Hi EATO Community,
As everyone is contending with what the COVID-19 pandemic means for them, I wanted to send my best wishes to all of you. We’re all in this together.
Given the current situation, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel all in-person events until further notice. However, I’m excited to announce that we’ll be experimenting with virtual meetups instead. Our first virtual meetups are already scheduled and there will be more posted soon. If you haven’t already you can also join our meetup group to find those events and find a variety of options to stay in touch on our website. eatoronto.com/get-involved
If you’d like to chat, you can also schedule a call with me here. We can talk about effective altruism, or just check-in if you’d prefer.
Some people have asked about actions they can take to reduce the harm of COVID-19. The opportunity cost of individuals time engaging on this is unique to each person. For some, it might be better to focus on your current important work. If you are interested in COVID-19 specific activities:
- Please follow government and/or expert advice and invest in your own self-care
- Talk to your employers, friends and family, and explain why you’re taking the Coronavirus seriously
- Take actions to convince your family/friends/social groups to follow social distancing recommendations (perhaps through one-on-one conversations or via your social media)
- Consider sharing the Stand Against Corona pledge
- If you want to make pandemic specific donations, or if friends/family want to donate or learn more, you may want to direct them to this resource
- If you want to connect with other EAs thinking about COVID, you can join the EA COVID-19 Facebook group [note: this group is not CEA official and we are not endorsing projects/ideas generated by this group]
As Julia Wise says in her recent Forum post, “The work EAs do is still important. Donations are still important. All the problems we’ve been working on are still here, and will still be here when this is over.“ If you’ve got some spare time, here are some things you might want to do:
- Continue to learn more about effective altruism (including Greg Lewis’s new 80,000 Hours problem profile on biosecurity)
- Figure out how you might take action based on EA principles
- Connect with the global community; join other online groups, check out EA Chats or WANBAM
- Invest in self-improvement or take an online course
- Think about your career plans; check out 80,000 Hours Key Ideas and their Job Board.
Stay safe! We’ll be in touch.