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My favourite thing about basic income is the way that it opens up a conversation about social justice with pretty much any audience. You can use basic income to focus on contemporary issues around gender equality just as easily as you can muse about the broader meaning of life, work and human nature. When you find someone’s passion, relate that to basic income, and explore how the two interact you are constantly in the position to learn something new and better understand society. I find that very rewarding.

As Director of CBINS I get to work with a group of people who are passionate about shaping a fairer society, and I get to take that message of hope and change to public spaces and hear from members of the public how a basic income would transform their lives in incredible ways. Together with the other Trustees I try to come up with ways for CBINS to engage more people with the idea of a basic income, in the hope that when basic income becomes a political possibility, public opinion is prepared to make it a reality.

Feasibility Study: Is there institutional support for a basic income pilot?

This is the final instalment in our feasibility study series. So far we have looked at what a feasibility study is, whether political support is possible, and how we can…

Feasibility Study: Will the public support a basic income pilot?

Previously we looked at what a feasibility study is, and what it is trying to achieve, as well as examining the likelihood of a pilot gaining political support. In this…

Feasibility Study: Can basic income gain the necessary political support for a pilot?

In this second instalment of our feasibility study series we examine a key question the study needs to answer: will there be political support for a pilot? Dr Benjamin Simmons,…

Feasibility Study: What is the Government doing right now around basic income?

The proposed basic income pilots in Scotland are receiving a lot of attention in the media but it isn't always clear what exactly is going on, and what progress is…

Tories’ Attack on Basic Income Pilots is Based on Fear of Results

The Scottish Conservatives' Social Security Spokeswoman, Michelle Ballantyne has recently called the basic income pilots across Scotland an "SNP vanity project" and suggests that "the scheme should be dropped now".…

Basic Income Pilots – What are they and what do you need to know?

If a basic income pilot is implemented in Scotland the public will need to be kept up to date on the details, the motivation, and the results of the study.…

Should we welcome Silicon Valley’s support for basic income?

An excellent recent article in Wired, The Paradox of Universal Basic Income, made several interesting points about, among other things, the impact of political motivation on basic income schemes (principally…

The flaws in the inflation argument against a basic income

One of the most common objections to a basic income is that it would increase inflation. Many people remember from history lessons at school the photos of children playing with huge piles…