What is Effective Altruism Global X?
Effective Altruism Global X (EAGx) is the locally organized international conference series of the Effective Altruism community.
EAGx conferences are volunteer-run, regionally-focused events. We think these events are particularly important for engaging people who wouldn’t otherwise attend an EA event, for lack of exposure or means to do so. They are often run by existing city-wide or university-based chapters, although ambitious EAs in critical regions may use the conference as a means to jumpstart a strong EA presence.
EAGx conferences take place around the globe. The first event around saw 12 events across five continents, drawing in students in Hong Kong, policymakers in Nairobi, and businessmen in Melbourne, amongst others. We believe that there are vital players in our efforts to do good living across the world, and that we can best engage them by bringing the Effective Altruism community to their doorsteps.
EAGx events are conferences, rather than simply speaker events, so that we have the opportunity to engage attendees more holistically. This gives us the chance to cater the experience to the needs of people encountering EA for the first time, many for whom the ideas will challenge their preconceptions, and if not change their plans entirely. Events also allow active EAs to reconsider their beliefs, collaborate on new projects, and revitalize their enthusiasm for doing as much good as they can. We believe that the best way to allow people to make these greater changes is in a long event format, packed with talks, workshops, and discussions during breaks with one another.
Effective altruism community
Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most? Rather than just doing what feels right, we use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on. But it's no use answering the question unless you act on it. Effective altruism is about following through. It's about being generous with your time and your money to do the most good you can. People who believe that this approach is important comprise the Effective Altruism community, a network of thousands of people around the globe acting in the spirit of these principles.
What do the events generally look like?
Events are whole-weekend ordeals. They generally take place in established communities and focus on building concrete projects or forwarding the field. Our aim is to help move people who are already involved with EA or one of its subdomains to connect with one another, challenge their ideas, and make concrete changes in their behavior.
This conference model makes sense in some contexts but substantially increases operation costs, making other types of local EA events — simpler, afternoon or day-long events — our recommended model in most circumstances.
What events can local groups run instead of an EAGx?
We believe that newer, smaller EA chapters are better suited to events other than an EAGx conference, given the high burden a full-day or full-weekend conference places on its organizers. Not only that, but if you are trying to consolidate interest and get a group off the ground, other events are likely to be better suited to a nascent group’s stability and growth goals.
If you’re trying to increase your chapter’s size we instead recommend running a large speaker event. These typically feature an introductory speaker who knows EA well — someone from an EA organization or one of the event’s organizers — and a keynote speaker who will draw a crowd. You can check out our speaker database (requires access approval) for recommendations for both roles.
If you would instead like to strengthen the engagement of existing members, we recommend running a workshop or salon-style dinner for your few most promising people.
Check out the involvement guide to see suggestions for other local group activities you can run to bolster your presence.
What’s expected of organizers?
In brief, local organizers are responsible for making the whole event happen, from A to Z. Much of this will entail the logistical execution and local strategy of the conference. CEA has resources to help with the operational components, but will lend particular support for establishing infrastructure and providing advice on … integrating with movement-wide strategy.
For more details, check out the stages of the conference-execution process, and the organizer agreement each event signs with CEA. Both are subject to periodic change, which we will reflect in the live documents linked here.
What makes EAGx different from Effective Altruism Global (EAG)?
EAG conferences are weekend-long events organized by the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA), rather than local organizers. Like EAGx events, they target the most dedicated and knowledgeable EAs, and focus on spreading information about and making progress on the cutting-edge work in the field. However, they are generally larger than EAGx events and have a more extensive geographical reach. There are only a few (1-3) per year in prominent EA hubs, where we expect there to be up to six EAGx events per year.