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Swiss Basic Income: Too Expensive?

Author: Robin Ketelaars The Swiss referendum for an unconditional basic income ended on June 5 with 23 percent voting yes. The organizers had expected 20%, so in many ways this was still a positive outcome. With a turnout of only 47 percent, the result demonstrates that 53 percent of the population are indifferent about the basic income. Opponents managed to

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Swiss referendum leader discusses basic income

One of the masterminds behind the upcoming Swiss referendum on the basic income Enno Schmidt said that no matter the outcome on June 5, he will still have achieved his goal of starting a widespread discussion about the issue. Schmidt started his basic income advocacy back in 2006 and has been pushing the idea through films, lectures and articles ever

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Geneva: Swiss Basic Income Ground Sets World Record with the World’s Largest Poster

The Swiss campaigning for a basic income set world record on 14th May 2016 by unveiling the world’s largest poster. They laid out “The biggest Question on Earth” –  on the largest ever printed poster – on the public square “Plaine de Plainpalais” in Geneva and were recognized by the official “Guinness Book of World Records”. The poster, which cost

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SWITZERLAND: Grundeinkommen für dich to give away crowdsourced basic income

Switzerland’s Grundeinkommen für dich (“Basic income for you”) is about to award the country’s first crowdfunded basic income. The group recently reached (and indeed exceeded) its fundraising goal of 30,000 Swiss francs, and a drawing for the winner will take place on May 17, 2016. One randomly selected individual will then received 2,500 francs per month for the next year. Registration

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SWITZERLAND: UN-Sponsored Panel Discussion on Basic Income

In light of impending Swiss vote on a basic income, the United Nations Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has organized a seminar entitled “Informality and Income Insecurity: Is Basic Income a Universal Solution?” The seminar, which features a diverse panel of experts, will be held at the Palace of Nations in Geneva on May 13, 2016. From the event description: The panellists

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