"What would you do if your income were taken care of?" The Unconditional Basic Income raises what might now well be called the world's biggest question. It's been in fact written on a 110x72 meters poster, installed on Plaine de Plainpalais on 14th may in Geneva by the Swiss network for UBI. That day the poster officially won a Guinness Book award of the world's biggest poster. The event got live covered for half an hour on a big screen on New York's Time Square! [+]
Most Europeans support the idea of a “basic income” paid to every individual to cover their basic needs, according to the first EU-wide survey on the subject. Governments would pay the same amount of money to each person, regardless of whether they work.
The poll, conducted by German company Dalia Research in April, was the first EU-wide survey to address the proposal of a basic income, defined in the poll as “an income unconditionally paid by the government to every individual regardless of whether they work and irrespective of any other sources of income”.
The preliminary results found that about 58 percent of respondents were aware of the idea of a basic income, and 64 percent would vote in favor of the policy in a referendum. [+]
Le revenu de base inconditionnel (RBI) représente-t-il un moyen efficace permettant aux Etats d’atteindre leurs engagements en matière de protection sociale dans le cadre des Objectifs de Développement Durable (Agenda 2030)? Ce séminaire de l’UNRISD va explorer les avantages et inconvénients du revenu de base inconditionnel dans les pays du Nord et du Sud.
Attribution: Icône de Gregor Črešnar
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Le 5 juin, la Suisse organisera la première votation populaire au monde pour inscrire un revenu de base inconditionnel dans sa Constitution. Cette votation, lancée par un groupe de citoyens, au-delà des clivages politiques, fait actuellement l'objet d'un vif débat public en Suisse comme dans certains des pays du Nord et du Sud.
En Suisse, les partisans du projet de loi défendent qu'un RBI permettrait aux gens de vivre une vie digne, satisferait les besoins primaires et garantirait une protection contre les aléas du marché du travail, en particulier du fait des changements technologiques rapides qui rendent certains emplois obsolètes. Il diminuerait en outre la stigmatisation souvent associée à l’assistance sociale et servirait l'égalité des sexes en rétribuant les femmes avec un revenu indépendant, étant donné leur nombre disproportionnellement élevé dans les tâches de soins non rémunérées. Pour leur part, les opposants soutiennent que cette initiative aurait des répercussions négatives sur la protection sociale existante, qu’il est de plus financièrement non viable et pourrait même décourager les gens à travailler tout en entraînant une augmentation de l'immigration. [+]
Why the US economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich is in favor of the Swiss initiative and what that has to do with robots.?
Interview with Robert Reich by Michael Soukup
You are a prominent advocate of basic income, on which Switzerland votes in June. Why?
Sooner or later we cannot do without Basic Income, we just won’t have another choice. The technological progress kills more and more jobs. The British economist John Maynard Keynes said in 1928, in 2028 nobody has to work anymore to ensure his living thanks to the technical progress.
Are we not working more than ever? [+]
Alternatiba-Leman Festival will take place from September 18 to 20, 2015 in Geneva. For three days, meetings and celebrations will show that alternatives for climate and living together exist and allow to build a fairer and more cohesive society. [+]
The Centre Party, a party which is in support of Basic Income, will become the largest party in the Finnish parliament, after winning yesterday’s election.
They received 21% of the vote with 99% of votes counted. Other Basic Income-supporting parties, the Green League and the Left Alliance were on 8% and 7% respectively. This is a big gain for both the Centre Party and the Green League but is a reduction in support for the Left Alliance. The second and third biggest parties respectively were the conservative NCP party and the populist True Finns. As a result, the Centre Party is predicted to form a ruling coalition with these two parties. [+]
Green party (England) outlines plan for basic citizen’s income for all adults.
Natalie Bennett says payment to replace unemployment benefit would ensure no one lived in fear of losing their home.
The Green party would spend billions to give every adult – in and out of work – a citizen’s income The Green party would spend billions to give every adult – in and out of work – a citizen’s income worth more than £72.40 a week, the current value of the jobseeker’s allowance.
Natalie Bennett, the Green leader, said the policy would ensure no one lived in fear of losing their home or being unable to feed themselves. She said some of the cost would be recovered by the payment being withdrawn when an individual income reached a certain level. [+]
Among the many happenings around UBI, December was notable for an event which is historic for the world movement behind this idea: the launch of L’Inconditionnel, a French-language newspaper dedicated to the concept of UBI, produced in partnership by the networks in Switzerland, France and Belgium and financed by more than 200 people.
This first number, free of charge, introduces the ideas behind the basic income in various ways. Its print run was 60,000 copies, so it is perfect for spreading the proposal widely. On www.linconditionnel.info you will find a downloadable version in PDF; even better, on the same site you can identify the physical distribution point nearest you, where you can obtain one or more copies to give to your friends: [+]
Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE), conceived during the European citizen initiative of 2013, on April 10th formalized its very existence in a big conference in Brussels held within the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), itself a consultative body of the European Union’s institutions.
Thanks to a diversified program and quality, notable speakers, the conference’s organizer has overcome the challenge of almost completely filling the room of 180 seats, provided by the EESC. [+]
What if your lunch break of Thursday noon took place in India?
We have the pleasure to welcome Guy Standing in Geneva. He will present us the pilot experiments of basic income led in India between 2010 and 2013.
Pilot experiments of unconditional income: does India go to a change of paradigm?