Links from Last three months

Empirical data on value drift

Why It’s Important to Know the Risk of Value Drift   The concept of value drift is that over time people will become less motivated to do altruistic things. This is not to be confused with changing cause areas or methods of doing good. Value drift has a strong precedent... Read More

Why not to rush to translate effective altruism into other languages

Over the last year, I’ve been doing research into the intersection between effective altruism in China (see our recent article on the topic). I participated in a retreat in Hong Kong on this topic, and oversaw the funding and mentoring of someone to work full-time on research and advising to... Read More

How to improve EA Funds

[Note: I've written about EA Funds before , but I believe there's enough new here to merit a separate post – and it comes as lots of Brits are deciding where to donate before the UK tax year ends.] I think EA Funds is an awesome idea – delegate the... Read More

Announcing Rethink Priorities

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis. Rethink Charity is excited to announce our new project, Rethink Priorities, which is dedicated to doing foundational research on neglected causes in a highly empirical and transparent manner. This work will begin this year, beginning with a focus... Read More

When to focus and when to re-evaluate

We live in a complex world with ever changing variables. When it comes to doing the highest impact activity it can seem impossible to be confident in one plan over another. Additionally, new information that comes from further research or even just time passing can make plan A seem better... Read More

The Importance of EA Dedication and Why it Should Be Encouraged

Different EA organizations seem to value dedication differently, although almost all of them would put some weight on this being a positive factor. However, I think overall the importance of dedication is underrated by the EA movement. Why Dedication is Important There has been some writing about talent gaps and... Read More

Heuristics from Running Harvard and Oxford EA Groups

Heuristics from Running Harvard and Oxford EA Groups   This post is co-authored by Aleš Flídr and James Aung. We thank Harri Besceli for helpful comments. Our friend Tobias also wrote an excellent post with a lot of overlap that we highly recommend checking out.   In our experience leading... Read More

The person-affecting value of existential risk reduction

Introduction The standard motivation for the far future cause area in general, and existential risk reduction in particular, is to point to the vast future that is possible providing we do not go extinct (see Astronomical Waste ). One crucial assumption made is a 'total' or 'no-difference' view of population... Read More

Why founding charities is one of the highest impact things one can do

Track record and tractability Historically, some of the highest impact individuals in the EA movement and across the broader world have been people who founded effective charities. The difference between an average charity and the top charities is likely very large. Estimates for how large this difference is range from... Read More

Concrete Ways to Reduce Risks of Value Drift

This post is motivated by Joey’s recent post on ‘ Empirical data on value drift ’ and some of the comments. Its purpose is not to argue for why you should avoid value drift, but to provide you with ideas and tools for how you can avoid it if you... Read More

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