Before You Begin
This guide is primarily intended for individuals considering starting a new city or uni group. However, it may also be useful for individuals starting a national group or a group that focuses on a specific subset of EA, or new organisers of existing groups.
Before you get started, double-check whether there is already a group in your university or city, and try to find out if there are other people interested in starting a group - maybe you can work together. If there are existing EA groups in nearby cities or universities, it might be helpful to get involved in them before you embark on your own.
To find local EAs:
Search for “[your location / your university] Effective Altruism” on Facebook
Ask any contacts you might have in the EA community
Join the EA Group Organisers Facebook group and ask there
This guide to starting an EA group is a compilation of ideas from various group organisers mostly from the US, UK and Australia. Every organiser and group is different, and ideas that work well for one group may need to be adapted to work for another. So, use this guide as a starting point rather than a prescription, and seek advice from others.
Why Start a Group?
Thinking about starting an effective altruism group? Starting a group can be a great way to have an impact, and for many people, it is also an enjoyable way to connect with like-minded people. Here are three reasons why you might want to start a group.
This article from 80,000 Hours outlines reasons for and against working in community building for effective altruism. It is mostly directed towards people who are considering doing this as a job, so if you are unsure whether to get into community building or do something else with your time, this article might help you decide.