The date for the 8th international Basic Income Week will be 14-20 september 2015
The motto wil be:
“UBI: A safety net for life”
Activities during the “international basic income week” are organized by collectives or individuals in different countries all over the world.
Call for participation
We are facing multiple crises which threaten our lives as individuals as well as the life of humankind as a whole. These crises – social, ecological and financial – are being experienced in a myriad of different ways around the world.
For this year‘s Basic Income Week we want to draw attention to Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) as a possible “Safety Net for Life” which leaves no one behind.
In a world where work is characterised by increasing flexibility, insecurity and precarity, UBI not only reduces the fears which make people susceptible to hate and violence against “others”. UBI also sparks economic growth where it is badly needed while paving a way towards degrowth where that is necessary. UBI enables ecological sustainability, guaranteeing life on earth in the future.
Basic Income Week was initiated in 2008 by activists in German-speaking countries. While international in its ambition from the outset, activities spread signicantly in Europe only after the establishment of the new coalition Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE) in 2014.
Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) contributed to the week’s further globalisation by organising a series of online events with international basic income experts and activists.
We invite activists around the world to further globalise our week of action for basic income.
Let’s all weave a “Safety Net for Life” together!
If you want to organize an event in your town or community, we offer the support of a shared website, can help with finding speakers and will publicise your event to a global audience.
Show the world that your event is part of a global push for basic income: http://basicincomeweek.org
Get in touch with your regional or international coordination team via the contact form:
What is Unconditional Basic Income?
Individual: Everyone has the right to UBI on an individual basis as this is the only way to ensure privacy and to prevent control over other individuals. UBI will be independent of marital status, cohabitation or household configuration, or of the income or propertyof other household or family members.
Unconditional: As a human right UBI shall notdepend on any preconditions, whether an obligation to take paid employment, to be involved in communityservice, or to behave according to traditional gender roles. Nor will it be subject to income, savings or property limits.
High enough: The amount should provide for a ecent standard of living, which meets society’s social and cultural standards in the country concerned. It should prevent material poverty and provide the opportunity to participate in society and to live in dignity.We emphasize that UBI should not replace the compensatory welfare state but rather complete and transform it into an emancipatory welfare system.
Charter of UBIE
UBIEurope is an alliance promoting unconditional basic income.
- Article 1
Unconditioal Basic Income (UBI) is an amount of money, paid on a regular basis to each individual unconditionally and universally, high enough to ensure a material existence and participation in society. UBI is a step towards an emancipatory welfare system.
- Article 2
UBIEurope’s goals are: the introduction of unconditional basic income throughout Europe; and in order for all to live in dignity, the recognition of UBI as a universal Human Right.
- Article 3
UBIEurope respects the diversity of views and opinions on unconditional basic income. Dierent justications and methods of implementation shall not prevent us from cooperating.
- Article 4
UBIEurope respects individual or collective dierences, such as, but not limited to: gender, race, sexuality, disability, religion, nancial position, occupation, country and immigration status.