Mojmir comments on A lesson from an EA weekend in London: pairing people up to talk 1 on 1 for 30 mins seems to be very useful - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Mojmir 11 July 2018 08:29:39PM *  0 points [-]

Thanks for the write-up, I was wondering how concretely did you run the 1-1s. I saw the list of questions in the google slides, did you just ask people to discuss any of these? Also, did you pair people up or did they pair up themselves?

Comment author: saulius  (EA Profile) 12 July 2018 10:58:14AM 0 points [-]

People were free to talk about anything they want. I'm pretty sure we told that using the questions was optional. I changed the post slightly to make it more clear. Personally, I didn't use the questions in any of my 1 on 1s. I know some people used the questions and they said that the first two questions ("When did you know that you wanted to be altruistic and why?" and "When did you realise you care about effectiveness and why?") resulted in long and not very productive conversations. So I moved them to the end in the questions document. I think that the list of questions has a lot of room for improvement. Maybe next time I will say that if they want to use the questions, they should look through the list and decide which question they are the most curious about.

We paired people up ourselves. We tried to pair up people who don't know each other well and have something in common (e.g. both are excited about the same cause area). We considered letting people pair themselves up but had reservations because some people might get upset if no one wants to talk with them. However, at the end of the first day we told people that if there is someone they'd like to be paired up with on the second day, they can write it on a piece of paper and put it in the box (so that only we could see their preference). But very few (2-4) people did that.

Btw, we will run an event that is all about 1 on 1s (https://www.facebook.com/events/330349444169839/) to see if it is a good stand-alone event (because it could be that it works only in the context of a weekend/conference/retreat). I'll write here about how it went, if I'll remember to do it :)