Expedition Grundeinkommen wins the German Commitment Award 2021

On 2 December 2021 Expedition Grundeinkommen was awarded this year’s German Commitment Award (“Deutscher Engagementpreis”). With the backing of FRIBIS, the Expedition is campaigning for the UBI by means of referendums to launch state-funded pilot projects in various cities and municipalities throughout the country.

In this video, Valentin Schagerl and Joy Ponader, activists of the Expedition, explain what their project is all about.

What is the German Commitment Award?

The jury of the “Deutscher Engagementpreis” awards the prestigious prize each year for exceptional civic commitment. What is special about the prize is that it is awarded by the public and not a jury. This year, more than 12,000 people voted for Expedition Grundeinkommen to be the winner.

What the prize means for the Basic Income movement and for FRIBIS

Awarding the prize to Expedition Basic Income is a clear demonstration of the growing popularity of UBI. FRIBIS, in particular, has good reason to be happy about the Expedition’s award: Since the founding of Expedition Basic Income in 2019, we have supported the activists with technical and theoretical advice as well as financial back up. In the FRIBIS Expedition Basic Income team (XUBI), scholarship and activism go hand in hand. Together we are committed to turning Basic Income into reality – in the form of nationwide pilot projects throughout Germany. 

Ana Helena Palermo Kuss is a finalist for the German Thesis Award of the Körber Foundation (2021)

Ms. Palermo Kuss, who received her PhD in economics from the Götz Werner Chair (GWP), is the only economist among the finalists for the German Thesis Award of the Körber Foundation. Her contribution is entitled: “Unconditional Basic Income: A concept for the welfare state of the 21st century? Economic investigation of possible effects and popularity”. Ms. Palermo Kuss is now working at the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW).

We asked her what the nomination means to her personally and how it might affect the debate around Basic Income: “I am very happy about the nomination of my doctoral thesis for the German Thesis Award. The nomination shows that the topic of Basic Income is of great importance to society. The compatibility of a basic income with existing social security systems is a topic that needs further research. So, I am delighted that FRIBIS dedicates itself to this task. Whether basic income is a concept for the welfare state of the 21st century depends directly on whether the concrete policy reform contributes positively to people’s freedom and self-determination as well as to societal prosperity.”

The entire FRIBIS-Team congratulates Ms. Palermo Kuss on this outstanding achievement and wishes her all the best for her personal and professional future.

Further information about Ms. Palermo Kuss can be found on the ZEW homepage, more details on the study award of the Körber Foundation can be found here.

22 November 2021: Symposium of FRIBIS Visiting Scholars Catarina Neves and Roberto Merrill on Basic Income Experiments

Catarina Neves and Roberto Merrill (Portugal) will be in Freiburg as FRIBIS visiting scholars between 18 and 23 November 2021. They will offer a symposium on basic income experiments on 22 November.

22 November 2021, 6:00-8:00 p.m.:
Basic Income Experiments: A Critical Examination of Their Goals, Contexts, and Methods.
Location: HS 1009, Kollegiengebäude I, Platz der Universität 3, 79098, Freiburg.
Important Update: Due to the recent Covid regulations of the state of Baden-Württemberg, only fully vaccinated or recovered persons are allowed (2G) to participate in the symposium of Roberto Merrill and Catarina Neves. Therefore, unvaccinated or non-recovered persons can no longer attend the event, even with a negative PCR test.

The symposium will be recorded and uploaded on the FRIBIS YouTube channel.

“The focus of the symposium will be their newly published book. The book brings together insights and reflections following a set of interviews conducted with the main stakeholders involved in past, current, and future basic income experiments. It provides an analysis of some of the major elements and factors influencing experiments, as well of some of their most important outputs understood as results of their own experimental design, their sociological and political basis, and the epistemological status of their results.

By pursuing a bottom-up strategy, where the interviews conducted take a pivotal role in the collection and analysis phase of the book, this book gathers key questions relating to policy experiments. Some questions reflected upon include the general idea of why one should engage and implement a basic income experiment, and the paradox consisting in the fact that most basic income experiments fall short of being closely considered ‘pure’ basic income schemes. In facing the question and the paradox head-on, the book assesses questions of experimental design, the political and social context surrounding the policy, and the main results and what can they tell us about basic income.”

Roberto Merrill is Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Minho, where he coordinates the Master of Political Philosophy. He is also a researcher at the Center for Ethics, Politics and Society (CEPS), where he directs the Research Project on Unconditional Basic Income. He has published and edited several books, the most recent one in 2019 on the UBI (Rendimento Básico Incondicional: uma defesa da liberdade).

Catarina Neves is a PhD student at the University of Minho. She focuses on the philosophical justification of the Unconditional Basic Income, namely on the objection of reciprocity. She aims to find out to what extent theoretical concepts can be found in empirical experiments on the UBI. She is also a teaching assistant at the Nova School of Business and Economics (Lisbon, Portugal) where she gives courses on corporate social responsibility and global business challenges.

First Annual FRIBIS Conference 2021: Monetary Issues of UBI

Watch the recordings of the contributions of the first annual FRIBIS conference, 2021 on our Youtube channel.

This year’s the FRIBIS conference shed light on an emerging topic in economics of UBI: the monetary issues of a UBI. Monetary aspects are becoming more important due to an increasing economic interest in monetary innovations and major disruptions in central banking and finance.

UBI research is being increasingly influenced by this development. UBI pilots use specifically minted currencies to ensure local spending, and new strands of transformative economics propose monetary financing or community currencies as financing mechanisms for a UBI.

FRIBIS acknowledges this evolution by creating research teams in order to keep up-to-date with research in this field. At this year’s conference, FRIBIS presented this teams’ research, as well as other research activities. In addition, research collaborations were presented.

The event language is English.

Here you can find the event program

Online event on Net Basic Income: Basic Income in times of Covid-19 and post-pandemic perspectives

How does the concept of a Net Basic Income (NBI) work, which Bernhard Neumärker presented in Susanne Wiest’s Bundestag petition for a basic income in times of crisis (October 2021)? What can be learned from the discussions with parliamentarians in the Committee on Petitions, and what should we make of the support that the petition received from a considerable section of the population? How could the NBI be transformed into a fully-fledged Basic Income in post-crisis times, and what role could environmental taxes play in financing a UBI?

Together with the UBI activist, Susanne Wiest, the scientists Bianca Blum and Bernhard Neumärker will be presenting the results of their work with an eye to the future. The event will be moderated by Enno Schmidt, and the language will be English. Bernhard Neumärker and Bianca Blum’s contributions will be based in part on two papers they published this summer.

On 07 October 2021 at 6 pm (CEST). Duration: Approx. 90 minutes.

Public event; language: English

Link to the event

Meeting-ID: 690 2653 5825
Passcode: qYKP1i2M9

Bianca Blum: Research Associate at the Götz Werner Chair of Economic Policy and Constitutional Economic Theory (Freiburg University)

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Neumärker: Professor of Economic Policy (Götz Werner Chair), Director of the Department of Economic Policy and Constitutional Economic Theory at Freiburg University and head of FRIBIS.

Susanne Wiest: Basic Income activist and initiator of the petition for a basic income in times of crisis at the German Bundestag (October 2020).

Host and interpreter: Enno Schmidt

Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress 2021

The Basic Income Earth Network Congress will be held from Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 August 2021. It will focus on the question of how to take Basic Income from idea to reality.

The conference will be hosted on Whova, a specialist online conference platform, and will be attended by members of FRIBIS and staff of the Götz Werner Chair:

August 19, 2021

  • Valerija Korosec: UBI in Slovenia, from idea to reality. 10:45 AM – 12:05 PM (Europe/London)
  • Alexander Spermann: Basic Money plus Education Money as a partial UBI for Germany. 10:45 AM – 12:05 PM (Europe/London)
  • Enno Schmidt and Sarath Davala: Glimpses of life in the Care Economy. 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM (Europe/London)
  • Patrick Brown: Universal Basic Income As a ‘Real Peace Dividend’ for Post-Conflict Societies. 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM (Europe/London)
  • Bernhard Neumärker: The Net Basic Income: UBI in Times of Crisis. 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM (Europe/London)
  • Leon Hartmann: Universal Basic Income as a discursive space of the future. 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM (Europe/London)
  • Selvi Sachithanandam: “Idea to Reality – Basic Income in Post Conflict Sri Lanka”. 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM (Europe/London)
  • Diana Bashur: Why a Basic Income can be key to Peacebuilding. 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM (Europe/London)
  • Chloe Halpenny: #BasicIncomeBoughtMe: Mobilising basic income research using social media. 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM (Europe/London)
  • Diana Bashur: United Nations Development Programme: A roundtable on Basic Income. 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM (Europe/London)
  • Chloe Halpenny: Mobilising youth to make basic income a reality: A workshop on meaningful youth engagement in advocacy. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Europe/London)
  • Julio Linares: Latin American Perspectives and Experiences. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Europe/London)

August 20, 2021

  • Laura Brämswig: How to make UBI a political reality by means of direct democracy. 9:00 AM – 10:20 AM (Europe/London)
  • Rejitha Nair: Legal concerns relating to UBI in India. 9:00 AM – 10:20 AM (Europe/London)
  • Julio Linares: How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected policy-making and policy-discourse around UBI? Findings of a global survey. 9:00 AM – 10:20 AM (Europe/London)
  • Valerija Korosec: Worldwide Potential Impacts of the ‘ECI-UBI 2020/21/22. Signature Collection Campaign’ to the UBI Movement. 9:00 AM – 10:20 AM (Europe/London)
  • Malcolm Torry: Minimum Income Standards in the Basic Income debate. 9:00 AM – 10:20 AM (Europe/London)
  • Malcolm Torry: Two questions on interpretations of BIEN’s definition of Basic Income. 10:45 AM – 12:05 PM (Europe/London)
  • Bernhard Neumärker and Bianca Blum: Globalization, Inequality, Environmental Damage and the Corona Pandemic – Lessons for Economic, Environmental and Social Policy. 10:45 AM – 12:05 PM (Europe/London)
  • Sarath Davala: Two questions on interpretations of BIEN’s definition of Basic Income. 10:45 AM – 12:05 PM (Europe/London)
  • Marcel Franke: Envy and blame in the UBI discussion. 10:45 AM – 12:05 PM (Europe/London)
  • Julio Linares: The Money of Basic Income: Towards Economic Democracy. 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM (Europe/London)
  • Patrick Brown: Learning from the CPPLG: How to set up a politicians’ network to support Basic Income. 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM (Europe/London)
  • Chloe Halpenny: Moving Canada’s political needle: Reflections from grassroots activists. 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM (Europe/London)
  • Milan Wenner: The narrative of technological unemployment: should it be used in order to argue for an UBI? 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM (Europe/London)
  • Julio Linares: Have Covid politics opened up UBI politics? Building on new survey findings to develop novel approaches to the politics of UBI. 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM (Europe/London)
  • Sascha Liebermann: Political Activism and BIG: International Experiences and Perspectives. 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Europe/London)

More information about the congress can be found here.

FRIBIS publishes two new papers on Net Basic Income

Bernhard Neumärker, Bianca Blum, Burhan Yalcin and Sema Yalcin have jointly published a new paper in the FRIBIS Discussion Paper Series, which is available in both German and English. Its topic is the counterfinancing of the Net Basic Income in times of debt-financed relief ​during the Corona Crisis.

In addition, Bianca Blum and Bernhard Neumärker have also published another paper in the journal World 2021, 2(2), entitled Lessons from Globalization and the COVID-19 Pandemic for Economic, Environmental and Social Policy. The paper analyzes the current economic and social crises, which have only been exacerbated by the outbreak of the Corona pandemic. The authors discuss not only the extent to which Basic Income offers a non-bureaucratic solution to the social and financial hardships of the current crisis, but also the role it could play in addressing the social and environmental challenges of the post-crisis period.

On October 7, at 6:00 p.m., FRIBIS will host a Zoom event on Net Basic Income. Bianca Blum and Bernhard Neumärker, along with Susanne Wiest, the parliamentary petitioner for the crisis basic income, as well as Enno Schmidt (Freiburg Götz Werner Chair) will take a stand on their publications and report on their experiences with the parliamentary petition.

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Talk by Prof. Bernhard Neumärker: Towards a UBI via the Net Basic Income

What does an unconditional basic income actually mean and how can it be paid for? And how does the Corona crisis affect the implementation of an UBI? Prof. Bernhard Neumärker addresses these questions in his lecture “The sustainable way to an unconditional basic income via a net basic income for the Corona pandemic” (held in German). The lecture was given on March 24, 2021 as part of an online panel discussion organized by the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing in cooperation with the Evangelisches Bildungswerk Regensburg.  Further informations can be found here (in German).

PhD Fellowship on Basic Income for Nature and Climate

The PhD project is part of the larger Basic Income research project in Indonesia that studies how basic income is potentially linked with nature protection and tackling climate change, and how these possible linkages can be addressed in an embedded social-ecological context that is highly relevant for climate stabilization and reversing biodiversity loss at planetary scale and, at the same time, enhancing human well-being. A context that is well-represented in jurisdictions that are rich in forest ecosystem and biodiversity yet with poor population as observed in the provinces in Indonesia where tropical rainforests remain intact such as those in Papua.

View the full tender

The closing date for applications is on 15 July 2021 at 23:59 CEST. Following decision by the
selection committee and administrative process the successful candidate will start as soon as
possible thereafter.

Please send your application documents as an email to Dr.rer.pol. Sonny Mumbunan
(sonny.mumbunan@ui.ac.id). For further information on the conditions and benefits of the
position in Germany, please contact Ms. Gudrun Kaufmann (gudrun.kaufmann@fribis.uni-freiburg.de).