Work isn’t working for an increasing number of people in our modern economy.  Between rising precarity, growing income inequality, and loss of control over time, work is leaving people feeling dissatisfied and powerless.  At the same time, we seem to be increasingly apathetic about civic engagement.  Voter turnout is dropping and citizens are tuning out political debates.  Could these problems be related?  And is basic income the solution that could help us to regain some control over our work and rekindle our interest in democratic debates?

In September 2014, I gave the keynote speech at the first annual Social Justice Symposium of the Cooper Institute in Prince Edward Island. My presentation addressed the relationship between work and democracy, and offered some reflections on how basic income could help to create change.

You can watch the video of my presentation here or read the transcript in the Cooper Institute’s report.