Sarah Spikes (Stardust) is creating The Berkeley Rationality and Effective Altruism Community Hub
75

patrons

$2,549
per month
Berkeley Rationality and Effective Altruism Community, assemble!
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)
In all, over 100 unique people have attended events in our first month.

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.
Rewards
Supporter
$1 or more per month 33 patrons
Every contribution helps keep the center running!
Snack Picker
$20 or more per month 14 of 30 patrons
Choose one snack to always keep stocked at the center.
Bookworm
$50 or more per month 6 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 9 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
$2,549 of $12,000 per month
REACH for the stars! At this point, could either compensate multiple part time employees, one full time employee, or offer various services for free or much lower prices.
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Berkeley Rationality and Effective Altruism Community, assemble!
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)
In all, over 100 unique people have attended events in our first month.

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.

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Rewards
Supporter
$1 or more per month 33 patrons
Every contribution helps keep the center running!
Snack Picker
$20 or more per month 14 of 30 patrons
Choose one snack to always keep stocked at the center.
Bookworm
$50 or more per month 6 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 9 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).