People in the community often talk about how nice it would be if there was an EA social network: somewhere with a database of everyone interested in effective altruism, that you could search by skills/location/experience/cause, that would show how involved someone is in the community, and where you can message and chat to the other members.
In fact, there has been more than one attempt to build such a social network from scratch. One of these was pushed by me and 80,000 Hours back in 2012-2013. And I recently heard about a proposal to try again.
But such a network already exists, and it's called LinkedIn.
Then you can:
- Use advanced search to search the group by any linkedin data fields, including skills/education/keywords/causes/location/company.
- For everyone in the group, you can see how connected they are to others in the community, giving a proxy for level of involvement.
- Chat on a shared private forum
- Message other members, so long as you have a mutual connection, which reduces the chance of spam.
- Ask everyone to put "effective altruism" as a cause in the cause section of their profiles. This helps to spread awareness. If people fill out global poverty, animal welfare, catastrophic risks etc. then we'll be able to search by cause too.
- If people make "effective altruism" as one of their skills, then people in the community can endorse them for that skill. This provides a proxy for how dedicated someone is to effective altruism.
- People could mention how much income they're pledging on their profile too.