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Peter_Hurford comments on Should there be an EA crowdfunding platform? - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 02 May 2018 05:34:51PM 4 points [-]

Maybe my view of the landscape is naive, but it appears to me that a lot of spaces these days have effectively just one or two funders that can actually fund a project (e.g., Elie for poverty interventions, Lewis + ACE for nonhuman animal interventions, Nick for AI interventions, and Nick + CEA for community projects and I imagine these two groups confer significantly). I don't think we need dozens of funders, but I think the optimal number would be closer to three or four people that think somewhat differently and confer only loosely, rather than one or two people.

Comment author: Denise_Melchin 02 May 2018 10:58:34PM 1 point [-]

We do not disagree much then! The difference seems to come down to what the funding situation actually is and not how it should be.

I see a lot more than a couple of funders per cause area - why are you not counting all the EtGers? Most projects don’t need access to large funders.

Comment author: Peter_Hurford  (EA Profile) 03 May 2018 04:02:28AM *  0 points [-]

Glad to hear we agree! :)

why are you not counting all the EtGers?

I'm a bit out of the loop, but my assumption is that there are far fewer EtGers these days and that they're not easy to find. I'm unsold that a crowdfunding platform is a good solution, but I do think that identifying funders for your project is not an easy task, and there might be opportunity around improving the diversity and accessibility of this ETG pool.