So well put….
Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth
An exciting alternative to growth economics which looks like a very congenial context for Citizen’s Income.
The diagram consists of two rings. The inner ring of the doughnut represents a sufficiency of the resources we need to lead a good life: food, clean water, housing, sanitation, energy, education, healthcare, democracy. Anyone living within that ring, in the hole in the middle of the doughnut, is in a state of deprivation. The outer ring of the doughnut consists of the Earth’s environmental limits, beyond which we inflict dangerous levels of climate change, ozone depletion, water pollution, loss of species and other assaults on the living world.
The area between the two rings – the doughnut itself – is the “ecologically safe and socially just space” in which humanity should strive to live. The purpose of economics should be to help us enter that space and stay there.
Thanks, Jane Francis – this is brilliant!
The second CBINS meeting was another sell out, held in the beautiful new Kelty Community Centre on Saturday 28th January. A central focus was Fife Council’s intention to carry out a local pilot in a small central/West Fife village in the next three years. One of the aims of this meeting was to open up discussion early on, to flag up perceived benefits and potential pitfalls. It felt like a real treat to be sitting listening to political philosopher Professor Karl Widerquist as he set the scene so passionately. We are the only species alive he said, who don’t have direct access to the resources to fulfil our basic needs of food, shelter and connection. Continue reading “Citizens Basic Income Network Scotland Fife Pilot Meeting”
Universal Basic Income and Recognition Theory – A Tangible Step towards an Ideal
by Roisin Mulligan
In the context (of basic income), the basic idea underlying theories of recognition is that persons need to have their individual identities ‘recognised’ in the same way they value themselves in order to flourish as human beings. What this entails varies from one account to another, but it broadly requires that each individual must be affirmed for his or her innate characteristics and contributions.
I’ve just skimmed so far, but looking forward to reading properly as there is a very useful focus on work and an analysis of it.
Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy.
Laurie Taylor talks to Robert H. Frank, Professor of Economics at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management, about the role luck has to play in life’s successes, or failures.
Thinking Allowed @16min 37secs
Frank argues that chance is much more significant than people give it credit for. Lynsey Hanley, writer and Visiting Fellow at the Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University, joins the discussion.
Article 25 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
It’s a great feeling to be in at the beginning of something – the launch of Citizens Basic Income Network Scotland – however unwieldy the title is! One young turk, alluding to the clunkiness of the nomenclature, proposed we cut to the chase, get radical and call it the ef-off payment. All credit to the panel, some of whom have been trailblazing the radical notion of citizens income for forty years, for accepting the suggestion of a foff payment with grace and humour. Glasgow and Govan rise to the occasion once more.
The keynote speaker was Guy Standing who in May this year gave the RSA SCOTLAND: ANGUS MILLAR LECTURE 2016 on Basic Income in relation to Scotland. Continue reading “Launch – Citizens Basic Income Network Scotland Sat 26th Nov, Pearce Institute, Govan”
Chatting to my old friend Sid about Citizen’s Income, and next thing I get these books through the post.
Both pertinent in their different ways. As well as enough money, the Skidelskys propose seven ‘basic goods’ essential for a good life: health, security, respect, personality, harmony with nature, friendship, leisure. Rachel Holmes biography of Eleanor Marx should be made into a television series directed by Danny Boyle. Remarkable insights e.g. Karl Marx on Christianity (paraphrased): the one thing Christianity has going for it is that it puts children at the heart of things.