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Less Wrong members sometimes arrange [http://lesswrong.com/tag/meetup/?sort=new meetups] (it's [http://lesswrong.com/lw/43s/starting_a_lw_meetup_is_easy easy]!) to meet each other in meat space. Some geographic areas have groups that do this [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Less_Wrong_meetup_groups regularly]. This page lists tips and resources for Less Wrong meetup groups.
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Less Wrong members sometimes arrange [http://lesswrong.com/tag/meetup/?sort=new meetups] (or "dojos") to meet each other in [http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=meatspace meatspace]. Some geographic areas have groups that do this [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Less_Wrong_meetup_groups regularly]. This page lists tips and resources for Less Wrong meetup groups.
  
If you are a community organizer or interested in starting a community, sign up for the LW Organizers mailing list [http://groups.google.com/group/lw-organizers here].
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[http://lesswrong.com/lw/crs/how_to_run_a_successful_less_wrong_meetup/ How to Run a Successful Less Wrong Meetup] is a extended primer on running meetups, but starting one is actually very [http://lesswrong.com/lw/43s/starting_a_lw_meetup_is_easy easy].
  
For now, most of this data comes from the post [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4ul/less_wrong_nyc_case_study_of_a_successful/ Less Wrong NYC: Case Study of a Successful Rationalist Chapter].
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If you are a meetup organizer or interested in starting a meetup, consider signing up for the LW Organizers mailing list [http://groups.google.com/group/lw-organizers here]. The mailing list has a [https://groups.google.com/d/topic/lw-organizers/gdgCVHqvjjE/discussion thread about sharing materials].
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There is also a [https://www.facebook.com/groups/LesswrongOrganizers/ facebook group] for organisers to talk to each other
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Most of this data comes from the post [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4ul/less_wrong_nyc_case_study_of_a_successful/ Less Wrong NYC: Case Study of a Successful Rationalist Chapter]. (For more on Less Wrong NYC, see [http://lesswrong.com/lw/5c0/epistle_to_the_new_york_less_wrongians/ Epistle to the New York Less Wrongians].)
  
 
==Organization tips==
 
==Organization tips==
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==Meetup activities==
 
==Meetup activities==
  
* '''Social / unfocused discussions'''. Attendance is usually poor, members replied that hanging out is harder to justify than having a specific purpose.
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* '''Social / unfocused discussions'''. Attendance is usually poor; members report that hanging out is harder to justify than having a specific purpose.
 
* '''Specific discussion topics'''. Attendance is good. Break into small groups to make better progress.
 
* '''Specific discussion topics'''. Attendance is good. Break into small groups to make better progress.
 
* '''Presentation / skill training'''. Attendance is good if the topic interests many people.
 
* '''Presentation / skill training'''. Attendance is good if the topic interests many people.
* '''Game nights'''.  
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* '''Game nights'''. This can include rationality training games like [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ar2/biased_pandemic/ Biased Pandemic], [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Paranoid_debating Paranoid Debating], and [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4yk/verifying_rationality_via_rationalpokercom/ poker].
 
* '''Group planning / meta'''. Usually just for group leaders.
 
* '''Group planning / meta'''. Usually just for group leaders.
* '''Structured exercises'''. Attendance varies. Example: [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4fp/fun_and_games_with_cognitive_biases/ Fun and Games with Cognitive Biases].
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* '''Structured exercises'''. Attendance varies. Example from NYC Less Wrong: [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4fp/fun_and_games_with_cognitive_biases/ Fun and Games with Cognitive Biases].
 
* '''Party time'''.
 
* '''Party time'''.
  
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* Friendly AI.
 
* Friendly AI.
  
==See also==
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==Need help?==
 
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Feel free to contact lesswrong user [http://lesswrong.com/user/Elo Elo] to ask questions about planning or running a meetup.
* [[Less Wrong meetup groups]]
 
* [[Paranoid debating]]
 
  
 
[[Category:Meetup groups]]
 
[[Category:Meetup groups]]

Latest revision as of 08:27, 28 April 2017

Less Wrong members sometimes arrange meetups (or "dojos") to meet each other in meatspace. Some geographic areas have groups that do this regularly. This page lists tips and resources for Less Wrong meetup groups.

How to Run a Successful Less Wrong Meetup is a extended primer on running meetups, but starting one is actually very easy.

If you are a meetup organizer or interested in starting a meetup, consider signing up for the LW Organizers mailing list here. The mailing list has a thread about sharing materials.

There is also a facebook group for organisers to talk to each other

Most of this data comes from the post Less Wrong NYC: Case Study of a Successful Rationalist Chapter. (For more on Less Wrong NYC, see Epistle to the New York Less Wrongians.)

Organization tips

  • Communities need heroes. Most people will be passively attending. Step up.
  • Commitment works. Announce regular dates and times, and stay for a minimum length of time, regardless of attendance.
  • Schedule events first, get feedback later. Getting everyone to state their preferences up front leads to prolonged indecision.
  • Be a group of friends. Meet regularly. Do things you like doing, together. Be a community. Set goals and hold each other accountable. Be honest. Make use of each person's skills and knowledge.
  • Gender ratio matters. Treat others with respect. Be mindful of exclusionary language.
  • Use the mailing list for more than just meetup scheduling.
  • Interact with outside rationalists as much as possible.
  • Congregate in the area nearby with the most Less Wrongers.

Meetup activities

  • Social / unfocused discussions. Attendance is usually poor; members report that hanging out is harder to justify than having a specific purpose.
  • Specific discussion topics. Attendance is good. Break into small groups to make better progress.
  • Presentation / skill training. Attendance is good if the topic interests many people.
  • Game nights. This can include rationality training games like Biased Pandemic, Paranoid Debating, and poker.
  • Group planning / meta. Usually just for group leaders.
  • Structured exercises. Attendance varies. Example from NYC Less Wrong: Fun and Games with Cognitive Biases.
  • Party time.

Discussion topics

  • Tell your rationalist success story.
  • Basics of rationality.
  • Cognitive biases.
  • The sequences.
  • Decision theory.
  • Friendly AI.

Need help?

Feel free to contact lesswrong user Elo to ask questions about planning or running a meetup.