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Dutch city plans to pay citizens a ‘basic income’, and Greens say it could work in the UK

Dutch city plans to pay citizens a ‘basic income’, and Greens say it could work in the UK | Competitive Edge |

Utrecht takes step towards paying people a salary whether they work or not.

It’s an idea whose adherents over the centuries have ranged from socialists to libertarians to far-right mavericks. It was first proposed by Thomas Paine in his 1797 pamphlet, Agrarian Justice, as a system in which at the “age of majority” everyone would receive an equal capital grant, a “basic income” handed over by the state to each and all, no questions asked, to do with what they wanted.

It might be thought that, in these austere times, no idea could be more politically toxic: literally, a policy of the state handing over something for nothing. But in Utrecht, one of the largest cities in the Netherlands, and 19 other Dutch municipalities, a tentative step towards realising the dream of many a marginal and disappointed political theorist is being made.

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

#BasicIncome is an idea popping up more and more. With #AI and #Robotics gaining ground the question arises: if there are less jobs all the time, what will happen? Giving people the assurance of covering basic living conditions will minimize administration's expenses and keep the economy balanced.

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How to take criticism well

How to take criticism well | Competitive Edge |

No one likes getting criticism. But it can be a chance to show off a rare skill: taking negative feedback well.

It is a skill that requires practice, humility and a sizable dose of self-awareness. But the ability to learn from criticism fuels creativity at work, studies show, and helps the free flow of valuable communication.

Tempering an emotional response can be hard, especially "if you're genuinely surprised and you're getting that flood of adrenaline and panic," says Douglas Stone, a lecturer at Harvard Law School and co-author of "Thanks for the Feedback."

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Criticism is hard. Taking it well and turning it around in a positive will create respect. The article has some good examples and ideas.

David Hain's curator insight, June 29, 2014 2:28 AM

Feedback is the DNA of development. Learn how to ask for it and take it.  Oh...and the more you give, the more you get!

Eliane Fierro's curator insight, July 1, 2014 12:20 AM

Embrace criticism!

Philip Powel Smith's curator insight, July 29, 2014 8:04 AM

Criticism is always a difficult pro-active action that educators have to give. Criticism without ridicule and shame is what students need to hear and an explanation of how to make the changes to be better learners and communicators.