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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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 TBC

Facebook Link

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

Getting (more) involved in Effective Altruism

- Inspired by the Effective Altruism (EA) movement 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! This session will explore 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. Then feel free to stick around afterwards for drinks and conversation with like-minded folk :-)

***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.***

Location TBC

Arrive from 1:15pm for a 1:30pm start.

Facebook Link

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Peer Support
Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Peer Support

I'm experimenting with ways to help EA folk help each other. Of course, I could just go around asking everyone to be nice, but I think it's helpful sometimes to give an explicit licence to go emotionally deeper in conversation, and to practise responding in a helpful way. 

Arrive any time from 3pm. I'll make sure you're familiar with some basic active listening, coaching (if requested by your partner) and confidentiality guidelines, and then pair you up with someone to chat about how you are (it's fine if you're doing well!). At 5pm I'll invite ideas about how the EA community can better support each other, then we'll close with half an hour's guided group meditation. Will wrap up by 6pm, but you're welcome to stay later or leave early.

LOCATION: TBC

For more details email holly@ealondon.com.

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Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

In this event, we will work together to write a summary for the Wikipedia article on Doing Good Better and discuss what we learnt from the book while doing it.

Each of us will summarise different chapters. You don’t need to have read Doing Good Better before the event. We will have copies of the book available. There will also be an experienced Wikipedia editor to answer any questions.

This event has multiple purposes:
* learn more about how to do good from the book and from each
* produce a summary of the book that we and others can get back to
* learn to edit Wikipedia (for those who don’t know how to do it already)

Editing Wikipedia about important and neglected topics can sometimes be an effective form of volunteering. More thoughts on its effectiveness can be found here.  

In case we finish early or someone writes a summary for Doing Good Better before the event, we will work on other articles related to Effective Altruism. For example:

* Write a summary for The Most Good You Can Do or expand the synopsis of Superintelligence

* Improve the 80,000 Hours Wiki

* Edit WikiHow articles like https://www.wikihow.com/Decide-on-a-Career-Pathhttps://www.wikihow.com/Help-Othershttps://www.wikihow.com/Donate-to-People-in-Need

* Create WikiHow articles like “How to find a career that helps others” and “How to donate effectively”

* Find other articles to create or edit. Some ideas are at https://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Brian_Tomasik/Pages_to_create_or_improvehttps://github.com/vipulnaik/contractwork/blob/master/new-article-pool.mediawiki
https://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requested_articles

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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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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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(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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