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.)
To run a discussion group, check out the standard discussion group materials as well as the quick guide for running a career planning group. These are just some of the formats you might consider; see also Stanford EA’s discussion group style, a reading discussion group, THINK modules, and the EA Handbook for more content and format ideas.
If you’re intending to make this a regular activity for your local group, consider applying for funding from the Centre for Effective Altruism.
Time commitment: hours
Familiarity with EA: familiar, regular
Occupation: student, professional, retiree, group
Engage with others.
- 1. Attend EA Global.
- 2. Meet EAs over coffee.
- 3. Start an EA local group.
- 4. Run an EAGx conference.
- 5. Run a local EA event.
- 6. Run a large speaker event.
- 7. Run a pledge drive.
- 8. Run a discussion group.
- 9. Run a focused work session.
- 10. Organize a table or stall at an event.