8:30 AM - 9:00 AM CDT

Registration and Check-In

Check-in for Conference attendees joining us for the in-person events in Chicago. Attendees will be asked to complete a Health Self-Assessment prior to attending the event. Link to the Full COVID Policy.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

Opening Remarks: Welcome from President Preckwinkle and Framing of Conference

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners

[Recording Available]

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

PLENARY: Economic Justice Intersects with all Justice Work - Basic Income as a Redistribution of Power

In our current system, money is power. Through that context, basic income is fundamentally a redistribution of power. In this Plenary, leaders from across a range of justice communities will talk about the role that basic income plays in helping shift power dynamics within interpersonal, community and societal systems and how these shifts can support the fight for equity and justice.

SPEAKERS: FreeFrom, Point Source Youth, Creatives Rebuild New York, Equity and Tansformation
[Recording Available]

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

Nothing About Us Without Us: Centering Youth and Disabled Communities when Implementing Cash Transfer Pilots

Routinely, young people and individuals living with disabilities are left out of decision-making that directly impacts their lives. While it is important to consider that youth with disabilities sit at the very intersection between these two groups, by collapsing youth and disabled communities into a singular category, we risk perpetuating harmful stereotypes and erasing identity. Join us for a conversation with Creatives Rebuild New York's Guaranteed Income for Artists and representatives from Trust Youth Initiative (TYI), a "Cash Plus" program being piloted in New York City (and beyond) by Chapin Hall and Point Source Youth. This is an opportunity to learn about and discuss the shared and unique challenges these groups face and critical distinctions between the two. We will also examine youth-centric and disability-centric priorities for design, adaptation, and scaling, and important actions we can take to protect cash recipients' existing benefits while shaping direct cash policies and practices for the future.

SPEAKERS: Creatives Rebuild New York, Point Source Youth, Chapin Hall
[Recording Available]

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

GALLERY 1

DC Guaranteed Income - Building Intersectional Coalitions, Shifting Culture and Narratives, and Nurturing a Diverse Policy Landscape

The DC Guaranteed Income Coalition will discuss their recent victories and plans for the future as a diverse, advocacy-focused intersectional collaboration of DC low-income mothers, low-wage workers, and other stakeholders, dedicated to establishing an income floor, passing a permanent guaranteed income for all in Washington, D.C., and shoring up the safety net benefit. The sheer breadth, power, and results of this coalition is changing the narrative of what a wide-ranging coalition can accomplish for people from traditionally opposing policy frameworks: those who are earners and non-earners.

SPEAKERS: Save Us Now, Inc, Let's Go DMV!, Mother's Outreach Network
[Recording Coming Soon!]

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

GALLERY 2

In Her Hands: A Blueprint for Community-led Pilots

In Her Hands is a guaranteed income initiative that was launched in 2022 by the Georgia Resilience and Opportunity (GRO) Fund and GiveDirectly. Beyond its goal to deliver cash to 650+ low-income Black women across Georgia, this program was intentionally created and designed to drive powerful narrative change. We are disrupting long held harmful narratives about poverty, gender, and race by centering community voices, telling dignified stories, and illustrating the power of cash. As the cultural phenomenon of GI spreads, we believe that building pilots from a community-centered framework helps to shape an inclusionary vision for future Guaranteed Income & direct cash policies. In this presentation, we will share the blueprint of In Her Hands and how our initiative is building towards visionary change.

SPEAKERS: Eshe Shukura, Sarah Moran, Hope Wollensack
[Recording Coming Soon!]

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CDT

LUNCH: Pilot Lunch Social

An opportunity for those in attendance to have lunch with pilot organizations to talk shop, get inspired and build best practices:.

Participating Pilot Organizations: Champaign County Guaranteed Income Pilot, Community Spring/Just Income GNV, Equity and Transformation, Point Source Youth, HudsonUP, In Her Hands, Denver Basic Income Project, Philly Joy Bank, Abundant Birth Project, UpTogether, Martha's Table, Hummingbird Indigenous Family Services, Black Women's Resilience Project

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

Centering Justice Impacted Community Members in Program Design and Implementation

In 2021, EAT built the Chicago Future Fund (CFF) as an innovative solution to economic inequality by providing $500/month to 30 returning residents in West Garfield Park. This year, EAT expanded the program, providing guaranteed income to 100 system-impacted individuals in Chicago's South and West sides. Since its inception, the CFF has shifted the narrative around guaranteed income and system-impacted individuals in Illinois, paving the way for several GI programs to follow. The CFF is more than a GI program. It is an acknowledgment of past harms, an investment in Black joy, and an opportunity to remedy the absence of actionable alternatives to police and prisons in Illinois.

SPEAKERS: Equity and Transformation, Participants from the Chicago Future Fund
[Recording Available]

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM CDT

GALLERY 1

Centering Voices: Indigenous Women, Black Women and GBV Survivors in Program Design

This session will present culturally-relevant, inclusive, and person-centered strategies for program design and research that center and empower Black women, Indigenous communities, and survivors of gender-based violence. Tackling systemic inequity requires guaranteed income work to support communities that are subjected to violence from racism, colonialism, and gender oppression. Join presenters from the Black Women Resilience Project, Hummingbird Indigenous Family Services, and FreeFrom as they share their experience of what it means to center these important communities, and the visions they have for healing intergenerational trauma and creating sustainable pathways to financial security, abundance, and wellness.

SPEAKERS: Black Women's Resilience Project, Hummingbird Indigenous Family Services, FreeFrom
[Recording Coming Soon!]

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM CDT

GALLERY 2

Connecting to the Solidarity Economy Movement - Reframing Institutional Power

The Solidarity Economy movement is growing amongst artists and culture workers who share an understanding that racial justice cannot be achieved without economic justice, and that culture is key to getting us there. This panel will open dialogue between artists, organizers, and advocates to share perspectives on how the Solidarity Economy Movement and the Guaranteed Basic Income Movement could align, strengthen paths for collaboration, and support each other’s goals.

SPEAKERS: Creatives Rebuild New York, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, Anticapitalism for Artists, Art.Coop
[Recording Coming Soon!]

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

PLENARY: Centering Community Voices, Building Strategic Campaigns

Guest Performer: Matt Muse

SPEAKERS: Jain Family Institute, Income Movement
[Recording Available]

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

CTC Learnings and Impact on Narratives

The main objection to the 2021 expanded child tax credit was that it would cause people to quit their jobs. This panel would rebut this objection from multiple research angles and will connect to a broader discussion about changing the narrative around guaranteed income and work.

SPEAKERS: Jain Family Institute, Northeastern, Ideas42, MIT
[Recording Available]

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

GALLERY 1

Where Do We Go From Here? Using grassroots Advocacy in the GI Movement

This conversation-style presentation will showcase NCJW| LA's work in the GI Movement and how grassroots Advocacy, community building, and narrative change have been integrated to leverage local and state elected officials to support and expand funding and begin to move forward GI pilots into policy. Nabila Dunbar (advocacy program manager) and Tevel Pele (GI program coordinator) will facilitate this conversation-style presentation. Come ready to learn and share how grassroots Advocacy can be a catalyst toward expanding and securing funding for guaranteed income!

SPEAKERS: National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles
[Recording Coming Soon!]

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

GALLERY 2

Rewriting the Script: Dismantling Stigma and Reclaiming Power through Personal Stories

In this interactive session, participants will challenge pervasive myths and stereotypes, using clips of the documentary film Storming Caesars Palace as a point of departure and reflection.  

The stories of women with limited means and autonomy in the 1960’s and 1970’s are echoed in the stories of many today. Just as pervasive are stereotypes about families receiving public assistance, Black women, and other low-income individuals facing discrimination, exclusion, and stigma. How do they show up systemically in public rhetoric, policies and programs, and how do we dismantle them with stories from the communities with which we work? Participants discuss using additional prompts and contemporary examples. 

SPEAKERS: Director and Film Participant of Storming Caesars Palace
[Recording Coming Soon!]

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

WORKING SESSION: Celebrity Slogans for Narrative Change Campaigns

Join us in-person for a creative and interesting approach to building a narrative change campaign. Work with others to create and rank slogans based on their ability to make a splash on the national stage.
[In-Person Only]

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM CDT

PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL

310 N GREEN ST
CHICAGO, IL 60607

RECEPTION AT PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL

Join us at Punch Bowl Social for an exciting evening of fun and games at the end of the first day of the BIG Conference! Unwind and relax with your fellow attendees with a variety of activities including classic Arcade games, Bowling, Ping Pong, Cornhole, Foosball, Giant Jenga, Ring Toss, and Giant Connect Four! Then cap off the night with some karaoke with your new friends!

Reception sponsored by Givecard.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM CDT

Registration and Check-In

Check-in for Conference attendees joining us for the in-person events in Chicago. Attendees will be asked to complete a Health Self-Assessment prior to attending the event. Link to the Full COVID Policy.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

OPENING DAY 2: Conference Highlights and Welcoming Remarks from Mayor Brandon Johnson

Join us in kicking off the second day of the BIG Conference with Welcoming Remarks from the newly elected Mayor of Chicago, Brandon Johnson!
[Recording Available]

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

WORKING SESSION: Empathetic Policy Design

Join us in-person to connect with the stories of four participants from the BOOTSTRAPS Pilot who have complex yet common personal stories and be a part of a facilitated conversation to understand how we can root the work of policy in the lived experiences of our community members.

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS: Producers of the BOOTSTRAPS docuseries, GiveDirectly, Jain Family Institute, The Bridge Project, FreeFrom, Scott Santens, Philly Joy Bank, Expecting Justice, Martha's Table, Just Income, Denver Basic Income Project, Servicios de La Raza
[In-Person Only]

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

Raising the Floor Screening + Q&A 

In 2020 a global pandemic sent the majority Latinx city of Chelsea, Massachusetts spiraling into chaos. Frontline workers risked their lives to help others, while City leaders came together in a desperate moment with a simple but inspired idea.

Raising the Floor is the moving narrative of a majority Latinx community coming together to feed neighbors and strangers during an unprecedented public health crisis. It is the inspiring story of a group of local leaders whose sense of helplessness and concern led to bold policy innovation.

SPEAKER: Director and Co-Producer of Raising the Floor
[In-Person Only]

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

PLENARY: The Importance of a Diverse Policy Landscape in Early Stage Movement Building: State of the Work, and Next Areas to Pursue

In the early stages of movement building, having a broad range of policy efforts is critical: different policy efforts can help inform design requirements, be a forcing function for tool and infrastructure design, and provide opportunities for the public and politicians alike to engage with the ideas behind basic income and its role in transforming the economy and society. This plenary will highlight the current work being done in the policy space, including the opportunities these different efforts provide for informing potential north star federal policy, as well as begin to identify gaps in knowledge or open questions we need to answer to better lay the groundwork for a national basic income.

SPEAKERS: New York University, Jain Family Institute, Economic Security Project, Steady
[Recording Available]

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CDT

GALLERY 2

Screening of Bootstraps Docuseries + Q&A

Americans from diverse walks of life received a basic income from 2017-2020. Come for a sneak peek viewing of the rough cut pilot episode for Bootstraps, the docuseries that followed their experience through it all.

SPEAKERS: Director and Producer of Bootstraps
[In-Person Only]

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CDT

SOLARIUM

How might we measure long-term outcomes of guaranteed income pilots?

The target audience for this interactive and facilitated discussion will be researchers evaluating guaranteed income pilots across the country to create a shared strategy of whether and how the long-term outcomes for these various pilots should be measured. However, the session will also be open to all in order to provide input on what success looks like and how research can help answer if a program was successful in the long-run.

SPEAKERS: Center for Guaranteed Income Research, UPenn, Inclusive Economy Lab of Chicago, Abt Associates
[Recording Coming Soon!]

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

Road to Permanency

The Cook County Promise is unique in its stated purpose to establish a permanent program upon the pilot’s completion, with revenues from cannabis taxes providing one source of ongoing funding. In this session, Cook County Promise leadership will discuss how Cook County Government came to embrace direct cash policy and commit to a permanent program. Presenters will also describe how they built the pilot and its research component with permanency and good governance in mind, as well as touch on their current progress towards building the permanent program. The panel will also feature Promise Pilot participants who will describe their experience applying for and participating in the pilot.

SPEAKERS: AidKit, GiveDirectly, Inclusive Economy Lab, Cook County Government Promise Pilot and Pilot Participants
[Recording Available]

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM CDT

GALLERY 1

Maximizing GI Impact by Addressing Wealth Decelerators

Unprecedented wealth inequality, housing cost, and debt burden threaten the potential of guaranteed income programs to effectively reduce economic instability and disparity. This panel will explore the other ways that unconditional cash can create a more equitable foundation upon which guaranteed income can have the greatest impact. GiveDirectly and its partners are testing innovative approaches to prevent debt and eviction, respond faster and more equitably to natural and man-made disasters, and accelerate people out of poverty through large one-time transfers.

SPEAKERS: GiveDirectly, Inclusive Economy Lab, Impact Charitable
[Recording Coming Soon!]

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM CDT

GALLERY 2

Comparing Universality and Targeting - Aligning Policy and Values

The Basic Income movement is grappling with a thorny and nuanced question: In the pursuit of implementing a robust and just social support system, is it better to pursue policy that A) proactively directs money and other benefits to those experiencing the greatest disadvantage, vulnerability, and/or historical oppression; or B) provides a universal benefit to all?

Join for a discussion of the questions around the values, implementation, and the human impacts of policy design choices.

SPEAKERS: Urban Institute, PolicyEngine, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
[Recording Coming Soon!]

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

GRAND STUDIO

Prioritizing Equity + Care at Scale: In conversation with Chicago Resilient Communities and Creatives Rebuild New York

This interactive session will focus on lessons learned from 2 pilots working with large numbers of enrolled participants at different geographic scales. Join administrators from The Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot and Creatives Rebuild New York’s Guaranteed Income for Artist program in conversation with each other about everything from intersectional partnerships to process design as key insights for the road to a national policy.

SPEAKERS: City of Chicago Mayor's Office, City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Creatives Rebuild New York, GiveDirectly
[Recording Available]

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

GALLERY 1

State Policy Work: Legislation, Tax Credits and Benefits Support

State level tax credit expansion and benefits reform and support are critical parts of the broader roadmap towards federal legislation. In this session, panelists will share important policy work happening in several states across the country, highlight both process best practices as well as key impacts and wins to inspire continued work at the state level.

[Recording Coming Soon!]

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

GALLERY 2

Advancing Intersectional Partnerships: California’s Guaranteed Income Pilot Program and Pooled Fund

The State of California’s Guaranteed Income Pilot Program is a $35 million investment to advance guaranteed income for pregnant individuals and former foster youth across California. Each pilot program is funded using State General Funds, as well as matching funds. The California Guaranteed Income Pooled Fund is a public-private collaboration that leverages government investment and catalyzes philanthropic support to drive equitable access to GI resources in historically under-resourced communities. This session elevates a new approach to partnership and offers guidance to those interested in pursuing a similar path.

SPEAKERS: Social Finance, Inc., California Department of Social Services, iFoster, The California Wellness Foundation
[Recording Coming Soon!]

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

SOLARIUM

Trade-Offs & Paths Not Taken: Implementation Lessons When Designing Short-Term Pilot Programs in the US

In this panel we present early data from 8 pilot programs around the paths not taken and the trade-offs encountered when designing short-term pilot programs for unconditional cash.

SPEAKERS: UPenn, Abt Associates
[Recording Coming Soon!]

3:30 PM - 4:00 CDT

GRAND STUDIO

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM PDT

Registration and Check-In

Check-in for Conference attendees joining us for the in-person events in Portland. Attendees will be asked to complete a COVID rapid test and Health Questionnaire prior to gaining entry into the event. Link to the Full COVID Policy.

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM PDT

The distributional impacts of universal basic income policies

UBI policies inevitably transform the distribution of income and wealth. These talks discuss how various policy designs can affect inequality and other distributional outcomes. [Livestream]
Speakers: Nikhil Woodruff, Aleida Baumgartner, Almaz Zelleke

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM PDT

The Health and Mental Health Case for Basic Income: Stories from the Front Line and the Academy

This session includes two papers of 15 minutes each on basic income as a means to prevent health and mental health problems and to improve health and mental health status. In addition there will be 15 minutes for questions and discussion. [Recorded]
Speakers: Sid Frankel, Leslie Kausch, Sarah "Faye" Doney

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

PLENARY: The Great Reshuffling: Pandemic Impacts on the Re-visioning of Work and Labor

The pandemic created an unprecedented disruption that shook the labor force across the country. With millions of Americans making important career shifts, and a societal challenging and redefining of "work" - we are experiencing a Great Reshuffling in our labor market. In this roundtable discussion, we’ll explore what unique challenges workers are facing and how basic income can support this shift in building a dignity economy. [Livestream]
Speakers: Madeline Neighly, Leslie Kausch, Emily Squadra, Adam Roseman

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

LUNCH

Explore Portland's food carts and restaurants. Eat out, or bring it back to Leftbank.

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM PDT

Film, Stories and Shifting Culture: Basic Income Filmmaker Forum

Join this exciting conversation with filmmakers who have tackled basic income through a variety of lenses and approaches and hear more about the process of getting their films made, their hopes and goals for their films as agents for change, and the next steps for their films. Filmmakers include: Chris Panizzon, producer of Inherent Good, Conrad Shaw, producer of Bootstraps, and Hazel Gurland-Pooler, director of Storming Caesars Palace. [Livestream]
Speakers: Chris Panizzon, Conrad Shaw, Hazel Gurland-Pooler

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM PDT

In-Kind Benefits vs. Direct Cash

Panelists compare the relative impact and efficiencies of two in-kind benefits as compared to direct cash grants, then reflect on the potential consequences - both positive and negative - of these two forms of public assistance. [Recorded]
Speakers: Tola Ouk, Tracy Smith-Carrier, Emma Smith Carrier

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM PDT

Exploring the Macroeconomic Effects of a Basic Income

What are the broader impacts of a national basic income on our economic system? Join leading analysts and advocates as they discuss macroeconomic effects. [Livestream]
Speakers: Scott Santens, Joshua Zane Miller, Max Ghenis

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM PDT

Oregon People’s Rebate: A Deep Dive into Ballot Measure Work

Having basic income policy gain traction at the state level is a critical step towards broad federal legislation. State work can come from elected officials and move through the state legislature, or, in the case of more than 20 states, it can come from the people, in the form of a ballot measure. In Oregon, the Oregon People’s Rebate is the first ballot measure for statewide direct cash policy. Hear more about this groundbreaking initiative, and how other states can take a similar approach. [Recorded]
Speakers: Antonio Gisbert, Anthony Johnson

4:00 PM - 6:00 PDT

PLENARY: Intersectionality of Movements: Basic Income as a Tool for Justice and Closing Remarks

Housing and disability rights. Racial, gender and LGBTQIA justice. The fight for everyone in our community to have their basic rights protected and basic needs covered includes an economic component. The dignity and flexibility of direct cash means basic income can be part of the economic solution to support all of these efforts. In this session, we will talk with leaders working across a wide range of justice work and learn why they have taken up direct cash as part of their programmatic work. This conversation can inspire new opportunities to grow the direct cash movement through intersectional partnerships. [Livestream]
Speakers: Mellani Calvin, Allison Teng, Raven Drake, Andrew Hogan, Ebonee Bell