More Than Enough is a podcast that follows imagination instigator and economic justice advocate, Mia Birdsong as she grapples with how Guaranteed Income might actually transform people's lives. Crisscrossing the country from Jackson, Mississippi to Los Angeles, California to Durham, North Carolina, Mia provides a glimpse into the lives of people who are struggling to make ends meet.
More Than Enough brings together the wisdom and insights of poor folks and economic justice advocates to complicate and enrich a discussion that is currently loudest in Silicon Valley. Moving past policy parameters, Mia’s conversations get at the deeper question of what America really should promise people - what we all deserve and should have.
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Mia is a pathfinder, community curator, and storyteller who steadily engages the leadership and wisdom of people experiencing injustice to chart new visions of American life. She has a gift for making visible and leveraging the brilliance of everyday people so that our collective gifts reach larger spheres of influence and change, creating wellbeing for everyone. Mia’s approach marks a departure from traditional institutionalized change work, which seeks solutions from select “experts,” people often removed from the problems they hope to solve.
In How We Show Up, her upcoming book about how we make family and community, Mia charts swaths of community life and points us toward the promise of our collective vitality. In her work on guaranteed income as Senior Fellow of the Economic Security Project, she taps into the voices and visions of low-income people to re-imagine the American social contract. As Co-Director of Channel Black, she is changing the story and the storyteller when it comes to the lives of people who are marginalized.
Previously, as founding Co-Director of Family Story, Mia lifted up a new national story about what makes a good family. As Vice President of the Family Independence Initiative, she leveraged the power of data and stories to illuminate and accelerate the initiative low-income families take to improve their lives.
Mia was an inaugural Ascend Fellow and a New American California Fellow. Mia stays “apocalypse ready” by gardening, keeping bees and chickens, studying herbalism, and occasionally practicing archery. She lives in Oakland, CA.