All eyes on Stockton. A mayor and his vision for Universal Basic Income. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Stockton California's 27 year old mayor Michael Tubbs is leading a conversation about Universal Basic Resources that will define the future. As income inequality widens throughout the world and automation unemployment looms, innovative ideas of how we are to live are gaining speed. Check out this interview....
So, what has happened with other places that have tried some form of Universal Basic Income? Before you hear the talking points from someone, check out what we know so far from the data of other tests from around the world....
A large, wide-spread UBI program has been implemented in Western Kenya since 2016, giving people who were earning less that 75 cent per day something closer to 22 dollars a day. The most pronounced results from the test was that it dramatically improved quality of life and empowered people to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. http://basicincome.org/news/2017/03/us-kenya-new-study-published-results-basic-income-pilot-kenya/
A much more nuanced picture of UBI is happening in Finland. While the trial is still in effect and results won't be known until the end of 2018, a basic indication that it can simplify the process of empowering peoplel...https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/31/finland-universal-basic-income
Despite what some Social Conservatives would argue, the consistent theme throughout most of the experiments is that people on a basic income keep on working. Alaska is a perfect case in point....https://qz.com/1205591/a-universal-basic-income-experiment-in-alaska-shows-employment-didnt-drop/
While India experienced plenty of implementation challenges with a country of it's size, the basic takeaways included more people working, better health which improved school attendance and, more people investing back into their trade....http://isa-global-dialogue.net/indias-great-experiment-the-transformative-potential-of-basic-income-...
Universal Basic Income really is a no-brainer. The real challenge is the social constructs of ruling parties not believing that everyone should do well. There are those who believe only some should. Getting past that hurdle and making sure the income is not a substitution for other forms of social support are key in implementation and getting ahead of automation unemployment.
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