Why one Bay Area County Is Exploring Basic Income for Former Foster Youth

When Dontae Lartigue left foster care right before his 19th birthday in 2009, finding housing in Santa Clara County was one of his biggest obstacles. He struggled to find places he could afford on his $12 an hour salary at Walmart, and with a limited income and no rental history, he found landlords were often wary of returning his calls. So Lartigue, who is now 29 years old, ended up couch surfing or sleeping in his car. “Right now when

Income Inequality

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Pilots & Experiments


RSA: The case for basic income is growing. Scotland can take it forward.

The fundamental case for a basic income is that greater freedom can flow from economic security. By providing every …


Report: Pilot experiments examining how a universal basic income system would work in the UK should be set up

Pilot schemes examining how a universal basic income system would work in the UK should be set up, a …

National Anti-poverty Study Will Pay New NYC Moms $4,000 A Year

Researchers are giving 125 new New York moms living on tight budgets $4,000 per year to spend however they …


Will robots take your job?

(An alternate version of this article was originally published in the Boston Globe) On December 2nd, 1942, a team …

The Social Debate


An Anarchist Case for UBI

There’s a common misconception that the idea of universal basic income is an example of bigger government, but as …


The Radical Plan to Save the Planet by Working Less

Article originally published on May 29 2019. In 1972, a team at MIT published The Limits to Growth, a …

A Carbon Dividend Is Better than a Carbon Tax

Mark Paul and Anthony Underwood make the case that the revenue from carbon taxation needs to be returned as …


With artificial intelligence looming, debate over ‘basic income’ heats up

When Canadian researchers Evelyn Forget and Marni Brownell speak at Stanford University next Tuesday, May 21, they’ll be wading …

Social Justice

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Success Stories

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The Basics of UBI


George McGovern Proposed a Universal Basic Income. It Didn’t Go Well for Him.

Proposing to give every American a basic income hurt George McGovern in 1972. Maybe it will work better for …

Newark to Test Universal-Basic-Income Program

Newark mayor Ras Baraka announced last week that the city will pursue a universal-basic-income pilot program that would provide …


Obama and Bezos Could Make Basic Income Work

This week, former U.S. President Barack Obama tentatively endorsed the idea of a universal basic income. The fortune of …

Unemployed Giuseppe Calafiore stands outside a tax assistance centre where he has applied for the new

Making quasi-sense of recent basic income initiatives

Last year, when the Finnish and Canadian trials were, respectively, not renewed and cancelled, the momentum behind universal basic …

Workforce Automation


Axios special report … The new gig: America’s hidden economy

More Americans are working than ever before, but a growing number of them aren’t 9-to-5 employees, nor skilled freelancers …

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How the World Can Prepare for Automation in the Future

Robert Schiller is one of the most well-known economists in the world. In the past, he has made bold …


Walmart unveils an AI-powered store of the future, now open to the public

Walmart this morning unveiled a new “store of the future” and test grounds for emerging technologies, including AI-enabled cameras …

In this Thursday, May 24, 2018, photo a Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot is walks through a conference room during a robotics summit in Boston. It's never been clear whether robotics company Boston Dynamics is making killing machines, household helpers, or something else entirely. But the secretive firm, which for nine years has unnerved viewers with YouTube videos of robots that jump, gallop or prowl like animal predators, is starting to emerge from a quarter-century of stealth. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Job losses and flat wages caused by automation in manufacturing states influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election

The robots are coming, and they’re bearing pizzas – or soon will be. In a pilot program that could …