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|✔||Dustin Moskovitz||Co-founder Facebook|
Everyone above the poverty line and beyond, via universal basic income if necessary. People do not need to fend for themselves in a modern society.
|✔||Robert Reich||Former Secretary of Labor|
Mark my words: A Universal Basic Income is coming, as artificial intelligence and robots eat away good jobs.
|✔||Paul Mason||Economics Editor, The Guardian|
"To benefit from the automation revolution we need a universal basic income, the slashing of working hours and a redefinition of ourselves without work"
|Erik Olin Wright||Leading Marxist|
|Albert Wenger||Venture capitalist|
"So basic income is a great idea. I like the idea that it says we believe that all people are potentially creative and that they should be given the chance to express that."
|Lord Robert Skidelsky||Economist|
"An unconditional basicincome, that is an income not tied to the job market, seems to be the logical way forward."
|Josef Zotter||CEO Zotter Chocolates|
|Mike Bradley||Mayor of Sarnia, Ontario|
|✔||Willem Buiter||Citi’s Chief Economist|
Recommended basic income to support those left behind by technological advances.
"The number one thing that would let more independent artists exists in America is a universal basic income."
|Keith Hobbs||Mayor of Thunder Bay, Canada|
|Don Iveson||Mayor of Edmonton|
|Naheed Nenshi||Mayor of Calgary|
|✔||Lisa Helps||Mayor of Victoria, BC|
There is a strong link between having a basic income and creating a strong local economy. There is more money to circulate and it supports the ‘buy local’ movement,
|Mike Savage||Mayor of Halifax|
|✔||Ryan Holmes||CEO of Hootsuite|
In other words, having a basic income didn’t lead to sloth or indolence. It let people spend time on the things that mattered: family, education, health, personal fulfilment. If the robots do take our jobs one day — but give us back some of those things in return — it might not be such a bad trade after all.
|Chris Eliasmith||AI pioneer|
|Tantoo Cardinal||Celebrity||"Universal basic income would mean we made it to a new world."|
|✔||Grace Lee Boggs (deceased)||Civil Rights Activist|
Unconditional basic income is based on the idea that every citizen has a right to the basic material necessities of life, including health care and education, and every citizen also has a duty to share in the responsibilities of the community, city, nation and planet, and to contribute in some form to the overall well-being.
|The RSA||British policy think tank|
|✔||Elizabeth May||Green Party of Canada|
|Eric Ries||Lean startup movement|
"Even an extremely modest universal basic income could pay huge dividends."
|✔||Sam Altman||Founder of Y Combinator|
I’m fairly confident that at some point in the future, as technology continues to eliminate traditional jobs and massive new wealth gets created, we’re going to see some version of this [basic income] at a national scale.
|Richard Murphy||Economic adviser of Jeremy Corbyn|
|Timothy Lutts||Chief Analyst, Cabot Stock of the Month|
|✔||Robin Chase||Founder of ZipCar|
"Basic income is the long-term answer to the increasing precariousness of ordinary people in a global economy that can shift their jobs to the other side of the world in a heartbeat."
|Jeremy Howard||Deep learning expert, CEO Enlitic|
|Nouriel Roubini||Chairman of Roubini Global Economics|
|✔||Björn Wahlroos||Most Prominent Financiers of Finland|
We'll have to develop – and develop ourselves towards – a society where it'll be possible to guarantee the income level and well-being of people without ravaging the labour markets. And the solution will be a basic income scheme – be it this one or another one.
|Archbishop Desmond Tutu||Social rights activist who fought apartheid|
|Tim Höttges||CEO of Deutsch Telekom|
“We have to shield our society. An unconditional simple income can be a basis to lead a decent existence.”
|Tim Canova||Democrat running for Florida's 23 Congressional district|
"I support a minimum basic income, which was actually proposed by none other than President Richard Nixon and conservative economist Milton Friedman."
|✔||Christopher Pissarides||Nobel Prize in economics|
The pie is growing bigger, there is no guarantee that everyone will benefit if we leave the market alone. In fact, if anything, we think that not everyone will benefit if we leave the market alone. So we need to develop a new system of redistributions, new policies that will redistribute inevitably from those that the market would have rewarded in favour of those that the market would have left behind. Now, having a universal minimum income is one of those ways, in fact, it is one I am very much in favour of, as long as we know how to apply it without taking away incentive to work at the lower end of the market.
|James Mirrlees||Nobel Prize in economics (1996)|
|Joseph Stiglitz||Nobel Prize in economics|
|Annabel Park||Co-founder Coffee Party|
|Andrew Ng||Chief Scientist at Baidu Reseach, AI guru|
|✔||Marshall Brain||Founder of HowStuffWorks|
"That simple question - “Which scenario is better for the society as a whole?” - lies at the heart of the concept of a Basic Income."
Founder of dm-drogerie markt (Germany's Walgreens), billionaire
|?||John Lilly||VC and former CEO of Mozilla|
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development in Canada
|✔||Aaron Swartz (deceased)||Creator of rss, Creative Commons, Reddit|
|✔||Kingston city council||City in Ontario, Canada|
First elected body in Canada to endorse the concept of a guaranteed income by a unanimous 13-0 vote.
|Belleville city council||City in Ontario, Canada|
|Cornwall city council||City in Ontario, Canada|
|Peterborough city council||City in Ontario, Canada|
|Welland city council||City in Ontario, Canada|
|Food Banks Canada||Organization in Canada|
Community Food Centres Canada
|Organization in Canada|
|Food Secure Canada||Organization in Canada|
|Canadian Medical Association||Organization in Canada|
Ontario Public Health Association
|Organization in Canada|
|Sam Harris||Celebrity atheist author|
|✔||Darian Shirazi||CEO of Radius|
“We have a small technological aristocracy and a middle class struggling to catch up with the demands of a more efficient economy. Basic income can bring a baseline and offer freedom to those trapped by our new economy.”
|✔||Jill Stein||US Green Party Presidential Candidate|
Wouldn't income for stay-at-home parents (and others who do the basic work that supports our society, but don't get paid) be great for our country? The Green Party supports Universal Basic Income.
|✔||Laura Palmer||Co-chair Green Party of Texas|
"Still, I think the assurance of basic income could be a comfort to those who have anxiety about systemic transition; so that people need not fear losing their job in the oil and gas sector, because everyone will be allowed a basic living.""
|Dan Savage||LGBT author and activist|
|Jonathan Reynolds||Labour MP|
Canadian Association of Social Workers
|Org in Canada|
|✔||Frances Fox Piven|
Welfare-rights leader, honorary boardmember of Democratic Socialists of America and ACLU
"If we want to strive for better policies in a transformed society, at least three principles must be observed. First, we should try to provide at least a subsistence-level income for everyone."
|Moshe Vardi||AI and automation expert with 30 yrs experience||"we may have to consider instituting a Basic Income Guarantee"|
|Zoe Keating||Celebrity cellist (1M+ Twitter followers)||"I think Universal Basic Income has legs."|
President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
|✔||Tim Draper||Billionaire venture capitalist|
"Giving everyone $15,000 would put everyone on the same level. They could do with it whatever they wanted, but having the financial security of some basic money to live on, would give them people the opportunity to work on what they want. Work is everything,"
|Bernd Leukert||SAP board member (German firm)|
|Sex Worker Open University||Organization of sex workers|
|Owen Jones||Columnist for The Guardian and the New Statesmen|
|Reverend Dr. Roger Lee Ray||Pastor of Community Christian Church|
|Jeremy Rifkin||American economic and social theorist, author, political advisor|
|Jerry Taylor||President of Niskanen Center, (libertarian think tank)|
|Laurie Ruettimann||Writer, speaker, human resources expert|
|Andrew Little||Labor Party leader in New Zealand|
|✔||Toomas Hendrik Ilves||President of Estonia since 2006|
The rapid replacement of jobs by machines/artifical intelligence will lead to the need for a Universal Basic Income.
|✔||Alec Ross||Ex-senior advisor for innovation to the Sec of State|
"As the economy continues to develop in the way it is with bounty and more spread. more billionaires, and more struggling members of the working class. I do think that there will be more and more momentum for safety-net programs like basic income. "
|Susan Davis||State Representative of Vermont|
"Establish a Universal Basic Income Commission to evaluate the possible future of a basic income in Vermont."
|Steven May||Progressive Party representative in Vermont|
|Dominick Stephens||Westpac Chief Economist|
|✔||Yanis Varoufakis||Economist, Greece's former Minister of Finance|
Today we are facing a serious danger of large masses of people who have low economic value. This is a powder keg in the foundations of society.
Making sure that the great wealth-creation which capital is capable of does not light this dynamite—the basic income approach—is absolutely
|Amol Rajan||Editor-at-Large of The Independent|
|Chris Hayes||Host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC|
My own focus is on a UBI as a pragmatic improvement current policies, which impose high work disincentives on the poor yet leave poverty rates high, and at the same time, lavish billions of “middle class welfare” on the non-poor.
|Drew Curtis||Founder of Fark|
|Jim Gilliam||Founder and CEO of Nationbuilder|
|Ebrahim Hemmatnia||Guiness record holding ocean biker. 4.8M Twitter followers|
|Howard Lindzon||Founder and CEO of Stocktwits|
|✔||George Magnus||Former Chief Economist of UBS||"Does future growth depend on the universal basic income?"|
|Eddie Huang||Celebrity chef, host of Huang's World on VICE|
|Steve Case||Co-founder of AOL|
Vice President of SEIU and President of SEIU Local 775 in Seattle
|Pranab Bardhan||Berkeley Economics Professor|
|✔||Bill Gross||Billionaire investor, Janus Capital|
Four years of college for everyone might better prepare them to be a contestant on Jeopardy, but I doubt it’ll create more growth; for the Universities perhaps, but not many good jobs for the students. Instead we should spend money where it’s needed most – our collapsing infrastructure for instance, health care for an aging generation and perhaps on a revolutionary new idea called UBI – Universal Basic Income. If more and more workers are going to be displaced by robots, then they will need money to live on, will they not? And if that strikes you as a form of socialism, I would suggest we get used to it. Even Donald Trump claims he won’t leave anyone out on the street – a liberal Republican thought if there ever was one. And they are on the street you know. Check out any major downtown in the U.S. if you want to see our future culture. Not the stadiums with the box seats; the streets with the tents and grocery carts.
|Harris Levine||Founder of Ker-twang|
|✔||Ailsa McKay||Feminist economist|
"A Citizens Basic Income (CBI) would ensure that the financial gains from paid work were always positive and would provide a more secure base for individuals to opt in and out of the labour market, thus promoting greater flexibility with respect to individual life choices."