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The Basic Income Café: Meeting Notes

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(meeting notes and links to videos of some of the previous meetings below)

Thanks to all who attended yesterday's meeting. We had an intriguing presentation by Ronit on the topic of our next major project:

To promote Basic Income through a cooperatively owned café that will serve as a community hub for the local UBI movement while implementing techno-social projects based on fair economic ideals.
Presentation Slides are online here

The idea itself was well received, but of course there were many questions about the details. Among the questions that came up were issues regarding the structure; should it be an official co-op (Genossenschaft) or just a non-profit, regarding the choice of location, of products, how Circles fits into this project, and many questions about how this project will be organised. I think it is important to repeat my clarification on the last point:

The Berlin Basic Income Group is not just about Cirlces, or the Café, It is about promoting Basic Income. These are projects that the group is undertaking, and since they are both quite adventurous projects we must be realistic and admit that there is a significant chance that they will fail. As we do not want the group to fail at the same time, we are structuring the group in such a way as to be involved in many different activities from the theoretical (talks, forums, research) to the real (Café, Circles, etc). So with that in mind here is the outline of the general meeting framework:

Monthly Meetings

  • Organised via

  • 15 mins of Basic Income news presented by a volunteer

  • 30 mins of project updates presented by members of the project groups

  • 1 hour of a guest speaker (30mins presentation, 30 mins Q&A / discussion)

Project Meetings

  • Organised via Slack

  • Should probably meet monthly at least

  • Structure to be decided by project group

Meeting Notes:

Obama on Basic Income:

  • "The way I describe it is that, because of automation, because of globalization, we're going to have to examine the social compact, the same way we did early in the 19th century and then again during and after the Great Depression. The notion of a 40-hour workweek, a minimum wage, child labor laws, etc. - those will have to be updated for these new realities." link

Other BI News:

  • The Federal Reserve ‘might legitimately consider’ using Public Money Creation in ‘extreme circumstances’, when there is ‘very weak growth’ or ‘deflation’, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said earlier this week at a press conference. link

  • Recent Endorsements: Bill Gross (the bond king, head of GATA), William Spriggs, chief econ at AFL-CIO (largest federation of trade unions in the US), Tim Berners -Lee

  • Ontario is going ahead with it’s BI experiment link

  • Y-combinator has hired their staff and will conduct their experminent from late this year link

  • Liberal Party in Canada (who have the majority in parliment adopt basic income to their policy platform link

Swiss Referendum:

  • 69% of all voters believe they will be voting on another basic income referendum in the future.

  • Of the young voters (18–29 years old) 41% imagine basic income will be introduced in the years ahead.

  • 78% think that questions concerning UBI have to be discussed and UBI is a case to be made.

  • In every single party in Switzerland a greater percentage of people within that party believe basic income is on the agenda instead of off it.

  • 49% see a basic income as valuing and encouraging unpaid household and volunteer work.

  • 64% of women see a NO vote for basic income as only just the beginning.More women than men support the concept of UBI, but women are less sure it will be introduced in the coming years.

  • 77% of the Swiss want to test UBI in local municipalities versus 14% who would prefer it be tested elsewhere.

  • Voter participation rate today in Switzerland was 46.3%

  • In 1959 a referendum in Switzerland was soundly rejected by 67% of voters. It was a "bad" idea. Twelves years later in 1971 the same idea was voted on again and it passed. That idea was letting women vote.

  • In one canton, not coincidentally the same one which got the lowest vote for UBI, took until 1991 to allow women to vote on local issues.

Reddit Basic Income

Luke Haywood’s Talk (Meeting 3): 'Basic Income: Economic Arguments'

Martin’s Circles Talk (Meeting 1) Circles: Universal Basic Income on the Blockchain

Bis Dann!
Basic Income Berlin
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