UpLift Community Conversation Series: What is Basic Income?

In early September, the Project Coordination Team hosted UpLift’s Community Conversations Series event “What is Basic Income?” at the Varsity Cinema. The event served as a opportunity for interested stakeholders to learn more about the basic income model and to share their thoughts about the potential impacts of a basic income in our community. 

The event featured a viewing of “Raising the Floor”, a short documentary that tells the story of how Chelsea, Massachusetts decided to address the increasing food insecurity occurring within their community during the height of the pandemic. What started as a grassroots food distribution effort quickly turned into a basic income pilot called Chelsea Eats. This short term effort combined city general revenue funds, state aid, and philanthropic contributions to disburse unrestricted cash assistance to approximately 2,000 households. 

After the viewing the Project Coordination Team facilitated a discussion session with audience members to gather initial thoughts about Chelsea’s approach of using a basic income to meet their communities needs, as well as ask questions of and provide feedback on the UpLift pilot strategy.

Learn More

View the Event Summary and see what attendees had to say. 

Read Chelsea Eat’s publications from evaluators at the Harvard Kennedy School, including the Card Spending Update

Take a moment to watch the trailer to the film Raising the Floor.



What’s Next?

UpLift is a community lead learning opportunity, committed to gathering data and input on how basic income concepts can inform poverty reduction in Central Iowa.

Get involved by:

  • Sharing your thoughts! Provide your input by completing this basic income survey
  • Expand the network! Help us bring community to these conversations by sharing your experience, inviting colleagues and others to these discussions.

Be sure you get the opportunity to join the next Community Conversation by subscribing to the UpLift’s mailing list.