US: Writer awarded $24,000 grant to write about Basic Income in 2017
Kate McFarland, a News Editor for BIEN, has been awarded a $24,000 grant by the Economic Security Project to focus on this work throughout 2017.
Of the grant, McFarland has the following to say: “As a reporter on the basic income movement, my primary task is to present accurate information in a clear and objective manner. With the movement gaining incredible momentum in world plagued by clickbait headlines and sensationalized reporting, this task is more important than ever. It’s a challenging and demanding job, and increasing my knowledge, building new connections, and perfecting my skills as a reporter has been an ongoing process for me since I took the plunge into writing for Basic Income News in early 2016. With the Economic Security Project grant, I’ll be able to further expand the scope and depth of my reporting, and hopefully help to bring other lasting improvements to the important work being done by Basic Income News and BIEN.”
In addition to McFarland’s role as a writer and editor for Basic Income News, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Basic Income Earth Network, and the Secretary of the US Basic Income Guarantee Network .
The Economic Security Project describes itself as “a two year fund to support exploration and experimentation with unconditional cash stipends.” The project uses donations to fund academic research, basic income campaigns at both state and local levels, and cultural projects related to economic security.
The Economic Security Project is co-chaired by Natalie Foster, an expert on the future of work with the Institute for the Future, Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, and Dorian Warren, a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and President of the Center for Community Change Action. Notable founding signatories include Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator (whose proposed basic income research we have covered here), Scott Santens, a well-known writer and advocate for basic income, and Andy Stern, President Emeritus of the Service Employees International Union (whose recent book on basic income we have covered here), among many others.
McFarland covered the launch of the Economic Security Project for Basic Income News here. As a founding signatory herself, she was also invited to participate in a special series of blog posts honoring the launch. Her “call to fellow supporters” (available here) makes the case for a multifaceted approach to investigating basic income, as well as clarity of understanding of what empirical studies can tell us and what values they imply.
McFarland graduated from the Ohio State University in 2015 with a PhD in Philosophy and a master’s degree in Statistics. She taught philosophy for a year before leaving to concentrate on her work for BIEN. McFarland started writing for Basic Income News in March of 2016, before her election to the Executive Committee of BIEN in July.
Photo: Kate McFarland