A Collection of Information in English
Definition of Basic Income
A basic income is a regular sum of money granted unconditionally by a political community to each of its members. There are four criteria underlying the idea of basic income:
- A basic income provides individuals with a sustainable livelihood that enables social participation.
- It constitutes an individual legal right.
- It is provided without means-testing.
- It does not entail any obligation to work or perform other services in return.
About the Network
The Netzwerk Grundeinkommen (Basic Income Network)
- was founded in 2004.
- is an association of people and organizations that advocate a basic income with its four precisely defined criteria.
- is an organization with members, statutes, democratic structures and a transparent way of working.
- is committed to social and political activities promoting the introduction of a basic income, including educational and public relations work, services to the basic income movement, and scientific discussions and political action, such as
- coordinating scientific conferences.
- organizing parliamentary evenings and publicizing the network’s positions on parliamentary activities.
- releasing press statements about political events.
- organizing regional meetings of basic income groups.
- maintaining the grundeinkommen.de website with independent editorial staff.
- maintaining the woche-des-grundeinkommens.eu, grundeinkommen-ist-waehlbar.de, BasicIncomeInitiative.eu websites.
- publishing information and debates via moderated mailing lists.
- publishing a newsletter.
- maintaining a Facebook page.
- maintaining an online calendar for events relating to basic income.
- maintaining a map of basic income groups in Germany and worldwide.
- publishing and regularly updating a bibliography on basic income and related subject areas.
- publishing and regularly updating an overview of basic income models and basic social security approaches in Germany.
- providing advertising and information materials and other publications.
- arranging contacts with possible speakers to give presentations on basic income topics.
- answering questions.
- is part of the German and international basic income movement and promotes international networking activities. Some of these include:
- organizing the German Basic Income Roundtable for the various people and organisations in Germany working for the introduction of a basic income.
- organizing the International Basic Income Roundtable with representatives from other countries.
- fostering the cooperation with other social movements and political and scientific organizations in Germany and abroad, e.g. in the form of joint organization of conferences, meetings, and political demonstrations.
- is BIEN Germany, the German affiliate of the Basic Income Earth Network.
- offers interested parties the possibility to actively participate in working groups, regional groups, the editorial staff, and the Network council.
- is supported by a funding association and a scientific advisory council.
Advertising and Information Materials
Papers, Positions, Presentations
- From the Idea of a basic income to the political movement in Europe. Development and questions
by Ronald Blaschke, Berlin, August 2012
- Unconditional Basic Income: an effective means of tackling (hidden) poverty and promoting freedom for all and democracy
by Ronald Blaschke, Brussels, April 2014
- Unconditional Basic Income (UBI): A trade union goal?
by Ronald Blaschke, Berlin, May 2014
- Basic Income in Germany and as a Global Social Right
by Council of Netzwerk Grundeinkommen, Berlin, December 2015
Facts about social security and basic income concepts in various European countries