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Book Review: Raising the Floor

I just finished the book Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream by Andy Stern. Andy is the former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), currently the largest employee union in the United States.

His main argument in the book is that with technology and jobs moving to the "gig economy" (think Uber and Amazon Mechanical Turks) more middle-class Americans will have a difficult time earning more than their parents before them. His proposed solution is a Universal Basic Income (UBI) for every American of $1000/ month. The UBI would replace all other welfare programs. I won't go into a full explanation, you can read the book for that.

Although I am not convinced that a UBI is the right answer for the United States, I am interested in how it might work in 3rd world countries. There it would be *much* less expensive and potentially much more impactful. GiveDirectly is going to try the largest ever full-scale UBI experiment in Uganda and Kenya. The UBI will be provided for 12 years to every member of selected communities. Allowing every citizen to spend more time on improving themselves and their community rather than just surviving.

More information is available on GiveDirectly's website. They have already raised $23 million of the $30 million they need to run the program. You can help by supporting one person in the trial program for only $1 a day here!

Sharing: Open Letter to Obama

My co-worker Joel Alcaraz wrote a touching open letter to Former President Obama today. I highly recommend reading:

What a Wonderful World

Especially in uncertain times, it's good to remember how amazing and beautiful our world can be. What a Wonderful World will be playing on a loop in my head for the next couple of days.

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
But they're really saying I love you.

I hear baby's cry, and I watched them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
Yes, I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Endearing and hopeful.

I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
But they're really saying I love you.

Turing 25 Blog

My friend Kate Catlin put together this great blog a year or so ago where she asked a bunch of people the question "What would you tell your 25 year old self?"

I spent some more time reading through it tonight and really love the answers people came up with. Absolutely worth reading.

American Dream

I love this speech by David Abney about the American Dream. David began his career as a part-time package loader and rose to be the CEO of UPS. Read it here: