Just wanted to share some positive feedback for Magnify (previously known as WANBAM) - I found it a really helpful and positive experience.
I was matched with an excellent and well suited mentor and and found the community Slack very supportive and friendly.
I definitely wouldn't say a harsh environment or suffering was necessary! I also wouldn't say it's a dichotomy, but I do think the two priorities would lead you to different locations.
"Cape Town is not Africa" is flippant but there's substance behind it. I really don't think it's contentious to say that Cape Town feels much more like a city in Europe than in another African country.
To share context from tech startup world (particularly since you've emphasized that as a strength of CT as a tech hub in the post), successful startups that expand from Ca... (read more)
I was very surprised to see this! I live in Cape Town and would definitely be keen to be part of this if this existed.
However, I think you need to be clearer about your priority between two conflicting goals here
(I say this having been part of a team that launched an pan-African startup incubator based in Cape Town, which we later reflected was a nice choice for our lives, but worse for fulfilling our mission. Happy to go into more detail if useful.)
I think that these factors might be making it socially harder to be a non-longtermist who engages with the EA community, and that is an important and missing part of the ongoing discussion about EA community norms changing.
This has felt very true for me!
I came across EA way back around 2011 when I was at university, pre-longtermism... EA at that point formalised a lot of my existing thinking/values and I made graduate career decisions in line with 80k advice at the time. I started getting more involved again about a year ago and was surprised ... (read more)