European Community Weekend in Berlin

The Ber­lin Meetup Group is or­ga­niz­ing the first Euro­pean com­mu­nity meetup. We are plan­ning a fun week­end with a fo­cus on bring­ing the LessWrong com­mu­nity closer to­gether. As a treat, some par­ti­ci­pants offer ra­tio­nal­ity ex­er­cises and work­shops.

If you like your lo­cal meetup we hope you will like this too. It is similar, but big­ger: You will get to meet and ex­change ideas with a di­verse set of awe­some peo­ple from all across Europe. And if you don’t have a meetup nearby or didn’t get around to par­ti­ci­pat­ing yet, this is a great op­por­tu­nity to get in touch with the rest of the com­mu­nity.

The com­mu­nity week­end will take place April 11-13, from Fri­day evening to Sun­day early af­ter­noon, in the Odyssee Hos­tel in Ber­lin. The cost is 70 € in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and break­fast. A con­fer­ence room with a pro­jec­tor and wifi will also be available dur­ing day­time.

The event is par­ti­ci­pant driven so you (yes, you) are very wel­come to help with the con­tent. Please con­tact Tris­tan (weg­n­er­tris­tan—at—google­mail—dot—com) for plan­ning and schedul­ing.

Fri­day evening we will wel­come ev­ery­one around 17:00 and pro­ceed to have din­ner to­gether. Sleep­ing quar­ters (shared rooms) will already be available from 16:00. The evening can be used for get­ting to know each other bet­ter or ex­plor­ing the city in small groups. We also made sure that there are plenty of cul­tural, party and sight­see­ing offers available through­out the city.

Satur­day af­ter break­fast, there will be a semi-struc­tured pro­gram in the con­fer­ence room. Offers will in­clude a work­shop for habit im­ple­men­ta­tion, a sci­ence based in­tro­duc­tion to med­i­ta­tion along with a prac­tice ses­sion, and clicker train­ing. We also en­courage ev­ery­one to take part in light­ning talks, where you are in­vited to give a short 5min pre­sen­ta­tion on any topic you are pas­sion­ate about.

Satur­day evening can be fur­ther used to nerd out, ex­plore the nightlife or par­ti­ci­pate in an ex­er­cise in so­cial com­fort zone ex­pan­sion.

Sun­day will have room for ad­di­tional pro­jects. We will say good­bye in the early af­ter­noon to give us enough time to head home. Of course ev­ery­one is free to pro­long the stay in the great­est cap­i­tal of Ger­many.

By the end of the event we hope that we will have made new friends, ex­changed ideas, re­ceived valuable feed­back and started a joint world op­ti­miza­tion pro­ject or two.

To sign up, email John (john­crypt­frink—at—gmail—dot—com), prefer­ably be­fore the first of Fe­bru­ary. The num­ber of par­ti­ci­pants is limited, so reg­ister early to make sure you can par­ti­ci­pate.

Look­ing for­ward to see­ing you
John, Tris­tan, Alexan­der, Matthias, Chris­tian… & ev­ery­one else from the Ber­lin LessWrong meetup

UPDATE: We’re now at slightly over 40 par­ti­ci­pants and can’t ac­cept any more peo­ple. Please mail John any­way if you’d have wanted to come! Things may still work out if some­one else can’t make it af­ter all—and it will help us have a bet­ter idea of how many peo­ple to plan for next time.