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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
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EA Hotel with free accommodation and board for two years

[Posted about previously here and here ]   Overview Do you long to be free from material needs and be able to focus on the real work you want to do? I know I’ve certainly been in that situation a few times in the past, but instead have lost time... Read More
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Ineffective entrepreneurship: post-mortem of Hippo, the happiness app that never quite was

  60 word summary: I spent two and half years trying to start a startup I thought might do lots of good. It failed. I explain what happened, how it went wrong and try to set out some relevant lessons for others. Main lesson: be prepared for the fact you... Read More
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Announcing PriorityWiki: A Cause Prioritization Wiki

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis. Locating and keeping up to date on all of the information in all every cause worthy of attention is time-consuming work, and a task we think is likely to be duplicated many times over by individuals and organizations.... Read More
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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
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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
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It’s Supposed To Feel Like This: 8 emotional challenges of altruism

tl;dr If your efforts to do good ever challenge you in the following ways, know that you're not alone: a "do no (significant) harm" lifestyle; material comfort and financial security; career and spare time; facing what you're not giving, and what you'll never be able to give; social approval and... Read More
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“EA” doesn’t have a talent gap. Different causes have different gaps.

There’s been a lot of discussion and disagreement over whether EA has a talent or a money gap. Some people have been saying there’s not that large of a funding gap anymore and that people should be using their talent directly instead. On the other hand, others have been saying... Read More
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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
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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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