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This group wants to discuss ways to implement a universal basic income. We will look for solutions outside the usual political process. We believe that such solutions could work on its own or they could help to accelerate the progress towards a politically implemented basic income. One solution might be the creation of a new basic income based currency since blockchain technologies now enables every group to create a currency that can seriously compete with existing currencies.

Upcoming events (5)

Circles Agora #4

Needs a location

Circles is having the 4th Agora, an online event made for the global Circles community. The Agora is an open forum to present and discuss the progress of the Circles project in an open and collaborative manner. Everyone interested in the project is welcome to join, listen and post questions. We wish to connect with our community and give you a strong understanding of where we are at and where we are heading, especially in the context of the Berlin experiment. We would also love to hear about your perspectives and ideas on the Circles development. Facilitation of the Agora is a rotating privilege between all members of the Circles team. This iteration will be hosted by Justyna, Circles Project Coordinator. The specific agenda is in making, so if you have any questions/ideas, please drop her a line: [masked] The Agora will be hosted on zoom at this address: https://zoom.us/j/576409513 We are looking forward to meeting you

Reading Group - Debt: The First 5000 years

Supermarkt Berlin

Link to the online version of the book (english): https://libcom.org/files/__Debt__The_First_5_000_Years.pdf (German): https://newbooksinpolitics.com/political/schulden-die-ersten-5000-jahre/ CONTENTS AND TIMEFRAME 1 On The Experience of Moral Confusion (March 28) 2 The Myth of Barter (April 11) 3 Primordial Debts (April 11) 4 Cruelty and Redemption (April 25) 5 A Brief Treatise on the Moral Grounds of Economic Relations (April 25) 6 Games with Sex and Death (May 9) 7 Honor and Degradation, or, On the Foundations of Contemporary Civilization (May 9) 8 Credit Versus Bullion, And the Cycles of History (June 6) 9 The Axial Age (800 BC-600 AD) (June 6) 10 The Middle Ages (600 AD-1450 AD) (June 20) 11 Age of the Great Capitalist Empires [masked]) (June 20) 12 (1971-The Beginning of Something Yet to Be Determined) (July 4) The purpose of this reading group is to explore the anthropological questions regarding the origins of money as well as the situated changes of morality and debt across different traditions of thought in historical perspective. This will pave the way to a critical discussion about what money is and to situate ourselves in the present in order find creative strategies of changing the current moral economies of debt/guilt that tie capitalism together. We will do this through a reading of David Graeber's book, Debt: The First 5000 Years, which explores these topics at length. Through bi-weekly meetings we shall dwell on each of the 12 chapters and critically assess the claims made in the book. This week we are reading Chapter 2 and 3. The idea is to rotate around different spaces in the city, who are interested in hosting us and in sharing together the ideas in the book and beyond. We hope to rely on the community for this so If you know any place that might be interested in hosting us, please contact us so we can get in touch. The discussion will be held in English but participants are encouraged to read this book in any language they like. Entry is of course free. Telegram group for discussion: https://t.me/joinchat/JRYa11RlhA-0PnjR4bckpw The reading group will be hosted by Julio Linares, an economic anthropologist from Guatemala. He works as social outreach for the Basic Income Earth Network (www.basicincome.org) and is preparing the pilot program for Circles UBI this summer in Berlin (www.joincircles.net). He is a student of David Graeber.

Basic Income Beer Berlin

Caffetteria Buchhandlung

Berlin is full of people interested in or enthusiastic about the idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI). Many initiatives exist, small and big. Political actors find this proposal increasingly inspiring. Once a month, we want to give all UBI fans the possibility to get together in an informal atmosphere, to get to know each other or to meet again - whether to discuss UBI, something else or to develop new project plans. You will from now on find the Berlin Basic Income Beer every 20th of every month from 6pm in the Caffetteria Buchhandlung in Berlin-Mitte. That gives all of you the chance to drop by from time to time, notwithstanding if you have yoga every Monday, German class every Thursday or work late 4 days a week. Looking forward to meeting you!

Reading Group - Debt: The First 5000 years

Supermarkt Berlin

Link to the online version of the book (english): https://libcom.org/files/__Debt__The_First_5_000_Years.pdf (German): https://newbooksinpolitics.com/political/schulden-die-ersten-5000-jahre/ CONTENTS AND TIMEFRAME 1 On The Experience of Moral Confusion (March 28) 2 The Myth of Barter (April 11) 3 Primordial Debts (April 11) 4 Cruelty and Redemption (April 25) 5 A Brief Treatise on the Moral Grounds of Economic Relations (April 25) 6 Games with Sex and Death (May 9) 7 Honor and Degradation, or, On the Foundations of Contemporary Civilization (May 9) 8 Credit Versus Bullion, And the Cycles of History (June 6) 9 The Axial Age (800 BC-600 AD) (June 6) 10 The Middle Ages (600 AD-1450 AD) (June 20) 11 Age of the Great Capitalist Empires [masked]) (June 20) 12 (1971-The Beginning of Something Yet to Be Determined) (July 4) The purpose of this reading group is to explore the anthropological questions regarding the origins of money as well as the situated changes of morality and debt across different traditions of thought in historical perspective. This will pave the way to a critical discussion about what money is and to situate ourselves in the present in order find creative strategies of changing the current moral economies of debt/guilt that tie capitalism together. We will do this through a reading of David Graeber's book, Debt: The First 5000 Years, which explores these topics at length. Through bi-weekly meetings we shall dwell on each of the 12 chapters and critically assess the claims made in the book. This week we are reading Chapter 2 and 3. The idea is to rotate around different spaces in the city, who are interested in hosting us and in sharing together the ideas in the book and beyond. We hope to rely on the community for this so If you know any place that might be interested in hosting us, please contact us so we can get in touch. The discussion will be held in English but participants are encouraged to read this book in any language they like. Entry is of course free. Telegram group for discussion: https://t.me/joinchat/JRYa11RlhA-0PnjR4bckpw The reading group will be hosted by Julio Linares, an economic anthropologist from Guatemala. He works as social outreach for the Basic Income Earth Network (www.basicincome.org) and is preparing the pilot program for Circles UBI this summer in Berlin (www.joincircles.net). He is a student of David Graeber.

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Basic Income Beer Berlin

Caffetteria Buchhandlung

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