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[liberationtech] Raha Basic Income Project looking for early users and communities

Clayborne Carson ccarson at
Tue Oct 2 19:46:30 PDT 2018

Hi Ruhal Gupta-Iwasaki,

I am interested in talking with you about your project whenever you are near my office.<>


Clayborne Carson<>

Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Professor of History

Ronnie Lott Founding Director

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute<>

Cypress Hall D

Stanford University

Stanford, California 94301-4146


From: liberationtech <liberationtech-bounces at> on behalf of Rahul Gupta-Iwasaki <rahulgi at>
Sent: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 7:03:07 AM
To: liberationtech at
Subject: [liberationtech] Raha Basic Income Project looking for early users and communities

Hi everyone,

My name is Rahul Gupta-Iwasaki. I’m a Stanford CS alum and one of the founders of Raha<>, a social currency which provides a basic income. Our goal is to create a platform for economic democracy via a human-focused identity and governance platform and a basic income that guarantees everyone a baseline level of economic security and participation.

We recently launched apps on both Android<> and iOS<> which people can use to prove their identity and claim and spend their basic income. The emphasis is on understandability and usability of the product. We are eager for feedback - please message me if you’re interested in joining and trying it out!

More broadly, is anyone in the liberation technology community aware of or involved in communities that might be interested in implementing a local basic income? The Raha currency is not currently traded on an exchange and thus has no market-defined USD equivalent value. However, as every individual receives the Raha currency at a rate of 10 per week - we believe that our platform can enable equitable distribution of a baseline quantity of resources in communities that choose to exchange goods for Raha.

Thank you,
Rahul Gupta-Iwasaki<>
Co-Founder @ Raha
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