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  • Occupation: Student, Professional, Retired, Group
  • Time commitment: Hours
  • Duration: Medium-term
  • Familiarity with EA: Familiar, Very Familiar

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.