Universal Basic Income
A basic income is an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement. It is a form of minimum income guarantee that differs from those that now exist in various European countries
in three important ways: it is being paid to individuals rather than households.
My journey towards Basic Income for Everyone began before I even knew it existed. A living wage for simply existing, given the abundance of the world and our technological prowess just made sense. Nothing extravagant, but something to allow people to be better people without the anxiety introduced through our money system.
I had already been working on JoatU for about a year, and I was strongly recommended to attend a congress about a topic I knew little about. After the 15th Basic Income Earth Network conference in 2014 (enjoy this playlist of presentations!), I was convinced. The academics from a myriad of fields came together to express their findings about the multidisciplinary benefits of a Universal Basic Income.
And personally, I’d already been living a hypothetical Basic Income experiment without even realizing it. I was living off of savings and acting with a budget of $12,000 annually, taking a record for every dollar I spent.
So when 2015 came around, I decided to publish the results of my experiment, first on the self-publishing platform Medium and it went viral to the tune of over 50,000 views, then MtlBlog made an illegitimate copy, then I was asked by The Gazette if they could republish an edit. And from there, I was talking about Basic Income on television, radio, and in newspapers.
Now, in 2016, I continue my experiment of living well with less, I am continuing to write about Basic Income and I’m currently working with Revenu de Base Quebec to bring about a Create-a-thon (aka Hackathon) for Basic Income projects at the People’s Social Forum in Montreal 2016. If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact me directly.