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.
We suggest this for groups trying to help their current members improve themselves, and offer something valuable and compelling to people not yet engaged with the local group. Since the Centre for Effective Altruism and 80,000 Hours can usually cover event costs and much of their own logistics, this event should be less logistically difficult than running an EAGx conference, and therefore recommend running this type of event over an EAGx conference in most circumstances.
If you are seeking to broaden your local group recruitment base, we recommend instead running a large speaker event with a series of follow-up meetings to keep interested people engaged.
To get started on your local EA event, check out our event-organizing resources at eaglobal.org. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for personalized assistance, as well as apply for funding with our event grants application.
Time commitment: hours
Familiarity with EA: familiar, regular
Occupation: student, professional, 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.