'Basic Income: How Do We Get There?' Resources & Materials
Thank you to everyone who travelled from far and wide to join us for a day discussing Universal Basic Income in Sheffield.
We wanted to share a record of the day, as well as any other further reading/watching.
If you have any queries or cannot access any documents shared here, please email us.
UBI Lab Sheffield team
Karen Webber (Methodist Church), Jack Perry (CBINS), Becca Kirkpatrick (Basic Income UK) and Patrick Hurley (Liverpool City Council) give their thoughts on how we get to a basic income. Chaired by Simon Duffy.
ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF COMMUNICATING UBI
What barriers do we face when trying to promote the idea of Basic Income? Could art be an effective tool in overcoming ideological resistance? With Toby Lloyd and Karen Webber
HOW WOULD BASIC INCOME MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOU?
Perspectives on a Basic Income - UBI LAB Sheffield project in association with University of Sheffield following three people
Daz's Story - inspiring story curated by Basic Income UK
Between Eating and Sleeping - Toby Lloyd’s art project gathering public stories
WORKING WITH AND LEARNING FROM OTHER GROUPS
What arguments work best for different groups? What tools are most useful for advocating UBI? And how best to trial it? A workshop with Jack Perry and Cleo Goodman.
Presentation slides (PDF)
See also this blog post
BUILDING BASIC INCOME IN THE UK
Exploring where we are and where we go next. Discussing what kind of response there has been to activity so far and how to progress, from roadshows to lobbying councils to local pilots. With Barb Jacobson
RECOMMENDED FURTHER READING/WATCHING
For a summary of the argument that basic income is critical for tackling climate change, see Clive Lord’s blog
Louise Haagh - Basic Income and community
Malcolm Torry - 101 reasons for a citizens income
Guy Standing - Basic Income: and how we can make it happen (TED talk here)
Scott Santens - Frequently asked questions about UBI
Pros and Cons of UBI - Top 3 pros and cons
Rutger Bregman - Utopia for Realists (short animation here)
Scottish Basic Income Steering Group - Exploring the practicalities of a basic income pilot
“Our existing complex and inefficient benefits system should finally be laid to rest; otherwise all the talk about improving the number of people going back to work will be just another form of empty rhetoric.” - Ian Duncan Smith
“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
In responding to critiques it is important to say, “I take that on board, but what we have now just does not work” - Guy Standing
European social survey - country by country support for a UBI
Adam Smith Institute - Basic Income around the world
Thomas Piketty - Capital (TED talk here)
Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson - The Spirit Level (see also The Equality Trust)