Basic Income Film Collective

Be As You Are

a Documentary Film

in Support of the Basic Income Movement

 
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Our Vision

Our intention is to create education and awareness around the growing Universal Basic Income movement, which, while not a silver bullet, has the great potential to bring about positive societal transformation. The issue of basic income is neither left nor right. It's forward.

The Film

We are in development on a feature length documentary about Universal Basic Income. We are focused on illuminating the impact and experience of UBI by humanizing the experiments and pilots proliferating across the globe.  

 
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The Art of Humanizing An Issue

In exploring these various examples of Basic Income in action, we have pinpointed the most impactful results that a Basic Income has on real people. Through the art of film we are capturing the impact and effect of people receiving a basic income in these communities.

We will be focusing on specific, key characters in each of the following locations:


 

Oakland

JOBS IN AN AUTOMATED FUTURE

One of the world's top tech accelerators is conducting the first long-term study of Basic Income ever in the United States. The experiment plans to explore "how people’s happiness, well-being, and financial health are affected by basic income, as well as how people might spend their time."

 

Namibia

Impact on Education & Crime

From 2008 to 2010, a thousand residents of the Namibian village of Otjivero, Omitara received a basic income, and the results are nothing short of stunning. School dropout rates fell from 40% to zero, the number of children attending school more than doubled, and overall crime rates fell by 42%.

 

 

Finland

BOOSTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Finland has set aside €20 million for a two-year experiment in providing a  Basic Income to its residents in four different trial groups. The working group leader, Professor Olli Kangas, hopes the experiment will "encourage people who are afraid of losing their unemployment or other benefits to take short-term jobs" and have the opportunity to create their own small businesses.

 

Kenya

Unlocking Human Creativity

Since 2009, GiveDirectly has been providing direct cash transfers, with no strings attached, to the extreme poor in East Africa, and leading the movement to conduct rigorous quantitative analysis of direct cash transfer in development. Now, along with researchers at MIT, GiveDirectly will be conducting its own large-scale trial of a basic income with 6,000 people receiving payments of $1/day for 10 years.

 

 

Madhya Pradesh, India

BUILDING SOCIAL CAPITAL AMONG WOMEN

In the Madhya Pradesh Unconditional Cash Transfers Project, researchers found that introducing a Basic Income fostered more equal decision-making in households and actually saw many women working more (up to 16% more in one group). Malnutrition and child labor decreased significantly, while sanitation and school attendance increased.

 

Manitoba, Canada

Reducing The Stigma of Poverty 

From 1974 to 1979, about 2,500 residents of Dauphin, Canada received a "MINCOME." Researchers observed positive health impacts, a significant reduction in hospitalization, especially for admissions related to mental health and to accidents and injuries, and a shift in resident's attitudes and stigmas toward the poor and welfare recipients, for the better.

 
 

 
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The Storytellers

 

KEN FISHER

Seasoned film director who started Truth Be Told Creative to tell stories that help make the world a better place.

Tania Ku

Filmmaker & Founder of Infinity Pictures. Committed builder of the more integrated human family that our hearts know is possible.

Juliana Bidadanure

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University, investigating intergenerational inequalities and unconditional basic income.

Alan Webb

Facilitator and Founding Organizer of the Open Master's, a grassroots community of self-directed learners. Working for a world in which everyone is free to give their gifts to each other.

 
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Exploring the Bigger Picture.

Each of these pilots highlights the incredible impact a Universal Basic Income has on the people within these individual communities. Together, these human stories offer a greater exploration of how best to evolve together during a time in which the very foundations of our society and global economy are being challenged:

— Capitalism is an incredible engine of creativity and innovation, but it has also created massive gaps between the ultra-rich and the poor. As of 2014, there are more than 45 million people (14.5%) in the U.S. who live below the poverty line, while the top 20% of Americans own 85% of the country's wealth. How can we help our economy—and even capitalism itself—evolve in a way that serves everyone?

— The American Dream is no longer what it used to be. What makes us happy, and what is the best way to achieve this? Is it possible to live in a society where we can pursue our passions and pay the bills? What can we do to better align or interests, desires and skills with how we make a living?

— Automation and artificial intelligence are on the verge of providing massive efficiencies, but it also means that robots are primed to replace human jobs at a scale never before seen. This will not just be a blue-collar phenomenon. How can we respond preemptively to prevent the massive increases in inequality and poverty that would come with large segments of the population out of work?

Supporting the Movement

We are savvy media makers who are not just interested in telling a story; we are committed to using our work to support, build, and spread the Universal Basic Income movement and to find and promote solutions to these and other deeply entrenched injustices in our world.

We will be creating media in a variety of different forms and lengths on the road to a feature-length documentary film, so that our discoveries can be shared as we go-- not just in one grande finale.

If you are involved with building the basic income movement--advocating for change, championing policy, or designing, implementing, or participating in Basic Income pilots-- and want to help share the stories that matter to a wider

 
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We are extremely motivated to humanize these issues. We also love filmmaking. Please enjoy this story about Rose, an aspiring artists on a journey to discover herself.