Models of Movement Building

Published 22nd September 2019

Building a robust effective altruism community could have an extraordinarily large impact. The following resources discuss theories and approaches for building the effective altruism community.

General community-building theories and strategies

  • 80,000 Hours’ cause profile on promoting effective altruism describes why this cause area may be one of the most important areas to work in, and reasons why you might or might not choose to work in this area
  • The CEA community-building page explores some opportunities and challenges related to EA movement-building
  • The funnel model of EA engagement models possible paths of involvement in EA, from people unaware of EA, through to core members and leaders
  • CEA’s Three-Factor Model of Community Building frames people’s impact in terms of

    • Resources: The scale of the resources (money, skills, etc.) they have to offer
    • Dedication: The proportion of those resources that they devote to doing good
    • Realisation: How efficiently they are using those resources

A group aiming to have a significant impact could set goals to help their members increase their impact. We encourage group organisers to apply the three-factor model to their groups.

Models of an EA Group

Building the EA Movement Internationally

More Reading

Additional reading related to EA community building can be found on the EA Resource Hub’s Community Building Reading List.

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