Getting Started: Effective Altruism Cape Town

This is a worldwide Movement for a world with more peace, well-being and happiness. Create your short mission statement and add it to the category banner here Join a Team.
Tools: Getting Started Guide

App

Here’s the link to our Android App if you haven’t already got it. It does make communications easier and more fluid. The iOS version is coming soon.

Intro

EA Cape Town members intro goes here

Mission Statement

EA Cape Town members Mission Statement goes here

Example:
Anyone or any group who share our vision and Community Values are welcome to join us. Your mission is to grow our community and turn it into a hub that enhances all members efforts to bring more peace and well-being to the world, combining our efforts into a powerful shared message which ignites a belief in others that real societal change is possible.

Tag Intersection

Here is your tag intersection, which will replace this category in the near future:
https://publichappinessmovement.com/tags/intersection/cape-town/effective-altruism
All your posts here will also be there as long as you include the tags ‘cape-town’ and ‘effective-altruism’

Ethos

Please focus your efforts onto encouraging and inspiring others into taking action to create a world with more peace and well-being in, and joining our Movement. Creating change should always look fun. Please steer away from pumping out positivity quotes and memes on our channels as there are plenty already doing that and it too often comes across as cringy. Action, Excitement and Fun

Introductions

Join a Team

Teams on our platform are skill based and mean other members can reach out to you when they want feedback on their work and suggestions, or to ask if anyone can help with a related task to your skills. If you want to be actively engaged in projects going on, or gain experience in a skill, you should join their team (or ask for one to be created if it’s missing). You will receive more notifications if you are in a team as other users can reach out to you.

Current Team Tasks

These should be broken into self-contained actionable slices of 30mins to 1hr so people from around the world can contribute in bite-sized time contributions, rather than excluding those who aren’t able to commit large amount of time. They can be strung together, just move them all over and assign to yourself if you plan to tackle them in one sitting.

Please try to keep to this rule when posting tasks. If the tasks are large and can’t be self contained, then use add [Discussion] at the beginning of the title, and add tags for all the groups needed to break it up into self-contained tasks.

note: some users are seeing this tab called ‘Board’. Its a bizarre bug we’re working to solve

Feel welcome to use our media channels to get more eyes on your projects and activities

The easiest way to do this is to tag the @SocialMedia team

General:

Individual:
These accounts are for personalities and public figures who are part of the story of our Movement and can be grown and leveraged to spread awareness of our community, mission and individual projects. Each account has their own personality characteristics which should be reflected in posts.

Reddit Channels

Reddit Culture
Reddit users dislike advertising and self-promotion. Posts to our subs should be directly relevant to the sub in question, or subtly guiding users to areas of our platform that are related to the topic of the sub-reddit. The purpose of what we are doing should be clear as users are very hostile to disingenuous communication which is standard in normal marketing/social media… and its not who we are.

  • r/randomactsofkindness. Here users post random acts of kindness they’ve completed or witnessed to spread the positivity further
  • r/happiness. Celebrating happiness and those creating more of it.
  • r/artbattle. Being set up as a place where non-profits and good causes (small ones, not big charities) can post something arty they want like a poster and artists wanting to practice battle with each other to create the best interpretation of it. Note: requesting revisions is not allowed.
  • r/brightertomorrow. Partnered with our Brighter Tomorrow project. Users post ideas for actions others can take to help people who are homeless nearby, and creative projects they can be build to provide support.
  • r/socialmovements. A bit messy, neglected and in need of love, but set up to help positive social movements like ours gain more exposure
  • r/behappier. A guide of resources for people wanting to learn how to live happier and more fulfilling lives
  • r/positiveaction. Currently Inactive.
  • r/publichappiness. Currently Inactive
  • r/webdevjobs. Used to help web developers in our teams find jobs via a stickied post with their profiles and a message of thanks. Also as a pull mechanism to bring more developers into our community
  • r/filmvideo_jobs. Currently inactive. Used to help video creators in our teams find jobs via a stickied post with their profiles and a message of thanks. Also as a pull mechanism to bring more video creators into our community

Collaborating with other Teams

You may also want to involve other teams to help solve the task by adding their tag. For example: ‘UI’, ‘Graphic-Design’, ‘Copy-Writing’, ‘UX’.

If you need support from another team then your suggestion is probably not ready to be posted as a self contained ‘task’, so consider tagging it as a discussion and adding [Discussion] to the beginning of the title.

Its also often a good idea to tag their team in the post to get more eyes on it using the @ key

Here you can

  • Discuss and coordinate how to build your community and projects
  • find others to collaborate with
  • get advice and learn new skills
  • ask for feedback
  • arrange meetings (online and in person)

Our Culture

This is an open community where you can define your own role. To be most effective here we promote a culture of defining our own roles.

  • Make your own choices on how you can best take action to advance the community
  • Tell people what you are going to do.
  • Listen to their feedback and ideas to strengthen your idea
  • Find tasks others need help with by clicking the ‘tasks’ tab (this is also where to make your suggestions.

Workflow

Step 1. Click ‘Tasks’
Step 2. Assign a card to yourself, or create a new task
Step 3. Move it into ‘Doing’
step 4. If the task isn’t complete by 2 weeks please move it back into the list it came on so that others can tackle it. (note. it shouldn’t go in Sprint if its going to take you longer than 2 weeks)

Please use the Calendar

  • Click the ‘Calendar’ tab and set times you want to contribute to our mission here
  • Even if you change them later it is a huge help to set your intentions. Members who do this are always the ones who stick around and become important members of our community.
  • Set a monthly, weekly or bi-weekly reminder in your calendar to repeat regularly
  • Check out when others will be online and arrange collaborations and video meetings with them

Learning

This community is a great place for learning a new skill. [Search for](Tag Intersections (The Platform's Navigation Structure)] or add the #learning tag combined with the # tag for your skill to find or post:

  • Great learning resources
  • Others to learn with
  • Experienced developers who want to support, mentor and offer guidance to those earlier on the same path
  • Free or discounted courses to get qualifications
  • Tasks posted suitable for beginners, and with experienced devs to check and give feedback

1st one there in this team? Post in forums and bring others over. There’ll be no shortage of people who want to learn while building positive projects which create a kinder, happier world.

Other Rewards

Its definitely best to join in because you want to see the changes it can bring to the world, and be part of a fun, positive and pro-active community.

We also invite anyone who plays a significant role into our team page, and are enthusiastic to support you if it helps your resume building: https://publichappinessmovement.com/docuss/m_team

Everyone who completes any tasks will be rewarded with Public Happiness Tokens at launch. We don’t guarantee they’ll ever be worth anything, tbh they are an experimental tool to add more fuel to drive the vision. I’m increasingly confident though.

Keep it Groovy

Our efforts to create change are very serious, but our delivery is always positive, fun and cool.

‘If its not fun it’s not sustainable’ - Gary Lachance, The Decentralised Dance Party