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Meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - June 2017

0 luminosity 15 May 2017 10:20PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - June 2017

WHEN: 04 June 2017 04:00:00PM (+1000)

WHERE: 10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale

Join us for another chance to polish your planning, motivational and other rationality skills. Social dinner afterwards.

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - June 2017

Meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - May 2017

0 luminosity 17 April 2017 01:03AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - May 2017

WHEN: 07 May 2017 04:00:00PM (+1000)

WHERE: 10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale

Come improve your plans, motivation and other rationality skills at our monthly dojo. Dinner afterwards with the group nearby.

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - May 2017

Meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - April 2017

0 luminosity 25 March 2017 01:02AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - April 2017

WHEN: 02 April 2017 04:00:00PM (+1100)

WHERE: 10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale

Join us from 4 - 6 to sharpen your planning, motivation and other rationality skills. Afterwards there'll be a social dinner for those who want to stick around.

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - April 2017

Meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - March 2017

0 luminosity 06 February 2017 09:51AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - March 2017

WHEN: 05 March 2017 04:00:00PM (+1100)

WHERE: 10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale

Join us from 4 - 6 to sharpen your planning, motivation and other rationality skills. Afterwards there'll be a social dinner for those who want to stick around.

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - March 2017

In response to Meetup Discussion
Comment author: berekuk 27 January 2017 01:06:07AM *  2 points [-]

Moscow

We expanded a lot since we opened our own rationality-aligned time club Kocherga in September 2015.

  • General LW meetups every 3 weeks on Sundays with talks, discussions and games
  • "Rationality for beginners" lectures every 3 weeks on Sundays
  • (the third Sunday slot is reserved for EA meetups)
  • Dojos on Fridays
  • Sequences reading group started two weeks ago on Mondays
  • Rationality-related games once a month
  • CFAR-style weekend workshops (we ran 4 of these in 2016)

I really should write a separate post about all that's happened since 2013 when the last report from our group was posted.

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Comment author: luminosity 06 February 2017 09:51:24AM 0 points [-]

I'd definitely be interested to read it!

Comment author: Davidmanheim 12 January 2017 09:09:07PM 1 point [-]

We tried one of these in LA, and while I wasn't there, I heard people liked it - but it's a lot of work to run, and so it only happened one time. Part of that is that it was much longer, and part is that finding a venue was hard.

Comment author: luminosity 15 January 2017 12:47:35PM 0 points [-]

Venues are definitely a problem -- we're lucky enough to have a relatively central humanist group who let us hire out their meeting space once a month, but occasionally it has been difficult to scramble to find an alternative.

I wonder if there'd be some value in having a list of suggested ways to find a venue for people organising meetup groups.

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Comment author: therufs 10 January 2017 11:08:02PM 1 point [-]

HPMOR meetup

Sometime mid-HPMOR, we had a biweekly Saturday midday meetup group to discuss some number of chapters. We started at the beginning and would read (or not read) ?5? or so chapters per meetup until we ran out of new material, after which we met sporadically when there was a new chapter. If memory serves, we met for brunch a couple of times, then shifted to doing food truck food + hanging out a local brewery. After discussion these meetups would generally segue into at least a whole afternoon if not a whole day of hangouts.

At least once or twice, we got some folks who ardently insisted they'd never ever ever ever come to a LW meetup. We also occasionally got attendees from places outside the Triangle for whom it wasn't feasible to make the trip to our LW discussion meetup.

We talked about moving on to other rationality fic (Luminosity in particular) after HPMOR wrapped but that didn't happen for some reason (possibly it got cold before we got around to it, and the food truck+brewery combo is somewhat less enchanting in such weather.)

I rarely have a whole Saturday to devote to discussion, beer, ping pong, coffee, and Bullitron anymore, but I remember these with a lot of fondness.

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Comment author: luminosity 15 January 2017 12:45:54PM 0 points [-]

Did you get people that did crossover from these meetups to the others? It seems like a more lightweight / fun topic like this might be good for letting people get involved more easily?

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Comment author: JoshuaFox 11 January 2017 07:42:15AM *  1 point [-]

In Tel Aviv, we have three types of meetings, all on Tuesdays. Monthly we have a full meeting, usually a lecture or sometimes Rump Sessions (informal lightning talks). Typical attendance is 12.

Monthly, alternating fortnights from the above, we do game nights.

We are graciously hosted by Meni Rosenfeld's Cluster startup hub. (For a few years we were hosted at Google.)

On other Tuesdays a few LessWrongers get together at a pub.

Comment author: luminosity 15 January 2017 12:42:54PM 0 points [-]

How did you go about finding people to come to your meetups? Pre-existing friends? LW site postings? Something else?

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Comment author: Davidmanheim 12 January 2017 09:21:04PM 1 point [-]

Lesswrong LA / Los Angeles Rationality

We ran a couple varieties of meetup, but the group changed over time, and most of the original people moved away or moved on. Most of the organizing was done in a Google Chat group, which is still pretty active.

I'm no longer there - but we had a couple of great activities I'll encourage others to try.

1) http://lesswrong.com/lw/muy/aumann_agreement_game/ - This was fun, and we've played a lot. It has a lot of replay-ability value, and it a valuable calibration and group cohesion / getting to know others activity. The big downside is that it's 4-person + 1 Scorekeeper as long as you use the typical 4-answer quiz questions. If you found a different source of questions with more multiple choice options, it would scale well, but would start to get unwieldy by 10 people.

2) Presentations / Thinking Questions / Guided discussions - We had fun sometimes having someone pose interesting solved or unsolved issues, or just general things people were interested in. I gave a couple on formal decision theory-related topics, and others covered topics as diverse as various types of formalisms for infinite numbers, to how to be more persuasive and personable at social gatherings. Downside: this can't be more than half the time of the meetup, and sometimes there were some people who were uninterested in the topic who would wander off.

3) Rationality Moments - 15 minutes long, a good component of a longer meeting. Described here: http://lesswrong.com/lw/mlj/meetup_west_la_problem_solving/ - this was a good thing for me, and I think others, especially since it meant there was a component of explicit rationality-boosting and thinking about how to get better. at practical skills.

4, 5, etc.) General discussion / Game Nights / Other - We had done lots of random things, but usually the devolved into just hanging out, which was fun and fine, but not usually particularly rationality focused.

Comment author: luminosity 15 January 2017 12:41:57PM 0 points [-]

When you say most of the original people moved away, do you mean the group stopped meeting, or its meetings acquired new members and a different focus?

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Comment author: philh 13 January 2017 05:15:15PM *  2 points [-]

London rationalish

We rebranded from "Less Wrong London" because several of us had stopped reading Less Wrong. I currently advertise meetups on our facebook group and /r/slatestarcodex.

Currently we have no topics or agenda; we just meet in a pub every other week and talk about whatever we feel. As the organizer, I've said that if anyone wants to do something beyond this, they're welcome to take over for a week, but I'm not likely to do any more than that any time soon.

We've attempted other things in the past (themed discussions; games; outings) with mixed success. I think the main reason we're not doing them now is because nobody wants to put in the work for them.

We briefly used the conversation system I wrote about here, and I think it worked quite well when we did, but we don't use it now for no particular reason. (I think we're smaller than we were then, so there's less need for it.)

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Comment author: luminosity 15 January 2017 12:37:40PM 1 point [-]

Do you track where new people come from? I'm wondering about what channels it makes sense to focus on maintaining a presence in. (Hadn't thought of doing it on r/ssc)

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