Universal Basic Income is rapidly taking root around the world.
In January, Finland launched a pilot program to test the concept.
Elon Musk, Tesla Founder, believes that automation will force governments to introduce Universal Basic Income.
Götz Werner the founder of dm, Europe’s biggest drug store chain, promotes the basic income in articles and speeches around the Germany too.
Werner, invited to give an independent talk in Zurich, posed a pair of simple questions to the crowd: What do you really want to do with your life? Are you doing what you really want to do? Whatever the answers, he suggested basic income was the means to achieve those goals. The idea is as simple as it is radical: Rather than concern itself with managing myriad social welfare and unemployment insurance programs, the government would instead regularly cut a no-strings-attached check to each citizen. No conditions. No questions. Everyone, rich or poor, employed or out of work would get the same amount of money.
Those who want a higher living standard, says Werner, will continue to work. Everybody else will contribute to society by pursuing their true passions.