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UBI4ALL has launched a new podcast called #CheckOutBasicIncome. The first episode features an interview with Rebecka Le Moine, a member of the Swedish parliament and a strong advocate for Basic Income in Sweden. The podcast can be found on Spotify, listeners are invited to subscribe and join the conversation.
Join UBI4ALL's fourth raffle for a chance to win a year of Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) in Europe! The raffle will take place on April 23, 2023, and the winner will receive €9,600 (€800 per month) of financial support for a year.
The ECI signature collection for the "Start of Unconditional Basic Incomes (UBI) in the EU" is coming to an end on 25th of june. Therefore we will hold a special raffle on the 20th of June and we are giving away as much as is now in the raffle pot: 4,800 euros – which is 6 months of Basic Income.
I support UBI4ALL because I am convinced that it provides the support that is needed and releases a lot of creativity. Moreover, it counteracts business models of companies that pay such low wages that their employees still have to top up despite full employment.
Maybe you have already “met” Lucie, the French pharmacy student and winner of our first UBI4ALL, in our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram). We will accompany her during her one year with UBI and see how and if a guaranteed financial basis will influence her life, namely her career and personal situation.
We were quite nervous: after months of work spreading the word, building up social media range, getting people involved to reach the necessary 9.600 Euro to finance a UBI of 800 Euros for 1 year, we really were there!
Latvia, one of the three Baltic states, only became independent from the Russian occupation in 1990, during the 2nd world war the country was invaded by the Germans.
On September 20, 2021 we raffled off the second European UBI for one year and the winner is Thomas from Ireland (Dublin). He replied by email 20min after the livestream ended. So, good news as so far it seems he is willing to cooperate and talk about UBI in his life.
Hungary is a country with one of the worst social insurance systems within the EU. The health system has been starved by austerity measures, pensions and unemployment aids were cut dramatically after the financial crisis in 2008.
We in UBI4ALL want to discuss the importance of March 8 – International Women’s day. Therefore, we decided to honor women this March, and we hope you join us in doing so. But first, let me start by sharing with you the story of 3 women, which is my personal way to honor them (and honor women) this March.
Greece is unfortunately well known as the European country that suffered most from the financial crisis in 2008. Despite the promising development in 2018 it still has not yet recovered fully. In this vulnerability the pandemic hits hard again.
Most of us know Italy as a beautiful holiday destination and a country rich in culture and history. Only a few months ago, in March 2020, we heard a lot about Italy as the European Corona-hotspot. Overloaded hospitals, increasing death rates and desperate health personnel. But do we really know much about Italy? What about it’s social security system, pension payments or poverty rate? Didn’t Italy implement a “Reddito di Base”, a basic income a few years ago? Let’s take a closer look.
Germany is one of the most developed countries in Europe with regards to social insurance and benefits. Yet, this system is far from being perfect! Hartz IV (unemployment and social benefits) for example has very suppressive and degrading application measures for people in need. And poverty is still an issue in Germany, even a growing one! Therefore there are strong attempts from different groups to implement an Unconditional Basic Income who also get large press coverage.
In summer 2020 Spain was mentioned in the newspapers all over Europe to implementing a basic income, Ingreso Minimal Vital. Many of us became enthusiastic, but got their feet back on the ground quickly. Once again, the term “basic income” was wrongly applied to something that in reality is a common social benefit.
After a press conference of the German government on March 13th, 2020, the Berlin entrepreneur Tonia Merz opened her laptop. Within the next few weeks she will have become the best-known face of the German UBI scene. She realizes, that the measures against COVID-19 will put the majority of the people in existential distress. Therefore she spontaniuosly started an online petition calling for a 6-month crisis basic income. Almost 500,000 people agree with her and sign the petition on change.org.
2020 has been a very busy year for UBI advocates. The topic of the year – Covid19 – fuelled the discussions about UBI. People learned that their self-made prosperity can quickly get under pressure when the environment is changing. Especially in the first half of 2020 many petitions for UBI came up and the press was full of articles, more pro than con. In this period of changes people begin to think of alternatives to our existing system and about the positive effects of UBI. Many activities, projects and discussions were started.
Slovenia was the first country to arrive at the calculated numbers needed for their part in the European Citizen Initiative for Basic Income in Europe (ECI). This initiative will collect 1 million signatures until September 25th, 2021 to get the European Parliament to discuss the idea of UBI throughout the EU. Within only two months the activists in fb group Universal basic income UBI (Univerzalni temeljni dohodek UTD) managed to get 5.648 (0,3% of the Slovenian population) people to sign for a European UBI. The following country in the ranking is Germany with 32% of the threshold (0,03%).
Maybe you would go back to school to learn something new, maybe you would find a better house, you could decide to work less or maybe you would simply enjoy the comfort of having some extra money. Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) can grant you that opportunity.
What do we know so far on Unconditional Basic Income (UBI)? With hundreds of experiments conducted in the last decades, what can we say about the impact UBI can have in our lives?
What is Unconditional Basic Income? Have you ever asked yourself the question “What would I do, if I would have a guaranteed amount of money monthly just because I am alive?” Would you quit working? Would you go back to school? Would you go on the trip you always dreamt of?