Why Animals Matter for Effective Altruism

This is an introductory article for people currently learning more about effective altruism . “Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most?” This article explains why it’s so important to consider the wellbeing of animals when choosing where to... Read More

Promoting EA in Russia: Barriers and opportunities

Last week, my partner Yulia and I had the pleasure of talking about the state of effective altruism in Russia with Vyacheslav “Slava” Matyukhin. Slava has made efforts to promote EA online and in Moscow in the past few years. Below are some highlights from our discussion. I share these... Read More

Thinking about how we responding to criticisms of EA

There are thin and thick versions of EA[1]. The thinnest version is that EA is doing good effectively. The thickest versions look at the beliefs held by the majority of the community and says that these beliefs are what EA is. Often critics of EA take a thick version: they... Read More

June 2016 GiveWell board meeting

Contents Summary Introduction Rough transcript Reelection of board members Budget discussion Staff growth and details of hiring method Executive compensation Relationship with Good Ventures Professionalization of the board Future of GiveWell Competitors to GiveWell GiveWell staff compensation Commentary Licensing Acknowledgements Summary I present a rough transcript of the June 2016... Read More

Effective Altruists really love EA: Evidence from EA Global

This year I was in charge of marketing for EA Global. This gave me some useful insights into the EA community and why it's growing rapidly. I'm planning to do a full write-up in the future, but two insights are worth sharing now. More than half of EA Global applications... Read More

Ideas for Future Effective Altruism Conferences: Open Thread

First, I wanted to thank all of the Effective Altruism Global organizers and participants. I found it to be very valuable and overall well put together. There was obviously a ton of work put into it, most by conference organizers who I don't believe will get that much credit for... Read More

The Map of Global Warming Prevention

TL;DR: Small probability of runaway global warming requires preparation of urgent unconventional measures of its prevention that is sunlight dimming. Abstract: The most expected version of limited global warming of several degrees C in 21 century will not result in human extinction, as even the thawing after Ice Age in... Read More

The Effective Altruism Newsletter & Open Thread – August 2016

Here is the latest newsletter, brought to you by the Effective Altruism Newsletter Team: This is an open thread, so feel free to comment about anything, whether it's what you've got up to in the last month, or awesome plans for new EA things. The Monthly EA Newsletter – August... Read More

Introducing Envision: A new EA-Aligned Organization

The difference between human extinction and a wide range of positive outcomes is dependent upon how technology is developed and implemented. The EA community knows this better than anyone. But a sustainable process to maximize the positive contributions of technology to human well-being while minimizing the probability of existential and... Read More

Transgenic mosquitoes, update Effective Altruism Policy Analytics

In March 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a draft of its environmental assessment on the potential impact of testing OX513A mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. OX513A mosquitoes are genetically modified to pass genes to their offspring which result in offspring death. They are used to suppress Aedes... Read More

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