Several highly localized Guaranteed Income pilots are taking place throughout the United States, most of them funded by philanthropic organizations. Pilot organizers, the local partner municipal governments, and researchers hope these pilots will serve an important role in advancing discussions among policy makers and provide meaningful evidence on the potential impact of more universal basic income policies to municipal and statewide legislators considering UBI implementation.
The two lead researchers for the high profile guaranteed income pilot in Stockton, California - the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED), founded by then Mayor Michael Tubbs and funded, in part, by the Economic Security Project, will highlight the key findings from the pilot thus far. The founder and director of the newly established Cash Transfer Lab at NYU will speak to complementary work to the pilots done at the Lab which examines the universal cash transfer program in place in Alaska since 1982. The founding director of Steady, which has developed a platform to identify need and distribute cash intelligently, will reflect on the efficacy of UBI pilots in improving lives and informing policy-makers. And a key data analyst will talk about results from the Manitoba Pilot. The five panelists will then engage in a more general discussion regarding the impact of basic income pilots - both actual and potential - in grassroots organizing, advocacy and lobbying, and ult
Amy Castro Baker, Ph.D., Founding Dir., Center for Guaranteed Income Research at the University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Cowan, Ph.D., Founder and Exec. Director, Cash Transfer Lab at NYU
Stacia West, Ph.D., Founding Dir., Center for Guaranteed Income Research at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Tennessee
Adam Roseman, Founder and CEO, Steady
Dr. Evelyn L. Forget, University of Manitoba
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