Give if you win (innovation in fundraising)

I’m an academic Economist at the University of Exeter, working on a project called ‘ Give if you win ’. Here's a summary: Millions of employees anticipate end-of-year bonuses and performance-dependent income, particularly in finance and sales. Before these are announced many are uncertain of what size reward, if any,... Read More

The Giving Game Project's Vision and Strategic Plan

Cross-posted from The Life You Can Save's blog.   The Giving Game Project has an ambitious goal: we want to provide philanthropy education at a scale that will fundamentally shift the way people learn about, and practice, charitable giving.  Why do we think we can achieve this goal, and how... Read More

Returns Functions and Funding Gaps

As organisations receive more funding, the value of extra funding changes. This is relevant for donation decisions. People have used various concepts to discuss this feature: Room for more funding Funding gaps Diminishing (marginal) returns  In this pair of posts I discuss what people might mean by these different terms:... Read More

Political Ideology

The science of well-being is roughly the same in Victoria (Australia), where I live, as elsewhere in the Western world: In Victoria, Australia - home ownership, marriage, sleep, not smoking, not being obese, drinking (and binge drinking), a household income of 40,000+ (any higher makes no difference), better relationships, lack... Read More

Relationships and well-being

Relationship satisfaction is a major determinant of overall well-being. However, it has a counterintuitive relationship with relationship ‘success’ - as defined by the endurance of a relationship in the long term. You see, the most authoritative research on relationship success indicates that the keys to success are commitment, positive illusions... Read More

Effective learning

There are many common misunderstandings about learning. For instance, Practice does make perfect (except in  'education and professions like computer science, military-aircraft piloting, and sales'). Teaching goes hand in hand with encouragement and social skill. One kind of effective complement [literature summary] is the indirect process compliments [twitter] which is... Read More

Employment & well-being

  Skip the career test, they’re unreliable . ‘ We’re bad at predicting what will make us happiest ahead of time, and where we’ll perform best ’. Unemployment harms well-being ( unless unemployment is widespread ) and a $75,000 annual income (Just $30,000+ puts one in the global top 1%)... Read More

The Land Before Metrics

'If I had to point to the thing most likely to be meaningful [trimmed] I would pick the conscious experience of pleasure.' - Eliezer Yudkowsky   Scientists, in particular, psychologists, study happiness in a disciplined manner. Could they advise on how to live a more pleasurable life? Firstly, there are... Read More

Four quantitative models, aggregation, and final decision - Oxford Prioritisation Project

By Tom Sittler, Director Cross-posted to the Oxford Prioritisation Project blog . We're centralising all discussion on the Effective Altruism forum. To discuss this post, please comment here. Summary: Congratulations to 80,000 Hours for winning the £10,000 Oxford Prioritisation Project grant! This is a summary post about our final grant... Read More

A model of 80,000 Hours - Oxford Prioritisation Project

By Sindy Li, Fellow. Created: 2017-05-12 Cross-posted from the Oxford Prioritisation Project blog . We're centralising all discussion on the Effective Altruism forum. To discuss this post, please comment here. Summary: We built a quantitative model estimating the impact of 80,000 Hours. To measure our uncertainty, we built the model... Read More

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