- OpenUBI Roundtable, Part 2: Synergies, Differences and Philosophies of Money
ThoughtWorks Berlin Deutschland GmbH
In recent years, there has been a surge of government-independent projects aspiring to create a more egalitarian economy. Today we will examine several projects which experiment with the idea of money itself: specifically, those which aim to implement a universal basic income (UBI), and complementary initiatives with a similar vision. The rise of cryptocurrencies is behind many of these projects. Through crypto, the claim goes, everyone in the world will be able to receive an amount of money which would cover for their basic sustenance and livelihood. Each UBI project interprets the challenge of a basic income differently. This evening, we will embark on a discussion of each one’s economic assumptions, adoption strategy, governance system, identity layer, underlying technology, and philosophy. Together, we will address some difficult questions: What is the advantage or disadvantage of establishing these projects independent of existing nation-states? What is the relevance of distributed ledger technologies? How do the different projects overlap, and how do they differ? Are there any hidden conditionalities within these UBI projects? Is this REALLY a basic income, or is it something else? What IS money, anyway? Join us on Monday January 28th, on 17:00PM at ThoughtWorks, where we will explore these questions together with friends from the OpenUBI community and beyond. Projects that will be present include: Value Instrument, Circles UBI, Project Greshm, SwiftDemand, GoodDollar, BrightID, UBIC, Trustlines, members of the Basic Income Earth Network and others TBD. There will be pizza and snacks available at the event. Livestreams and other methods of attending and sharing your thoughts will also be available. See you there!
- Basic Income Beer Berlin
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!