Bay Area: Universal Basic Income (UBI): A Silver Bullet to Reduce Poverty?1

Sep 14, 2017

The relatively old idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI) has gained renewed attention in response to increasing economic insecurity and inequality in America. It is seen as an opportunity to level the playing field by providing every individual in a community a regular cash payment without means-testing or work requirement.

The country of Finland, a handful of European cities, the province of Ontario and the city of Oakland are currently piloting this idea, but what has been learned about its potential?

The panel discussion will address:

What is UBI?
What research has been done?
Is it an anti-poverty strategy?
How could UBI work in the US?
How could the concept of equity be embedded in this model?
Could UBI be a platform to help low-income individuals build wealth?
What are the critical areas where funders can play a role in supporting this work?

Whether you are a funder interested in learning more about the potential for UBI to alleviate poverty or a practitioner advocating for increased government support to reduce poverty, this session will help you gain a deeper understanding of UBI and its potential to fix economic inequality.

September 14, 2017

The Greenling Institute, Oakland, CA


  1:00 p.m.          Registration and Networking                       

  1:30 p.m.          Panel Discussion

      Moderator: Bob Friedman | Prosperity Now
      Natalie Foster | The Aspen Institute and Open Society Foundation; Institute for the Future
      Sean Kline | Office of Financial Empowerment, City & County of San Francisco
      Anne Price | Insight Institute for Community Economic Development

  2:45 p.m.          Funders Only Session

      Facilitator: Mona Masri | Bay Area Asset Funders Network

 3:30 p.m.           Funders Session Adjourns