Hey all! I'm a student living in Shanghai, China, and I have been keeping up with EA for two years. I have basic knowledge about EA theory and read a lot of posts on this forum. I was recently looking at local groups to join and notice that there aren't any EA groups in China. This is concerning to me because
(1) China plays a huge role in politics and problems such as A.I. risk and climate emissions as listed on the CEA website
(2) Chinese charities are becoming less and less effective with corruption issues popping up everywhere, and
(3) I believe that many Chinese citizens and educators would be willing to invest in this cause given the size of China and its many problems. Imagine the impact we could have if we got China connected to the global EA community.
Thus, I would like to start a national EA group in China. I think that because there is so little awareness of EA here, this group should focus on recruiting new members and spreading awareness about EA. We could then start doing introductory courses in Chinese and translate important messages. If this is done correctly, it would mean a lot to the cause because China has so much untapped potential to participate in this cause.
I have one or two connections to EA people in China, but they don't seem very available. I was wondering whether anyone would be up to co-organize this EA group. It would require some commitment but it would be very impactful and once things get running, it would be easy to recruit more organizers and create a self-sustaining system.
Ideally, a co-organizer would have more knowledge and experience than me in EA. They would have some connections to Chinese effective altruists, maybe be able to speak Chinese for communication purposes (I can speak both Chinese and English, so language is not a big deal).
If anyone has had experience with starting a group from scratch, feel free to share some tips and things you would have done differently. Similarly, if anyone has connections to effective altruists in China, that would be great.
Once I find co-organizers, I would expect to start discussing the plan for creating this group, including setting up a website, email, contact information, and the way the group is structured. We would start recruiting members who are already involved or interested in EA, and get China connected to the global EA community!