Make Poverty History

A SMART IDEA 

I felt lost in my dreams, looking for changes, but doing the wrong things to make things happen. For one, I thought it was the unstoppable blackout movement of the world. Aditionnally, because of my inability to make progress. Instead I felt a huge regression feeling. I was loosing my strenght. I felt, more than ever, both powerless and pointless. I lost confidence. Then, when I least expectetd it, I received a beautiful surprise: people in Paris were thinking the same way I was. Lead by Alain Caillé, a fantastic sociologist and philosopher, this group of intellectuals gave me new hope. They created a movement called : Les Convivialistes.

We signed a manisfesto all together with the intention to observe how the world was shifting in the direction of a new civilization. My dream society where we all live together more harmoniously was not such an utopian idea anymore. At least I was not the only dreamer. They also thougth it could be possible. My time before we met had left me exhausted. But to have discovered had again made me believe that I can continue to fight.

The other good news came from North America when I read on Medium the post of Scott Santens that you can read here.

This is so simple a solution that will change all our perspectives of life: a solution that could conribute to the freedom and initiative of everyone. 

I thought it was great, but my motivation has increased further now that Finland are testing it. As we know, it's very important to prototype fast in a creative process. Here we are, Now, Finland is building the prototype for a basic income for every citizen instead of social benefits. It will be added to the salary of those who work. It will be conduct unconditionally to all citizens to cover their basic needs. The measure has the secondary objective of enabling everyone to invest in projects they choose (child care, elderly persons, associations, citizen participation). The idea still frightens many people. These opponents argue that "if they are not forced to work, people will live off benefits" and "you will not find more working candidates for work if they have nothing to aspire to". Yet, it is now part of the Finnish government program, a first in Europe after testing (rather successfully) in North America, Asia and Africa, in particular. As a reminder, the universal allowance had been acclaimed by the G1000 (http . //www.g1000.org/fr/), the same group of citizens chosen to discuss priorities for the Belgian program and also the Podemos program in Spain and D'66 party in the Netherlands. The population is largely in favor of the program. Youth and seniors in particular are "for". Even the most affluent citizens overwhelmingly supported the principle. The only substantial resistance came from farmers, with only 15% of membership. The parliamentary candidates surfed the wave since two thirds of them were in favor of such an initiative, including environmentalists candidates (99%), those of the Left Alliance (95%) and centrist (83%). (For the latter, this may be in part due to the fact that a study and implementation of a basic income test was a campaign promise that the Centre Party ran on). Tests will be conducted in areas particularly affected by unemployment (and with about the same population as Wallonia).