Sunday, Swiss voters decided against a proposal to grant every citizen a basic income of (a suggested) 2,500 Swiss francs per month. The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) is a controversial one, but one that has been gaining steam recently, with an organization in the U.S. raising millions to provide basic income in Kenya; and Dutch and Finnish governments proposing basic income programs of their own.
At TEDxMaastricht, an event in one of the Dutch cities considering universal basic income, journalist Rutger Bregman gave a rapid-fire introduction to the topic — covering its history, proponents, objectors and more.
To learn more about UBI and visions for its possible future implementation, watch Bregman’s talk below:
More talks on basic income across the world: