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18:30 – 20:30 on Wednesday 27th February 2019
Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5EL

In January, we posed the question What is Basic Income? and looked at why it’s a relevant idea in the 21st century. Now it’s time to ponder: what can Basic Income actually achieve for people? At our next meet-up, we will discuss Basic Income & The Artist. We’ll give an introduction to Basic Income and explore how this radical idea would impact the lives of people who provide us with culture, creativity and innovation.

We are constantly exposed to the arts: may it be in museums, galleries or bookshops. Each country insists on its “cultural legacy”, but paradoxically, artists often struggle financially, and very few are able to live off their work. During this event, we’ll discuss how Basic Income would transform this.

We are looking for an Edinburgh based Artist who would like to talk at this event for 20 or so minutes. We want to hear about their work, experience with funding creativity and how an unconditional income would impact them. This talk will be followed by a Q&A. If you’re interested drop us an email on team@cbin.scot. Of course Artists that are not interested in doing the talk can come along, learn a bit about Basic Income and discuss their experience during the Q&A.

Get ready for a lively discussion about Basic Income and how we can achieve positive change to guarantee stability for everyone, not just a handful of citizens.

What to expect

Basic Income is a term that gets bandied around a lot these days, but what is it? A Basic Income is a payment you receive your entire life, from the day you are born. It doesn’t come from an employer, in fact there are no conditions and the money is for you to spend as you choose. Basic Income is a guaranteed income for every citizen, that is enough to live on.

A Basic Income would revolutionise the way we think about issues that reach every citizen of Scotland: poverty, our broken welfare system, work, well-being and unpaid work.

Basic Income & … is a series of events, run on the last Wednesday of every month, by Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland, a volunteer run charity working to open up the conversation about Basic Income in Scotland. Each event explores a theme and how it would be affected by a Basic Income.

We host these events so anyone interested in Basic Income can learn, ask questions and have their say in a relaxed environment. No prior knowledge is required, we always start with a brief introduction to Basic Income and welcome questions throughout. We want these events to be shaped by our community so let us know what you want to talk about! We’re all volunteers that do this because we believe a Basic Income is right for Scotland and because we enjoy the conversations and want to open them up to as many people as possible.

The Scottish Government is currently exploring how we could introduce a Basic Income experiment in four areas across Scotland; Edinburgh, Glasgow, North Ayrshire and Fife. Now is the time to join the discussion and shape the future of basic income in Scotland.

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