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Most of us want to make a difference - to do something - to better the lives of others and do more good in the world. But how can we figure out what that “something” should be?

Effective altruism (EA) is a new way of thinking about doing good. It's a set of ideas premised on a desire to improve the lives of others and is defined by a commitment to using evidence and reason to work out the most promising problems to work on. It's also a social movement: a community of people dedicated to using their careers, donations, and resources to effect positive change in high impact ways.

EA Philadelphia is the Philly chapter of the global effective altruism movement. Alongside EA MIT, EA London, Microsoft EA, and hundreds of other local groups, we strive to empower Philadelphians to apply these ideas and do good better.

Many of our members support high impact charitable causes through giving pledges such as Giving What We Can and One for the World based on recommendations from charity evaluators like GiveWell, The Open Philanthropy Project, and Animal Charity Evaluators. Some are researchers or other professionals doing high impact work over a vast range of topics including but not limited to global poverty, biosecurity, animal welfare, policy reform, mental health & wellbeing, and global catastrophic risks such as nuclear war, artificial intelligence, and climate change. Others are moral philosophers, economists, social entrepreneurs, and students.

But as varied as our work is, we are united by the following guiding principles: https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/ceas-guiding-principles/

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Attend our monthly socials, discussion groups, and themed speaker events to learn more about effective altruism and how you can do more good in the world. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the movement, reach out to the organizers at eaphiladelphia@gmail.com. If you are interested in helping organize events or supporting our community in other ways, please send us an email!

Interested in chatting about your career, doing good, or anything else on your mind? Sign up to schedule a 1-on-1 with one of our organizers, where you can ask numerous questions and get connected to relevant resources quickly:
https://bit.do/eaphilly-1on1

New to effective altruism and eager for a brief introduction? Check out this TED Talk by William MaAskill:
https://bit.ly/EATedTalk
You can also read a more in-depth introduction at https://effectivealtruism.org/

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Upcoming events (3)

Effective Altruism Meetup: Raising Your Ambitions

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Everyone is welcome! At these bimonthly general meetups, you'll get to learn more about EA, think more critically about ways of doing good, and socialize with other members of our vibrant community. Free veg*n food is provided.

This month's meetup is themed around raising your ambitions i.e. thinking big, taking action, executing on projects, weighing risks, and other topics related to having a greater positive impact in the midst of uncertainty and self-doubt. During this event, we'll explore key questions such as:

  • What are some useful resources, tools, or frameworks for assessing risk and uncertainty when making decisions?
  • Is it better to be too ambitious or not ambitious enough?
  • Have you struggled with imposter syndrome in your career? In what way?
  • What kinds of projects could you start or join right now to help realize your altruistic aspirations?

Recommended Reading:

After an hour of discussion, you'll have the option to pair up with an accountability partner, discuss one or more of your altruistic ambitions, and periodically update one another on your progress after the event.

We'll be meeting at &pizza near UPenn (https://goo.gl/maps/dwpFpmhtcmkz64ia8), which is a single-floor venue with a wheelchair-accessible bathroom. Vegan/vegetarian options are available. If you have any questions about the space, please contact Quinn McHugh at [masked].

New to EA? Let us know and one of our organizers will be happy to provide a brief introduction at the beginning of the event.

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EA Philadelphia is the Philly chapter of the global effective altruism movement, a community of people dedicated to allocating their time, talents, and donations to maximize their positive impact and answer one simple question: given our limited resources, how can we do the most good?

Sign up for our mailing list, join our Discord, and find out other ways to engage with the community at https://linktr.ee/eaphilly
Interested in chatting about your career, doing good, or anything else on your mind? Sign up for a 1-on-1 with one of our organizers: https://bit.do/eaphilly-1on1

New to effective altruism and eager for a quick introduction? Check out this TED Talk by William MaAskill: http://bit.do/eaphilly-intro

You can also read a more in-depth introduction at https://effectivealtruism.org/

EA Philly is committed to the safety and well-being of our members. View our code of conduct here: https://bit.do/eaphilly-codeofconduct

We love feedback. Let us know how we can improve!
General Feedback: https://bit.do/eaphilly-generalfeedback
Event Feedback: https://bit.do/eaphilly-eventfeedback

Questions, comments, or looking for other ways to get involved? Reach out to the organizers directly at [masked]
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Preparation Party for EA Global: Washington DC!

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EA Global: Washington DC begins on September 23rd and advanced preparation will help you make the most of this exciting event! At this preparation party, we'll provide food, time, and space for you to get a head start on your conference experience, including but not limited to...

  • Identifying your personal goals for the conference.
  • Refining your profile in the conference app (Swapcard).
  • Figuring out your personal conference agenda.
  • Reaching out to other attendees you'd be interested in chatting with.
  • Having your conference questions answered by previous attendees.

Veg*n food will be provided.

The conference will include:

  • Talks and discussions on the latest ideas at the frontiers of the EA movement (past examples available here)
  • Workshops to help improve your thinking and execution
  • Meetups, networking, and social activities

Funding to attend the conference is available, so be sure to apply before September 8th! https://www.eaglobal.org/events/ea-global-washington-d-c-2022/

We'll be meeting at The Bourse Food Hall (https://goo.gl/maps/P5jcwvaf5cWv1h4LA), which is a single-floor venue with a wheelchair-accessible bathroom. If you have any questions about the space, please contact Quinn McHugh at [masked].

New to EA? Let us know and one of our organizers will be happy to provide a brief introduction at the beginning of the event.

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EA Philadelphia is the Philly chapter of the global effective altruism movement, a community of people dedicated to allocating their time, talents, and donations to maximize their positive impact and answer one simple question: given our limited resources, how can we do the most good?

Sign up for our mailing list, join our Discord, and find out other ways to engage with the community at https://linktr.ee/eaphilly
Interested in chatting about your career, doing good, or anything else on your mind? Sign up for a 1-on-1 with one of our organizers: https://bit.do/eaphilly-1on1

New to effective altruism and eager for a quick introduction? Check out this TED Talk by Will MacAskill: http://bit.do/eaphilly-intro

You can also read a more in-depth introduction at https://effectivealtruism.org/

EA Philly is committed to the safety and well-being of our members. View our code of conduct here: https://bit.do/eaphilly-codeofconduct

We love feedback. Let us know how we can improve!
General Feedback: https://bit.do/eaphilly-generalfeedback
Event Feedback: https://bit.do/eaphilly-eventfeedback

Questions, comments, or looking for other ways to get involved? Reach out to the organizers directly at [masked]
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Board Game Night @ Thirsty Dice

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Join EA Philly for a night filled with board games, food, and friendly competition at Thirsty Dice, Philadelphia’s original board game cafe featuring a full-service restaurant and bar with over 800 games in their game library (https://www.thirstydice.com)!

The venue normally charges $5 per person for two hours of play, but provided you arrive at 7, we're happy to cover this. If you'd like to grab some dinner while you're there, vegan/vegetarian options are available.

The venue is single-floor with a wheelchair-accessible bathroom. If you have any questions about the space, please contact Quinn McHugh at [masked].

New to EA? Let us know and one of our organizers will be happy to provide a brief introduction at the beginning of the event.

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EA Philadelphia is the Philly chapter of the global effective altruism movement, a community of people dedicated to allocating their time, talents, and donations to maximize their positive impact and answer one simple question: given our limited resources, how can we do the most good?

Sign up for our mailing list, join our Discord, and find out other ways to engage with the community at https://linktr.ee/eaphilly

Interested in chatting about your career, doing good, or anything else on your mind? Sign up for a 1-on-1 with one of our organizers: https://bit.do/eaphilly-1on1

New to effective altruism and eager for a quick introduction? Check out this TED Talk by Will MacAskill: http://bit.do/eaphilly-intro

You can also read a more in-depth introduction at https://effectivealtruism.org/

EA Philly is committed to the safety and well-being of our members. View our code of conduct here: https://bit.do/eaphilly-codeofconduct

We love feedback. Let us know how we can improve!
General Feedback: https://bit.do/eaphilly-generalfeedback
Event Feedback: https://bit.do/eaphilly-eventfeedback

Questions, comments, or looking for other ways to get involved? Reach out to the organizers directly at [masked]
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