5th June 2016


    Switzerland is the first country worldwide to hold a referendum on an Unconditional Basic Income.

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  • The Future of Basic Income Switzerland

    Representative Survey by gfs.bern (Switzerland) shows: The Swiss want the debate to continue!

    1. The debate has now just begun

    • 69% of all voters believe they will be voting on another basic income referendum in the future.

    • 83% of YES-Voters believe there will be another referendum.

    • 63% of NO-Voters believe there will be another referendum.


    The question about basic income as the social policy of the future is now on the table. Seven out of ten Swiss citizens believe there will be another referendum for it.


    2. Basic Income is the answer to automation

    • 72% believe that many traditional types of work will become redundant and that basic income is needed to attain new lifestyle models.


    The Swiss believe the strongest argument for basic income is the changing nature of work due to advancing technologies and that new lifestyle models are consequently needed.


    3. Millenials: Generation Basic Income is real

    • Of the young voters (18-29 years old) 41% imagine basic income will be introduced in the years ahead.

    • 78% think that questions concerning UBI have to be discussed and UBI is a case to be made.

    • Eight out of ten voters under 39 see this first vote as just the beginning.


    The youngest generation sees the greatest need for basic income and they are optimistic it will happen sooner rather than later.


    4. The entire political establishment was wrong

    • In every single party in Switzerland a greater percentage of people within that party believe basic income is on the agenda instead of off it.

    • Basic income in Switzerland is more than just a proposal. It’s a movement.


    Establishment politics considered basic income as not even in the same room let alone on the table. It turns out basic income is most certainly up for serious discussion.


    5. UBI as valuing and encouraging unpaid work

    • 49% see a basic income as valuing and encouraging unpaid household and volunteer work.


    Basic income is largely seen as a way to finally recognize all the unpaid and unrecognized work that is going on outside of employment.


    6. Women and UBI

    • 64% of women see a NO vote for basic income as only just the beginning.

    • More women than men support the concept of UBI, but women are less sure it will be introduced in the coming years.


    Women feel more strongly than men that the discussion about basic income is just beginning, but are also less confident it will actually happen.


    7. Switzerland wants to test UBI

    • 77% of the Swiss want to test UBI in local municipalities versus 14% who would prefer it be tested elsewhere.


    Innovative Switzerland wants to be a country that leads the way on basic income. It does not want to wait for anyone else to first show the way.

  • Making History


    Switzerland is the first country worldwide to hold a national referendum on the introduction of an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) on 5 June 2016. Despite being arguable the most conservative country in the world, many typical Swiss factors are building a solid ground for the introduction of a UBI: Political stability, economic wealth and a strong liberal culture of self-determination.


    In-depth: What do we want with the Swiss Basic Income referendum?

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  • We Are Asking the Biggest Question

    Geneva > New York City > Berlin

    Guinness World Record for "Largest Poster" Confirmed on 15th May 2016 in Geneva and video of performance shown on large screen at Times Square in New York City. The poster was 8115 m² large (larger than a Soccer field) and about 7,5 tons heavy (as heavy as 1.5 elephant cows). Now, the poster will travel to Berlin/Germany and be shown in front of the world famous "Brandenburger Tor" on 29th May 2016 - just one week before the Swiss referendum takes place.


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  • Robots for Basic Income

    On April 30th, the group "Robots for Basic Income" decided to show their approval of an introduction of a Unconditional Basic Income for all humans as jobs will be given to robots in the future. They celebrated the End of Labour Day in Zurich.

    On April 30th, the group "Robots for Basic Income" decided to show their approval of the introduction of a basic income for all humans as jobs will be given to robots in the future. They celebrated the End of Labour Day.


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  • Future of Work
    Industry 4.0 and the Pursuit of Social Innovation

    Congress - Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, Zurich - May 4th 2016

    The working world is changing rapidly and radically. Digitization transforms whole branches.

    The next disruption follows already, keyword Industry 4.0: robots and artificial intelligence are about to revolutionize the economy.

    The congress of "Future of Work" showed a wide range of discussions and speakers on Basic Income. The whole event was a big success with speakers with various backgrounds.


    e.g. Yanis Varoufakis, Bruno S. Frey, Dirk Helbing, Erik Brynjolfsson, Natalie Foster, Andrew Stern, Robert Reich


    You will find the conference to watch and read on our documentation site.

  • Robots take over: Unconditional Basic income is the solution

    Basic income can cushion severe job losses caused by rapidly growing automation

    A minimum-income to all.

    Klaus Schwab, founder and president of the World Economic Forum (WEF):

    "It needs solutions that guarantee a minimum-income to all. How that could work, we do not know. But one thing is clear: We must rethink completely."


    "The middle class dissolves. Those, who are doing administrative work now, such as in the banking sector, lose their jobs. In Switzerland 200,000 jobs will be affected. "

    "Every individual must be willing to constantly continue its education. And the state should create structures that enable everybody to behave entrepreneurial. The future does not belong to the large, but to the own companies.


    Blick.ch, 9.1.2016

    The future of work.

    Basic income to cushion the negative effects of automation:

    "The power of computers and robots will rise massively in the coming years. Every second job is threatened to get replaced. According to a study the probability that office workers will get replaced by computers soon, is above 90 percent. "


    "Both, Martin Ford as well as Brynjolfsson propose an unconditional basic income to cushion the negative effects of automation. Because the relegation of the middle class is creating a new problem: If millions of consumers are missing, no one buys the products of robots ".


    Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 3.1.2016

    Prosperity for all.

    Erik Brynjolfsson, professor of business economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston and director of the MIT Initiative to the digital economy:

    "We must use the advantages of technology and channel them in a way that creates prosperity for all. We have the choice. 


    "Switzerland is already discussing some innovative ideas such as the unconditional basic income, which may be required in the next 10 to 20 years, to cushion the effects of automation. Switzerland could afford this new model because the country is rich and productive and effectively uses technology. I see Switzerland as a possible model for the future. "


    Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 9.1.2016

  • Video Material of Basic Income Campaign 

    Download the Videos from the 2016 Basic Income Campaign for Free via Dropbox

  • Book

    "Voting for Freedom - The 2016 Swiss Referendum on Basic Income: A Milestone in the Advancement of Democracy"

    by Daniel Häni and Philip Kovce; Foreword by Albert Wenger


    Now Available on Amazon