Upcoming Events

This section highlights upcoming events as they relate to on basic income or related policies during this pandemic. All upcoming events are hosted by partners of the Basic Income Lab, research institutions, policy think tanks or foundations.

Past Events

This section provides links to past events on the intersection of basic income or related policies and COVID-19. All past events are hosted by partners of the Basic Income Lab, research institutions, policy think tanks or foundations.

Universal Basic Income: Dream or Reality?

November 20, 2020

International Center for European Formation

Financial Security 2020: A Framework for Recovery and Resilience

November 18, 2020

1pm EST. Hosted by the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program.

A Critical Lifeline: How One-Time Cash Grants & Financial Coaching Helped People Survive a Summer of Uncertainty

October 20, 2020

Join SaverLife, Neighborhood Trust, and the Aspen Institute’s Financial Security Program as we review the findings and discuss how a new vision for household financial resilience will be integral to economic recovery.

Racial Equity and the Power of Cash

October 14, 2020

5pm PST. Mia Birdsong, Anne Price, John Matthews II, and Jim Pugh.

Mayors for a Guaranteed Income

September 29, 2020

2pm EST. Host: National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Mayors from Stockton, CA; Jackson, MI; and Madison, WI.

Green-Red Dialogues: Universal Basic Income – Pathway out of the Covid-19 Crisis?

September 17, 2020

12pm EST. Antonio Costas – Professor of political economy at UB Barcelona and Aina Vidal, member of the Spanish parliament (Unidas Podemos)

Recovery, Re-Employment, and Re-Imagining Work

July 1, 2020

1pm EST. Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative.

Universal Basic Income as a possible remedy to the COVID-19 crisis?

June 3, 2020

8am EST. Green European Foundation and Alviina Alametsä, Natalie Bennett and Julen Bollain.

Is It Finally Time for a Basic Income? – Panel Discussion

June 2, 2020

Congressman Ro Khanna, Mayor Michael Tubbs, and co-Chair and co-founder of the Economic Security Project Natalie Foster

Universal Basic Income: Panacea or Waste of Resources?

May 21, 2020

2pm EST. Laura Carvalho, Associate Professor of Economics, Universidade de São Paulo, Marcela Eslava, Economics Professor and newly appointed Dean of the Economics School, Universidad de los Andes, Eduardo Levy Yeyati, Dean of the School of Government, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Cecilia Tornaghi, Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly (moderator)

Emergency Savings – Are we Re-Learning Lessons or Have we Reached its Limits?

June 11, 2020

10am EST. Aspen Institute, Financial Security Program

Linking Social Protection and humanitarian cash and voucher assistance (CVA) – what do we really know and where to start? Findings from the CaLP commissioned high level briefing paper at the time of COVID-19

May 21, 2020

8am EST. Host: socialprotection.org; Panelists: Paul Harvey, Humanitarian Outcomes, Daniel Longhurst, Independent Consultant, Dr. Rachel Slater, Professor of International Development, Centre for International Development and Training, University of Wolverhampton

Lift the floor: Would a Universal Basic Income guarantee a good life for all Canadians

May 14, 2020

1pm EST. Host: Broadbent Institute, Panelists: Armine Yalnizyan, Economist and Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers and Simon Black, Brock University Centre for Labour Studies

Cash Infusions: Stability Now, Security Later

May 14, 2020

1pm EST. Host: Aspen Institute, Financial Security Program, Panelists: Charlie Anderson of the office of Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO); Mia Birdsong, Economic Security Project; Aisha Nyandoro, Springboard To Opportunities; Ameya Pawar, Former Chicago Aldermanl Prashanthi Ravanavarapu, PayPal; Lauren Renaud, FII; and Helah Robinson, LIFT

Targeting Covid-19 relief payments in Bangladesh

May 7, 2020

3pm EST. Hosted by Overseas Development Institute. Chairs: Mark Miller, Director of Public Finance and Institutions Programme, ODI; Maria May, Senior Programme Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Panelists: Mushfiq Mobarak, Professor of Economics, Yale; Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor, A2i; Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC; Sabina Rashid, Dean and Professor, James P Grant School of Public Health

How we live next: Is UBI really fair or feasible

May 7, 2020

6:30pm EST. Host: Tortoise Media. Panelists: Micheal Pugh, Basic Income Conversation at Compass and the Rt Hon Lord David Willetts, King’s College London.

Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on formal sector workers: (potential) social protection and employment responses

April 29, 2020

5pm EST. Host: socialprotection.org, Panellists: Sebastian Konigs (OECD), Luca Pellarano (ILO)

Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on employment: (potential) solutions for informal/self-employed workers, April 21

April 22, 2020

5pm EST. Host: socialprotection.org; Panellists: Laura Alfers (WIEGO), Carmen Roca (WIEGO), Portia Kekana (Department of small business development, South Africa)

Online event: Cash transfers for COVID-19 in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

April 17, 2020

9am EST. Host: Center for Global Development: Panelists: Laura Alfers (Director of Social Protection Programme, WIEGO), Ugo Gentilini (World Bank), Joe Huston (Give Directly), Gyude Moore (CGD)

What are the Impacts on Local Economies?

April 14, 2020

1pm EST. Host: Canadian Urban Institute; Panelists: Mark Garner, CEO and Executive Director, Downtown Yonge BIA; Bruce Katz, Director, Nowak Metro Finance Lab, Drexel University; Mary Moran, President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development; Patrick Sullivan, President & CEO, Halifax Chamber of Commerce; and Karen Wong, Co-founder & CEO, TakuLabs.

COVID-19, inequalities and policy

April 11, 2020

Host: INSEAD, Panellist: Mark Stabile

Exploring universal basic income: lessons for COVID-19 response and beyond

April 1, 2020

5pm EST. Host: socialprotection,org; Panellists:Ugo Gentilini (World Bank), Francesca Bastagli (ODI)