TL;DR I'm running a retreat for meetup organizers in the Bay Area from July 21–24. More info here; you can apply using this form.

ETA: The application form will be open through the end of the day on April 30th, and final decisions will go out by May 7th.

Why a retreat?

I think we would all benefit from having an international community of rationality and ACX meetup organizers who can go to one another for advice and support. The goal of this retreat is to jumpstart that community. You'll spend time together and help each other solve problems, hopefully forming connections that will allow you to reach out for help even after you've gone back home to your respective cities.

In addition to getting to know each other, you'll be taking part in activities and discussions with the goal of improving your meetup group. I hope that you'll come out of the retreat with a clearer vision for your local community, and concrete plans for how to work towards that vision.

Who is this retreat for?

You're invited if you:

  • Currently organize ACX/LW/rationality meetups or other rationalist community events, anywhere in the world
  • Would like to start an ACX/LW/rationality community in a city where none exists, or where the community has been small or dormant for a long time
  • Formerly organized ACX/LW/rationality meetups and are interested in sharing your knowledge and experience

If you're unsure whether you 'qualify', please err on the side of applying anyway — if we don't think it makes sense for you to come, we'll let you know!

Food, lodging, and travel are covered

We don't want money to be an obstacle preventing anyone from attending, so your travel to and from the Bay will be fully reimbursed, and your food and lodging will be covered during the retreat itself. If you would like to stay longer in the Bay, we by default expect that you will cover your own expenses for that time, but if that's a problem for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Apply here

or check out this FAQ doc for more info.

Let me know if you have any questions! I can be reached in various ways, but probably the most reliable is emailing I'm looking forward to your applications!

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