Sasha Berezhnoi

Community Director @ Effective Altruism Anywhere
1063 karmaJoined Nov 2018New York, NY, USA

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I run EA Anywhere, a virtual group for people who don't have local groups nearby.

I co-founded EA Russia and have been involved in community building for the last three years. I contributed to several EA organizations as a research intern, created a Youtube channel with EA-related videos, and studied the MIT Micromasters program on global health and development policy.

I'd be happy to chat about EA or introduce you to the EA Anywhere group:

https://calendly.com/sashaberezhnoi

https://www.linkedin.com/in/abspace

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Hi Elliot, we listed the organizations on the career fair's page on Swapcard. Keep in mind that some orgs are hosting office hours during the weekend but are not represented at the career fair and vice versa.

Hi Michael,

Here are some quick thoughts:

  • Make sure to block some time for attendees to reflect on their conference goals & planning. We are hosting a workshop on Friday to encourage this type of reflection ("First-timers at EAGx", at 3 pm UTC). You can also use our planning worksheet.
  • Group activities like watching talks together, in-person 1-1s, and shared lunch seem like good ideas!
  • It is better if space for 1-1s isn't packed very tight. It can be distracting when lots of people speaking around. And if two people are attending the same meetup or office hours they will hear each other speaking both in their headphones and in the room.

We've already heard about multiple groups from different countries planning such co-attending sessions, it's exciting! I think it's especially valuable in regions with a lack of reliable infrastructure (e.g. where home internet is not reliable but it's possible to book a room at a local university or coworking with fiber internet).

No, there is no cap. I definitely encourage you to apply! Based on previous EAGxVirtual events, we are expecting 1,000 - 1,500 participants. 

I'm very excited about organizing this event! You can find a sidenote on my personal experience with EAGxVitual in last year's announcement. During the recent career conversations week it became even more clear to me how pivotal the EAGxVirtual 2020 was for my life and career. It helped me to find a mentor, with whom we ended up working for 6 months, and to identify the next steps to test my career fit in multiple areas - community building, research, and charity entrepreneurship. I never thought spending a weekend in front of a laptop could have such huge pay-offs, haha!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please, leave a message here or contact us at virtual@eaglobalx.org 

I really like these themed events on the EA Forum and would love to see more of them! Thanks to everyone who contributes with posts, quick takes, and comments.

We scheduled related online discussions at EA Anywhere to facilitate knowledge-sharing and highlight useful career-related actions. Everyone is welcome to join!

Hey everyone, we rescheduled both discussions to next weekend as @Dion and I both have caught a cold. This will give some extra time for those who haven't finished reading the book yet!

Updated discussion schedule:

In line with the EA Strategy Fortnight, we at EA Anywhere have decided to center this month's discussion around major strategic EA questions and host two virtual events this Sunday for different time zones:

Thanks to EA GatherTown team for your efforts! It's a great coworking space for remote teams. When we worked on EAGxVirtual last year it definitely helped us to sync faster and do more work. I also know many people outside of major EA hubs who are using the GT coworking space to stay accountable and productive. And because embedded pomodoro timers are synced you can have breaks at the same time and chat with others.

We've received lots of excited comments about EA GT in the EAGxVirtual '22 feedback form, so we are looking into incorporating it even more this year as a virtual venue. Though some people were confused with the platform and asked for a better guidance/onboarding.

Hi Alisha, you can check the article by Kelsey Piper on disaster relief. Our conclusions were similar to the ones she makes there.

You can join EA Anywhere Slack and ask your question in the #all-questions-welcome channel to collect more perspectives from participants.

Hi everyone, the host got really sick and can't host the meeting today.

It's been rescheduled for next Sunday, May 7th.

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