One of the most common ways in which people become involved with effective altruism is through personal connections. EA groups -- sometimes referred to as "chapters" -- are a good way to facilitate these connections, creating a landing space for people who are or may become interested in the ideas. These groups take a variety of shapes depending on the region and types of participants, from small social groups to large professional networks hosting regular events.
To learn more about what it takes to start an EA group, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. New groups have access to many resources, including a free group website, a Slack channel for group organizers, and sponsorship for local activities.
Once you have a group up and running, it becomes much easier to do many other activities we recommend, such as organizing a local EA event or large speaker event, tabling, running a discussion group, and holding one-on-one coffee meetings. You may want to draw inspiration from the activities of groups like those at McGill, Stanford, Harvard, and the University of California, Berkeley.