Universal Basic Income, Automation and the Future of Jobs

Interesting Engineering

The nature of work has changed dramatically since the 1950s.

In that glorious post-war period, work was primarily a man's purview, while women did so-called "invisible" work - taking care of children, maintaining the home and cooking.

It wasn't unusual for a man to retire 40 years laterfrom the same employer he started with. That employer picked up the worker's health and life insurance, and some employers even paid school tuition for their workers' children. There was a sense of continuity. 

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C4Media CEO talks universal basic income at TEDxWindsor

Windsor Star

“How do we have freedom if we don’t have options to choose?”

Floyd Marinescu, one of the founding members of CEOs for Basic Income, asked the audience at TEDxWindsor this question Saturday afternoon during his talk at the Chrysler Theatre.

CEOs for Basic Income is a group of 120 Canadian CEOs, business owners, and controlling shareholders that support a universal basic income.

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International: New basic income information hub, on the Internet

A new website was created, and just launched, to provide updated news and information about UBI (Unconditional Basic Income), with the goal of furthering the discussion about how UBI impacts purpose, identity, and dignity. It will convey content from general news and include original material from the editor-in-chief and UBI activist, Scott Santens. The website is called Basic Income Today.

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Brazil: Small city in Brazil implements a modest, partial basic income

Basic Income Earth Network

Last Saturday, May 25th 2019, an event took place in Maricá, a city on the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, where the mayor Fabiano Horta (representant from PT, Partido dos Trabalhadores), vice mayor Marcos Ribeiro and the secretary of Solidarity Economy, Diego Zeidan, announced that, from July 2019 onward, 50000 citizens, a third of its 150000 inhabitants, will receive a Citizen’s Basic Income of 130 Mumbucas, a local electronic currency, equivalent to 130 reais, or US$ 32,5 per month.

The plan is to have all Maricá’s citizens receiving this unconditional cash, at least until the end of the present city government legislature.

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This California pilot project could put universal basic income on 2020 map

Washington Post

Yolanda, an unemployed 40-year-old single mother of two, says it felt good to buy her daughter a birthday gift last week. 

The special purchase, one that she would not have been able to afford under normal circumstances, was made possible by the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED).

Yolanda, whose name we changed to protect her privacy, is one of 130 Stockton, Calif., residents who has been receiving $500 monthly since February as part of the guaranteed basic income program being piloted by the city and The Economic Security Project

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This photographer took photos of Ontarians affected by the cancelled basic income pilot

Toronto Life

In February 2018, Jessie Golem, a freelance photographer in Hamilton, found out she’d been selected to participate in Ontario’s basic income pilot project. She felt like she won the lottery. The three-year pilot, launched by the Wynne government, was meant to provide 4,000 low-income individuals in Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay with a maximum of $16,989 per year per person (or $24,027 per couple).

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United Kingdom: The interest for a basic income trial in Sheffield is building up

Basic Income Earth Network

The Universal Basic Income (UBI) Lab Sheffield, a campaigning group working from the city of Sheffield, northern UK, has written to all the 84 city councilors in the region, as a move to have them support a local basic income experiment.

The main driver behind the initiative is to “ensure that nobody is economically left out, and that nobody lives in poverty”, in the words of Sam Gregory. This basic income experiment, as proposed by the UBI Lab Sheffield, would be applied in one of three ways:

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