Comment author: DavidBernard 17 October 2014 03:17:02PM 1 point [-]

The first 5 paragraphs are repeated twice. Could someone fix this?


Meetup : EA Uppsala Introduction Talk

Discussion article for the meetup : EA Uppsala Introduction Talk WHEN: 21 October 2014 07:00:00PM (+0200) WHERE: Studentk책r, Uppsala Sweden A presentation on what effective altruism is, why we should be effective altruists and how to be an effective altruist. This will be followed questions and then a trip to... Read More
Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 10 October 2014 01:18:27PM *  12 points [-]

Yesterday, me and two others ran the first bigger and more broadly marketed introductory EA event in Helsinki, Finland. We advertised it mainly on Facebook and on the mailing lists of a few student groups. Around 30 people showed up in total, many if not most of them new to EA.

The event consisted of two parts: an introductory lecture, where I compared PlayPumps with Deworm the World (borrowing the story from Will MacAskill's upcoming book) to help drive home the concept of EA and illustrate what the slogan "effective altruism combines the head and the heart" really means. Then I said a few words about different EA organizations, about how it's not just about charitable organizations but also things like 80,000 hours evaluating how to directly make the biggest impact on your life, and how I thought that EA is a really exciting idea.

The talk seemed to be well received and I got positive feedback of it later on. Then we ran a Giving Game, with my co-organizers having contributed 200 euros and The Life You Can Save sponsoring us by 5 euros per participant. I had picked Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, GiveDirectly, and Fistula Foundation as the three organizations to compare, on the basis of TLYCS having ready materials for them and them being sufficiently similar but also sufficiently different to make it meaningful and interesting to compare between them.

People seemed to find this an interesting question and quickly started talking about it. We used a format that had proven successful in our Less Wrong meetups, where we first told people to form groups of three or four, and then after some time asked them to new form new groups of a similar size to get new perspectives. In this case, it meant 15 minutes of discussion for the first groups, reform, and then another 15 minutes of discussion. After that we had people make their decisions and pick their favorite charity by filling an e-mail form on one of the two laptops brought by the organizers; they could optionally also give us their e-mail address if they wanted to stay in touch. People who were short on time could also leave earlier and make their decision as they left (we had placed one of the laptops by the door).

Another organizer has the exact figures, but as I recall, the results of the Giving Game had SCI as by far the most popular pick (around 80% support), with GiveDirectly the second (around 15%) and Fistula Foundation coming in third.

Altogether I'm quite happy with the event, and looking forward to organizing more local EA activities.

Comment author: DavidBernard 13 October 2014 02:40:23PM 6 points [-]

Hey Kaj, I just thought I'd let you know that you're not alone in Scandinavia! A few of us are starting an EA group in Uppsala, Sweden and Trondheim, Norway launched a couple of weeks ago. I know it's late notice, but we're having a Google Hangout this evening, 9pm your time so if you could join, that'd be great!


Meetup : Giving What We Can Sweden Pub Night

Discussion article for the meetup : Giving What We Can Sweden Pub Night WHEN: 22 September 2014 07:00:00PM (+0200) WHERE: Stationen Svenssons, Krogar Olof Palmes Plats 6, 753 21 Uppsala, Sweden Dinner and drinks in a pub for EAs in Sweden Discussion article for the meetup : Giving What We... Read More