David Wood, the founder of Transpolitica suggested a collaborative project for writing a white paper with the title “Roadmap to Universal Basic Income”.
Here’s the initial description of the white paper from its Google Docs document:
This document outlines a series of steps that could be taken, worldwide, towards the realisation of a UBI (Universal Basic Income) of sufficient level to provide the foundation for a “universal prosperity”. The document considers obstacles to these steps, and makes a number of specific recommendations for political action.
Furthermore, there are some preliminary notes to contributors:
This document will be collaboratively reviewed and improved by Transpolitica researchers and supporters over the next 3-6 weeks. The intent is for the document to reach around 3,000-5,000 well-crafted words by around mid August. When it is ready for wider publicity, it will be published on the Transpolitica News channel.
This document will be self-contained - that is, it will not be necessary for readers with a good general education to refer to other articles in order to follow the basic arguments it contains. For example, this document will overlap in some analysis with the content of the Transpolitica book chapter “The Case For Universal Prosperity”, but readers won’t be expected to read that chapter first.
Since I’ve written the chapter “The Case For Universal Prosperity” it seems quite natural that I should lead this project in coordination with David Wood. It’s also a fair suggestion for contributors to read that chapter, though it may also be a good idea to brainstorm some thoughts on how to get to a UBI prior to actually reading my chapter.
If you see the need to create a new thread to discuss a certain aspect of this project, please feel free to create another thread within the Transpolitica category. Debates about UBI in general, which are not necessarily tied to this white paper project are best posted in the Basic Income category of this forum.
This is an open project in which people can collaborate freely, but it should be noted that it will be released as Transpolitica publication. Of course, all active contributors will be mentioned as co-authors.
Work on the white paper will primarily be done on Google Docs. This thread and others can of course be used to discuss aspects of the white paper.
If a more dedicated project management tool is requested, contributors can use the Transpolitica Slack instance.
If you want to contribute to this project, please just contact me, or reply in this thread.