Below we’ve included a selection of video and podcast episodes that discuss and explain the benefits of basic income. 

Make Basic Income a Reality

Basic Income: The Evidence Speaks – Panel Discussion

Why Basic Income?

Made by animator Adam Gaudreau-Brown, of Hamilton, Ontario, this short, brilliant animated video helps explain what basic income is and why it is needed.

Archbishop Tutu on Basic Income

“Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu speaks to the closing session of the Basic Income Earth Network’s 11th International Congress in Cape Town, 4 November [2006]. The Nobel laureate…applauds the work of the Basic Income campaign and makes an impassioned plea for social transfers to combat poverty and hunger.” (7:40 minutes)

Basic Income Visualized

A 3:08 minute video with European context that is nonetheless relevant to Canada.

Humans Need Not Apply

Great 15-minute video exploring the rapid rise of automation and robots and what this means for the future of human labour. Also see this perky 4:22 minute video response to “Humans Need Not Apply”, raising yet more questions about the “exciting but very scary” future ahead.

If You Want to Help Me, Prescribe Me Money

Toronto physician Gary Bloch’s 2013 TEDx talk on income and health and the need for “income prescriptions” (18:07 minutes).

Unconditional Basic Income

An animated 3:16 minute video introducing basic income and flagging a few of the central objections to it.

Who Is Dependent on Welfare?

Excellent 13-minute video concerning welfare and making a case for basic income; focused on the United States but relevant to Canada.

[92] Basic Income Canada

A recent and lengthy (~1 hour) interview of Jon Sanderson, an actor and basic income advocate in Toronto, who eloquently helps state the case for basic income.

Basic Income: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Dr. Jim Mulvale, Dean of Social Work at the University of Manitoba, gave this talk in March 2016 at TEDxUManitoba.

North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress

15th annual North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress held at University of Manitoba, May 12 to 15, 2016.

Noam Chomsky & Yanis Varoufakis discuss Basic Income

This video deals with the concept of a “basic/universal income” which guarantees citizens an unconditioned sum of money from the state that covers basic expenses such as rent, electricity, water and other fundamental costs needed for a basic level of existence regardless of individual economic performance/capacity.

Dr. Harvey Stevens presents on the topic of What Kind of a GAI for Manitoba?

Design Options and Examples of a Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI).

Time For A Basic Income: A Community Conversation with Senator Art Eggleton

Why does everyone have to work?

A 7:49 minute podcast exploring the meaning and modern realities of work and making a case for universal basic income.

Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income?

A 37-minute podcast on the changing world of work and the possibility of basic income as a “permanent financial safety net”: features University of Manitoba economics researcher Evelyn Forget, technology analyst Erik Brynjolfsson, technology investor Sam Altman, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon and more.