The pandemic has shown that our welfare system is not fit for purpose. Millions have fallen through the gaps of social security, despite various conditions put in place to target welfare where it’s most needed.

An Unconditional Basic Income could provide financial security for all, as well as the resources to fulfil their potential, and transform social security to a scheme fit for the 21st century.

Mayors around the world are trying it after finding that it allows their citizens to live happier, healthier and more secure lives. Let’s talk with local governors and see how Basic Income relates to human rights in practice and can provide an additional source of empowering youth!


  • Angelina Kussy, an economic anthropologist from Warsaw and activist with Barcelona en Comú, the citizen platform governing Barcelona, working for municipalism and Fearless Cities.
  • Bálint Misetics, a Hungarian social policy specialist whose work integrates research, advocacy, and fieldwork. Since 2020, he has been working as the Senior Advisor on Social and Housing Policy for the Mayor of Budapest.
  • Julio Linares, an economic anthropologist from Guatemala. He holds an Msc. in Anthropology and Development from the London School of Economics. He currently serves as Social Outreach for the Basic Income Earth Network.
  • Antonios Triantafyllakis, a passionate learning designer, international youth worker and gamification consultant, who combines his professional work with volunteering for Basic Income as a way to achieve equality. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of Unconditional Basic Income Europe.

This session was part of the Fundamental Rights Forum 2021, a unique platform for dialogue about the most pressing human rights challenges that Europe faces today. Bringing together diverse voices, the Forum united thinkers, makers, creators and doers with a simple goal: to build a vision of hope!

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