Your words reflect your passion for helping humanity which I applaud and share. However we differ when it comes to solutions. Your example of the Kenyan village actually confirms my point that there are no real UBI implementations. These villages are not representative of the whole country, instead they are selected because of their poverty. The whole thing is financed by a charity and limited with 12 years. When pharma companies select their small samples they make sure that it is representable. To make this a real UBI test you would need to take a random sample of Kenyans and promise them money until they die. This is would be academic sampling. Basically this charity, like many others, just test a new method of charity to help the poor. I think this might indeed be a very good idea, but certainly not UBI. I also find it too optimistic to think that people will fill their free time with learning and creating. In real life people spend their free time playing games and watching movies. In the US only 21 minutes per day is spent learning but three hours on social media and TV. Frankly I would love to have a society of learners, but I don't think UBI will be any help, on the contary. I suspect you deeply care about equality, but I think the way to achieve that is by helping people building their capabilities rather than handing them some money. What about replacing UBI with continous personal education and development spending? ULI- Universal learning income instead of UBI?

PhD. in innovation management. Tech executive. Startup founder. Based in Zurich, Switzerland. https://www.facebook.com/groups/21policy

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