The notion of a basic income for everyone is moving from theory to action.  Y Combinator is funding and running a research project in Oakland, Ca. From their blog it appears they are taking the steps to be very serious about the process and the results. Jump over there, check it out and maybe even help out as they design the project over the next few months.

"We want to run a large, long-term study to answer a few key questions: how people’s happiness, well-being, and financial health are affected by basic income, as well as how people might spend their time." Link.