Discussion article for the meetup : London - Inaugural Practical Session - June 9th
Up until now the London Less Wrong meetups have mostly just been social gatherings. Quite a few of us have expressed a desire to get more out of the group. As such, we'll be alternating the fortnightly meetups between a "social" emphasis and a "practical" emphasis. As the first of our practical-oriented meetups, this session will be more structured than previous gatherings. Attendees are encouraged to think of specific examples of what they would like to work on in advance. This could be:
a specific goal they wish to achieve ("I would like to save 60% of my monthly income")
a specific habit or unreasonable psychological demand they would like to overcome ("I would like to be able to work for four-hour stretches without losing motivation or succumbing to akrasia")
a specific skill they would like to develop ("I would like to be able to competently present material to large groups of people")
any other specific thing they want which they currently don't have to their satisfaction
As this is our first practical, we're still experimenting with the format. In this meetup, discussion will be structured to identify common goals and desires among attendees, and to foster support and collaboration towards achieving them. We are also working on developing group social norms to provide more pleasant, productive and personally-inclusive discussion.
Please be there for 2pm if you can. We can accommodate later arrivals, but we will be starting promptly.
The venue is the Shakespeare's Head by Holborn tube station. Turn left out of the station exit and it's <100m on your left. We also have a Google Group. Why not join it?