Unconditional Basic Income Social assistance / ALG II
The discussion about the Basic Basic Income (BGE) is increasingly fierce. Unconditional basic income means that every citizen, whether rich or poor, receives a fixed amount on a monthly basis without any condition. In order to finance this, such an idea, the current cost-intensive social assistance system (ALG II) is to be omitted.
While some criticize idealism because there is reason to fear that no one is going to work, others argue that the elimination of social welfare would further exacerbate social inequality.
Prominent advocates and model projects
But there are also well-known advocates such as DM founder Götz Werner, and there are numerous model projects in Germany and abroad that are intended to explore the way in which a basic income is worked out. For the idea behind it: If people no longer have to work for their wages, they are more creative, motivated and go for meaningful pursuits.
One of these model projects is the non-profit association “Mein Grundeinkommen” from Berlin. His goal is to find out what Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) does to people. Since September 2014 “My Basic Income” has been funding UBI through crowdfunding.
Win an unconditional basic income
As soon as 12.000 Euro is available, it will be raffled to a person who then receives 1.000 Euro per month unconditionally for one year. The project is an experiment to test the idea of the BGE on the basis of individuals. They can volunteer their experiences with the BGE.
In the meantime, the association has raised over 1 million euros in donations! This funded 85 basic incomes in Germany. There are already 70 lucky winners. Now more are to follow, because on Monday, April 24th, “My Basic Income” is raffling off another raffle of 15 further basic incomes that will be raffled off at once.
It's a bit scary, if the blessing can be won as in a life improvement lottery instead of being claimed with legal entitlement - almost like in a bad science fiction movie. One can hope that, if the basic income is really introduced once, this practice does not make school.
Positive effect of BGE
In doing so, the association reports a positive impact of basic income: The winners realize personal dreams and usually work more and more motivated than before, it is said. Many spend more time with their families and live more consciously and healthier by the one-year exposure to existential anxiety.
An online survey carried out by YouGov Deutschland GmbH in May 2016 under 2033 persons also shows that every third respondent speaks for a BGE. With further practical experience from the practice the association wants to enrich the debate especially in the German-speaking countries.
apply For an internship with self-chosen tasks
Mein Grundeinkommen organisiert nun wie bereits in den Vorjahren ein Bedingungsloses Praktikum. Dabei bietet der Verein einer Person die Möglichkeit, über mehrere Monate ihre Aufgaben sowie Ort und Zeit ihrer Arbeit selbst zu wählen. Für den gesamten Zeitraum erhält die*der Praktikant*in ein Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen. Ziel dabei ist es, herauszufinden, was Menschen wirklich am Arbeitsplatz motiviert.
Until the 23.4. People can apply for praktikum.meinbge.de for the unconditional internship.
You can be curious about how this theme continues!
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