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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

What exactly are social dividends? How do they differ from or overlap with the concept of a universal basic income? Could the social dividend be a way to implement a basic income at European level? Join us for this one-hour webinar to learn more!


About the Event:

The COVID-19 pandemic has more than ever provoked the debate around Universal Basic Income as a potential policy solution to a host of challenges. Yet just as there is a diversity of arguments in support of basic income, there is a proliferation in models and pathways to implementation – each with its specific intricacies and consequences.

This one-hour webinar will explore some of these paths towards a basic income at the European level. Specifically, M.Soc.Sci Johanna Perkiö will present on social dividends as a potential form of basic income, based on her 2020 report for Vasemmistofoorumi (The Left Forum). Perkiö’s larger work has been on the history of discussions about UBI in Finnish society.

After the presentation, Lukas Korpelainen will comment on Perkiö’s findings and reflect further on the topic, followed by audience questions.


After gathering comprehensive expertise and setting up transnational networks through a three-year long project on universal basic income, GEF and its partners continue building on the outputs and successes of this work on the topic.

The transnational project ‘Change of Mindset – UBI, Climate and Social Change’ seeks to spark a stronger civil society dialogue to bring about the change of mindset needed to raise acceptance of universal basic income among the public and to deepen the debate on our conceptions of productivity and work. Together, we dive into the exploration of UBI as a tool of the urgently needed ecological transition and part of social security in a (post-)pandemic, climate change world.


Johanna Perkiö – project researcher at the University of Tampere and former chairperson of BIEN Finland

Comments by: Lukas Korpelainen – chairperson of the Finnish Greens’ social security working group and author of the GEF publication Basic Social Security 2030.


This webinar will take place in English, and will be livestreamed to Facebook and YouTube. Participants can leave comments or questions via the chat. Register here to receive a reminder email.

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