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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March Social
Mar
19
6:00 PM18:00

March Social

The third monthly social of 2019, 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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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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Monthly Social
Oct
25
5:30 PM17:30

Monthly 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.

If lost call on 07949936212.

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Talk: The End of Animal Farming
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Talk: The End of Animal Farming

Many books and articles have documented the devastation animal agriculture causes to human health, the economy, the environment, and of course animal welfare. Public figures from Bill Nye to Richard Branson have said that the future of food is animal-free. But readers and listeners are left with one burning question: How do we actually get from here to there? In "The End of Animal Farming", Jacy Reese will outline an evidence-based roadmap to a humane, ethical, efficient food system where slaughterhouses are obsolete.

Join Jacy Reese and Effective Animal Altruism London for this free talk and Q&A about how we can ensure the success of one of the most important social movements of our time. The following month, his book of the same title will be available for purchase.

This talk is ideal for *everyone* who agrees that non-human animal suffering matters, whatever their beliefs or diet. It will be followed by a question and answer session.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE TODAY BY REGISTERING FOR A TICKET BELOW - please note that ticket "sales" will come down 30 hours BEFORE the event begins.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-the-end-of-animal-farming-tickets-47999785651

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LOCATION:

WeWork Waterhouse Square
138 Holborn
EC1N 2SW

Please note that while one entrance to the location is very obvious, another entrance is simply marked with "138-142 Holborn", until you find the WeWork location on your left.

If you get lost, call WeWork on 020 8004 4677

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Jacy is the Research Director at Sentience Institute, an effective altruism think tank researching the most effective strategies to expand humanity's moral circle. Find more info about him here: http://jacyreese.com/

Effective Altruism London is a group dedicated to applying reason and evidence to doing the most good. We regularly host speakers to talk about the biggest problems facing the world and the future, and the best potential ways to tackle them. Like our page to keep up to date with our latest events. Join the group for Effective Animal Altruism London if you are interested in reducing animal suffering.

Effective Animal Altruism London

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EA Unconference/Holiday
Aug
31
to Sep 3

EA Unconference/Holiday

Is it a holiday? Is it an EA conference? No, it’s a holiday/EA Unconference!

Around 4 hours each day will be structured in the unconference style. We will start by all creating a schedule together. Everyone will be welcome to add sessions based on what they want to discuss, learn, teach, or collaborate on. Each session will have a facilitator and someone responsible for taking notes. If you don’t have one of these roles and become uninterested at any point, you’ll be welcome to leave and join another session, or take a break.

1 hour on each day will be dedicated to one on one conversations. You will be paired up with four people to talk 1-1 for 30 minutes in each pairing.

The rest of the time will be spent in holiday mode: hiking, board games, sports, beach, socialising, etc.

Apply Here

PRICE
£5 per day. Accommodation and vegan food is included.

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Careers Week
Aug
27
to Sep 1

Careers Week

Five days of career workshops, life planning, and socialising. If you want to make a positive impact with your career but don’t yet know how, this is the place to be!

There will be workshops during the days that will provide you with a structure for finding an impactful career. We will walk you through the 80,000 Hours career guide, and include group discussions, individual work, and reading. Alternatively, we will provide you with space to work by yourself. In either case, there will be EA career coaches at your service, who will be able to provide advice and materials. Evenings will be dedicated to socialising and fun. We are still working on the exact schedule and we expect to update it during the week itself, based on your needs, feedback and intuitions about what would be most useful.

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PRICE
£5 per day. Accommodation and vegan food is included.

AGENDA

  • Monday
    • Arrivals (From midday onward)
    • Intros
    • Dinner
    • Socialising
  • Tuesday
    • Overview of week
    • Personal fit, fulfilling types of work
    • Strengths and skills that can be improved
    • Lunch
    • Creating evaluation criteria
    • Decision making workshop
    • 1-1s
    • Dinner
    • Socialising
  • Wednesday
    • Values, causes and prioritisation
    • Uncertainties discussion
    • Community comparative advantage discussion
    • Lunch
    • Researching wider career options and deciding on a shortlist
    • ABZ career plans & feedback on them
    • 1-1s
    • Dinner
    • Socialising
  • Thursday
    • Cause prioritisation (again)
    • Career direction over the next 3-10 years
    • Lunch
    • Who can help each other
    • Planning next steps & accountability partnerships
    • Finding and applying for jobs
    • 1-1s
    • Closing session & Feedback
    • Dinner
    • Socialising
  • Friday
    • Morning walk
    • Relaxation & departures
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Life Review Weekend
Aug
24
to Aug 27

Life Review Weekend

When was the last time you put aside a couple of days to step back and take stock of your life? We will create a relaxed quiet space where everyone could work on it together, and provide resources to help you structure your weekend. There will also be another space for those who prefer a more collaborative and interactive approach. In either case, there will also be plenty of time for socialising during lunches and evenings.

Furthermore, there will be a Wellbeing & Mindfulness specialist who will lead an optional Mindfulness Meditation / CBT skills workshop. She will also be available for 1 on 1 mental health awareness sessions.

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PRICE
£5 per day. Accommodation and vegan food is included.

AGENDA

  • Friday
    • Arrivals (From midday onward)
    • Introductions
    • Socialising
  • Saturday
    • Overview of weekend
    • Values & purpose, contribution & impact
    • Location & tangibles, finances, career
    • Lunch
    • Health, education & skill development, social life & relationships
    • CBT skills workshop
    • Emotions & wellbeing, character & identity, productivity & organisation, adventure & creativity
    • 1-1s
    • Dinner
    • Socialising
  • Sunday
    • Mindfulness Meditation
    • Ideal future, Hamming questions, long term goals
    • Lunch
    • Optimising for success, metrics, addressing uncertainties, accountability systems
    • Productivity workshop
    • 1-1s
    • Dinner
    • Closing session
    • Socialising
  • Monday
    • Morning walk
    • Relaxation & departures
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Ivinghoe B(ea)con Hike
Aug
5
1:00 PM13:00

Ivinghoe B(ea)con Hike

Come and hike to Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chilterns! It's a ~13 km circular route from Tring Station. Bring sturdy footwear, fluids, snacks, and a waterproof if necessary. We can finish with a visit to a pub in Aldbury.

Meet at Tring station at 13:00. If you're coming from central London, you'll probably need to catch the 12:14 from Euston.

Prospective route: http://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MTAxMzY4

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EA Animal Social: Ending Speciesism
Aug
4
2:30 PM14:30

EA Animal Social: Ending Speciesism

  • 26 Outer Cir London, England, NW1 United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

NEWCOMERS ARE VERY WELCOME!!

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!

The 25th August is 'World Day for The End of Speciesism' hence the theme for this month's social! Many animal advocates involved in EA think that advocating for farmed animals should be our priority but to what extent is it also important to be promoting and publicising anti-speciesism more broadly as a concept? Let's share some ideas on this topic!

FINDING US
Exact location TBC! If you cannot find us, call Hannah on 07749188051

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Getting (more) involved in Effective Altruism
Jul
28
1:30 PM13:30

Getting (more) involved in Effective Altruism

  • Whitechapel, London, England United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

LOCATION UPDATE: The weather, alas, is not on our side this weekend, so we will meet at Holly's place in Whitechapel instead - please email hello@ealondon.com for the exact address. Text/call 07949936212 if you can't find us on the day.

  • Inspired by the Effective Altruism (EA) community but don't know where to start?
  • Following EA online but not sure what engaging with a local community could offer?
  • Or feeling it's time to take the next step in aligning your actions with your EA values?

Then congratulations, you have clicked on the right event! We'll be exploring the various ways that you can apply EA to different areas of your life, including donations and career but also some other important areas that you may not have considered.

Please note that this event assumes an existing basic familiarity with the EA approach to trying to make the world a better place. For an introduction to Effective Altruism, check out effectivealtruism.org or the book Doing Good Better by Will MacAskill.

1315 Arrive
1330 Talk: Holly Morgan will give an overview of EA definitions, concepts/frameworks, organisations and concrete applications
1400 Activity: Next Steps
1430 Mingle: Chat with like-minded folk :-)

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Productive Disagreements
Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

Productive Disagreements

Usually disagreements are not about figuring out what's true about the world, but we’ll try to make this event an exception. We are going to explore an interactive format for having more productive and informative disagreements.

You'll be asked to rate on a sheet of paper (which will look like this) whether you "agree", "disagree" or are "unsure" on a number of controversial topics. You'll then be paired with another attendee at random for a few minutes, at which point you'll compare your sheet with theirs to find a topic of disagreement. You'll then follow a step-by-step disagreement process to see how much you can learn from each other on that issue, and try to better see the perspective of the other side. Then after a little while, you'll switch to a new person and new topic and the process will repeat.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

LOCATION St. James's Park, near Inn The Park (Google Maps)
51°30'14.4"N 0°07'55.2"W

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