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Welcome to the EA DC Newsletter! Below are some of the events and resources that may be of interest to you this month. If you have something you'd like to include in next month's newsletter please email us! If this was forwarded to you, you can subscribe here.

Upcoming events:

Announcements:

  • *NEW* We are organizing EA DC committees to help run this group and want you to join! With as little as 2 hours a week you can help grow our EA DC community and learn new skills.  Interested? Fill out this form! More in the spotlight below. 
  • *NEW* EA DC Writing Workshop on Nov 16. Do you have an idea or a story that you want to write about? Do you need help working through a tough paragraph or two? Join us for the first of many Writing Workshops!  
  • *NEW* Are you interested in joining an 80k podcast discussion group? If so, fill out this  form to let us know how often and when you'd like to meet and if there's a critical mass we'll be in touch to schedule it! 
  • *NEW* Are you interested in a direct service event like volunteering at a food bank or soup kitchen, doing a park clean up, etc? If so fill out this form to let us know what times are good and make suggestions for a place to volunteer for! 
  • Last chance to fill out the EA DC survey to let us know how we're doing and help us steer the direction of this group!
  • Join the EA DC Slack to start conversations and meet new EAs in DC!
 

Spotlight: EA DC volunteer committees!

This month we're highlighting EA DC's new volunteer committees! EA DC has a lot of exciting plans and goals for the upcoming year. To accomplish these goals we’re planning to organize EA DC volunteers into committees!  If you are interested in volunteering as little as 2 hours a week by serving on a committee please fill out this form

What are the committees?

Our vision is for each of the committees below to have around two to five people on them, with one person as the “chair” taking on a bit more responsibility. The time commitment of a committee member is as little as 2 hours a week, and a chair would be asked to commit to on average around 4 hours a week.  At this point we think the following committees make sense but please let us know if you have other ideas!

  • Operations / leadership (setting strategic goals, establishing procedures, general leadership and community health)
  • Communications (social media channels, newsletter, publicizing events, website)
  • Outreach / welcome wagon (reaching out to new members of the community, and other groups / people we could collaborate with)
  • Events  (planning events, running them)
  • [Your committee idea here!]

Why committees? 

We would like to divide the work of organizing EA DC so that each volunteer has a smaller and more discrete chunk, and also give many people an opportunity to get involved. We’d also like to make sure in our new structure it is crystal clear who is responsible for doing what.  

Do you know someone in our community that should be in the spotlight? Maybe you have just published a book, gotten a new job, or started a new charity or project? If you have an idea for a future spotlight please email us to let us know!

Find roommates and co-work mates:

Looking to live with other DC-area EAs? Check out this spreadsheet for available rooms in the area or add your name if you are looking for a place or looking to rent.

Want to co-work with other DC EAs? Sign up on this EA DC co-working interest form. Interested in the broader community? Check out the EA Focusmate group to co-work with EAs from around the world!

Join a reading / listening group:

Are you interested in joining an 80k podcast discussion group? If so, fill out this quick form to let us know how often and when you'd like to meet and if there's a critical mass we'll be in touch to schedule it! 

EA DC Book Club: We finished Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help and will start another book shortly -- let us know your suggestions by replying to this email!

EA DC Article Reading Group: Meets monthly, covering a different topic area of interest each month. This group is currently at capacity and will reopen to newcomers shortly

Cause area meetups:

Want to meet and work with EAs organized around your favorite cause area? Our cause area meetup groups are going strong. If you’d like to join the mailing lists for any of our groups please fill out this form and we’ll add you!  Here are some of the events the cause areas are holding this month:
  • The Animal welfare group is hosting a meetup to discuss Critiques of Cellular Ag on Nov. 29 
  • The Biosecurity group is meeting Nov 14 (email us for details)
  • The EA Community Building Meetup Group will be meeting on Monday Nov. 29. Email Andy at Andy@EffectiveAltruismDC.org for details 
  • The YIMBY group has created a DC YIMBYs Facebook group in addition to the yimby-group slack channel. For more information contact Jess Remington at jessremsemail@gmail.com
Would you like to facilitate a cause area group? A few are still looking for facilitators or co-facilitators. Email us if you're interested or would like to learn more!

New DC-based Jobs:

Articles and recommendations:

Charity news and updates:

  • EA for Jews, has launched to the EA community and is looking for volunteers to join EA DC's own Ben who is helping run it!  
  • Charity Entrepreneurship announces its '21 incubated charities including:
    • High Impact Professionals a new organization aiming to enable working professionals interested in EA have an impact, has launched
    • Training for good has just launched, it aims to upskill people to tackle the most pressing problems.
    • Healthier Hens launches with the aim of cost-effectively improving well being of hens.
  • Open Phil. has made new grants including to DC's CSET
  • Animal Advocacy Careers is offering a free online course on research into the most cost-effective strategies to help animals and career opportunities in the area. Sign ups close Nov. 10th. 
  • Probably Good has a new beta website.
  • Nuclear Threat Initiative has a new website.
  • Many more updates here!

Get in touch with us!

The Effective Altruism Movement is growing quickly and we're glad you have decided to get more involved. If you have any further questions on effective altruism or how you can get involved in the area, our DC EA team is here for you! Feel free to reach out to us directly at info@effectivealtruismdc.org and/or sign up for a 1-1 chat here!
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