of meetings with local leaders and organizations to gain insights about Boston’s UBI initiatives.
The Taiwanese delegation met with former Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, known for the “Rise Up” guaranteed income program; Camp Harbor View, and United South End Settlements (USES), both of which run basic income pilots focusing on families with children. Discussions with these organizations demonstrated how basic income improved school attendance and stabilized living conditions for families struggling to pay rent.
Tyler Prochazka, founder of UBI Taiwan, said the students learned from these organizations to put passion first when designing their UBI projects.
“This trip was an eye-opening experience for our students promoting basic income. They saw how non-profit organizations have been at the forefront of making UBI a mainstream issue in the United States and the lessons they can take for making their projects a success in Taiwan.”
Boston’s organizations provided lessons for the council’s pilot to help single parents in Taiwan. UBI Taiwan’s program provides 10,000 NT a month ($300 USD) to single parents, tracking their progress through a documentary film. Steve Wei, director of the single-parent basic income program, highlighted how the program has already supported a mother moving into a better job and dealing with a health emergency. The documentary film is planned to be released in 2025, offering a window into how these lives are affected by basic income.
Allen Chen, founder of Lead For Taiwan, which co-organizes the leadership program, said: “The purpose of this visit was to combine education and social issues innovatively. We hope through this educational experience, we can guide students to find social issues they care about and make it their life goal to solve this problem.”
A theme throughout the visit was the ongoing challenge of public skepticism towards UBI. The Youth Leadership Council learned from USES that reframing the conversation to emphasize support for caregivers over the unconditionality of cash could help mitigate concerns. Another insight from the meeting was that nonprofit organizations might bridge trust gaps between recipients and government entities. This sparked discussions on the potential of public-private partnerships in administering programs that supplement UBI, such as USES’ mentorship services it provides for dealing with financial issues for recipients of its basic income.
James Davis, a special consultant for UBI Taiwan, said these discussions were important to deepen the international network of basic income advocates.
“Society’s evolution has always involved the cross-border exchange of ideas, and our team’s trip to Boston exemplifies that ideal. A permanent Universal Basic Income in Taiwan will earn global recognition and restore national solidarity.”
The council’s engagement extended to the government, with recognition from the Boston City Council and discussions on state policies with the Massachusetts Government Asian Caucus. The latter meeting underscored the shared challenges in Taiwan and the United States on funding basic income initiatives and the pushback stemming from taxation concerns.
Prochazka said meeting the former Cambridge Mayor and current City Councilor, Sumbul Siddiqui was particularly insightful for the students. Siddiqui underscored the administration challenges and impact of basic income programs for low-income families in Cambridge, a program similar to UBI Taiwan’s single-parent initiative. Councilor Siddiqui’s experience addressing the wealth gap in Cambridge provided a real-world perspective on policy implementation for the students.
Before meeting the government officials, the students completed leadership training on the Harvard campus. Workshop activities were run by the Harvard Undergraduate Global Education Movement, with mentors providing feedback on students’ projects and presentation skills.
Reflecting on these sessions, the co-director of the leadership program Bob Lin said: “Having witnessed firsthand the power of education on making social change, I was inspired by how this trip motivated the students to take action on their projects.”
One of the student’s projects included “Buddy Up,” a program that provides mentorship to vulnerable students, particularly those in single-parent households. Wesley Low is a student at Taipei American School and founded the program. He intended to supplement the UBI pilot and provide additional support beyond the cash assistance.
“This trip widened my understanding of the spectrum of issues in the world and motivated me to take greater initiative,” Low said.
The visit to Boston marks a significant milestone for the Youth Leadership Council in pushing discussions of UBI to support families in Taiwan. By engaging with international leaders, the council gained insights and showcased the potential of youth-led initiatives in driving social impact.
Evan Tseng, the student vice president of the council, reflected on the importance of thorough research and passion in driving successful initiatives, drawing parallels with Harvard students’ projects. Tseng said he was inspired to learn about a program that redirected unused masks to the homeless during the pandemic.
“This is precisely the skill we need, to find resources in the most unlikely places to succeed in your project,” he said.
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In a recent study conducted examining attitudes among Chinese youth towards basic income, notable findings emerged, highlighting both a lack of comprehensive understanding and a positive disposition towards the concept.
The study, conducted through a questionnaire by BIEN student interns in China, focused on Chinese youth’s awareness and perceptions of basic income, a topic gaining relevance amidst economic challenges in China. With the country experiencing a slowdown in its rapid economic growth, phenomena such as “inward curling” and “lying flat” have emerged, indicative of the pressures faced by young people.
Basic income, a program offering financial support without conditions, is posited as a solution to alleviate these pressures, providing individuals with the dignity of survival and the power of choice.
Key findings from the survey reveal that while Chinese youth are enthusiastic and hold a positive attitude towards basic income, their understanding is limited. Nearly half of the respondents lacked a fundamental grasp of the concept and many held misconceptions about its universal nature. A significant portion believed the amount should vary based on location or personal income, contrary to the principle of universality inherent in basic income.
Despite these gaps in understanding, the overall response from Chinese youth was optimistic, reflecting a societal inclination towards fairness and the belief in basic income as a beneficial social program.
These insights suggest a need for further education and awareness-raising efforts, perhaps spearheaded by organizations like the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), to enhance understanding and support for basic income among China’s youth. Such efforts could play a crucial role in addressing the challenges faced by this demographic and in shaping the future of social welfare programs in China.
The full details and analysis of this study can be found in the original research found here.
Written by: Shengjia Qin & Rui Liang
Edited by: Tyler Prochazka
Mentor: Tim Lu
台灣台北 – 3 月 11 日至 12 日，台灣無條件基本收入協會 UBI Taiwan 在國立政治大學 （NCCU）舉辦了全國雙語高中辯論賽。此次活動吸引了台灣本地和國際學校的 100 多名學生參加。
中文組的決賽由正方獲勝，裁判認為反方無法具體說明為什麼台灣沒有足夠的資金來實行 UBI 。在英語組決賽中，基於通貨膨脹和可行性，可能會給台灣實施 UBI 帶來問題的這些論點，讓反方獲得勝利。
UBI Taiwan 創辦人羅泰 Tyler Prochazka 在活動結束時向觀眾致辭，討論 ChatGPT 的興起與社會對自動化的恐懼。他還強調了台灣所面臨的緊迫問題，例如政府該如何幫助正在養孩子的父母，尤其是單親家庭，是很值得跟 UBI 一起討論的。 羅泰認為，台灣現在就可以實施一項對有孩子的父母提供無條件基本收入的計劃，他引用了大量研究表明利大於弊。
Lead for Taiwan 的共同創辦人陳孝彥 Allen Chen 強調了辯論在解決影響台灣未來的問題上的重要性。他鼓勵學生利用自身的學術經驗，在現實世界中做出改變。
NCCU 的國際創新學院提供了場地，而思躍軟實力培訓所 Ascent Academy 資助了此次活動，以推廣全台灣的辯論風氣。以全國辯論賽聞名於台灣的中華辯論推廣協進會（CDPA）則執行了此次比賽。
UBI Taiwan 理事長蘇嘉冠表示, 希望未來繼續舉辦全國雙語辯論賽，讓全台學生有機會參與辯論活動，加深對社會議題的了解。
TAIPEI, Taiwan – On March 11 and 12, UBI Taiwan hosted a national bilingual high school debate tournament at National Chengchi University (NCCU). Over 100 students from local and international schools across Taiwan participated in the event, which featured both English and Chinese debate sections.
The debate focused on whether Taiwan should enact an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) system. Students presented cases discussing the feasibility, necessity, and efficiency of UBI. Inflation was a common concern on the con side, while expanding opportunities for Taiwanese citizens, such as starting businesses, was a popular argument on the pro side.
The Chinese final round saw the pro side win, arguing that the con side could not specifically identify why Taiwan did not have enough money to support both UBI and other essential programs. In the English final round, the con side emerged victorious, based on the idea that inflation and feasibility could present problems for implementing UBI in Taiwan.
Many students expressed their gratitude for the platform to speak on issues that mattered to them. For some, it was their first time studying UBI, and they found the experience to be a valuable learning opportunity to explore the future of Taiwan’s social services.
UBI Taiwan founder Tyler Prochazka addressed the audience at the end of the event, discussing the fear of automation with the rise of ChatGPT. He also highlighted the pressing issues in Taiwan that merit discussing UBI, such as helping parents raise their children, especially single parents. Prochazka argued that a program providing an unconditional basic income to parents with children could feasibly be implemented now, citing numerous studies showing the benefits outweigh the costs.
“I believe that by coming together to have these discussions, we can better understand the potential of a UBI and how it can benefit Taiwan’s society and our economy,” Prochazka said.
Allen Chen, co-founder of Lead for Taiwan, emphasized the importance of debate in addressing issues affecting Taiwan’s future. He encouraged students to take their academic experience and make a change in the real world.
The event was a milestone in promoting bilingual debate competitions in Taiwan, with participants from schools such as Kaohsiung and Taipei American School, Hsin Chuang High School, Wego High School, and Chien Kuo High School. This was the first competition of its kind in Taiwan, bringing English and Chinese divisions together in a tournament that was free for students to participate in.
The judges of the competition had diverse international backgrounds, including renowned lawyers, United Nations consultants, and top global business consultants, providing valuable real-world feedback to the participants.
NCCU’s International College of Innovation provided support and the venue, while Ascent Academy sponsored the event financially to expand debate opportunities across Taiwan. Taiwan’s Chinese Debate Promotion Association (CDPA), which is well-known in Taiwan for its national debate tournaments, administered the competition.
UBI Taiwan’s chairman Jiakuan Su said he hopes to continue hosting national bilingual debate competitions in the future, providing students throughout Taiwan with the opportunity to engage in debate activities and gain a deeper understanding of social issues.
“What I saw in this competition was not just about discussing common issues of basic income, but more about the students’ imagination of the future of our social welfare system,” Su said. “As an audience member, I was deeply moved by their speeches and I hope this experience can be an important component of their development into engaged citizens.”