SWISS QUAKERS

Because of an intensified interest in what Friends’ role might be in creating a more just economic system, our spiritual deepening of 5 August was on Universal Basic Income.

One area we wished to better inform ourselves is that of Universal Basic Income (UBI) which will be brought to Swiss voters (the last attempt was not accepted, now a new committee is in the beginnings of creating a next initiative for which in due course signatures will be collected).

These were readings and resources which were addressed and included in our discussion.

Why we should give everyone a basic income | Rutger Bregman | TEDxMaastricht (TED Talk by Historian Rutger Bregman)

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/battling-eight-giants-with-basic-income/

There is one organisation working on the topic of Universal Basic Income in Switzerland:  https://www.deinbge.ch/  

An article from VOX about countries where the UBI has been tried.

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/2/19/21112570/universal-basic-income-ubi-map

And the key take-aways from the experiment in Finland, according to the Independent.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/finland-universal-basic-income-trial-unemployment-usa-uk-a8782856.html

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