The intent was and is to give the numerous people working in the EA environment in Berlin a space to work together. Even if one doesn’t always work on the same projects, the informal exchange over coffee or lunch can serve to develop new ideas or get valuable feedback. Furthermore, it can be beneficial for one's own motivation to surround oneself with like-minded people. This is especially true for people who are only remotely connected to their actual teams or completely work by themselves.
In addition to the Effektiv Spenden team, employees from organizations such as Animal Charity Evaluators, Founders Pledge, CEA, One for the World, High Impact Athletes, Future Matters Project and Effective Altruism Berlin are working at TEAMWORK already. There are also several founders of new, promising EA projects, some of which are supported by the EA Funds or Charity Entrepreneurship.
We have also welcomed international visitors to TEAMWORK, for example from EA-France, EA-Netherlands, Deepmind, Legal Priorities Project, legacies.now or GiveDirectly.
For the future we are also planning to hold more in person events such as meetups, workshops, presentations and socials.
If you are working in the EA environment in Berlin and are looking for a place to work for one or more days per week among like-minded people we would be happy to hear from you. The same applies to all EAs who are only in Berlin for a few days or weeks and want to get to know the local community over coffee or lunch.
Even though it's still too early to make final judgments, the Effektiv Spenden team is very happy with the decision to start the TEAMWORK project and recommends thinking about following our example. If you are considering starting something similar in your city, we would be happy to share our experiences with you.