SG-activity - Unconditional Basic Income: A Case of Social Experimentation

Ronald Mulder, Sjir Hoeijmakers, and Julia Backhaus will share their insights into basic income inspired initiatives on the ground.

Organisator Studium Generale

di 6 december 2016 20:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

In multiple countries and municipalities, including in Wageningen, local experiments inspired by the basic income are being set up. Ronald Mulder and Sjir Hoeijmakers have experience in the trenches of basic income related experiments. Hear what motivated and challenged them during their tour along the ins and outs of attempts to set up a basic income in practice. Researcher Julia Backhaus studies basic income initiatives. She will place the Dutch experiments in a wider context and will discuss the tensions between different visions and strategies of actors involved. Discover the extent to which basic income is compatible with evidence-based policy making and what this might mean for the future of the basic income debate.

What if everyone would receive an unconditional basic income? It’s not fantasy but an idea being experimented with, even in Wageningen. Enthusiasts and opponents alike can be found across the political spectrum. Explore in a lecture series what unconditional basic income entails and what makes it both a fascinating and a contested idea when it comes to making societies future-proof.


Sjir Hoeijmakers

Sjir Hoeijmakers, econometrist by training, crowdfunded his own basic income and devotes his time to advising about and lobbying for basic income related experiments. He has advised several municipalities on how to set up such experiments.


Ronald Mulder

Ronald Mulder is economist and entrepreneur. He cofounded the civil society organisation MIES (Society for Economic and Social Innovation). This organisation has taken up the topic of the basic income, and organised various basic income activities which include unconventional experiments.


Julia Backhaus

Julia Backhaus is a PhD student at Maastricht University, studying theories of change and transformative social innovations. She works as a researcher for TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory), an international research project that aims to develop a theory of transformative social innovation that is useful to both research and practice. She and her colleague Bonno Pel (Université libre de Bruxelles) studied the basic income as a case of social innovation, by examining national and international basic income networks and initiatives.