Sarah Spikes (Stardust) is creating The Berkeley Rationality and Effective Altruism Community Hub
118

patrons

$4,479
per month
Berkeley Rationality and Effective Altruism Community, assemble!

Since March 2018, I've rented the bottom floor of Event Horizon and opened it as a community center for the Rationality and Effective Altruism communities: the Berkeley REACH.

The space hosts many events:
  • Two weekly meetups
    • Wednesdays 7pm: EA meetups, with rotating community members running hour-long talks or workshops and 10-20 people attending
    • Tuesdays 8:30pm: Rationalist Meditation
  • Bi-weekly Bio risk meetups
    • Tuesdays 7pm, 5-15 attendees
  • Daily co-working space
  • One-off community events (Opening event, Machine Learning Reading Group, LessWrong Launch Party, Game Day, etc.)
  • Occasional private events
  • Guests staying in the guest bedrooms about half the time
The space also provides:
  • Relatively inexpensive beds rationalists/EAs visiting Berkeley from out of town
  • Community library and stuff swap
  • Projector/screen and Music equipment 
In total, over 200 unique people have visited the REACH. You can read what some people have said in support of REACH here:
All of this has be done without any external source of funding*. For the first few months, I funded this project out of pocket (which is not sustainable for me). Over the last 2 months, it's been covered by this Patreon campaign, the nominal fees for the guest rooms, and a few other donations. I'm currently in the process of setting up a non-profit so that donations become tax deductible.

I will continue to do my best to keep the space open, but it will not be possible without continued community support. I am running this Patreon campaign to see if the community wants this space to continue existing as a public good enough to collectively fund it.

I expect the REACH to provide:
  • event space for intellectual, growth-focused events
  • space for social, community-building events
  • space to collaborate on existing projects
  • support for people in the community brainstorming about and starting new endeavors
  • guest space for out of town guests and new community members
  • classes and activities for kids so that parents in the community have low cost, enriching options for the kids
For the community center to succeed, it should be a gathering place. We’ll need people to show up for coworking, host events here, find project collaborators here, and gradually make it a true hub of the EA and rationalist communities. Before any of that is possible, though, we need money to keep the lights on and the rent paid.

If you like the idea of a community center but don’t like the way it is being run, I encourage you to give direct feedback! I invite you to either send an email, or use a willing intermediary to deliver actionable and specific feedback :)

Please sign up for one of the roles listed, or if there’s some other way you want to help out, REACH out to me directly :)

If you would prefer making a one-time donation rather than recurring monthly donations, use this link.

* I applied for a CEA community building grant in the hope that I could use that to fund running the venue for the next year, but they decided to support other projects that they expect to result in higher EA impact.
Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month 46 patrons
Every contribution helps keep the center running!
Snack Picker
$20 or more per month 28 of 30 patrons
Choose one snack to always keep stocked at the center.
Bookworm
$50 or more per month 15 of 20 patrons
Choose a book to be featured in the library, with an optional endorsement blurb about why you chose it. (You can change your book endorsement at most twice a month, the book will be purchased if not already in the library and no one has a copy they are willing to lend.  Please no expensive items like textbooks unless you're lending/donating it!)
Sponsor
$100 or more per month 15 of 100 patrons
Endorse a charity, organization, or website you believe is effective/worthwhile on the http://www.bayrationality.com/ website in the Berkeley REACH section (with or without your name attached, in your own words, subject to review by the Board of Directors).
Heroic Responsibility
$500 or more per month 1 of 30 patrons
If you so desire, you will be invited to Board of Directors meetings and will be able to weigh in on important decisions.
The Space You Can Save
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Heroic Responsibility + have a charity or organization you believe to be especially effective promoted in the physical space (e.g. large poster in the common room).
Goals
$4,479 of $5,000 per month
This would allow us to pay rent and do basic upkeep of the space, assuming an average of ~$1000 in income from guest rooms per month.
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Berkeley Rationality and Effective Altruism Community, assemble!

Since March 2018, I've rented the bottom floor of Event Horizon and opened it as a community center for the Rationality and Effective Altruism communities: the Berkeley REACH.

The space hosts many events:
  • Two weekly meetups
    • Wednesdays 7pm: EA meetups, with rotating community members running hour-long talks or workshops and 10-20 people attending
    • Tuesdays 8:30pm: Rationalist Meditation
  • Bi-weekly Bio risk meetups
    • Tuesdays 7pm, 5-15 attendees
  • Daily co-working space
  • One-off community events (Opening event, Machine Learning Reading Group, LessWrong Launch Party, Game Day, etc.)
  • Occasional private events
  • Guests staying in the guest bedrooms about half the time
The space also provides:
  • Relatively inexpensive beds rationalists/EAs visiting Berkeley from out of town
  • Community library and stuff swap
  • Projector/screen and Music equipment 
In total, over 200 unique people have visited the REACH. You can read what some people have said in support of REACH here:
All of this has be done without any external source of funding*. For the first few months, I funded this project out of pocket (which is not sustainable for me). Over the last 2 months, it's been covered by this Patreon campaign, the nominal fees for the guest rooms, and a few other donations. I'm currently in the process of setting up a non-profit so that donations become tax deductible.

I will continue to do my best to keep the space open, but it will not be possible without continued community support. I am running this Patreon campaign to see if the community wants this space to continue existing as a public good enough to collectively fund it.

I expect the REACH to provide:
  • event space for intellectual, growth-focused events
  • space for social, community-building events
  • space to collaborate on existing projects
  • support for people in the community brainstorming about and starting new endeavors
  • guest space for out of town guests and new community members
  • classes and activities for kids so that parents in the community have low cost, enriching options for the kids
For the community center to succeed, it should be a gathering place. We’ll need people to show up for coworking, host events here, find project collaborators here, and gradually make it a true hub of the EA and rationalist communities. Before any of that is possible, though, we need money to keep the lights on and the rent paid.

If you like the idea of a community center but don’t like the way it is being run, I encourage you to give direct feedback! I invite you to either send an email, or use a willing intermediary to deliver actionable and specific feedback :)

Please sign up for one of the roles listed, or if there’s some other way you want to help out, REACH out to me directly :)

If you would prefer making a one-time donation rather than recurring monthly donations, use this link.

* I applied for a CEA community building grant in the hope that I could use that to fund running the venue for the next year, but they decided to support other projects that they expect to result in higher EA impact.

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Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month 46 patrons
Every contribution helps keep the center running!
Snack Picker
$20 or more per month 28 of 30 patrons
Choose one snack to always keep stocked at the center.
Bookworm
$50 or more per month 15 of 20 patrons
Choose a book to be featured in the library, with an optional endorsement blurb about why you chose it. (You can change your book endorsement at most twice a month, the book will be purchased if not already in the library and no one has a copy they are willing to lend.  Please no expensive items like textbooks unless you're lending/donating it!)
Sponsor
$100 or more per month 15 of 100 patrons
Endorse a charity, organization, or website you believe is effective/worthwhile on the http://www.bayrationality.com/ website in the Berkeley REACH section (with or without your name attached, in your own words, subject to review by the Board of Directors).
Heroic Responsibility
$500 or more per month 1 of 30 patrons
If you so desire, you will be invited to Board of Directors meetings and will be able to weigh in on important decisions.
The Space You Can Save
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Heroic Responsibility + have a charity or organization you believe to be especially effective promoted in the physical space (e.g. large poster in the common room).