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Comment author: WillPearson 09 September 2017 07:20:34PM 0 points [-]

I'm not sure if there are many EAs interested in it, because of potential low tractability. But I am interested in "systemic change" as a cause area.

Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 09 September 2017 09:35:14PM *  1 point [-]

What does "systemic change" actually refer to? I don't think I ever understood the term.

Comment author: WillPearson 12 September 2017 08:24:06AM 1 point [-]

My personal idea of it is a broad church. So the systems that govern our lives, government and the economy distribute resources in a certain way. These can have a huge impact on the world. They are neglected because it involves fighting an uphill struggle against vested interests.

Someone in a monarchy campaigning for democracy would be an example of someone who is aiming for systemic change. Someone who has an idea to strengthen the UN so that it could help co-ordinate regulation/taxes better between countries (so that companies don't just move to low tax, low worker protection, low environmental regulation areas) is aiming for systemic change.

Comment author: Michelle_Hutchinson 12 September 2017 02:44:28PM *  2 points [-]

Will, you might be interested in these conversation notes between GiveWell and the Tax Justice Network: http://files.givewell.org/files/conversations/Alex_Cobham_07-14-17_(public).pdf (you have to c&p the link)

Comment author: WillPearson 22 September 2017 08:06:50PM 0 points [-]

Michelle, thanks. Yes very interesting!