Mincome documentary short
We are creating a short documentary to reveal the stories that capture the personal findings of Mincome. Through the art of cinema we are crafting a compelling and emotional film by focusing on the residents of Dauphin to show how Mincome impacted their life. The film will help audiences understand how the pilot was deployed and impact that it had on the residents who received it. The goal of the project is to show the positive impact to leaders considering the implementation of a Basic Income. Our hope is that the success in Dauphin spurs the adoption in the US & Canada.
Mincome was a pilot in Dauphin, a Manitoba, Canada from 1974 to 1979. During this pilot a Basic Income was available to the residents who needed it most. It was a saturation site where any resident could apply; ultimately over 2,000 people received a guaranteed income in Dauphin. The pilot was deployed as a negative income tax meaning ultimately only people beneath a certain income would receive cash.
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Creating the film is only the beginning. Since the inception of this project we have been engineering a strategy for creating impact and bringing UBI to fruition. The film will play a significant role in creating education and awareness in this movement for a new economy; however, we understand the need to provide a tangible path for action once the film is over.
We are working carefully with a professional team to create workshop and engagement activities that will compliment the film. The workshop will provide a tool kit to enable groups to take action in their community. It will provide enable a forum to continue the discussion around Basic Income and provide resources and guidance to drive policy and legislative change at the local level.
This is a tool kit for a grassroots movement to build a new economy.
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A social impact endeavor rooted in storytelling, documentary film and community organizing. The mission is to mobilize and activate targeted strategic audiences throughout the US & Canada. We will collaborate to influence policy makers and the government process to increase the likelihood of implementing a UBI.
Given their relative economic vulnerability including a rapidly changing and evermore uncertain labour market, post-secondary students and recent graduates struggling to establish themselves represent one of the most important and yet one of the least tapped constituencies for engaging and mobilizing in support of basic income advocacy within the US & Canadian context.
Accordingly, many hundreds to thousands of students at and graduates from US and Canadian universities and colleges could be recruited to become champions for basic income – and to help lean on current and aspiring federal and state/provincial politicians to develop and implement sound basic income policy.
In a collaborative effort to rally this constituency, we will work with Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) to undertake strategic outreach to students in/graduates of select Canadian universities, including initiating contact with student associations and the Canadian Federation of Students. The aim will be to establish enduring working relationships and to recruit as many student/graduate leaders as possible for the Canadian basic income movement.
We will deploy advocacy workshops to
Screen a documentary about Mincome at universities, using the film as a driver to activate students and potential advocates;
Host trainings for and support to particularly committed student/graduate advocates (e.g., training in how to talk about basic income, how to lobby)
Establish a roster of advocates on tap to, in a coordinated way. Provide details and logistics to support advocates in their efforts to lobby their representatives for basic income in the lead up to and through targeted upcoming election cycles.
Cast of Characters
We visited Dauphin and Winnipeg in fall of 2017 and spent two weeks filming with some kind residents who gave us an incredible glimpse at the impact of Mincome. We are currently in post-production and are planning to release the film in spring 2018 . If you are a resident of Dauphin, participated in the pilot project from 1974-1979 and are interested in sharing your story, we would love to hear from you.