Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Basic Income's effect on creativity

From Cash or Copyright or Real Creativity? | naked capitalism:
...A series of studies by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan Teresa Amabile, and others, have shown that primary school kids don’t learn to read if they’re paid to, artists produce their worst work when they’re commissioned to produce it, and people get worse at solving puzzles if you reward them for successful solutions. 
The reason for this? Creativity is closely linked to motivation, and humans become creative when they’re internally motivated by curiosity or interest or desire. They get demotivated — and less creative – when you introduce money into the equation.
If you want people to be creative, free them to create. Basic income does that. For creators, the ultimate reward is the creation itself.