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Sometimes the best way to get people into effective altruism is simply to learn more about their interests and skills and talk through effective altruism with them face-to-face. If you’re looking for an activity that members of your local EA group can do or something you can do in a region lacking a local group, consider arranging social meetings with people in your local community who might be interested in EA. These can be students at a university, people at your job, conference speakers in town for the weekend, or anyone else who crosses your radar who might take to the ideas.

To get started, we recommend joining the Facebook group for your local group (which you can find via the EA Hub), adding your interest in having chats to your EA Hub profile, and reaching out to five people for chats. If you’re intending to make this a regular activity for your local group, consider applying for funding from the Centre for Effective Altruism.

To learn about the potential impact of this activity, see EA Berkeley’s 2016 review of the value of coffee meetings for recruiting prospective local group members.