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

Tickets

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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.

Apply Here

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.

Apply Here

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

Facebook Link

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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 :-)

Facebook Link

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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

Facebook Link

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Newcomer Social
Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Newcomer Social

This social is for newcomers. If you haven't been to our events before, we'd love to see you!

If you've been to more than five events then this probably won't be useful but it would be a good time to bring along a friend who might be interested in Effective Altruism.

We have friendly people and interesting discussions about assorted topics. Bring any questions you may have about how to effectively make a significant positive difference to the world, and we will do our best to answer them or least point you to useful resources.

LOCATION: Primrose Hill (NW1 7SU), near the top by some shade, there will be a sign saying "EA". It's close to Regents Park and Chalk Hill tube station.

Facebook Link

If lost contact David on 07949936212.
 

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(Reworked) EA London Monthly Social
Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

(Reworked) EA London Monthly Social

No theme/structure - just come along and chat about whatever you want with others who are trying to do the most good they can in a rational, evidence-based way :-)

We'll be in St James's Park, weather-permitting. Let's meet just west of the cafe (www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/st-jamess-park/food-and-drink/st-jamess-park-cafe). If the weather's horrible, we'll descend on the Lord Moon of the Mall instead (a 5-minute walk away), or if that's too crowded, one of the other pubs on that road.

Turn up any time before 9:30pm or probably later - one of the organisers will stay til at least then, but we expect some people will stick around until at least 11pm as per usual.

Call +44 (0) 7910 094 247 if you have any problems finding us.

Join the Social Effective Altruism London Facebook group to see who's attending.

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Monthly Social
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Social

This is our monthly social event, lots of informal discussion and tangents and chats. If you haven't been to our events before, we'd love to see you! This would also be a great time to bring along a friend who might be interested in effective altruism.

We have friendly people and discussions about assorted topics. Bring any questions you may have about how to effectively make a significant positive difference to the world, and we will do our best to answer them or least point you to useful resources.

LOCATION: tibits - Bankside, Southwark Street 124, SE1 0SW

Link to Facebook event.

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Discussion - 80,000 Hours Podcasts
Jun
10
1:00 PM13:00

Discussion - 80,000 Hours Podcasts

Group discussion on the latest podcasts from 80,000 Hours including the below.

• Eva Vivalt talking about flaws in RCTs and biases of policy makers and academics.
• Bryan Caplan on why we should spend less money on education.
• Allan Dafoe on preparing for the possibility that AI will destabilise global politics.
• Anders Sandberg twice, part 1 solving the Fermi Paradox and part 2 on nuclear risks

https://80000hours.org/podcast/

It might be helpful if you indicate if there are any episodes or questions you want to discuss in particular.

Location: St Dunstan in the East Church Garden, EC3R 5DD - if it rains we'll go inside somewhere close.

Facebook link.

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