Powerpoint presentation about the history of International Basic Income Week till 2021 (after that, see below):


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.


2008 – “Social security in capitalism”

1st International Basic Income Week September 15th-21st, 2008 https://www.woche-des-grundeinkommens.eu/historie/aufruf-zur-beteiligung-an-der-woche-des-grundeinkommens/

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.


2009 – “Basic Income: An answer to the crisis: road to the future”

2nd International Basic Income Week September 14th-20th, 2009 https://www.grundeinkommen.de/09/09/2009/2-woche-des-grundeinkommens-vom-14-20092009.html

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. https://www.woche-des-grundeinkommens.eu

The editorial supervisor in 2009 was Martina Steinheuer.


2010 – “Basic Income: Participation for all”

3rd International Basic Income Week September 20th-26th, 2010 https://www.woche-des-grundeinkommens.eu/historie/aufruf-zur-3-internationalen-woche-des-grundeinkommens/

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) .


2011 – “Basic Income in Europe”

4th International Basic Income Week September 19th-25th, 2011 https://www.woche-des-grundeinkommens.eu/historie/aufruf-zur-4-internationalen-woche-des-grundeinkommens/

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)


2012 – “ways to basic income”

5th International Basic Income Week September 17th-23rd, 2012 https://www.woche-des-grundeinkommens.eu/historie/aufruf-2012/

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.


2013 – “basic income a human right”

6th International Basic Income Week September 16th-22nd, 2013 https://www.grundeinkommen.de/03/06/2013/6-internationale-woche-des-grundeinkommens.html

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.


2014 – “building social cohesion in Europe”

7th International Basic Income Week September 15th-21st, 2014 https://basicincomeweek.org/7th-international-basic-income-week/

This site https://basicincomeweek.org was set up in English to further internationalize the “Week of Basic Income”


2015 – “UBI: A Safety Net for Life“

8th International Basic Income Week September 14th-20th, 2015 https://basicincomeweek.org/8th-international-basic-income-week-2015/

The following 19 countries participated: Belgium, China, Danmark, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Malawi, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Swiss, Zimbabwe, Spain, South Korea, Hungary, USA. Further eight countries have participated on the internet: Australia, Brasil, Bulgaria, Finland, India, Italy, Mozambic, New Zealand, Zambia, South Africa.


2016 – “Basic Income goes Worldwide

9th International Basic Income Week September 19th-25th, 2016 https://basicincomeweek.org/9th-international-basic-income-week-19-25-sept-2016/

The UBI-Week was initiated in 2008 in German-speaking countries. Activities spread significantly in Europe after the establishment of the new coalition Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE) in 2014. https://www.ubie.org In 2016 Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) contributed to the week´s further globalization.
List of participants: https://basicincomeweek.org/9th-international-basic-income-week-2016-list-participants/


2017 – “Unconditional Basic Income is affordable!”

10th International Basic Income Week September 18th-24th, 2017 https://basicincomeweek.org/10th-international-basic-income-week-25-30-sept-2017/

The Basic Income Week is a self-organised participatory week. A lot can be done, from spreading the news to friends to organising your own event with films, speakers or creative action. We can help with finding presenters and promoting your event with our shared website https://basicincomeweek.org. We welcome new participants who can share time, money or ideas! Get in touch with your regional group or the international coordination team, and let us know what you decide to do! This year there was the start of the Videothon Playlist


2018 – “Basic Income: an income you can count on!”

11th International Basic Income Week September 17th-23rd, 2018 https://basicincomeweek.org/11th-international-basic-income-week-17-23-sept-2018/

Everyone needs an income to be able to live and work to our full potential. Employment is not a guarantee for a dependable income. People need a source of income they can count on – unconditional basic income!


2019 – “Money – let´s make this invention work for everyone”

12th International Basic Income Week September 16th-22nd, 2019 https://basicincomeweek.org/12th-international-basic-income-week-16-22-sept-2019/

Money is just an invention – not a Iaw of physics. The rules around money valuation, creation, distribution are man-made. Do they work for you? Or are they causing stress, shame, and destruction in your Iife,family and environment? Let’s recreate these rules and make money work for all people!


2020 – “Basic Income: Freedom to Choose”

13th International Basic Income Week September 14th-20th, 2020 https://basicincomeweek.org/motto-for-ubiweek-2020-basic-income-freedom-to-choose/

During the corona pandemic a we did not go on the streets but posted a photo with the hashtag #talkonyourwalk and held zoom sessions
Suggest a Motto for the 13th Basic Income Week


2021 – “Basic Income: Forward to a better world!”

14th International Basic Income Week September 20th-26th, 2021 https://basicincomeweek.org/ibiw2021/


2022 – “Basic Income is basic humanism!”

15th International Basic Income Week September 19th-25th, 2022 https://basicincomeweek.org/15th-international-basic-income-week-19-25-september-2022/


2023 – “Basic Income: Civilization at its best!”

16th International Basic Income Week September 18th-24th, 2023 https://basicincomeweek.org/16th-international-basic-income-week-2023/



Source: https://www.woche-des-grundeinkommens.eu/historie/