How it started

For the week of basic income, a call went ahead in 2006.
Matthias Dilthey called for a day of basic income, which unfortunately received little support at the time.


The first week of the basic income was held in 2008 and was designed as a sub-project of the EU-funded project “Basic Income on the way to Europe.” was initiated by Günter Sölken, of the idea in the context of the Basic Income Network Germany was advancing. It was, together with the Basic Income Network and Social Cohesion, Austria, Switzerland BIEN and of Attack Germany, Attack Austria and Attac Switzerland, and with the help of many independent basic income initiatives  in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and brought to the public.


In 2009, a significant expansion took place. From various initiatives was a call started, at which finally 247 organizations and over 2,800 individuals have participated.

The site was developed into a showcase of activity and creativity. Countless ideas, suggestions, and actually planned actions have been set. http://www.woche-des-grundeinkommens.eu

The editorial supervisor in 2009 was Martina Steinheuer.


In June 2010, An editor change took place for the site. Here you can read the call to 2010. (German) Events of the year 2010, you can find them here (German) .


The 4th International Week of the basic income was from 19 to 25.9. 2011 with a focus on “Basic Income in Europe“. In Germany and Austria, there were about one hundred events and activities: discussions, workshops, readings, theater and film screenings, exhibitions, etc.

Press Release of the network to the 4th International Week of the basic income 19 – 25.9.2011 (German)


The fifth International Week of the basic income was from 17 to 23.9.2012 – right after the BIEN World Congress (September 14 to 16 in Munich) – with the focus on “ways to basic income” instead.


In 2013 the year of the European Citzens Initiative for Unconditional Basic Income , “basic income a human right“, a further internationalization of the 6th week of basic income took place.The Netherlands organized the “week van het basisinkomen” but not much action was involved, we were al to busy collecting signatures.


7th International Basic Income Week “building social cohesion in Europe
This site http://basicincomeweek.org was set up in English to further internationalize the “Week of Basic Income” 
See the homepage for 2014


In the framework of the UBIE (Unconditional Basic Income Europe) network, the 8th international basic income week was adopted as a key item to organize every year by all countries individualy. Also on the 15th Annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress the basic income week was adopted as a way to spread UBI to the public.


Source: http://www.woche-des-grundeinkommens.eu/start/historie/