Join our collaboration for high quality EA outreach events (OFTW + GWWC + EA Community)

post by jlewars, lukefreeman · 2021-02-23T02:49:02.960Z · EA · GW · 3 comments

Contents

  Context
  How will it work?
  What events are planned?
  What can I do to help?
  Appendix
    
    for follow up
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3 comments

Context

Speaker events have become increasingly common in the last year, as our community moves online. There have been excellent events from a variety of organisations, covering a range of topics from introductions to effective giving, to deep dives on specific cause areas, to careers panels, to introductory talks for those new to effective altruism.

We believe that collaborative coordination of these events will reduce duplicated effort and also build a product that has a higher profile and can attract bigger audiences and bigger speakers.

We also think there is value in a long-term vision for the events. Rather than just coordinating a 'season' of events, we are trying to build an ongoing, multi-year series that can grow its momentum and audience over time.

We also believe that we can run events that cater better to different audiences. A big challenge last year was simultaneously broadcasting to people who are experienced EAs and people who are new to the field.

How will it work?

Giving What We Can and One for the World are currently leading on the coordination of these events (but are very open for more people to join us and in many cases take more core leadership roles). Our goals are:

  1. To grow the community of people interested in effective giving and effective altruism.
  2. To work with partners across EA to reduce duplication and get a multiplier effect by mixing different communities (e.g. OFTW student chapter members, mid-career EAs, WANBAM mentees, subject-matter groups, industry and workplace groups, 80,000 Hours etc).
  3. To create a standard system of advertising, registrations and follow up, where lower attendance events can still have pay-offs and partners have incentives to advertise and help out because they get a defined follow up list from the event.
  4. To shoot for some major A-list speakers, leveraging the combined brand value of the partners and the richness of the EA community.

In pursuit of these goals, we have identified some key enablers:

What events are planned?

We just delivered the first event, a consultancy career panel exploring 'how to have the greatest impact as a consultant' (see recording). 

This test produced some encouraging results:

The next event we're planning is on March 24th, 4pm ET is in collaboration with EA Medicine (https://www.ea-med.com/) and will similarly focus on how people in that industry are using their careers, advocacy and money to make an impact. After that, we are keen to add new types of events, such as introductions to effective altruism or more traditional talks from a particular speaker - please let us know your ideas.

What can I do to help?

Appendix

Registrants

Source NameRegisteredAttendedAttended %
GWWC Facebook Event (promoted by various orgs)

68

46

67.65%

OFTW Chapters

61

29

47.54%

GWWC LinkedIn Event (promoted by various orgs)

59

35

59.32%

EA Consulting Network

43

12

27.91%

OFTW General

11

2

18.18%

Other

7

0

0.00%

GWWC Website Events Page

6

2

33.33%

EA International Events Calendar

1

1

100.00%

StageRegisteredAttendedAttended %
Working

104

51

49.04%

Pursuing a degree

115

62

53.91%

What stage of your career are you in?*RegisteredAttended 
Working (0-5 years experience)

74

36

48.65%

Pursuing an undergraduate degree

54

28

51.85%

Pursuing a graduate degree (e.g. Masters)

51

30

58.82%

 

33

0

0.00%

Working (6-15 years experience)

22

10

45.45%

Pursuing a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD)

7

2

28.57%

Working (15+ years experience)

6

2

33.33%

Seeking work / Not currently working

4

3

75.00%

Pursuing a professional degree

3

2

66.67%

In high school

1

0

0.00%

Pursuing other degree/diploma

1

0

0.00%

 

256

113

 

Opt-ins for follow up

Note: This was in the post-event feedback which had a low response rate. In future we’d ask this during the event as a poll to increase our response rate.

Giving What We Can (Effective giving recommendations, pledges, and donations)

12

One For The World (Pledge to GiveWell’s charities from the US, UK, Canada or Australia)

9

Centre for Effective Altruism (News and updates on EA)

14

An Effective Altruism group in my city/university

10

80,000 Hours (High-impact careers advice)

18

Effective Altruism Consulting Network

23

WANBAM (Mentorship for women, trans people of any gender, and non-binary people interested in EA)

12

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comment by Michelle_Hutchinson · 2021-02-24T09:49:39.875Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

This sounds like a great idea! 

comment by Prabhat Soni · 2021-02-27T22:33:53.499Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

What is the minimum threshold of expected attendees required for GWWC/OFTW to be interested in collaborating?

comment by Prabhat Soni · 2021-02-27T22:33:37.498Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

What, if anything, changes in this mechanism/strategy post-COVID?