Topics will include how to make near mode progress on far mode problems, the potential for cascades, cycles and recursive loops eg AI and idea propagation to dominate effective altruistic concern. Also, theories and plans can be proposed by all participants.
Why meet online?
Lots of us want to improve the world. By donating, performing rationality training, inspiring one and other and so on.
We're all in a state of limited information regarding how to best help. In hotspots for effective altruism like San Francisco and Oxford, effective altruists (EAs) are able to get high quality feedback on their ideas. But elsewhere, constructive, creative input is of limited supply.
Face-to-face meetups have so far been organised by The High Impact Network, Giving What We Can and these clearly allow members to complement one and others' knowledge, skills and resources (time, funding, etc), while boosting each others' determination.
One would expect online meetups to offer qualitatively similar benefits. The comparative advantage of online EA meetups could be:
1. helping experienced EAs to share the most up-to-date information and ideas quickly between geographically disparate meetups.
2. to inspire otherwise isolated EAs
3. to explore the utility of online video and other technology for spreading EA knowledge and skills.
Sounds good. How can I help?
I have written a draft task-list including an agenda here. http://checkvist.com/checklists/153407-online-optimal-philanthropy-meeting. I encourage you to email me for access before the meetup itself.
I have created a Whenisgood time chart here. Please use it to indicate when you are available to meet.
See you then.
- Theduffman | THINK Melbourne organiser | former Felicifia admin