Give People Money
How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World
How is the economy adapting to profound technological advances, such as AI and automation? How are these forces, and many others, redefining the nature of work, the potential of business, even society itself? Annie Lowrey, one of our most exciting economics speakers, offers a clear view of what these tectonic shifts mean for you. Her first book, Give People Money, uses the hot topic of Universal Basic Income to gather in larger economic themes, and establishes her as a lively interpreter of global business and the future of work.
“Like it or hate it, the UBI is the biggest social policy idea of the 21st century so far. Give People Money is the best study yet of the world’s experiences with UBI. It deserves acclaim and, more important, the close attention of policy makers.”— Lawrence H. Summers, former Treasury Secretary of the United States
Annie Lowrey has spent her career covering economic policy and its impact on businesses. She has an incredible grasp on the inter-relationship between technological innovation, the labor force, specific industries, and the health of the economy. What will the economy look like in 5, 10, 50 years? Will AI eradicate jobs entirely? Or will it allow humans to work smarter and leaner—to use their full creative capacity? Why, in 2018, are mainstream politicians (and everyone else!) talking seriously about Universal Basic Income, a stipend given to every citizen? These are some of the questions Lowrey prompts audiences to think about. “It's about UBI, yes, but more about using UBI to think about all kinds of other things: work, robots, AI, racism, babies, taxes, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, abundance,” she says.
One of Lowrey’s new keynotes is based on her much-anticipated book, Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World (July 2018). The idea is simple: what if every month the government gave you $1,000, with nothing expected in return? From this premise, Lowrey brilliantly explores rising inequality; persistent poverty; issues of race, class, and gender; and the entrenched belief that no one should get something for nothing. What role might UBI play in a world with advanced AI and little need for traditional human labor? Lastly, what does it mean for your sector and industry? (Likely more than you realize). Lowrey offers an unbiased, deeply reported account of UBI—while suggesting a better foundation for our society in this age of turbulence and marvels. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Washington D.C.
What would you do if the government mailed you a check for $1,000 every month? For many of us, our lives would be much the same, but for others — entrepreneurs, people with disabilities, parents of young children, blue-collar workers approaching retirement age, the homeless — the world might be radically different, as would our economy, country, and our sense of what we owe one another. This sweeping, simple idea is called a UBI: Universal Basic Income. It is being trialled everywhere from Canada to Kenya. In this talk, one of the world’s leading UBI experts, Annie Lowrey, imagines how it might transform our world, for better and worse, with an eye towards what it would mean for your sector.
Why isn't growth working for everyone anymore? In this talk, Lowrey will look at various important topics, including automation, wage stagnation, and inequality — and how the technological and political forces that have made the United States the most dynamic and richest country in the world have also left tens of millions of Americans behind. More than that, she examines what to do about it, and how the country could have a wealthier and more equitable future. Is the country fated to fall behind the Chinas and the Indias of the world going forward? Against this global and historical backdrop, and with an eye for your specific industry, Lowrey’s talk is a must-hear for anyone interested in their organization’s place in the global economy.
Are robots about to take your job—everybody's job? In this talk, Annie Lowrey looks at the impact of technology on growth over the past century, and examines whether, this time, machines really will replace humans, instead of making them smarter, healthier, richer, and more productive. What path will A.I. walk us down? Lowrey discusses how A.I.-driven innovations—driverless cars, robot diagnosticians, and instant transcription-and-translation to name a few—stand to change your industry and the economy. Finally, Lowrey investigates what government policy and private businesses could do to make sure tech benefits the 99 percent, not just the one percent. This is an unbiased, far-reaching talk that considers A.I. from every angle.