In regard of the vanishing need for human workforce and growing inequality between people who own and people who don't, we speak up for discussing an idea which seemed utopian for far too long: Universal Basic Income. What if everyone would have their basic needs fulfilled just because they were born?
It would free everybody from hunger, homelessness and economic dependencies.
Conflicts between nations and individuals could be solved by ensuring economic survival.
Engaged people would be able to develop endeavours valuable for society, even if they have no immediate financial benefit. Parenting and caring for others would be seen as full occupation instead of an undervalued part-time activity.
We could free ourselves from subordinating forces and pursue our intentions as individuals with emancipatory potential.
Automation won't threat the entirety of employed people. Instead, it's an opportunity to explore more fulfilling ways of being. Increasing costs for unpleasant work would promote automation and be in favor of everyone.
Businesses would be places of commitment and motivation instead of alienation and suppression.
Coming generations would grow up without being forced into self-commodification and therefore get a chance to develop freely, for their own best.
We could focus on solving global issues instead of fighting for profit and market dominance.
Embracing the economically weak could assure a comparable living basis and prevent stigmatizations caused by financial inequality.
By resolving the need to fight for survival we would allow people and businesses to rethink destructive actions and create conditions for a environment friendly humanity.
Imagine Universal Basic Income
By Nick Srnicek
Think of the vast part of our lives presently taken up by work: the days and weeks spent searching for a job, the time spent each morning preparing for work, the increasingly long – and unpaid – commutes to work, and then the hours spent being bossed around by a manager to do often rote and repetitive tasks. After all this, we commute home, exhausted...
The Citizen’s Freedom.
On the conditions of a
Universal Basic Income
By Dr. Viola Nordsieck
The concept of unconditional basic income (UBI) is rapidly becoming a political goal for different people. It is connoted with freedom, participation and emancipation. In September 2016, at the Eine-Welt-Haus in Munich...
As a think tank of artists, designers, and young researchers we’d like to start a discussion on the topic of universal basic income. Following an invitation by the New York based start up Print All Over Me, we commissioned 15 artists to do a fashion edition.
To launch the collection, we invite four theorists to talk about the basic income. To discuss the topic, there are essays by Nick Srnicek and Viola Nordsieck.
This project has been inspired by »Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a world without work«
»Against the confused understanding of our high-tech world by both the right and the left, this book claims that the emancipatory and future-oriented possibilities of our society can be reclaimed. Instead of running from a complex future.«
Written by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams
We have grown up without the idea of borders, inherent hierarchies and scarcity of food. We believe in a free world with self-determination for everyone and community founded by love instead of domination. We are creative and try to foster the use of new technologies for the people instead of the 1%.