Rheinau could become the first
Swiss Basic Income-Village!
"The local council is of the opinion that the idea of the Unconditional Basic Income deserves to be tested. The council also takes into account that 25% of the population in Rheinau voted yes when Switzerland could vote for the UBI in 2016. In addition, the local council strongly believes that the planned experiment will not cause any financial disadvantage for Rheinau and its inhabitants. Therefore the council has decided to encourage the population to participate in the experiment in 2019.“
May 2018, local council Rheinau
Do you want to say:
You have to work for money to be able to live.
Or do you want to say:
You get money to live, to be able to work.
The Basic Income is not an additional,
but a basic monthly income. Like the name indicates:
it is a “basic” income, so that no one has to live in existential fear anymore.
The Basic Income
is unconditional because this income is not conditional or rewarded.
It shall be high enough that a dignified life and participation in public life is possible.
In reality, the Basic Income should not replace all social benefits only those, which are lower or as high as the Basic Income. The right to higher social benefits remains untouched.
We want to test a possible new future as realistic as possible.
This requires pioneers who dare and try it out. Best case: we can encourage people to discuss about the idea of the basic income because we are convinced that a system change must come from the people. Not prescribed from a government.
We want to test how the basic income affects an existing community.
What happens to the people?
And in the community?
We want to generate data and information for the international discourse.
The planned film should also contribute to the discourse and encourage people to think about what kind of future they want.
It is important for us to mention that our model and the amount of the Basic Income may still change after the 31st of August. Only then the villagers will be able to comment on it and it is central for us to work out the experiment together with the villagers and the local council.
A film crew will also accompany the experiment. On one hand, Rebecca Panian documents the creation of the experiment; on the other hand she gets to the bottom of our current system and examines the idea of the basic income.
The driving force behind the film is the question of how we want to live in the future. It’s a question of high social relevance, which the film wants to present to a national and international audience.