Addressing the sustainability of our environmental impact is the single most important issue facing our generation and future generations. Basic Income provides a tool that can help our society focus on this issue.
This paper calls for us to recognize what sustainability means at a global level and to “take account of the ecological limits on human systems”. It calls for a realization that we are rich in money, but poor in options. Simply, our only two options are (a) population reduction, or (b) to decrease per capita resource consumption.
Basic Income defines the economic cost our society is willing to support to provide enough of the basic needs of our population. It defines the cost of our minimum per capita resource consumption at a local level.
A paper from MIT and Harvard published October 2015 provides evidence that cash grants have no effects on work behaviour.
‘As safety nets [providing cash grants] have increased [around the world] so has the debate about whether they simply discourage work, enabling a “lazy poor.” Aggregating evidence from randomized evaluations of seven cash transfer programs, we find no effects of transfers on work behavior, either for men or women. Moreover, a 2014 review of transfer programs worldwide by Evans and Popova also show no evidence—despite claims in the policy debate—that the transfers induce increases in spending on temptation goods, such alcohol and tobacco. Thus, on net, the available evidence implies cash
transfer programs do not induce the “bad” behaviors that are often attributed to them in the policy space.’ http://economics.mit.edu/files/10849 #basicincomevancouver #basicneedsbasicincome
Read up on the health impact of a precarious life.
In 2010, researchers reported on an accidental basic income pilot in which the Eastern Band of Cherokee starting receiving incomes of approximimately $9,000 a year from shared casino income http://goo.gl/ixowfY.
Follow-up in the New York Times describes the results with the observation that “the earlier the supplements arrived in a child’s life, the better that child’s mental health in early adulthood”. http://goo.gl/whjg2Q
The original paper abstract is here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20483972
The Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs wants cities who are interested in experimenting with basic income to come up with a common plan. The municipalities of Utrecht, Tilburg, Groningen and Wageningen will jointly submit a plan for Basic Income. #basicneedsbasicincome #basicincomevancouver
Basic income is a right not charity. All should have the right to basic needs. It is our societies duty to help others.
In 2003, Cynthia Crawford, Leah Vosko, and Nancy Zukewich published the paper “Precarious Employment in the Canadian labour market: A statistical portrait”. This paper takes Statistics Canada surveys and translates these to precarious work forms of employment as a percentage of total employment.
It provides a statistical insight to the different degrees of precarious employment across multiple demographics.
A quick reminder, that Nick is talking at the Oakridge Seniors Center about Basic Income Sunday morning. You’re welcome to come and join the conversation.
November 22, 2015 at 10am – 12pm
Oakridge Seniors Centre
650 W 41st Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 2M9
BC Humanist piece on Basic Income.
In December, we’ll be meeting at SFU Harbour Ctr, Rm 2235 (EJ Safarik Sr Conference Room) from 7.30pm to 9pm. Free entry.
We will be having a conversation about the ways in which Basic Income can be funded in Canada. Please come prepared with key points from articles to share and/or short YouTube videos to stimulate and advance the conversation.
All are welcome. These conversations give us all a chance to meet other people in Vancouver who support the idea of a Basic Income Guarantee in Canada.
The SFU Harbour Centre is at 515 West Hastings Street. We are up the escalator on the 2nd floor in one of the larger rooms.