Upcoming Event (11/19/18)

When: November 19, 7:30-9:00PM
Where: Scarsdale Congregational Church (1 Heathcote Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583)
Description of Event
The meetup will start with a presentation of EA affiliated groups focused on helping you become more effectively altruistic, by EA Westchester co-founder Zach Berkson. We will then break up into small groups to play “The Giving Game,” which will help you determine what goals you want to set for yourself. Psychologist and Effective Altruism Westchester co-founder Ray Lightstone will talk about applying psychological techniques and will help you identify automatic thoughts associated with your goal, making it easier for you to achieve it. Time will be left for socialization and for everyone to discuss the philosophy of effective altruism and how we can benefit society.
What is "Effective Altruism"? It's about giving to others in a way that scientific evidence has shown to be optimally effective. Giving to people, whom you may have never met, in order to achieve the maximum impact. Giving to charities to get the most bang for your buck.

Studies show that giving makes you happier. Much happier. Whether you're giving to family members, neighbors, charitable organizations, your larger community, or a person you don't know in Sub-Saharan Africa, giving to others is not self-sacrifice. It's the best gift you can offer yourself.

But giving is hard. Our culture often doesn't encourage giving, particularly giving to people who live far away, live very different lives from ours, and are out of sight and out of mind. We all feel at least some emotional resistance to the thought of increasing our giving.

To help you overcome this resistance, you will learn scientifically-tested behavioral techniques at our meetings, and we will help you implement them in your lives. These techniques will help you work toward any goals for giving you set for yourself and avoid negative associations, like "self-sacrifice", with altruism.

At our second meetup, you will create an altruistic goal for yourself and learn about techniques and EA affiliated groups aimed at making it easier for you to achieve your goal.