At the beginning of March, I rented out the bottom floor of Event Horizon and began running it as an EA coworking and guest space. So far the space has hosted:
- 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 starting this week (Tuesday 7pm)
- One-off community events (Opening event, Machine Learning Reading Group, LessWrong Launch Party, Game Day, etc.)
- Guests staying in the guest bedrooms about half the time
- 3 private events (Rationalist Seders, private coworking day for a small company)
Since I do not have an external source of funding* for The Berkeley Rationality and Effective Altruism Community Hub (The Berkeley REACH), I have so far funded this project out of pocket (which is not sustainable for me). 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.
The main ways we expect the community center to be used:
- providing event space for intellectual, growth-focused events
- providing space for social, community-building events
- providing a space to collaborate on existing projects
- providing space and support for helping people in the community brainstorm about and start new endeavors
- providing guest space for out of town guests and new community members
- providing 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 this Patreon goes well, I’ll set things up so donations go through a nonprofit and are tax deductible.
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.