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Rutger Bregman: Poverty isn’t a lack of character; it’s a lack of cash

WOW! The needle on my mojo meter is off the scale after watching this brilliant talk! 💥🚀☄️💥

Public speakers, take note: See how Rutger works the audience? His pacing is spot on and he knows exactly where to build the rhythm for maximum effect. Rhythm is a powerful device in public speaking.

What do you think of the ideas that Rutger expounds on? This is a transcript of the end of his talk, but I urge you to watch the entire video, as he explains Guaranteed Basic Income and the experiment that proved its success:

“If history teaches us anything it is that things could be different. There is nothing inevitable about the way we’ve structured our society and economy right now. Ideas can and do change the world […] it has become abundantly clear that we cannot stick to the status quo, that we need new ideas. I know that many of you may feel pessimistic about a future of rising inequality, xenophobia and climate change, but it’s not enough to know what we’re against – we also need to be for something. Martin Luther King didn’t say, “I have a nightmare!” He had a dream! So, here’s my dream: I believe in a future where the value of your work is not determined by the size of your paycheque, but by the amount of happiness you spread and the amount of meaning you give. I believe in a future where the point of education is not to prepare you for another useless job, but for a life well-lived. I believe in a future where an existence without poverty is not a privilege but a right we all deserve. So here we are: we’ve got the research, we’ve got the evidence and we’ve got the means. […] We all need to change our worldview. Poverty is not a lack of character. Poverty is a lack of cash.”

Rutger Bregman at TED, April 2017.

The following screenshot is staggering, sad and true. It’s what drives me to make a success of my business… the desire to help people to feel happy and fulfilled in their work. We spend the best part of our life’s daylight hours at work – why shouldn’t we be allowed to find purpose and enjoyment in it?

Screenshot from TED talk.
Screenshot ©2017 Rutger Bregman, as captured from the TED talk above.
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