Convening #15 New Resources to Support the Field

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Learn about new resources to support guaranteed income programs and policy development

Materials

Recording and Meeting Notes

A recording of this meeting will be available on the GICP member portal. Summary notes will be provided and available after the call at gicp.info/community. To access this section, please enter password: incomefloor.

AGENDA (EST)

1:00 Welcome & Community Spotlight

Madeline Neighly, Economic Security Project

Welcome to new team members: Kyungsun Lee, the Guaranteed Income Program Manager, and Shafeka Hashhash, the GICP Program Manager! 

We hosted the 2nd Annual Cash as Care event to celebrate Mother’s Day. In the report, we present a body of evidence that guaranteed income can build health and address health inequalities. 

Check out the event here: https://gicp.info/spotlight/cash-as-care-22/

In addition, we hosted How Cash Helps Workers Strike Back, a conversation on how guaranteed income can support organizing and workers demanding more from their employers. 

Here is a clip from the event of Len Harris sharing her story: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mXHLUswO-iWBlYat0ko00z_5LG9lUZ0F/view?usp=sharing

1:10 GICP Website Refresh

Mara Heneghan, Economic Security Project

We are so excited to share the new website! In this update, you can find a new design and better usability throughout our pages. We’ll be doing outreach to make sure our pilots page is up to date. Please send us your information if you would like to see your pilot, demonstration, or resource on our site. 

1:15 Ice Breaker Groups

KyungSun Lee, Economic Security Project

How would you describe your job to a 5 year old?

1:25 Resources for Municipal Leaders

Sean Kline, Stanford Basic Income Lab

Madeline: Sean Kline is Associate Director of the Stanford Basic Income Lab. You can learn more about the Stanford Basic Income Lab at: https://basicincome.stanford.edu/

Sean: The Stanford Basic Income Lab is working on three resources to inform the community’s work.

1. Forthcoming Guide. This is a guide for municipal leaders interested in designing basic income programs that are ethical, rigorous, informative, and consequential for local national policy making. It will consolidate learning and spotlight principles, insights, and emerging practices, harvested from many programs across the U.S. 

Guide will be available in a few weeks and we will make that resource available on the GICP website and make an announcement about it.

2. Dashboard of 31 Guaranteed Income Pilots. This is an online data dashboard in partnership with the Center for Guaranteed Income Research and Mayors for a Guaranteed Income to visualize data from thousands of guaranteed income participants from across the country. The goal is to help humanize participants, to conceptualize their challenges and opportunities, and spotlight ways that cash with no conditions provides people more choices. 

Dashboard site will be launching within 2 to 3 months. You’ll hear about it through the GICP among other channels. 

3. Map of basic income experiments, and related programs. The map presents UBI-related experiments, pilots, programs, and policies throughout the world. Users are able to compare programs across a range of designs and implementation features. It reflects active and concluded basic income programs that are unconditional. If you’re implementing a program and you don’t see it reflected on the map, let me know: [email protected]

The map is available here: https://basicincome.stanford.edu/experiments-map/

1:45 Resources for Community Engagement

Stacey Rutland, Income Movement

Madeline: Stacey Rutland is the Founder and President of Income Movement, a national grassroots movement for income equality. You can learn more about Income Movement at: https://www.incomemovement.org/

Stacey: Over the course of the last year, Income Movement started to work more deeply in partnership with the pilot programs. In that work, we realized that a formal program around community engagement and a toolkit with resources on how to do this work felt like an important piece. I want to share with you today the Pilot Community Engagement Program (PCEP) that we’ve built, and the toolkit that’s associated with it.

In the PCEP, you will find some grounding on pilot goals and a broad framework of the pilot lifecycle. The toolkit is broken down into phases as a way to help pilots and folks doing this work get deeper into the things that are most relevant, based on where you are in the process. 

PCEP Program Page: https://www.incomemovement.org/pilot-toolkit

PCEP Toolkit Access Form: https://forms.gle/Ub7mYzkBZSEQCT1y6

Share a Resource to add to Toolkit Form: https://forms.gle/DXYuG4aRtWnHyPbD6

There are two things we have planned over the next month specifically to help dig into this community engagement work.

1. Workshops. If you’re interested in learning more about community engagement, then the workshops are a great place to start

Sign up here: https://www.crowdcast.io/income-movement

2. Big Conference. The Basic Income Guarantee Conference will be held June 23rd to 25th.   The first day of the conference is centered on pilots, and in particular, the work that pilots are doing towards these broader goals of narrative work, and of designing towards policy.

BIG Conference: https://www.thebigconference.org/

BIG Conference Full 3 Day Schedule: https://www.thebigconference.org/schedule

2:05 White House Survey 

Mara Heneghan, Economic Security Project

Mara: The White House is hosting the Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The Economic Security Project is conducting a Guaranteed Income Community of Practice survey, so that we’re able to write a memo to help inform some of the GICP’s thinking about the intersections between cash policy, guaranteed income, food security, and ending hunger. We are going to use a toolkit and questions provided by the White House. You will receive the survey through email, and have a week to fill that out. You can also email me to give feedback through a one-on-one at [email protected]

For more information: https://health.gov/our-work/nutrition-physical-activity/white-house-conference-hunger-nutrition-and-health

2:15 Discussion: Building Resources for the Field

Stacey Rutland and Sean Kline

Jim Pugh: There is a ballot measure in San Francisco to establish a permanent guaranteed income program for the city that would be funded by an increase in taxes for large ecommerce companies. What that program would look like is not yet defined. The ballot measure says it will be specified later with the Board of Supervisor and the community. 

Sean: That could potentially be 6 or 7,000 people who are served, which is large for a city the size of San Francisco. What makes it so unique is it could be a sustainable way of funding unconditional cash, which is powerful at the city level since we’ve been talking about the need to look to state and federal approaches. 

Nola Wallace: I’m currently doing a literary analysis of existing basic income programs in North America. Are there any linked publications for the pilots on map website? 

Sean: On the Stanford Basic Income Lab website, you can find the visualization of the evidence to date sorted by a number of categories. The experiments map provides cursory information about every pilot on the map. In the coming months, those 31 pilots will be featured in a special online dashboard with even more rich data on those specific pilots. There are resources on the GICP website. Lastly, the guide that I mentioned that will come out in a month or so, will also have a summary of the evidence to date for North America. 

Andrea Luquetta: How are you defining universality in the experiments map? Is a pilot that is defined through a shared experience, such as reentry from prison or motherhood, considered to be universal? 

Sean: Universality has been defined by administrative district or a defined community. There’s no definition of universality to a demographic community if you will, otherwise defined outside of an administrative boundary. The map does include pilots that are not universal. 

Christian D. Green: How do we get a new program up and rolling in a new area not listed on the map?

Stacey: There are more and more organizations interested in replicating pilots and bringing them to other cities such as Denver Basic Income Project, Point Source Youth, and Miracle Messages. As more resources come out on best practices, execution of pilots is faster. 

Kimberly Woods: How can community engagement help with narrative change work?

Stacey: Narrative work has become a priority for the movement. An example of why is Senator Manchin’s reasons for blocking the expansion of the child tax credit that were related to false stereotypes and myths about people living in poverty. Narrative work should begin in the early stages with the community involved. 

Why All Guaranteed Income is Narrative Work: https://insightcced.org/why-all-guaranteed-income-is-narrative-work

2:25 Closing

We’d love to highlight pilots on the GICP site (https://gicp.info/pilots/) and we’ll share information between GICP & Stanford Basic Income Lab.