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.
Latest News about Basic Income in Switzerland
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.
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
Media on Basic Income Switzerland
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.
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 ".
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. "