- Occupation: Student, Professional, Retired
- Time commitment: Hours, Part-time
- Duration: Long-term
- Familiarity with EA: Very Familiar
One of the most common ways in which people become involved with effective altruism is through personal connections. Local groups – sometimes referred to as "chapters" – 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. Some of the earlier local groups have "80,000 Hours" or "Giving What We Can" in their names, while most groups now use "Effective Altruism" instead.
To learn more about what it takes to start a local group, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are many resources available for nascent groups, including a free group website, a Google Group for local organizers, and sponsorship for local activities.
Once you have a local group up-and-running it is a lot easier to do many other activities we recommend, such as organizing an local EA event or large speaker event, tabling, a discussion group, and 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.