Taiwan’s unconditional basic income movement plans to realize its ambition of successfully promoting a national referendum, although still has a way to go.
National Chengchi University (NCCU) and National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei took place a conversation about the basic income.
Sarath Davala, the lead researcher of renowned UBI trials in India, Kuomintang politician Jason Hsu (許毓仁) and Enno Schmidt, the man behind Switzerland’s failed UBI referendum in 2016 was some of the speakers.
Enno Schmidt prefers to focus on the 23 percent of people who voted in support of the idea.
“UBI Taiwan is fighting the good fight”, the American entrepreneur and UBI proponent who is vying to become the Democratic Party’s candidate for President of the United States said,
“I was honored to contribute to the BIAP conference because job automation has the potential to seriously hurt Taiwanese workers – and American workers – if UBI doesn’t become a reality soon.”
However, Taiwan’s Digital Minister, Audrey Tang, said in an introductory conference video that the “UBI is not yet a popular public policy topic in Taiwan.”
However, in 2017 the UBI Taiwan co-founder Tyler Prochaska told the press “I don’t think a local trial is necessary anymore, the referendum laws have changed that,”.
Before bringing a strategy for a referendum together, UBI Taiwan plans to start a college lecture series and to investigate launching dedicated courses at National Taiwan University and NCCU.
“We want to start with the youth and trickle up – like the Sunflower Movement,” Prochaszka said. “That’s how you get people talking. We have the research ready and we know the costs of not doing UBI are greater than doing it.”