What would you do if you had all of your basic needs met? A LEAD Global briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
I've shared extensively about Universal Basic Income and how it could possibly help mitigate the challenges that would emerge from massive unemployment created from the rise of automation. I'm leaning even more into this conversation because of two concerns:
1. The window to the impact of automation is getting smaller...in other words, it only be a 2-3 years before we start feeling a dramatic rise in automation displacement.
2. The current administrations in the US and several other countries seem to indicate that they are not open to a discussion on Universal Basic Income.
It becomes important for communities to start having conversations about this subject matter now. Having these kinds of conversations in the eye of the storm can lead to bad decisions made out of fear instead of visionary thinking. As some of you are aware, LEAD Global is moving forward with a privately-funded plan to test a small-scale version of a UBI here in the States as a way of getting ahead of this conversation and answering questions that are particular to the US. This will be a year long venture. If you are interested in participating, please don't hesitate to write me before the end of this week at email@example.com
In the meantime, here are some articles that drill down on perhaps one of the most important conversations of our lifetime....
Finland is moving forward with it's pilot....https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/19/basic-income-finland-low-wages-fewer-jobs
The early results from the Kenya UBI project is that it is working well and jump starting entrepreneurship in the test townships .http://www.businessinsider.com/kenya-will-see-the-worlds-largest-basic-income-experiment-2016-4
Me and my team are seeking to have a conversation with the people in Ontario, Canada to see where they are in their test..https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/28/universal-basic-income-ontario-poverty-pilot-project-c...
Most people have heard Elon Musk's advocacy for Universal Basic Income, but he's not the only tech giant advocating for it. More than a few have...http://mashable.com/2017/02/09/ebay-founder-universal-basic-income/#c674wOh5TmqF
And here is an interesting written article from a researcher that says how UBI can be a hedge against political extremeism..http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/universal-basic-income_us_586d0ce3e4b0eb58648b5349
Myself and my team will talk about this and other elements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution/World Shift and how you can thrive and succeed in this time of extreme change. Our upcoming events are in Chicago at DePaul University, and back in Denver at the Denver Chamber of Commerce and in Princeton University . Find out more by clicking this link to our website www.leadtheshift.com
And here is my inspirational gift to you from a recent trip I took to Namibia. These are children in Groofentein who are singing a song of hope. It's traditional, of course, to offer a gift to your guest. This is the one I received.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org