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upstream_team.jpgIf you think public policy should be grounded in evidence-based, people-centred ideas that address the social determinants of health, please add your endorsement!

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  • endorsed 2015-04-22 00:29:18 -0600
    The Upstream approach to re-framing politics as a tool in the service of public health looks to me like the first monumentally cogent idea to come out of Saskatchewan since Tommy Douglas led the way to single-payer health care. Canada’s progress down the difficult but worthy path toward egalitarianism desperately needs this sort of refreshing perspective. The stakes are too high for political decisions to be informed by anything less than the best evidence available, and we can’t afford to let our choices to be guided by anything less than a clear commitment to tackle the inequality that poisons our society. I am tired of retreating from my political disappointments and I am tired of letting cynicism and pseudo-nihilism turn me into a lazy bystander. Put me to work on this.
  • endorsed 2015-03-23 20:05:43 -0600
    Provincial Food and Nutrition Strategy to complement poverty reduction.
  • endorsed 2015-03-02 13:35:14 -0600
    I would love to bring this to BC
  • endorsed 2015-02-13 22:23:55 -0600
  • endorsed 2015-01-31 20:24:13 -0600
    nice to meet you so far. will look for you at the event this week in Toronto. 2015 has to be a year of re-framing the debate from war and surveillance (and law and order and the rest of it) to electing a national government that commits to national leadership on poverty, housing, childcare, aboriginal reconciliation, veteran’s rights, mental health and a strategy on homecare and community care where workers are paid what they’re worth and we can all trust we won’t be screwed by right-wing obsessions with the price of oil and law and order. let’s figure out how to take the country back to a place where we can recognize ourselves, and then keep on with the hard work of taking care of each other and building a new concept of health. Just like Tommy always said we would have to do. and of course also to keep on eye on the fight against austerity, and to act in solidarity always with the movements leading progressive change elsewhere in this fragile world. nice to meet you and cheers for now…
  • endorsed via 2015-01-20 00:17:03 -0600
  • endorsed 2015-01-14 14:05:29 -0600
  • endorsed 2015-01-11 14:15:32 -0600
  • endorsed 2014-12-13 08:47:35 -0600
    You’ve inspired me to explore what I can do to increase awareness of SDOH where I am.
  • @mwclarke tweeted link to this page. 2014-12-07 06:53:47 -0600
  • endorsed 2014-12-07 06:53:17 -0600
  • endorsed 2014-12-03 14:23:12 -0600
  • endorsed via 2014-10-23 14:50:30 -0600
    This work is important. Keep it up.
  • endorsed 2014-10-21 16:09:34 -0600
  • endorsed 2014-10-19 16:14:14 -0600
  • endorsed 2014-10-18 21:35:47 -0600
    I read the book and I’m hooked!
  • endorsed 2014-10-08 19:29:43 -0600
  • endorsed 2014-09-01 21:16:02 -0600
    Thanks for your work in this field!
  • endorsed 2014-07-08 07:19:10 -0600
    I would love to help support a chapter of, or help promote your organization in Ontario! Keep me updated on how I can help.
  • endorsed 2014-07-08 02:26:26 -0600
  • endorsed 2014-06-30 12:30:58 -0600
  • endorsed 2014-06-11 15:13:28 -0600
  • Municipality of Chatham-Kent endorsed 2014-06-06 12:41:01 -0600
    congratulations. You have presented an innovative method of presenting the science of prevention/health promotion/determinants of health
  • endorsed 2014-05-28 15:18:36 -0600
  • endorsed 2014-05-17 22:03:11 -0600
  • endorsed 2014-05-16 14:40:23 -0600
  • Communitys Investing in Social Capital endorsed 2014-05-15 13:26:24 -0600
  • endorsed 2014-05-13 13:20:55 -0600
  • endorsed 2014-05-12 17:23:09 -0600
    Here’s how to solve inequality, student debt, poverty, unemployment, welfare AND the minimum wage issue all at once, and reverse the recession almost overnight. It’s the ‘Third Way’ that can break the Left/Right ideological impasse. Trying to manipulate banks and corporations into creating jobs is an economic ideology that has proven itself futile. This new ‘Third Way’ supports innovation by allowing corporations (including small businesses) to focus on profit and frees them from having to provide social services and jobs. It also frees people from living under the thumb of government-run social programs such as welfare or oppressive work situations.


    The ‘Third Way’ is called an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI). A UBI is an adequate amount of basic income that gets automatically deposited into everyone’s bank account every month (roughly the equivalent of a US $10 per hour job). The same amount to everyone, rich or poor, working or not, and with NO MEANS TESTING, so NO new government bureaucracies. People can choose to work and can make as much money as they want to ABOVE the UBI so capitalism remains intact.


    Switzerland is holding a referendum on this. If it passes, every Swiss citizen will receive an Unconditional Basic Income, rich or poor, working or not.


    The simplicity of the idea is it’s beauty. It has been supported by both left and right leaning politicians as a way to eliminate poverty and avoid violent revolution. Both Milton Friedman and Martin Luther King supported the idea of a Basic Income.


    It can be funded by diverting most present social service funds into this more efficient model and then shutting down large numbers of government departments except education and medical. (Theoretically, the UBI can be run on a single computer that transfers the UBI into everyone’s bank account automatically every month.) Another source of funding could be a Financial Transaction Tax (a tiny percentage taken off every stock market transaction). (This would also address the out-of-control microsecond computer trading issue on the stock markets.)


    But either way, businesses would not have to pay for for the UBI. A UBI is different than a minimum wage because employers do not pay for a UBI. It is funded through taxes. Employers in low wage industries could retain those low wages because people would no longer NEED high wages if they are just working to add to their Basic Income.


    There would be no inflation as long as the UBI is funded through taxes and not through ‘printing’ money. (Inflation is caused by money creation in excess of demand.) Employers also won’t need to inflate prices because they won’t have to increase wages. In fact, a UBI would be better for business as there would be more people buying products. Business would increase overnight. Instant consumer demand and instant stimulation WITHOUT government intervention!


    Wherever a UBI has been tried, people worked more, not less, and started small businesses. That’s because the money was adequate enough that they didn’t need to go into debt to the banks to ask for a startup loan. For instance, in Dauphin, Canada’s “Mincome” experiment and in Omitara, Namibia, crime decreased, health care costs went down, and the overall economy improved. Two basic income pilot projects have been underway in India since January 2011 resulting in better food, better healthcare, better children’s school performance, a tripling of personal savings and a doubling of new business startups, all leaving the overall economy much healthier than before the UBI.


    Because there is NO MEANS TESTING, no extra bureaucracy would be needed. We have many unpaid workers in our society. Volunteers, artists, musicians, homemakers, grandmothers, etc. It’s now time that they were valued monetarily by society. Most of them are shut out from being consumers because of poverty.


    It’s time for REAL change – an Unconditional Basic Income! But politicians won’t do anything this radically positive without a grassroots uprising from the people DEMANDING a UBI. So tell your friends (copy and paste this blurb) and help make the UBI go viral!

    Here’s how to solve inequality, poverty, unemployment, welfare AND the minimum wage issue all at once, and reverse the recession almost overnight. It’s the ‘Third Way’ that can break the Left/Right ideological impasse. Trying to manipulate banks and corporations into creating jobs is an economic ideology that has proven itself futile. This new ‘Third Way’ supports innovation by allowing corporations (including small businesses) to focus on profit and frees them from having to provide social services and jobs. It also frees people from living under the thumb of government-run social programs such as welfare or oppressive work situations.


    The ‘Third Way’ is called an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI). A UBI is an adequate amount of basic income that gets automatically deposited into everyone’s bank account every month (roughly the equivalent of a US $10 per hour job). The same amount to everyone, rich or poor, working or not, and with NO MEANS TESTING, so NO new government bureaucracies. People can choose to work and can make as much money as they want to ABOVE the UBI so capitalism remains intact.


    Switzerland is holding a referendum on this. If it passes, every Swiss citizen will receive an Unconditional Basic Income, rich or poor, working or not.


    The simplicity of the idea is it’s beauty. It has been supported by both left and right leaning politicians as a way to eliminate poverty and avoid violent revolution. Both Milton Friedman and Martin Luther King supported the idea of a Basic Income.


    It can be funded by diverting most present social service funds into this more efficient model and then shutting down large numbers of government departments except education and medical. (Theoretically, the UBI can be run on a single computer that transfers the UBI into everyone’s bank account automatically every month.) Another source of funding could be a Financial Transaction Tax (a tiny percentage taken off every stock market transaction). (This would also address the out-of-control microsecond computer trading issue on the stock markets.)


    But either way, businesses would not have to pay for for the UBI. A UBI is different than a minimum wage because employers do not pay for a UBI. It is funded through taxes. Employers in low wage industries could retain those low wages because people would no longer NEED high wages if they are just working to add to their Basic Income.


    There would be no inflation as long as the UBI is funded through taxes and not through ‘printing’ money. (Inflation is caused by money creation in excess of demand.) Employers also won’t need to inflate prices because they won’t have to increase wages. In fact, a UBI would be better for business as there would be more people buying products. Business would increase overnight. Instant consumer demand and instant stimulation WITHOUT government intervention!


    Wherever a UBI has been tried, people worked more, not less, and started small businesses. That’s because the money was adequate enough that they didn’t need to go into debt to the banks to ask for a startup loan. For instance, in Dauphin, Canada’s “Mincome” experiment and in Omitara, Namibia, crime decreased, health care costs went down, and the overall economy improved. Two basic income pilot projects have been underway in India since January 2011 resulting in better food, better healthcare, better children’s school performance, a tripling of personal savings and a doubling of new business startups, all leaving the overall economy much healthier than before the UBI.


    Because there is NO MEANS TESTING, no extra bureaucracy would be needed. We have many unpaid workers in our society. Volunteers, artists, musicians, homemakers, grandmothers, etc. It’s now time that they were valued monetarily by society. Most of them are shut out from being consumers because of poverty.


    It’s time for REAL change – an Unconditional Basic Income! But politicians won’t do anything this radically positive without a grassroots uprising from the people DEMANDING a UBI. So tell your friends (copy and paste this blurb) and help make the UBI go viral!?
  • endorsed 2014-05-11 12:18:32 -0600