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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:

  • Oct 02: Stanford EA hosts a Fireside chat with CEO of FTX and earning-to-give extraordinaire Sam Bankman-Fried 
  • Oct. 10: Q&A with EA DC and Director of Research Scholars Program at Future of Humanity Institute Owen Cotton-Barratt
  • Oct. 12: Q&A with Guarding Against Pandemics founder and director Gabe Bankman-Fried
  • Oct. 14: Book reading group on Strangers Drowning (details below)
  • Oct. 21: Article reading group on institutional decisions (details below)
  • Oct. 23:  Meetup and stroll on the mall
  • Oct. 26: SpooookEA Powerpoint Party!
  • Oct. 29-31: EA Global - London (if you're interested but not yet applied or on the waitlist let us know!)

Announcements:

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  • 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!
  • We are still reviewing candidates for a paid part-time organizer to help plan events, connect members, organize documents, and strategize about the future of the group. Apply here
  • Interested in volunteering with EA DC? We’re looking for volunteers to help with events and other organizational tasks. If you’re interested just fill out this form!
 

Community spotlight:

This month we are shining the spotlight on two amazing new initiatives spearheaded by members of our DC EA community: Impact CoLabs and the Guarding Against Pandemics (GAP) political action committee: 
 

Impact CoLabs

Impact CoLabs is a new EA platform that connects promising projects with eager volunteers or collaborators within the EA community.  Currently there is no central place for EAs to find volunteering opportunities within the community or for project leaders to attract the resources they need to launch their projects.  EA Impact CoLabs will serve as a matchmaking solution to address this and will also help the community vet potentially harmful projects, thereby maximizing the overall impact of EA Projects while minimizing the potential for harm. Most EAs that are earning-to-give or that already have EA-aligned jobs still want to increase their impact further by finding side projects in need of their skills and/or time, or they want to be challenged by guiding a project from day one, Impact CoLabs will help them achieve this by building this necessary infrastructure for the EA community. Go to Impact CoLabs to create/add your project or offer to collaborate on an existing project today!
 

 Guarding Against Pandemics (GAP) PAC 

 Guarding Against Pandemics (GAP) has started a PAC. GAP is a team of scientific and political experts who advocate for public investments to prevent the next pandemic. For more context about GAP and their work, check out their website and this forum post. Please email outreach@againstpandemics.org with questions.  Founder and director Gabe Bankman-Fried will be hosting a virtual Q&A on GAP’s work on Tuesday, October 12 at 7pm ET. Register here.
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 group:

EA DC Book Club: This month we will be reading the second half (starting on page 153) of Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help by Larissa MacFarquhar. We'll meet to discuss on October 14.  We'd be excited to provide you with a copy of the book so please reach out to info@effectivealtruismdc.org with your name and address if you'd like us to send you one! We'll send out discussion questions a week before the meeting. This podcast interview with the author is an especially good introduction to her work.

EA DC Article Reading Group: Meets monthly, covering a different topic area of interest each month. This month the topic is institutional decisions and we’re meeting on Oct. 21. Join the email list and feel free to drop in for any discussion that would interest you, or feel free to simply enjoy the readings on your own. Email melissahopkins9@gmail.com to be added!

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:
  • Animal welfare group is getting together for a hike Oct 24 (email for details)
  • The Biosecurity group is meeting in smaller groups due to size and experience levels. If you expressed interest in either of these groups but have not yet received information on meetings, please email us at info@effectivealtruismdc.org for more information
  • EA community building group is having a meetup on Oct 19 (email us 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, like the Climate Change group are still looking for facilitators or co-facilitators. Email us if you're interested or would like to learn more!

New DC-based Jobs:

EA DC is looking to hire a second paid part-time organizer to help plan events, connect members, organize documents, and strategize about the future of the group. Contact us with any questions & apply here!
💡 Apply here to work with EA DC! 💡

Articles and recommendations:

Charity news and updates:

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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