Giving What We Can is still growing at a surprisingly good pace

Giving What We Can (GWWC) used to have a graph on its site showing how its membership had grown over time. After a website redesign about a year ago it was removed for technical reasons and bringing it back hasn’t yet hit the top of the tech team’s list of... Read More

500 Million, But Not A Single One More

(Originally published Dec 9 2014 on  https://blog.jaibot.com/500-million-but-not-a-single-one-more/ ) We will never know their names. The first victim could not have been recorded, for there was no written language to record it. They were someone’s daughter, or son, and someone’s friend, and they were loved by those around them. And they... Read More

Islands as refuges for surviving global catastrophes

Our paper "Islands as refuges for surviving global catastrophes" is published  in Foresight. The preprint is here .   This article continues a series of articles which explore the  plan B of global risks mitigation which is an attempt to survive a possible global catastrophe (where plan A is prevention, and plan... Read More

EA needs a cause prioritization journal

It's about time that someone started publishing a journal for cause prioritization arguments. It may have open peer review or a traditional formal process, it may come from a reputable academic press or it may be an in-house thing with zero credibility to the outside world, it may publish regular... Read More

Near-Term Effective Altruism Discord

I have started  a Discord server  for near-term effective altruists. (If you haven’t used Discord before, it’s a pretty standard chat server. Most of its functions are fairly self-explanatory.) Most of my effective altruist friends focus on the far future. While far-future effective altruists are great, being around them all... Read More

ACE's Response to John Halstead

Introduction Hello! I'm Toni, ACE's new director of research. I've worked in ACE's research department for two and a half years, but I just stepped into the director role on July 31. On behalf of ACE, I'd like to thank John Halstead for engaging so thoughtfully with our work and... Read More

Additional plans for the new EA Forum

CEA is making more concrete plans for the opening of the new EA Forum, and we wanted to let users know about the next steps. Please see our prior post about updating the Forum for more background. Our vision is that the Forum becomes the main hub for content and... Read More

Concerns with ACE research

  Summary I outline some concerns about ACE’s research. I show that some of ACE’s older research is of low quality, and should be removed from the website - ACE’s new Research Director agrees with this. More importantly, ACE’s research on the impact of corporate campaigns is flawed, and consequently... Read More

The Ethics of Giving Part Four: Elizabeth Ashford on Justice and Effective Altruism

A review and critique of the fourth section of the volume The Ethics of Giving: Philosophers' Perspectives on Philanthropy , edited by Paul Woodruff, with an emphasis on issues relevant to the decision making of Effective Altruists. Elizabeth Ashford attempts to resolve the dispute regarding EA's purportedly flawed attitudes towards... Read More

What Activities Do Local Groups Run

  What Activities Do Local Groups Run Speaking to a number of group organisers and movement builders at the recent EA Summit, it became clear that, collectively, we don’t have a great sense of exactly what most EA groups are actually doing and how they are doing it. For example,... Read More

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