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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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Study Finds Issues with Universal Basic Income for Developing Countries

Picture credit to: Biodiversity & Community Health. Measuring income in developing countries A study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Fall examines cash transfer programs across a range of developing countries and uses household data from Indonesia and Peru to examine the effectiveness of targeted transfer programs in those countries. The study explores the costs and

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Valerija Korošec: “Unconditional Basic Individual Universal Child Grant for Belgium following the Slovenian approach”

Valerija Korošec. Picture credit to: DNEVNIK. Valerija Korošec, a known sociologist and social policy analyst in Slovenia, as well as ex-presidential candidate for that country, has presented a paper entitled “Unconditional Basic Individual Universal Child Grant for Belgium following the Slovenian approach”, at the International Conference on Universal Child Grants, which took place in Geneva from 6th through 8th of

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Italy: “Notebooks for income QR9” – Big Data, WebFare and Basic Income

Basic Income Network Italia (BIN Italia) has released a new editorial production. Titled “QR9 (Quaderni per il Reddito) – Notebooks for Income: Big Data, WebFare and basic income for all! We are on the net, we produce value, we want basic income“, it’s freely accessible over the Internet. This publication (March 2019) features 16 authors, offering different perspectives thanks to

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Scott Santens: Think like a Martian

Richard Feynman (“If you can’t explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it“)   If Martians did exist, they would know nothing about human endeavours (assuming they had not come to Earth in UFO’s before). They would look at humans from a place of absolute ignorance of what it means to be human, and – let’s assume – with

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France: Abdennour Bidar speaks about basic income to the MFRB

Abdennour Bidar. Picture credit to: L’Express   The Movement Francais pour un Revenue de Base [French Movement for a Basic Income] (MFRB) has interviewed, early this year, philosopher and author Abdennour Bidar, who has recently published the book “Libéron-nous! Des chaînes du travail et de la consummation” (“Let’s free ourselves! From the chains of work and consumption”).   Bidar has

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International: Questions & Answers on UBI, with Peter Knight (video)

Peter Knight, collaborator at the Fernand Braudel Institute of World Economics, and founder (and main coordinator) of the Sufficiency4Sustainability Network, has been contacted by the Universal Basic Income (UBI) Taipei Conference (link), and produced a video (below), with insights on his experience and expertise on the issue of UBI. The Conference took place on the 16th of March 2019. More

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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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Alex Gray: “This is our chance to completely redefine the meaning of work”

By: Rebecca Warne This article by Alex Gray summarizes a presentation given by historian Rutger Bregman at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, January 2019. Bregman would like to see ‘work’ redefined as ‘activity which adds value to society.’  He sees the starting point for this as more general recognition that some jobs are socially useless

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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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