What, if anything, can a government in India learn from a Nordic think tank?

Demos Helsinki recently had the honor of being invited to assist the government of Assam in India in the establishment of a new innovation lab. Our very own government innovation experts, Roope Mokka and Jaakko Kuosmanen, have spent the past months working on the project. Here, Roope and Jaakko talk about wicked problems, Assam taking control of its own future, and why governments around the world need to implement bolder innovation strategies in order to succeed in the 21st century. From Buzzwords to Action ’Innovation’ is a buzzword touted around […]

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Thousands to receive basic income in Finland: a trial that could lead to the greatest societal transformation of our time

Finland is about to launch an experiment in which a randomly selected group of 2,000–3,000 citizens already on unemployment benefits will begin to receive a monthly basic income of 560 euros (approx. $600). That basic income will replace their existing benefits. The amount is the same as the current guaranteed minimum level of Finnish social security support. The pilot study, running for two years in 2017-2018, aims to assess whether basic income can help reduce poverty, social exclusion, and bureaucracy, while increasing the employment rate. The Finnish government introduced its […]

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Inside Finland’s Basic Income Hackathon

Finland has plans for a basic income scheme that would dispense with the complexities of the social security system. A group led by Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, and consisting of representatives of various research institutes, is developing a model for a basic income trial in 2017. To get a genuinely wide perspective to basic we organised a “basic income hackathon”. The Basic Income Hack was organized by Demos Helsinki, Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund and Open Knowledge Finland on 4th and 5th of March 2016 to gather and promote […]

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This is why Finland is able to implement the basic income experiment

BBC, Forbes, Independent, Mashable, Telegraph, Time and Quartz among other media outlets have have written about Finland’s experiment with basic income on a national level. However, none of the articles uncover the reason why Finland can pull off such ambitious policies in an age where so many government are left powerless with even smallest of changes in the way society works. The bigger change is buried under the stream of international news regarding the world’s largest basic income trial. With a closer look, one can see that basic income is […]

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