Online LessWrong Community Weekend, September 11th-13th

From 11th-13th Septem­ber as­piring ra­tio­nal­ists will gather for 3 days of so­cial­is­ing, fun and in­tel­lec­tual ex­plo­ra­tion. There will be a few pre-planned ac­tivi­ties, but most of the con­tent will be un­con­fer­ence style and par­ti­ci­pant driven.

On Mon­day, Septem­ber 6th, par­ti­ci­pants will be in­vited to the event Dis­cord and to ac­cess the col­lab­o­ra­tive sched­ule, to start plan­ning what shall hap­pen the fol­low­ing week­end. Over the week, the sched­ule will be filled in with work­shops, talks and ac­tivi­ties.

This is the 7th year of the LessWrong Com­mu­nity Week­end. Those of you who have at­tended this event be­fore know that the at­mo­sphere and sense of com­mu­nity at these week­ends is some­thing re­ally spe­cial. If this sounds like some­thing you would en­joy and you have some ex­cit­ing ideas or skills to con­tribute, do come along and get in­volved.

How­ever, as you might have no­ticed, this year’s event is sig­nifi­cantly differ­ent in one re­gard. Nor­mally the LessWrong Com­mu­nity Week­end is an in-per­son event held in Ber­lin. This is the first time we’re try­ing this on­line, which means new and in­ter­est­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore. For ex­am­ple, who will pro­gram the seal-of-ap­proval bot?


Ap­ply here be­fore Septem­ber 4th.

Early ap­pli­cants will be favoured in the ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cess.


This event is free. How­ever I do en­courage dona­tions to keep the LessWrong Com­mu­nity Week­end (LWCW) al­ive for the fu­ture.

I be­lieve that most of us wish to come back to the nor­mal, in-per­son LWCW next year. How­ever, it is un­clear if this will hap­pen since the usual or­ganisers are tired of do­ing all that work for free. If you agree with me that or­ganisers de­serve to get paid, then I en­courage you to make a dona­tion to the Ber­lin LessWrong com­mu­nity (who are the ones nor­mally or­ganis­ing the LWCW). This money will be split evenly be­tween ret­ro­spec­tively pay­ing past or­ganisers and be put out as a bounty for fu­ture or­ganisers.

Suggested amount: 10-50 Euro de­pend­ing on your per­sonal bud­get.

Pay­ment re­cip­i­ent:
LessWrong Deutschland e.V.
IBAN: DE74 8306 5408 0004 8647 19
Com­ment: LWCW Or­ganiser fund

If your bank asks you for the bank’s name and ad­dress, this is it:
Deutsche Skat­bank
Zweignied­er­las­sung der VR-Bank Alten­burger Land eG
Markt 10
04600 Alten­burg (Thür.)

If your bank fur­ther asks for the re­cip­i­ent’s ad­dress, here it is:
LessWrong Deutschland e.V.
c/​o Chris­tian Kam­m
Dorfstr. 35
12621 Berlin

Some Plat­forms we will use

This list is pre­limi­nary. If you have bet­ter sug­ges­tions, please let me know!
(Don’t worry if the list seems long. Most of these work in your browser, so that all you have to do is to fol­low the link that you will be pro­vided for that ac­tivity.)

  • Dis­cord will be used as the main com­mu­ni­ca­tions hub for the event. This is where you will go to find all other in­for­ma­tion. Ac­tivi­ties that don’t hap­pen in Dis­cord will be linked to from Dis­cord.

  • Teamup cal­en­dar for col­lab­o­ra­tive schedul­ing of ac­tivi­ties.

  • CozyRoom will be the main place to go to for more ca­sual so­cial­is­ing. This plat­form is un­der de­vel­op­ment, so there will be more fun fea­tures by the time of the LessWrong Com­mu­nity Week­end. On top of that, the de­vel­op­ers of CozyRoom have offered to set up a spe­cial server that will al­low for more par­ti­ci­pants to be in the CozyRoom space with­out run­ning into tech­ni­cal limi­ta­tions.

  • Zoom and/​or Google Meet. None of the above plat­forms are great for re­ally large gath­er­ings such as the open­ing and clos­ing ses­sions and prob­a­bly some of the more pop­u­lar talks. For these things we will use Zoom and/​or Google Meet. Which one de­pends on the num­ber of par­ti­ci­pants and the needs of these par­ti­ci­pants.

  • Ice­breaker will be used for speed-friend­ing ses­sions.

  • Pos­si­bly more…? There are likely to be ac­tivi­ties that re­quire some spe­cific plat­form, e.g. on­line board games. But ac­tivity or­ganisers are dis­cour­aged to use any­thing that re­quires in­stal­la­tion.