Active basic income
Unconditional participation for all

The Gradido model provides for a basic income for every person on earth. We see our 'Active Basic Income' as the optimised further development of the much discussed 'Unconditional Basic Income'. It unites the arguments of its opponents and supporters and offers both livelihood security and potential development for all people. The 'Active Basic Income' guarantees 'Unconditional Participation' in the community.

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Diversity in freedom

The Active Basic Income originates from the idea of 'unconditional participation'. Whoever wants to take advantage of it, in return brings his talents and inclinations into the community - also children and older people, according to their age, in a suitable form. Everyone is allowed to take on a task that they are happy to perform. In this way the system creates the best conditions for success at all levels.

There are no limits to the variety of applications. From assistance in the social sector to the design of public spaces, artistic performances and administrative activities, every contribution is equally welcome. Each individual can contribute a maximum of 50 hours per month to his or her Active Basic Income. The average hourly wage is 20 Gradido (GDD), so that 1000 Gradido (GDD) can be earned per person per month.

Most people will use the remaining time to take on other tasks or to advance their career. The concern that the productivity of society could dwindle to a worrying minimum is unfounded, since the healthy and satisfied individual has a quite natural and pronounced desire for growth and development. The Gradido community strives to promote each member with his or her interests and talents in the best possible way, thus laying the ideal foundation for the greatest possible success of the entire community.

The Active Basic Income based on Unconditional Participation

  1. is an integral part of money creation and therefore does not require any further financing concepts.
  2. guarantees us all a dignified life and provides us with the material incentive to contribute our share to the community.
  3. provides us with coaching instead of a means test and the necessary support to develop and use our potential in the best possible way.
  4. leaves us free to choose how we want to contribute to the community and opens the door to reasonably high pay for unpleasant work.
  5. ensures that we all earn a good living and gives us reason to be pleased that more and more stressful tasks are being entrusted to machines.
  6. secures our pensions and obliges all of us (including immigrants) to do our bit for the common good.
  7. enables enormous reduction of bureaucracy and is voluntary.

The deep satisfaction of every single person that arises from being able to contribute to the community and the associated positive effects on quality of life, happiness and health make us give clear preference to the Active Basic Income over the Unconditional Basic Income.

Anyone who cannot contribute to the common good for health or age-related reasons naturally receives his or her basic income unconditionally.

The basic income is a base amount, in addition to other sources of income. Participation in the Active Basic Income is voluntary. Those who prefer to use their time elsewhere, e.g. because they earn more money in the free economy, are welcome to do so.

Offer without compulsion

Participation in the Active Basic Income is a right and not an obligation. Those who prefer to spend all their time on making a career can continue to do so.

The three-pillar principle

In addition to the 1000 Gradido of the Active Basic Income, another 2000 Gradido are estimated monthly for each person. The second third is paid to the state for its services to the community and the third part is allocated to a compensation and environmental fund to enable the remediation of the economic and ecological contaminated sites.

The 'triple good' protects man and nature

Gradido's basic ethical principle is based on harmonizing the well-being of the individual with that of the community and the greater whole - in the sense of nature and the environment. The individual is part of the community, the state, and this in turn is part of the 'big picture', the ecosystem. If one of these three aspects is neglected, the whole system falters.