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Who is behind this?

Otto Lüdemann

Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE)


Who is joining forces?

Hamburger Netzwerk Grundeinkommen


Omnibus für direkte Demokratie, Deutschland, Hattingen, Ruhr (NRW)


Katholische Arbeitnehmerbewegung Deutschlands e.V. (KAB), Cologne, NRW)


The applicant: Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE) is a European network of 25 national/ local UBI-initiatives, being supposed to host later on our UBI-FUTURE-LAB during its planned travel across Europe. The “Hamburger Netzwerk Grundeinkommen”, backed up by the “Hamburger Zukunftsrat”, will coordinate the set-up-process during the first 5 months. KAB & OMNIBUS are supposed to help us finding a location for the UBI-FUTURE-LAB in NRW and/or organizing a Kick-off-Event there.

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

An Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) has the potential to unify Europe & Europeans regardless of national, local and individual interests. It would ensure each person's material security. It would free people to create a more desirable future and a fair & sustainable society. Our UBI-Future Lab is designed to raise awareness of this opportunity through a challenging and creative approach; its modular structure can be implemented in various outlets across Europe – consecutively & simultaneously.

Where will your idea take place?

Set up in Hamburg (4 months) Further development, also in other countries (5 months)

Why does Europe need your idea?

UBI has become a hot topic in the media this year as the most sensible answer to growing automation leading to job losses. Pilots of the idea are discussed in Finland, the Netherlands and France and have sparked a deeper discussion of work, and how we live.
UBI Future-Lab will allow visitors to experience what life might be like if they had a basic income:
to not have to worry about earning money. Will they succumb to idleness or decide to contribute to a fairer and more sustainable society?

What is your impact?

1.Providing information about UBI in an interactive and multi-media-based way (facts and figures),
2.Offering examples of utopian projects by scientists, philosophers, artists or politicians, seeking to shape Europe’s future in a sustainable way. Inviting to comment on or suggest alternative ideas
(I have a dream)
3.Giving the opportunity to experience everyday life with an UBI inside the simulation space (individual reality check)
People will change their mind; enter into a dialogue about UBI.

How do you get there?

According to our aims three different, yet interrelated spaces are needed: Concrete utopian ideas have to stay connected to present reality, opening at the same time promising perspectives for the future, while the simulation space provides visitors with an experimental interface between both.
The team will launch the project by a one-day workshop in May 2016 during a European Conference in Hamburg, planning also the next steps:
- Set-up of a first German edition of the Future-Lab (by the Hamburg-Team, see below/ 4 months)
- Presentation during the International week of UBI in September 2016 in Hamburg,
- Translation into English and later on into different European languages, and at the same time completing certain specific contents according to other views in further host countries

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Basically, we are doing it for all Europeans of all ages and levels of education, but particularly for young people, affected by insecurity of income. The UBI-Future-Lab is not only designed for people familiar with the idea of UBI, but also for those having never heard of it before. A common denominator for all visitors will be a mutual interest in a strong and united Europe. The modular structure of the Future-Lab facilitates the engagement of a broad audience, and cooperation across borders.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The UBI-Future-Lab is way more than an exhibition. People will first have the chance to experience life with UBI, learn the way we live and work in the future. Furthermore, instead of trying to educate people, we are inviting them to get into dialogue by becoming part of the UBI-Future-Lab. Another different and original aspect of the UBI-Future-Lab is to anticipate in a clear and vivid way a possible future development of processes of social inclusion, but also of democracy & participation

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 80000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Manpower and actors costs (incl. personal, speakers and royalties ) € 30.000,00 Graphic design and copy-writers (incl. public. Relations, website+ translation) € 25.000,00 Transportation and travel expenses (incl. accomodation) € 15.000,00 Admin. costs (incl. office rent, internet, postage, room rental + material) € 10.000,00 In case "other sources of income" are not sufficient, savings are possible on manpower & transportation after the 1st edition of the LAB in Hamburg

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would like to get feedback to the following questions: To what extent our proposal will allow people - a better understanding of the idea of an Unconditional Basic Income ? - and its promotion in Europe ?


Otto Lüdemann

Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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