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The Psychology of Meaningless Jobs

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In the rhetoric of Job Creation to reduce employment beneficial for society in the long run considering these are mostly menial jobs and how these in consequence affect the psychological well being of the individuals, as well as the effects on the social structure and attitudes in society?

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#WaveofAction: Real Activism or Not?

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Demanding change is a common theme these days, yet does it take into account what creating change in fact is at an individual and collective level?

Education for a New World In Order

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Imagine an education system that focuses on learning, an education system where schools and teachers wouldn’t have to worry about funding or resources because this would be managed according to a ‘Best for All’ principle, an education system that wouldn’t have as its primary objective to get ahead in the global race for knowledge supremacy, an education system that places the children’s ability to learn first… Let’s talk about How we can bring it to reality

Who’s Afraid of the NSA?

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Discussing the culture of surveillance, NSA leaks, the right to privacy and security- will the internet become the new platform for genuine transparency and democracy? Common sense perspectives with questions and answers enabled to the audience, join us!

Ownership Sharing: Capitalism and the Fear of Collectivism

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The Myth of Communism and Socialism debunked through hearing from someone who has actually Lived it and contrasting it with Capitalism in America.
Capitalism is the leading ideology of commerce in the world. Communism, in contrast, is not a system of commerce but a system of governance which regulates commerce. It has been said that communism operates from the starting point of ‘first serving others then self’ and capitalism, especially in America, serves ‘self first then others.’ Can we merge these two starting points, working with what is already here, to create a viable, inclusive capitalism with democratically managed government and business?

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Basic Income Petition and Living Income Guaranteed

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Promoting the #BasicIncome proposal in Social Media and specifically Europe as well as discussing the next steps after the EU Commission deadline.

Living Income Guaranteed: This allowance should be sufficient for an individual to have dignified living conditions with guaranteed access to their fundamental human birth rights: Food, Water, Housing, Healthcare, Education, Clothing, Transportation, Public Services, etc.

Labor in the U.S. and Living Income Guaranteed

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Talking about the ongoing situation within the US as unemployment benefits and wages fail to provide a dignified living to everyone, what’s our role as society within this? Join us in our discussion with Kelly Posey from the US to share her perspective and personal experience on the matter.

Also Read: http://economistjourneytolife.blogspot.mx/2013/12/day-257-living-income-practicality.html

(I will leave the information of the website <<Economist Journey to Life>> here so that you can make a direct reference with what has been shared on the Google Hangout on LIG)

Q: Will LIG result in the replacement of jobs by machines?

A: The foundation of LIG is to provide the necessary access to the living necessities as a human right, therefore if jobs are replaced by machines as an on-going trend, people will receive the LIG as a means to have their living needs covered. Therefore we don’t directly endorse the idea of replacing human labor with machines as that is at this stage decided by each corporation’s capacity to implement it in their business. However, also to consider that with LIG, due to financial security, many will feel more confident to start new business ventures, which will again create more jobs.

Q: How do we prevent those receiving LIG from being exploited by greed? For instance: Everyone working is receiving at least double the Living Income. What is to stop the price of goods from moving up so that it’s not feasible for people on LIG to afford goods?

A: There will still be short-term fluctuations in the prices of various goods. However, when the prices of the commodities that represent living necessities follow an upward trend to such an extent the Living Income becomes inadequate – the Living Income amount will be increased. If the Living Income goes up, it means the minimum wage – which is defined as double the Living Income – will proportionally increase as well – thus increasing costs for firms. In the long-run it is therefore in firms’ best interest to expand operations in order to meet the increased demand rather than increasing prices. The period where inflation due to an increase in demand is most likely to occur is after the implementation of LIG. It is key, therefore, to ensure that the implementation is done in a transparent way, so that any increase in demand is not unexpected, but firms are prepared for the change and have defined strategies to expand their output.


Q: How will people be motivated to work and perform well under LIG?

A: The classical notion that money is what motivates people to perform well – where the more one earns, the better one performs, has been disproven – for perspective, watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc.
By setting the minimum wage at double the Living Income, every worker is recognized as a vital part of the company, which creates loyalty and a commitment to the goals of the company. It has been shown that when employees receive more than a subsistence income, a firm incurs less turnover costs as well as less costs relating to monitoring the employees. That being said, the relationship between employer and employee is likely to change as LIG increases the bargaining power of employees significantly; no-one will ‘need’ to work anymore. Currently – the threat to lose one’s job is often enough to compromise oneself within one’s job by accepting inferior labor conditions – because one knows that there are always others who will do any job just in order to survive – and thus one is replaceable. With LIG – working is no longer a matter of survival and employers will require to put in the effort to make jobs attractive by creating optimal labor conditions and treating every employee as an individual and not merely as a cog in a machine. The above-referenced video includes several examples of how appealing to employees’ sense of purpose creates far more effective motivation than the threat to lose one’s job.

Q: One point that came up for me is that with the Erasmus program in Europe many students travel to other countries for one year. The student is integrated into the local university system and learns about the culture and the language. In general students’ mobility is highly supported by the EU. If there is a country that offers LIG at lower age than most other countries, then that country might see an influx of immigrating youth – would this play a role?

A: Being a student in a country doesn’t make one a citizen, and so, one is not entitled to a Living Income. Countries can specify whether permanent residents would receive LIG, as well as citizens – this could also go in stages, where initially only citizens can claim a Living Income and later, as more countries implement LIG, permanent and perhaps even temporary residents can receive LIG as the inflow of immigrants will not be as intense at that stage.