From pilot to policy: a transatlantic lens

Fellowship Event / Online

 -  | BST British Summer Time

9am - 10am PDT / 12pm - 1pm EDT

  • Public services
  • Social innovation
  • Global

Join us for an insightful discussion about influencing policy change in Scotland and the US, as part of our RSA Fellows Festival.

What could go right?” is the theme of this year’s Fellows Festival and so it is an appropriate time to discuss what could go right in terms of influencing and shifting national policy change. Over the past few years, a number of universal basic income (UBI) pilots have successfully been launched across the US but now many UBI advocates are seeking to translate these pilots into state or federal policies. Similarly, in Scotland, there has been a groundswell of support for public policy changes, including universal basic income, but the challenge is how to turn these into real, actionable policies.

For this interactive event we’ll hear from a panel of speakers across Scotland and the U.S who have been involved in movement building and public policy initiatives. Sean Kline, Director of Policy and Innovation at RSA US, and Jamie Cooke, Head of Fellowship Engagement for Nations and Regions, will lead a wide ranging discussion, followed by a Q&A with our audience. This event is coordinated by Amy McInulty, Area Manager for Scotland, and Claire Byrne, Senior Community Manager for RSA US.

More information on our panel will follow.


Sean Kline, Director of Policy and Innovation at RSA US

Sean leads RSA US’ work spotlighting and amplifying social innovations that enhance the public good. In addition to his role at the RSA US, Sean co-directs the Stanford Basic Income Lab, which undertakes research and convenes stakeholders around the politics, philosophy, economics and implementation of basic income. Sean brings more than two decades of public, private and non-profit experience researching, designing, scaling and advocating for financial innovations that strengthen economic security and inclusion. He is former Director of the San Francisco Government Office of Financial Empowerment, where he was a leading voice for public innovation.

Jamie Cooke, Head of Fellowship Engagement Nations and Regions at the RSA

Jamie Cooke is Head of Fellowship Engagement Nations and Regions at the RSA, working with our global community of over 31,000 Fellows. He has been involved in the basic income discussion since 2016, helping to bring the topic to the forefront of political discussion, and consensus, in Scotland, and contributing to work in many other parts of the world. He has conducted research, including the RSA report A Basic Income for Scotland; spoken and written in a wide range of settings from TEDx Glasgow to the international media; and was part of the team that successfully bid to bring the 2021 World Basic Income Congress to Glasgow. Connect with him on Twitter @JamieACooke and on LinkedIn.

This event was recorded.

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