Today’s #MillennialToWatch is Scott Santens.
Scott Santens is living the future of work today with a crowdfunded monthly basic income and has been a moderator of the basic income community on Reddit since 2013. As a writer and blogger, his pieces advocating the idea of a fully universal basic income have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, and Politico. As a public speaker, he has presented at the first World Summit on Technological Unemployment and participated as a panelist at the Brookings Institute about the impact of technology on the workforce. He is an advisor to the Universal Income Project, a founding committee member of the nonprofit D.C.-based organization Basic Income Action, a coordinating committee member of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network, and founder of the BIG Patreon Creator Pledge. He holds a B.S. in psychology and his home is in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Scott shares…”The idea of unconditional basic income”
“The idea of an unconditional basic income for all is about so much more than poverty, or the dangers of not addressing the growing automation of human employment, or even anything at all whatsoever to do with economics. It’s about changing the way we think about the world around us, and our places in it. What were we born to do? How can we best organize society so that everyone has sufficient opportunity to achieve what is most important to them? What isn’t at present achievable but becomes achievable once everyone has their basic needs met and no one is focused only on just getting by? What level of human flourishing becomes possible once everyone has the power to say no to those they would otherwise have no real choice but to say yes to out of fear of destitution?
Motivating people is not about coercing them or convincing them you are right and they are wrong. Motivating people is about inspiring them to consider what’s possible, and that it becomes more possible if they are able to devote themselves to that goal each and every day. It is possible to change the world. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise. But it does require access to a sufficient amount of resources, and those resources include not only money, but time. And time is a resource that is far too rare in a world where far too much of it is being spent on just trying to survive the present instead of creating the future.”
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Scott would like ask you…“What would you do if an amount of money sufficient to meet your most basic needs appeared in your bank account every month for the rest of your life, regardless of any amount of money you earned in addition to it?” Send your answers to email@example.com with the subject line: “What I would do with a basic income.”