Our Speakers

The following Speakers will hold the Workshops and share their thoughts on basic income at the event:

Steven Strehl:

Shaping the Basic Income Society

In this workshop we are going to use the concept of the Basic Income as a tool that allows us to question almost every aspect of our everyday life and future plans. We’ll propose a variety to choose from: labour and performance, human relations and family, urbanisation and consumerism, automisation and innovation, education and learning, … If you received a Basic Income how would you want to live? The presenters believe that a Basic Income society is not empowering and liberating per se. In consequence, we need to express our dreams, needs and demands towards a prospective Basic Income society.

David Rostam-Afschar:

Workshop: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Policy Evaluation – The Case of Basic Income
Current income support policies in many countries need to be reformed in order to reduce inefficiency and inequity. Reform proposals involve important decisions between universal or categorical policies, transfers or subsidies, unconditional or means-tested policies, full or partial coverage, contributions or taxes, taxes on labor income, wealth, consumption or savings. The debate on a basic income for Germany provides a wide range of reform proposals which need to be evaluated ex-ante and—if implemented—ex-post. The main theoretical framework for this kind of policy evaluations is the labor/leisure model. We will discuss how this model may be put into practice empirically and how to select the best reform.

Dr. Davud Rostam-Afschar
Universitaet Hohenheim
Department of Economics (520 D)
70599 Stuttgart, Germany

Prof. Dr. Ian Towers:

The Basic Income, Gender and Age

Even today, much of the work done by women is unpaid. Social norms still exist that mean it still tends to be women who bring up children, clean, cook or look after aged relatives. How will the basic income affect them? Will gender roles change?

The demographic change means that the number of old people is growing. At the same time, many of them are concerned about being able to live off their pensions. What are the implications of the basic income for this group?

Jesta Phoenix:

The Question is: Will there be anyone left doing their job when everyone receives a Basic Income? Let’s discuss this main question/fear of basic income opponents in its full complexity using Edward de Bono’s Method of the Six Thinking Hats and report on the outcome using sketchnotes created by discussion observers. Jesta Phoenix – Slow Business Coach (http://phoenix-business-coaching.de/) & winner of a basic income (Mein Grundeinkommen – https://www.mein-grundeinkommen.de/start)

Timo Daum:

Basic Income and Post-Capitalism :Is basic income a way for Capitalism to mitigate the ever growing gap between rich and poor? Or is it a first step on a peaceful path to some kind of post Capitalism? Or is it a way to consolidate existing power relations instead of opening up new social relations? Quick reference to several relevant positions regarding basic income and its effect on social structure will be made.

Tom Fehse:

Basic Income: Why and how?

Basic income has recently become a prominent issue in politics, but the concept first entered public discourse about a century ago. Since then, there have been various attempts to explain and justify the main idea. Notably, proponents of a basic income often disagree in their fundamental political and philosophical beliefs. Controversy concerns questions as to why there should be a basic income to begin with, and under which conditions it should be granted. In this workshop, we will discuss the pros and cons of competing justifications for basic income. We’ll also talk about some of the underlying ideas of a just society.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know. Perhaps my abstract is too long or too short? I promise to be (much) more responsive in the future!