4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EST

Opening Remarks & Mayors for a Guaranteed Income: Rise of the Pilots

During this Keynote Session, hear from a Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI) coalition about the work they are doing in the fight for a federal guaranteed income and the important role pilot demonstrations are playing towards this goal.
Speakers: Mayor Libby Schaaf, Mayor Victoria Woodards, Mayor Melvin Carter, and Saadia McConville, Director of Communications

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm EST

Opening Reception

Giving attendees and panelists the opportunity to mingle, network and engage in deeper conversations is key experience in any conference. Join us on Kumospace and connect with people in the basic income community. During this Opening Reception we have one room with an Artist Gallery where you can look at art related to or inspired by basic income and talk to the artists themselves. The link to the Kumospace for our event is in emails sent to registrants. See you there!

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm EST

Inherent Good Film Screening & Filmmakers' Circle

In 2017, filmmakers Steve Borst, Rennie Soga, Chris Panizzon and Trae Crowder set off to make a film about universal basic income. They documented stories across the south, from small town Celina, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi to highlight the power of monthly cash. Watch this important film, then be part of a special panel discussion with the filmmakers.
Speakers: Rennie Soga, Steve Borst, Trae Crowder

10:00 - 10:45 AM EST

The Ethical & Legal Pitfalls of Basic Income Pilots: A Case Study from Ontario

This round table discussion will review the ethics surrounding the launch, roll-out and cancellation of the Ontario Pilot and discuss what legal protections should be in place to protect future pilot participants.
Speakers: Craig Foye, Dana Bowman, Mike Perry

10:00 - 10:45 AM EST

From Nairobi to Swansea: International Perspectives on the Basic Income Movement

An international panel will share their findings and experiences with basic advocacy and pilot programs in their respective nations.
Speakers: Beth Martin, Kendal David, Caroline Teti, Jonathan Williams

10:00 - 10:45 AM EST

Feminism, UBI and the Politics of Caring Labor

How would a Universal Basic Income impact the movement for women’s equality? Choosing policy interventions to close the gender gap must consider that women still disproportionately bear the burden of childcare and other caring labour.
Speakers: Anca Gheaus, John Walker, Serkan Simsir

11:00 - 11:45 AM EST

Economic and Ethical Arguments for Basic income

Basic income is defended, in one paper, as a superior mechanism for financial stability compared with existing macroeconomic policies; and in the other paper, as a more egalitarian and freedom-supporting form of property ownership than contemporary capitalism. Short paper presentations followed by discussion with the audience.
Speakers: Alex Howlett, Karl Widerquist

11:00 - 11:45 AM EST

The Art of Storytelling: Personal Stories and Basic Income

Academics and activists discuss the importance of telling personal stories in basic income advocacy. Featuring recently released and forthcoming books on Basic Income.
Speakers: Dr. Evelyn L. Forget, Elaine Power, Hannah Owczar, Jamie Swift, Leah Barrett Werner

11:00 - 11:45 AM EST

UBI 101

Designed to present the fundamentals of universal basic income guarantee policies, this panel will offer a general definition of UBI, a survey of the most common variants, a brief overview of its history, and a summary of the most common arguments both for and against basic income policies. The major part of the session will involve fielding questions from the audience.
Speakers: Michael Anthony Lewis, Soomi Lee

12:00 - 12:45 PM EST

Quebec and Atlantic Canada: evidence of employment commitment under the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit; From Social Tax Expenditures to Basic Income

Papers to be presented:
Examining productive activities while receiving the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in Atlantic Canada: Implications for Employment Commitment and a Universal Basic Income [Pascoe-Deslauriers]

Social protection and tax expenditures in Quebec: an assessment of the current state of affairs [Provencher]

12:00 - 12:45 PM EST

Case Study Pilot During COVID

Gabe Scheck, Chief Advancement Officer from LIFT, will share the team’s learnings from providing integrated financial, education and employment coaching along with direct unrestricted cash payments to families.
Speakers: Gabe Scheck, Helah Robinson

12:00 - 12:45 PM EST

Activism as Art

In this presentation, artist and activist Keiko Sono will look at different genres of art such as Social Practice Art, Community Art, Political Arts and connect how UBI advocacy could fit into these frameworks. The goal is to open up possibilities for deeper expression of advocacy, outreach to the general public, access to funding, and more.
Speaker: Keiko Sono

12:45 - 2:00 PM EST

Lunch and Networking

Join us on Kumospace and chat with other conference attendees about the amazing sessions you participated in during the first hours of the conference. This is a fun, casual space to network and hear more from fellow audience members and panelists.

2:00 - 3:45 PM EST

KEYNOTE: The Intersectionality of Basic Income

In this important and timely panel discussion, we will focus on the intersectionality of basic income with the social and environmental justice work happening across North America to inspire deeper collaboration and coalition building as we fight for economic justice and an income floor for all to stand on.
Opening Remarks: Annamie Paul Speakers:, Mitchell Beer, Sheila Regehr, Amy Durrence, Rev. Liz Theoharis

4:00 - 4:45 PM EST

Empowering Investments in our Futures: The Youth Case for Basic Income

Through this interactive workshop, the Basic Income Canada Youth Network will discuss the importance of basic income to youth and why engaging them is essential to the movement.
Speakers: Chloe Halpenny, Hannah Owczar, Kendal David, Melanie Davis, Shelby Downe, Walid Herzallah

4:00 - 4:45 PM EST

Micro Pilots: Grassroots Led Direct Cash Demonstrations

Basic income pilots don’t have to be massive efforts led by elected leaders or large foundations. Small, micro-pilots have sprung up across the country, led by individuals who feel compelled to help their community members with direct cash. Hear from two grassroots community members who have led such efforts and get inspired!
Speakers: Anna Young, Sylvester Ani Jr.

4:00 - 4:45 PM EST

Visual Storytelling and Building the Movement: Filmmakers’ Forum

Film is a powerful tool for telling the stories that motivate grassroots growth and political engagement on any topic. Basic income has been the subject of multiple film projects over the last three years. Hear from the filmmakers behind the documentaries Inherent Good and My Yang Gang Diary, as well as the docuseries Bootstraps, as they talk about the process and inspiration they experienced while creating these important films.
Speakers: Deia Schlosberg, Conrad Shaw, Chris Panizzon, Ching Juhl

5:00 - 5:45 PM EST

Approach and Experience: High Impact Grassroots Organizing

Learn more about the philosophy and approach for high impact grassroots organizing and hear from organizers on the ground as they talk through their past event organizing and best practices for engaging local communities in the movement for basic income.
Speakers: Stacey Rutland, Sass

5:00 - 5:45 PM EST

Artists Now! Artists and Guaranteed Income Pilots

In this session we will hear from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco and Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota who have both launched guaranteed income pilots focused on artists. Together, with artists, they will explore ways in which to truly include artists at the table when designing basic income programs, whether targeted toward artists or universal.
Speakers: Deborah Cullinan, Laura Zabel

5:00 - 5:45 PM EST

From Idea to Reality: Getting to Guaranteed Income

Recent research of The Jain Family Institute focusing on 1. the identification and disbursement architecture to implement a federal basic income policy; 2. the role of basic income policies and which existing programs they can and cannot replace. Discussion between authors and other experts in the field
Speakers: Elaine Magg, Stephen Charles Nuñez, Sidhya Balakrishnan, Matt Darling

6:00 - 7:30 PM EST

KEYNOTE: Pilots, Data and the Drive Towards Cash Policies

Reports from the field of current and past UBI pilots inform a more general discussion of the role of UBI pilots in informing organizing, advocacy, and policy-making efforts.
Speakers: Amy Baker, Dr. Sarah Cowan, Stacia West, Adam Roseman, Dr. Evelyn Forget

7:30 - 8:30 PM EST

Social Hour & Networking

This is an opportunity to have follow up conversations with panelists and audience members from some of the sessions that most excited you. During this hour, you can also join Antonios Triantafyllakis in a Writing Workshop: Future Stories. Find the room in Kumospace and get creative with other attendees.

10:00 - 10:45 AM EST

UBI, Targeted Services, & Disability

How can basic income be combined with universal services, or take the place of some in-kind and targeted services, without disadvantaging the least advantaged?
Speakers: Jayne Cardno Ph.D., Timothy Roscoe Carter, Tracy Smith-Carrier

10:00 - 10:45 AM EST

When You Lift From The Bottom Everybody Rises

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival has been a driving force in shifting the narrative around poverty and its interlocking injustices of systemic racism, militarism, ecological devastation, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. In this session we will learn how the PPC:NCMR arrived at this point, and what work lies ahead.
Speakers: Pauline Pisano, Shailly Barnes, Dr. Charon Hribar

10:00 - 10:45 AM EST

UBI & Tech: What is the future of tech work?

As technology changes the nature of work and the employment landscape, we consider how UBI can help workers offset some of the effects of automation and distributed labor practices in low-wage gig work.
Speakers: Albert Wenger, Andy Stern, Adam Roseman, Leah Hamilton, Ioana Marinescu

11:00 - 11:45 AM EST

No One Left Behind: Income Security for the 21st Century, Research and Social Media Advocacy

This interactive presentation shared findings from a social media campaign for basic income centered around interviews with 28 low-income Canadians left out of CERB.
Speakers: Elaine Power, Craig Berggold

11:00 - 11:45 AM EST

UBI and Climate Change

Panel presentations and discussion of two roles for UBI in averting climate change catastrophe: Carbon dividends as a form of UBI and UBI as a cornerstone of radical social reconstruction, including degrowth.
Speakers: James Boyce, James Mulvale

11:00 - 11:45 AM EST

How UBI Improves Mental Health

Evidence from UBI pilots shows that the recipients of basic income experience significant mental health benefits. Given the comorbidity of poverty and mental health challenges, UBI has the potential to be a crucial and proactive policy choice to curb the mental health crisis.
Speakers: Adrian Comeau, Leslie Kausch, Matthew Smith

12:00 - 12:45 PM EST

Is Universality worth fighting for?

Should basic income advocates support targeting those who need it (as is often done in Canada), or push for a universal basic income that goes to everyone?
Speakers: Ben Earle, Chandra Pasma, Michael Howard

12:00 - 12:45 PM EST

The Challenges of Distributing UBI: Potential Alternatives Via Crypto, Banking Reforms, and the Money Supply

A significant challenge to the implementation of a society-wide UBI is building and ensuring equitable, universal access to distribution. Several different perspectives and methods of solving this problem were shared and discussed.
Speakers: Herb Stephens, Marco Dondi, Omar Syed

12:00 - 12:45 PM EST

Grassroots Building Legislation: The Making of the Oregon People’s Rebate Ballot Measure

Voters in twenty four states and Washington, DC can use legislative referral and/or ballot initiative processes at the statewide level to codify societal change. In this discussion, panelists discussed the ballot initiative process and how the UBI community could and should use ballot initiatives.
Speakers: Antonio Gisbert, Ted Blaszak

2:00 - 3:45 PM EST

KEYNOTE: Political Champions of Basic Income in Dialogue

This conversation with key national elected officials from Canada who have championed a basic income guarantee discusses what has worked to build coalitions among their political colleagues and with people outside government.
Speakers: The Honourable Kim Pate, Senator for Ontario, Member of Parliament Leah Gazan, Member of Parliament Julie Dzerowicz

4:00 - 4:45 PM EST

The Case for Basic Income and the Arts - A Canadian Campaign

Panelists discussed the creative process, unpaid work, cultural policies, lived experience, and the benefits that basic income could have for everyone, including artists, writers, technicians, and performers.
Speakers: Craig Berggold, Zainub Verjee, Clayton Windatt

4:00 - 4:45 PM EST

Funding UBI: Global UBI; Taxing Natural and Social Rents

One paper evaluates four models for funding a global basic income. The 2nd paper defends the taxation of natural and social rents, rather than capital or income, to fund a basic income.
Speakers: Jeff Smith, Peter Brake

4:00 - 4:45 PM EST

UBI Center Research on Policies, Politics, and Economic Consequences

The UBI Center is a think tank whose mission is to make universal basic income the world's most thoroughly researched economic policy. In this session, UBI Center researchers presented some of their recent papers and tools.
Speakers: Joshua Z Miller, Max Ghenis, Nate Golden, Will Fedder, Richard W. Evans

5:00 - 6:30 PM EST

KEYNOTE: Better Together: Reflections on the Movement, Next steps and Closing Remarks

There has been an exponential growth of public discussion, press coverage, pilots, social media buzz focused on basic income, and the prospect of an actual basic income policy to be passed by government - either local or federal - no longer seems out of reach. Insiders credit this growing movement on the openness of organizations and groups across the realms of knowledge, activism, and policy to work together, to build coalitions, and to collaborate on strategy.
Speakers: Stacey Rutland, Gisele Huff, Ken Yang, Jenna Van Draanen