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How to get involved

EA DC exists to help you think about how to do the most good with your resources and career by connecting you with relevant resources and people in DC. The best way to get involved in EA DC is to fill out our Welcome Form (linked on the right). 

After you fill out the form you can expect an email within a few days requesting a 1-on-1 Zoom call with an organizer. We’re excited to hear about where you’re coming from and what you hope to get out of the group! You can explore our full list of public resources here. If you’re not interested in getting involved in the group but have any questions for us you can email us at Info@EffectiveAltruismDC.org or fill in our 1-on-1 meeting form here.

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Who should get involved?

You! We think that the group has something to offer everyone and we’d be excited to get you more connected to our professional communities and resources. We do not expect or require any specific educational or career background, or any specific level of agreement with ideas associated with EA. To learn more about the group and how we think about our audience and goals please read our FAQ. You can also chat with us about it directly by emailing Info@EffectiveAltruismDC.org.

 

What happens after you fill out the Welcome Form?

Your info will be saved in our system and an organizer will reach out in at most a few days with relevant resources, info, and times we’re available for an intro Zoom call. We aim to have a call with every new member to hear about where you’re coming from and how we can help you get the most out of the group! If you’d like to schedule a 1-on-1 right away feel free to fill out this form.

If you opt to join the Slack we’ll add you to the channel. We strongly suggest joining and posting an intro to yourself on the #02-Introductions channel. This is a great way of putting yourself on other members’ radar!

If you check the newsletter box we’ll subscribe you to the EA DC newsletter, you can also subscribe here. Click here to view past issues.

Based on your interests we’ll connect you with relevant members of the EA DC community. EA DC is one of the largest EA groups in the world and we have many people with diverse interests and experience to connect you with who can help you access resources, other people, and careers.

What does being involved with EA DC look like?

Our goal as an organization is to make the professional network of people interested in effective altruism in DC legible and accessible to anyone who wants to be involved. Each member can decide how involved they want to be and what they aim to get out of the group. Some members use the group for social meetups and debates about EA ideas, others use it to access EA careers in DC. There are many ways you can connect with the EA DC professional network:

Connecting with members

  • Online 1-on-1 calls: We think that one of the best ways of getting a sense of what’s going on in the DC EA professional network is to chat with a lot of people working in or thinking about cause areas that you’re excited about. You can feel free to reach out to members who look interesting about chatting about cause areas you’re interested in. We aim to promote members having a lot of calls with each other and think that it’s a more effective way of getting a lot of information about cause areas and activity in DC than most other methods.
  • EA DC events: You can meet lots of other members interested in similar cause areas and careers by attending EA DC events. We aim to have a combination of more focused events for individual cause areas and issues and more general events where you can meet lots of different people interested in EA. To join EA DC events check out our events page or subscribe to our newsletter.
  • Social media: The main social media where most EA DC discussion happens is Slack. We encourage members to use Slack to post questions and discussion prompts about anything relevant to EA and DC. Join the Slack here.

Connecting with resources 

We maintain a large collection of resources to help you navigate your donations and career from an EA perspective. Our staff and members are happy to suggest more specific resources based on what you’re looking for!

Debate over the best ways to use your time, career, and money to do the most good

The purpose of EA is to debate and identify where individuals can use their money, time, and career to do the most good possible. We agree with this forum post’s framing of EA as a question rather than an ideology. EA DC as an organization does not take official stances on EA debates (though we do make decisions based on EA-related ideas, like making sure all snacks for events are vegan). When you’re in the group it is likely that you will run into different people with different strong beliefs about where the most valuable place to use your time and money is. We do not require or expect you to agree with any specific models for how to do the most good. All we ask is that you take part in the debatef

We help you do good, better

EA DC is one of the largest effective altruist groups in the country. Since 2020 we have been funded by the Centre for Effective Altruism to organize professionals in the area to connect and apply effective altruist thinking in their careers and charitable donations. If you are looking for career advice and networking, information on effective charities, discussions of EA ideas, or making friends and attending fun social events, we’re excited to help you get the most out of the group! 

Whether you have been following effective altruism for years or are just learning about it, we’re excited to get you connected with whatever EA resources are most helpful or interesting to you. We’re excited to support you in any level of involvement with effective altruism that you’d like to have. To get connected to EA DC we encourage you to fill out our welcome form or sign up to talk to an organizer. We’re always excited to talk and connect you with any community members you’d like to speak to.

EA DC runs public events each month to allow members to network and learn about EA ideas. You can sign up for our newsletter to follow our events or visit our events page. All EA DC events are open to everyone and don’t require any prior involvement. Many EA DC events are organized around major EA cause areas, including global health and development, animal welfare, biosecurity, and artificial intelligence. We have a strong network of people working in each cause area who are excited to connect and chat with new members about navigating EA-oriented careers and donating. You can explore our community directory here (everyone on this list is excited to take meeting requests about their areas of expertise) or sign up for our cause area-specific monthly meetups here.

Another way to get involved is to join our social media channels. We have an active SlackFacebook group, and LinkedIn group. Our Slack channel is where most member discussion happens.

EA DC was profiled in the Washington Post magazine in September 2020.

Effective Atlruism DC

Meet Our Directors

Effective Altruism Washington DC brings together people in the DC area with any level of interest in EA. Whether you’re looking for career advice and networking, information on effective charities, discussions of EA ideas, or making friends and attending fun social events, we’re excited to help you get the most out of the group! 

 

We host lots of events with amazing speakers from around the world who join us to talk about their work fighting poverty, reducing the suffering of animals, safeguarding the long-term future, and much more. We also host monthly social events like hikes, game nights, sports teams, and general meet-ups. 

If you’d like to connect with people working in and thinking about specific EA cause areas, we have monthly cause area specific meetups for global poverty and development, animal welfare, biosecurity, AI, and more! Please email us to get connected.

 

Funding for EA DC comes from the Centre for Effective Altruism.

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Organizer

Andy Masley

Andy (he/him) first became interested in effective altruism through the philosopher Derek Parfit in 2013 and has followed the movement closely ever since. He was a double major in philosophy and physics and taught high school physics for 7 years before organizing for EA DC full-time, and still occasionally makes educational physics videos for his YouTube channel. He has pledged to donate at least 10% of his income to effective charities.

 

Andy enjoys reading, music, spending time with friends and family, exercise (especially weight lifting), and exploring the DC vegan food scene.

Organizer

Kyle Lucchese

Kyle (they/them) first became interested in effective altruism through Peter Singer’s The Life You Can Save in 2009. In the years since, they pledged to donate at least 10% of their income to effective charities, donated their kidney in a non-directed donation, and is now serving as a full-time Community Organizer with Effective Altruism DC. Kyle is also a researcher of nonviolent protest methods as a means of effecting change. Their previous fields of work include higher education administration and international development fundraising and consulting. 

Kyle enjoys cooking, hiking, listening to podcasts, meditating, photography, reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and writing. 

Kyle holds an M.I.A. in International Affairs (Ethics and Human Rights) and a B.S. in Business Administration (Management and Marketing).

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