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Lucie Philippon

The mission of the North Oakland LessWrong meetup is to provide a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome. Yes, that includes you, if you're reading this. We meet at 6:15, but the official topic doesn't start until 6:45 to accommodate stragglers, and even later arrivals are also welcome. RSVPs are never required.

This week's topic is Short Talks. We'll be meeting to give and listen to very short talks!

We'll do 7-minute lightning talks with 3 additional minutes allowed for questions. We'll also limit the number of programming-related talks to no more than half of all talks, in order to promote variety.

A talk doesn't have to be formal, planned, or even something that you'd expect someone to Give A Talk About; it can be as simple as telling the group about something you find interesting or cool. In the past, we've had people talk about topics like: how complicated the process of organizing fresh food for airplane flights is, their experience volunteering for a local political campaign, a video game they were designing and writing, and many others.

We don't expect any sort of preparation or practice for these kinds of talks. They're very casual and the expectations are low. If your talk isn't great, it's okay because we'll just move on to another one in a few minutes. If it helps, think of it this way: you're just being given the conversational floor for a few minutes, in a slightly more organized way than usual.

We explicitly encourage people to split off from the main conversation or diverge from the topic if that would be more fun for them (moving side conversations into a separate part of the space if appropriate). Meetup topics are here as a tool to facilitate fun interaction, and we certainly don't want them to inhibit it.

About the Meetup

The North Oakland meetup is intended as a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome, and RSVPs are never required.

We meet every Tuesday in Oakland at 6:15, with a rotating variety of topics but don't generally start the meetup topic until 6:45-7:00 to accommodate stragglers. Often there is a food delivery order that goes out before we start the meetup topic.

We explicitly encourage people to split off from the main conversation or diverge from the topic if that would be more fun for them (moving side conversations into a separate part of the space if appropriate). Meetup topics are here as a tool to facilitate fun interaction, and we certainly don't want them to inhibit it.

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