October Social
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

October Social

This is the monthly social, aimed at people already familiar with effective altruism. No themes or structure - just come along and chat about whatever you want! :-)

This is just before EA Global so there may be a few extra people who are extra keen for effective altruism conversations.

LOCATION: Singer Tavern, 1 City Rd, EC1Y 1AG

If lost call 07950290690.

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Pre EA Global Meetup
Oct
18
1:30 PM13:30

Pre EA Global Meetup

  • Barbican Kitchen, Barbican Centre, Silk St, Barbican, EC2Y 8DS London (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For people arriving early for EAG London we'll be in a cafe near the venue until official registration starts.

We can use this time to chat with old friends and new, discuss what we may want to learn from this weekend and exchange ideas on how to improve the world.

Location: Barbican Kitchen, Barbican Centre, Silk St, Barbican, EC2Y 8DS

If lost call +44 (0) 7583 496 502

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Effective Altruism and Tech Meetup
Sep
9
6:00 PM18:00

Effective Altruism and Tech Meetup

A meetup for people who work in software, data or tech and also interested in effective altruism.

Come and chat about doing the most good with tech at Newspeak House, the home of political technologists in London.

There is no bar at Newspeak House so please feel free to bring your own drinks. There's also a very well stocked off license nearby.

Nearest transport: Shoreditch High Street. Hope to see you there!

Note: This event is targeted at people who already know about Effective Altruism.

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Podcast discussion - Climate Crisis as an Existential Threat
Sep
7
1:00 PM13:00

Podcast discussion - Climate Crisis as an Existential Threat

'Does the climate crisis pose an existential threat? And is that even the best way to formulate the question, or should we be looking at the relationship between the climate crisis and existential threats differently?

In this month’s FLI podcast, Ariel Conn was joined by Simon Beard and Haydn Belfield of the University of Cambridge’s Center for the Study of Existential Risk, who explained why, despite the many unknowns, it might indeed make sense to study climate change as an existential threat.'


Podcast available here

Meet in the cafe for drinks/food and chat.

Structure will be roughly:
* Recap of main points in the interview
* Debate over pros and cons of working on climate change
* Open discussion on some questions I'll prepare in advance
* Misc life discussion and random EA life tips

I'll take notes during the discussion, and please feel free to mention any books/sources/evidence you think interesting. I'll collate the notes and further recommended reading and send to all participants as a Google Doc.

Text/call Ben on 07740836835 if lost.

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Co-working Evening
Sep
3
5:00 PM17:00

Co-working Evening

An informal meetup for people who want to work on their own projects or self study.

This may be as individuals or in groups but we plan to work for 50+ minutes then break at least once and maybe up to three times depending on how much you want to do, with the rest of the evening set aside for socialising and discussing what you're working on with others.

If you want to call this ultra-working or pomodoros that sounds good to me.

Most people probably wont be able to make 5 pm so feel free to come along when you want.

5 pm: Start
5:50 pm: Break
6 pm: Second session
6:50 pm: Break
7:00 pm: Socialising, or for some people another session

Location: Upstairs at Newspeak House, if lost call 07949936212.

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Effective Altruism and Tech Meetup
Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

Effective Altruism and Tech Meetup

A meetup for people who work in software, data or tech and also interested in effective altruism.

Come and chat about doing the most good with tech at Newspeak House, the home of political technologists in London. After our successful run of having talks last time, we'll return with another talk this time.

6 pm: Doors open
6.30 pm: Talk

There is no bar at Newspeak House so please feel free to bring your own drinks. There's also a very well stocked off license nearby.

Nearest transport: Shoreditch High Street. Hope to see you there!

Note: This event is targeted at people who already know about Effective Altruism.

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EA Animal Picnic July
Jul
20
2:30 PM14:30

EA Animal Picnic July

Come along to our next social to socialise with friendly, welcoming and altruistic people who are passionate about reducing animal suffering!

The plan is to have a picnic in Regents Park (exact location TBC) but if the weather is terrible the plan may change!

The main idea is to chat to like-minded people over food/drink but in between conversation there will be some discussions and sharing of ideas on how we can be more effective in our animal advocacy and reduce as much animal suffering as we can!

FINDING US
We will have a sheet of paper that says “Effective Altruism” to show you which group we are. 
If you cannot find us, call Hannah on 07749188051

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Effective Altruism and Tech Meetup
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Effective Altruism and Tech Meetup

A meetup for people who work in software, data or tech and also interested in effective altruism.

Come and chat about doing the most good with tech at Newspeak House, the home of political technologists in London. After our successful run of having talks last time, we'll return with another talk this time.

6 pm: Doors open
6.30 pm: Talk

There is no bar at Newspeak House so please feel free to bring your own drinks. There's also a very well stocked off license nearby.

Nearest transport: Shoreditch High Street. Hope to see you there!

Note: This event is targeted at people who already know about Effective Altruism.

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Effective Altruism and Tech Meetup
Jun
10
6:00 PM18:00

Effective Altruism and Tech Meetup

A meetup for effective altruists who work in/are interested in software, data or tech.

Come and chat about doing the most good with tech at Newspeak House, the home of political technologists in London. After our first successful run of having talks last time, we'll return with another exciting talk this time.

6 pm: Doors open
6.30pm: Talk by Alex Zari (Senior Software Engineer, Imperial College London): "Why research science needs software engineers"

There is no bar at Newspeak House so please feel free to bring your own drinks. There's also a very well stocked off license nearby.

Nearest transport: Shoreditch High Street. Hope to see you there!

Note: This event is targeted at people who already know about Effective Altruism.

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EA Animal Social May
May
12
2:30 PM14:30

EA Animal Social May

Come along to our next social to socialise with friendly, welcoming and altruistic people who are passionate about reducing animal suffering.

The main idea is to chat to like-minded people over food/drink but in between conversation there will be some discussions and sharing of ideas on how we can be more effective in our animal advocacy and reduce as much animal suffering as we can!

FINDING US
We will have a sheet of paper that says “Effective Altruism” to show you which group we are. 
If you cannot find us, call Hannah on 07749188051

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Charter Cities Meetup
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Charter Cities Meetup

We invite you to join the Center for Innovative Governance Research for a discussion about charter cities, effective altruism, and why we think we’ve identified the best way to lift ten million people out of poverty.

Charter cities are cities with special jurisdictions which give them a blank slate, or close to it, in commercial law. The new jurisdiction allows them to adopt the best practices in business registration procedure, labour law, tax administration, commercial dispute resolution, and more. By adopting governance systems which encourage trade, investment, and entrepreneurship charter cities create the conditions for decades of economic growth. Examples proto-charter cities include Shenzhen, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubai, whose successes demonstrate that it is possible for cities to achieve prosperity in 2-3 generations.

Executive Director Mark Lutter and Communications Lead Tamara Winter will be on hand throughout the night to say hi and answer your questions. Light appetisers will be provided.

Whether you're interested in discovering just what exactly charter cities are or are a sceptic, we'd love to meet you.

Location: Newspeak House, 133 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG

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People Interested in EA and Tech Meetup
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

People Interested in EA and Tech Meetup

A meetup for people interested in EA who work in/are interested in software, data or tech.

After moving from The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker, this is our second meeting at Newspeak House, the home of political technologists in London. Come to chat with other EAs about doing the most good with tech.

There is no bar at Newspeak House so please feel free to bring your own drinks.

Nearest transport: Shoreditch High Street. Hope to see you there!

Note: This event is targeted at people who already know about Effective Altruism.

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Tea & Talk (EA Peer Support London)
Apr
20
3:00 PM15:00

Tea & Talk (EA Peer Support London)

One of the major benefits of a peer support group is to provide a supportive community network to turn to, and in particular a friendly, listening ear. We think this is important and can be very beneficial, especially where people are striving to help others and to balance this with looking after themselves. So we are looking to continue the 'tea & talk' sessions, to which all group members are warmly invited, into the new year.

No apologies needed for anyone who cannot or does not wish to attend - as with previous sessions, this is an offer, not a request.

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For location details email david@ealondon.com

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80,000 Hours Podcast Discussion - Ep17 with Will Macaskill
Apr
6
1:00 PM13:00

80,000 Hours Podcast Discussion - Ep17 with Will Macaskill

Meet in the Wellcome Collection cafe for drinks/food and chat. 

Structure will be roughly:
* Recap of main points in the interview
* Open discussion on some questions I'll prepare in advance
* Misc life discussion and random EA life tips

https://80000hours.org/podcast/episodes/will-macaskill-moral-philosophy/

I'll take notes during the discussion, and please feel free to mention any books/sources/evidence you think interesting. I'll collate the notes and further recommended reading and send to all participants as a Google Doc.

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Doing Good With Technology Social
Apr
2
6:15 PM18:15

Doing Good With Technology Social

Chat to folks about doing the most good with tech/software at Newspeak House, the home of political technologists in London. 

(This will be an experiment with the event format to see if we'd like to stay here as our semi-permanent home! Let us know your feedback after the event.)

Nearest transport: Shoreditch High Street. Hope to see you there!

If lost, call 07950 290690.

** There is no bar at Newspeak House so please feel free to bring your own drinks. **

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Podcast Discussion - 80,000 Hours & Tyler Cowen
Mar
10
1:00 PM13:00

Podcast Discussion - 80,000 Hours & Tyler Cowen

Group discussion on a recent podcast from 80,000 Hours where they interview Tyler Cowen - link here.

Tyler makes the case that, despite what you may have heard, we can make rational judgements about what is best for society as a whole. He argues:

  1. Our top moral priority should be preserving and improving humanity’s long-term future

  2. The way to do that is to maximise the rate of sustainable economic growth

  3. We should respect human rights and follow general principles while doing so.

They also look at:

  • Why couldn’t future technology make human life a hundred or a thousand times better than it is for people today?

  • Why focus on increasing the rate of economic growth rather than making sure that it doesn’t go to zero?

  • Why shouldn’t we dedicate substantial time to the successful introduction of genetic engineering?

  • Why should we completely abstain from alcohol and make it a social norm?

  • Why is Tyler so pessimistic about space? Is it likely that humans will go extinct before we manage to escape the galaxy?

  • Is improving coordination and international cooperation a major priority?

  • Why does Tyler think institutions are keeping up with technology?

  • Given that our actions seem to have very large and morally significant effects in the long run, are our moral obligations very onerous?

  • Can art be intrinsically valuable?

  • What does Tyler think Derek Parfit was most wrong about, and what was he was most right about that’s unappreciated today?

  • How should we think about animal suffering?

  • Do self-aware entities have to be biological in some sense?

  • What’s the most likely way that the worldview presented in Stubborn Attachments could be fundamentally wrong?


Location: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE

If lost you can call 07740836835

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Doing Good With Technology Social
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Doing Good With Technology Social

Monthly meetup for people in software and tech to meet each other and think about ways we could do more good with our skills, interests and networks.

This is mainly a social event to discuss ideas with each other but may also be used to brain storm potential ways we could use this group to do more good.

Call 07950290690 if lost.

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EA Animal Social
Mar
2
2:30 PM14:30

EA Animal Social

Come along to our next social to socialise with friendly, welcoming and altruistic people who are passionate about reducing animal suffering!

FINDING US
We will have a sheet of paper that says “Effective Altruism” to show you which group we are. 
If you cannot find us, call Hannah on 07749188051

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February Social
Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

February Social

Here’s the second of 2019’s monthly socials, targeted at those already familiar with effective altruism. Come along and chat about whatever you want. There will be good company, interesting conversation, and ample opportunity to eat tofish.

Call 07341 261 556 if lost - we should be at the back of the pub, behind the curtain.

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Introduction to Effective Altruism
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Introduction to Effective Altruism

Callum and Catherine from Rethink Charity will introduce the fundamental concepts of effective altruism, and will be a great opportunity to ask lots of questions. You'll get a taste of charity evaluation, and £10 per attendee will go to the charity that the group thinks is the most effective.

Effective Altruism is a social movement that applies evidence and reason to the question: how can we do the most good? It's about using our time and resources to have the greatest possible positive impact.

Location: Whittington Room - City Business Library - Guildhall, EC2V 7HH

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Effective Altruism and Education London Meetup
Feb
10
6:00 PM18:00

Effective Altruism and Education London Meetup

Hello people interested in education!

It could be really good to share experiences and ideas.

Feel free to pop by and chat about education and effective altruism.
Students for High-Impact Charity (SHIC) will also be here, and would love to discuss bringing effective altruism to education institutions.

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Also, if you or anyone you know would be interested in an effective altruism workshop in your school, please get in touch with Callum@highimpactstudents.org

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Doing Good With Technology Social
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Doing Good With Technology Social

Monthly meetup for people in software and tech to meet each other and think about ways we could do more good with our skills, interests and networks.

This is mainly a social event to discuss ideas with each other but may also be used to brain storm potential ways we could use this group to do more good.

Call 07563218179 if lost.

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New y(ea)r hike in Richmond Park
Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

New y(ea)r hike in Richmond Park

Come to Richmond then hike around Richmond park. There will be: deer 🦌 (no promises), hiking, and pleasant and interesting conversation about doing the most good with our time and resources (some promises).

We'll start at Richmond station at 13:00, hike through the park for around 10 km then finish in The Black Horse Pub in Norbiton (some time before 16:00). Bring fluids, warm clothes and sturdy footwear. It will be cold, muddy, and awesome.

Here's the prospective route:

https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjE0NTU5Mw==

Here is a model of the expected value of this hike:
https://www.getguesstimate.com/models/9802

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January Social
Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

January Social

  • The Blacksmith & the Toffeemaker (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Happy New Year! 🎉🎉🎉

Here’s the first of 2019’s 3rd Tuesday socials, targeted at those already familiar with Effective Altruism. Come along and chat about whatever you want. There will be good company, interesting conversation, and ample opportunity to eat tofish.

Call 07341 261 556 if lost - we should be at the back of the pub, behind the curtain.

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Christmas Social
Dec
18
6:00 PM18:00

Christmas Social

What to expect: We're hoping for knitted jumpers, gaudy crackers, ale on tap, bad puns, talk about Christmas hols and, most of all, considerations of the most robust, evidence-based ways of making the world a better place.

You guessed it... the Effective Altruism Christmas Social 2018!

We'd love if you brought yourself, your friends or anyone you think might be interested in finding out how best to make the world a better place.

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Location: The Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker

If lost, call on 07949936212.

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Ineffective weekend in EAstbourne
Nov
23
to Nov 25

Ineffective weekend in EAstbourne

Community members Toby Jolly and Adam Bricknell are organising the following holiday, open to Londoners and non-Londoners alike. Join Social Effective Altruism London to see who’s attending on the Facebook event.

“Sometimes it can feel like you are just doing too much good in the world! We would therefore like to invite you to an ineffective weekend of hiking, board-games and relaxation in Eastbourne.

There will be:

  • Clifftop hikes

  • Games of Codenames

  • Mulled wine (it will nearly be Christmas)

  • Meditation

  • 1-1s

We’ll plan a couple of hikes on the Saturday and Sunday. Other than that there will be no formal structure unless there is demand!

Being effectively altruistic on this weekend will not be banned, but will be frowned upon

If you would like to come, just book a bed in the hostel (https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-eastbourne) and buy a train ticket! You can turn up and leave whenever!”

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