The Center for the Study of Liberty partnered with the San Francisco chapter of America's Future Foundation and local chapter of Make America Dinner Again to lead a discussion about poverty and economic inequality.
Nineteen guests, representing a range of professions and political views, came together to ask questions about our responsibility to the poor in our community and the world at large; explore the idea of a universal basic income; and discuss the proper role for individuals, non-profits, and governments in responding to the problem.
Silicon Valley's high-risk, high-reward startup culture has created incredible wealth for many who live there, but not everyone shares in the wealth generated by the tech industry. Nearby San Francisco is home to one of the largest homeless populations in the US.
Participants discussed the causes of and possible solutions to economic inequality in the Bay Area after reading a brief article about the uncertain future of work and viewing a "Crash Course" video on poverty.
6:00 PM – Opening Reception
6:30 PM – Welcome, introductions, and dinner
7:00 PM – Opening comments by leader
7:15 PM – Discussion
8:45 PM – Closing