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LISTEN | Max Harris on Universal Basic Income, & the New Zealand Project

New Zealander Max Harris wants you to change your mind. Currently based in Oxford, UK, Max is completing a PhD in Law at All Souls College, and has a particular interest in issues like whether universal basic income (UBI) is a workable response to increasing employment insecurity as the nature of work continues to change. His forthcoming book, The New Zealand Project, explores this topic amongst a variety of others, and essentially calls for a paradigm shift – towards progressive politics and a new framework for economic thinking.

Due out on April 11, the title explores everything from UBI to climate change to sexuality, to whether there’s a role for love in politics. Sarah heard Max speak about UBI at a recent conference in Salford, UK and hit him up to find out more. Here he explains how the concept could practically work, and why it might not cost governments as much as one might think.

First off, what actually is universal basic income, and how did he become interested in it?

Sarah Illingworth is a freelance journalist and Editor at Impolitikal. She has an MSc in Poverty & Development from the University of Manchester. Read more by Sarah.

Q&A | Tom Goodfellow: Reconciling ethical dilemmas in development aid

Sheffield Institute for International Development’s Tom Goodfellow hosted a workshop about how cognitive dissonance and ethical dilemmas play out in international development last month. The workshop gave rise to intense, thought-provoking discussion around the internal conflicts development practitioners often face through the course of their work. Sarah was there, and interviewed Tom to get a bit of background to the event, and the ideas it explored. Continue →