The Coming Age of Imagination

The Coming Age of Imagination

How universal basic income will lead to an explosion of creativity

Phil Teer


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Every adult paid a living wage. No strings attached.

Universal basic income is a very old idea that is fast becoming the radical idea of the twenty-first century. It could eradicate poverty and avoid a much-predicted dystopian future of automation and high unemployment – but it could also have an unexpected effect: an explosion of mass creativity.

Phil Teer draws insights from the creative and entrepreneurial effects of basic income experiments and weaves them into stories of how the Romantic poets invented consumerism; artists regenerated cities like New York, Glasgow and Berlin; and creative geniuses like David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Kurt Vonnegut, Haruki Murakami and many others liberated their creative spirits and transformed their lives.

The Coming Age of Imagination is a creative manifesto for universal basic income. When we no longer have to worry about money, we have the opportunity to be creative on a mass scale. Simply put, basic income changes everything.


Phil Teer:
Phil Teer was a co-founder of the legendary 1990s London creative agency St Luke’s, an influential experiment in employee co-ownership and creative working that Harvard Business Review called ‘the most frightening company on earth’ and Fast Company called ‘the ad agency to end all ad agencies’. Phil has advised brands and governments on their creative strategies. He blogs at Artists Create Markets on Medium and has been fascinated by the power of creativity to transform people and places since he wrote his thesis on Glasgow as a postmodern city.