An early benefit to a universal basic income pilot program in Finland has made itself evident. What is there to grudge about this and where do we sign up?
Just as the joyful task of processing Finland’s basic income undertaking lifts off we encounter another endorphin-boosting news item on that very topic.
This one is from the UK, where things have been anything but progressive for a stupidly long time now. The Royal Society for Arts has released an initiative in support of a universal minimum income. The RSA is calling for about CAN$7500 per year with more for households that have young children.
Prestigious British think tank endorses basic income
Basic Income Earth Network (video 1:42)
image: CGP Grey via Flickr/CC
We’re pretty well speechless with amazement reading of Helsinki’s plans to lift itself beyond conventional approaches to mobility. By 2030 car ownership will be pointless there. The suburbs and inner districts of Helsinki are to become a venue for a comprehensive matrix of travel options accessed by electronic devices. Smart apps will link car sharing, rental bicycles, mini buses, water craft, and taxis to those needing to get around. The extent of this planned system is such that its users will find it competitive in time and cost with ownership of a private car. Wow! Ambitious. Imagine if low income people in North America’s sprawl could get access to this kind of mobility.
Helsinki’s ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years. Finland’s capital hopes a ‘mobility on demand’ system that integrates all forms of shared and public transport in a single payment network could essentially render private cars obsolete theguardian.com
New Helsinki bus line lets you choose your own route Wired/Autopia
image: Helsinki’s main train station via Wikimedia Commons
Introducing Oulu where even in the depths of a harsh northern European winter the percentage of trips made on bicycles remains high: 22%. That’s better than many North American cities and suburbs in summer.