Anti-tribalism and positive mental health as high-value cause areas

(cross-posted from my blog ) I think that tribalism is one of the biggest problems with humanity today, and that even small reductions of it could cause a massive boost to well-being. By tribalism, I basically mean the phenomenon where arguments and actions are primarily evaluated based on who makes... Read More

New study finds psilocybin leads to increased altruism 6 months later

Cross-posted to the Enthea site. Griffiths et al. 2017  was published recently; it had some impressive findings. The study looked at psilocybin administration alongside a regimen of nonsecular spiritual practices (meditation, introspective journaling). The study compared a group who received a very low (placebo-level) dose of psilocybin & "standard" support from spiritual practice guides... Read More

Oxford Prioritisation Project Review

By Jacob Lagerros and Tom Sittler. Cross- posted to Tom's website.  Short summary The Oxford Prioritisation Project was a research group between January and May 2017. The team conducted research to allocate £10,000 in the most impactful way, and published all our work on our blog . Tom Sittler was... Read More

General lessons on how to build EA communities. Lessons from a full-time movement builder, part 2 of 4

Introduction For the past year I have been funded by the EA community in London to grow, run and support the community. When setting out to write up my findings from the last year I decide to split it into a few parts: This document aims to capture my intuitions... Read More

Changing the Government's Approach to Catastrophic Risks

Many Effective Altruists are concerned with catastrophic risks—any potential events that could harm a large portion of humanity. Although we know that these risks need different responses, we recognize that catastrophic risks have a lot in common. By considering several catastrophic risks, we can prioritize our responses based on how... Read More

The Hidden Cost of Shifting Away from Poverty

    The Center for Effective Altruism and effective altruists active in online spaces have for a while now been shifting away from a focus on poverty toward a focus on the far future and meta-level work (and if not that, animal advocacy). Interestingly, the rank and file of effective... Read More

The Effective Altruism Equality and Justice Project

Background Effective Altruism (EA) has successfully grown to become a global community of people who have made helping others a fundamental part of their lives. Its core idea — using evidence and analysis to take actions that help others as much as possible — appeals to a range of people... Read More

Have EA Priorities Changed Over Time?

By Peter Hurford and Tee Barnett   This is the seventh article in the EA Survey 2017 Series. You can find supporting documents at the bottom of this post, including our prior EA surveys, and an up-to-date list of articles in the series. Get notified of the latest posts in... Read More

Lessons from a full-time community builder. Part 1 of 4. Impact assessment

NOTE: For the past year Sam Hilton has been funded by the EA community in London to grow, run and support the community. This is part 1 of a 4 part write up, broken down as follows: Part 1.   Impact assessment Part 2.   General lessons on how to... Read More

Upcoming drug policy reform conferences

Cross-posted to the Enthea site. Two relevant conferences coming up this October –  Horizons : New York, October 6th to 8th Reform : Atlanta, October 11th to 14th Based on our investigation so far, US drug policy reform appears to be an impactful and tractable cause area – I'd be... Read More

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