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Organize a table or stall at an event.

June 14, 2017

If you’re a university student looking to build or grow a local campus group, tabling is a good means of doing so. Most universities have a student activities fair where students advertise their activities, often called something like a Freshers Fair or Activities Expo. This is great for students early in the academic term and who have at least one other student willing to pitch effective altruism to new people.

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Run a focused work session.

June 14, 2017

If you’re a student or remote employee, consider gathering the EAs in your region together for a joint work session. Individuals have found this to be an easy way to create a local presence where little exists, and local groups have used this for group bonding in a productivity-promoting way. If you have large things to work through — deciding which charity(ies) to donate to, career decision-making, or just a work backlog — consider structuring it as an all-day personal hackathon. If you can’t gather together a group in person, you can join the EA online coworking space instead.

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Run a discussion group.

June 14, 2017

If you already have a steady local group or multiple dedicated EAs in the area, a discussion group can help get everyone on the same page and further one another’s understanding. For instance, a group that has a range of levels of familiarity and backgrounds can unite around common terminology and shared concepts. Similarly, if your group has predominantly selected from one cause area, a discussion group might focus on extending the members’ knowledge into other domains. This works best with a small-to-medium-sized group of at least semi-regular members. (Note that this might also work as a means of increasing the regularity of meetup attendance.)

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Run a pledge drive.

June 14, 2017

Psychology literature shows that making public commitments helps to increase one’s follow-through on goals. This makes giving pledges particularly valuable for getting EAs to become and stay engaged.

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Run a large speaker event.

June 14, 2017

If you’re part of a student or professional group and trying to extend the reach of your local group, consider running a large speaker event. Local groups often use large speaker events to springboard future engagement, following them with, for instance, a more intimate introduction to EA discussion group. This is a particularly good event to advertise at a student activities fair.

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Run a local EA event.

June 14, 2017

If you’re involved in a less-established local group in a medium or large city, consider running a local EA event. These are locally organized, half-day events, with a range of event structures. Depending on your goals, we recommend having some combination of an introductory speaker, a regionally famous keynote speaker, and a career or rationality workshop. Usually the workshop will need to be self-organized — see the careers planning group guide — but occasionally 80,000 Hours or the Center for Applied Rationality have capacity to run one regionally.

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Run an EAGx conference.

June 14, 2017

If you’re involved in a well-established local group in a fairly large city, consider running an EAGx conference. These are locally organized, full-day or weekend-long events, with audiences of 50-400 attendees. They focus on integrating relevant interest groups, exposing local members to the global EA community, and scaling up the skills and involvement of the group’s members.

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Start an EA local group.

June 14, 2017

One of the most common ways in which people become involved with effective altruism is through personal connections. Local groups are a good way to facilitate more of those happening, creating a landing space for people who have or may become interested in the ideas. Local groups take a variety of shapes depending on the region and types of participants, from intimate discussion and social groups to large professional networks hosting regular events.

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Meet EAs over coffee.

June 14, 2017

Sometimes the best way to get people into effective altruism is simply to learn more about their interests and skills and talk through effective altruism with them face-to-face. If you’re looking for an activity that members of your local EA group can do or something you can do in a region lacking a local group, consider arranging social meetings with people in your local community who might be interested in EA. These can be students at a university, people at your job, conference speakers in town for the weekend, or anyone else who crosses your radar who might take to the ideas.

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Attend EA Global.

June 14, 2017

Effective Altruism Global is the annual conference of the effective altruism community, run by the Centre for Effective Altruism. There are 1-3 events every years, focusing on pushing the frontier of our understanding in relevant domains and helping those excited about EA to forward their connections and pursuits.

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