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Together we will bring the basic income to the largest nationwide pilot project.

We have a lengthy bucket list for society: Demand more fairness. Avoid the climate disaster. Ensure equality. And, to boldly create the world of tomorrow, a universal basic income. A new social contract based on freedom, trust and equal opportunity. Together with you, we’re organizing state basic income pilots. The only of their kind in the world using referendums in Germany’s cities and villages.
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4/21/21 - 5/19/21
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What is this project all about?

We have a lengthy bucket list for society: Demand more fairness. Avoid the climate disaster. Ensure equality. And, to boldly meet these challenges, we need a new social contract based on freedom, trust and equal opportunities – a universal basic income. Only then can we build the world of tomorrow without fear and free of any pressure.

  • “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” (Ruth Bader-Ginsburg)

True change happens step-by-step. That’s why our first step is organizing government trials that test variations of universal basic income.

Our approach is unique in the world and allows people throughout Germany to democratically commit to universal basic income pilots during elections. You can have a voice in whether your city or town participates in the world’s biggest universal basic income trial.

  • “We want to dare more democracy.” (Willy Brandt)

Our approach combines a basic income with democracy to engage as many people as possible. We want people to agree to the trial themselves, actively and locally, and to bring it to their area themselves. Because we believe that the freedom and self-determination offered by a universal basic income means that the decision for one should be just as free, self-determined and democratic.

What is the project goal and who is the project for?

A universal basic income is a major transformation, a paradigm change.

Since many still question the concept, the next step is a broad pilot where we test several variations of universal basic income.

With at least 10,000 people throughout Germany for 3 years. 10,000 people who will have 3 years to redefine their priorities. 10,000 people who can fully realize their potential for 3 years. And supply scientific information that shows us if a universal basic income can really change our society for the better. And if we decide to introduce it: Which version is the best for everyone.

On our way there, we want to engage as many people as possible. That’s why our goal is to allow people all over Germany to vote on whether their area should participate in a trial.

Why would you support this project?

Major change needs people who believe in themselves. People like you and me - and Martin Luther King jr.

  • “The simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.” (Martin Luther King jr.)

With your donation, you can change universal basic income from a utopia to a reality and simultaneously strengthen our democracy.

In keeping with the motto: A small donation from you is a giant step for mankind!

How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?

Germany’s talking about a universal basic income. We’re taking action and initiating the first government trial on universal basic income – together via direct democracy.

We’re calling on people across Germany to bring the pilot to their area. Anywhere where at least 1% of the population wants to test a universal basic income and people become active locally, we’ll collect signatures for a binding referendum that starts the pilot beginning in 2023 – with no excuses.

Government trials on universal basic income:

  • Beginning in 2023, every thousandth person in participating cities and towns will be given a universal basic income for three years.
  • Different variations of universal basic income will be tested and their effectiveness evaluated by an independent research team.
  • The first universal basic income will be €1,200 per month. The research teams will define how the different versions vary.
  • The more participants provided by the cities and towns, the more variations that can be tested.
  • This will allow us to discover which universal basic income is best for our society.

Who are the people behind the project?

The Universal Basic Income Expedition (Expedition Grundeinkommen) is a movement that combines democracy and universal basic income. We wrote the first proposed universal basic income law in Germany. We’ve already cleared the first hurdles for referendums in Hamburg and Berlin – with nearly 50,000 signatures collected in every kind of weather! It’s now time for the rest of Germany, with your help.

We want a government trial in Germany of a universal basic income. Launching the trial with the help of direct democracy – referendums – is one-of-a-kind on this planet.

The movement is being supported by a set team of 11 campaigners, developers, lawyers and social scientists. The charitable organizations Vertrauensgesellschaft e.V and Expedition Grundeinkommen e.V. are the Expedition’s patrons.

Expedition Grundeinkommen

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Johannes Ponader
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12053 Berlin Deutschland

1/10/22 - In 2022 ist der Weg frei für die nächste Runde...

In 2022 ist der Weg frei für die nächste Runde im Volksbegehren! Im Mai startet in Berlin die zweite große Sammelphase: wir haben vier Monate Zeit, um 175.000 Unterschriften zu sammeln und damit Grundeinkommen politische Realität werden zu lassen. Auch in Hamburg geht es hoffentlich im September in die entscheidende Phase. Es liegt also ein spannendes Jahr vor uns!

Ein Jahr, in dem wir auch weiterhin auf so tolle Unterstützer*innen wie euch angewiesen sind. Nur durch euch können Projekte wie die Expedition Grundeinkommen mit Leben gefüllt werden und kreative Ideen für neue Aktionen reifen. Danke, dass ihr an unserer Seite seid. Wir freuen uns mit euch auf ein aufregendes Jahr 2022!

1/10/22 - Ein tolles Jahr 2021 Dank eurer...

Ein tolles Jahr 2021
Dank eurer Unterstützung haben wir im vergangenen Jahr wichtige Meilensteine erreicht: wir konnten den MITWIRKEN Crowdfunding Contest für uns entscheiden und auch den Publikumspreis beim Deutschen Engagementpreis haben wir gewonnen. Über zahlreiche Aktionen ist es uns als Expedition gelungen, Grundeinkommen immer wieder in die Presse zu bringen: Medien wie die Süddeutsche Zeitung, ZEIT und Berliner Zeitung haben über unsere Initiativen berichtet. Mit der Anhörung im Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus konnten wir das Thema Grundeinkommen endlich ins Parlament bringen und weitere politische und mediale Aufmerksamkeit schaffen.

5/21/21 - Vielen Dank für eure Unterstützung!...

Vielen Dank für eure Unterstützung!

Gemeinsam haben wir den ersten Platz beim Hertie Crowdfunding Contest und somit knapp 50.000 Euro Spendensumme für das Grundeinkommen erreicht. DANKE ????????

Wir freuen uns weiter mit euch auf Expedition zu gehen und die politische Bewegung für Grundeinkommen in Deutschland wachsen zu lassen. Falls du noch nicht für die Expedition angemeldet bist, dann tu das gerne auf

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