Mathis believes that the development of civil rights hasn’t stopped with universal suffrage and the welfare state. Which is why, in 2017, he quit his job and, together with like-minded realists, founded the “Generation Grundeinkommen”, Austria’s centrist universal basic income think tank. Why basic income? Why not! Before joining Urban Future Global Conference, “by far the most exciting job I could land in my home-town”, he studied geography and published extensively on his academic pet topic, climate science and policy. Mathis is convinced that climate change is anything but a crisis waiting for a solution. It’s our predicament and we better learn to live with it, to use it for the goals we set to reach: from democratization to decarbonisation, because the climate can never be a goal in itself.
Mathis likes the hustle and bustle of farmers’ markets, good conversations and the charm of a badly told joke. Recently he got into opera singing. Not a joke.