Links from Last three months
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Finding and managing literature on EA topics

Hi! I'm Kat Steiner - a few of you may have met me at EA Global London recently. I'm a librarian at the University of Oxford, so I spend a lot of time working with people on how to find literature (books, journal articles, reports) in their chosen area, how... Read More
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The Hidden Cost of Shifting Away from Poverty

    The Center for Effective Altruism and effective altruists active in online spaces have for a while now been shifting away from a focus on poverty toward a focus on the far future and meta-level work (and if not that, animal advocacy). Interestingly, the rank and file of effective... Read More
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Mental Health Shallow Review

What is the problem? Mental illness is a big umbrella covering many problems, some of which don’t have very much in common.  Broadly defined, a mental illness is a condition affecting a person’s thinking, emotions, or mood, which lacks a physical or environmental explanation. For example, both thyroid deficiency and... Read More
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Deliberate Performance in People Management

Deliberate Performance in People Management   Summary: Managerial skills are consistently listed as one of the biggest talent gaps in effective altruism, including in this years survey . This article summarizes some techniques to more rapidly increase people management skills, using the Deliberate Performance framework.   A few months ago,... Read More
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Talent gaps from the perspective of a talent limited organization.

Many organizations report being talent constrained and many organizations report to be working on fixing these gaps. This trend is great and one I am really excited about as the founder of a talent limited organization. However, I feel there is a bit of a disparity between the specific talent... Read More
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How Two EAs Got Published in the New York Times

This article was coauthored with Sophie Hermanns. Last spring, two EAs (us) were published in NYT as co-authors alongside Mark Bittman, writing about the consequences that factory farming has for human health. We were asked by several people to provide some brief tips about how to publish op-eds in similarly... Read More
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How you can save expected lives for $0.20-$400 each and reduce X risk

    Summary The Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters ( ALLFED ) is a new EA-aligned charity with potential for high cost effectiveness in the global poverty and existential risk spaces. I have posted on the EA forum before about getting prepared for alternate foods (roughly those not... Read More
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An Equilibrium of No Free Energy

Previous :   Inadequacy and Modesty   I am now going to introduce some concepts that lack established names in the economics literature—though I don’t believe that any of the basic ideas are new to economics. First, I want to distinguish between the standard economic concept of efficiency (as in... Read More
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Effective Altruism London - Strategic Plan & Funding Proposal 2018

This is Part 4 of a 4-part write-up, broken down as follows: Part 1. Impact assessment Part 2. General lessons on how to build EA communities Part 3. Specific lessons on running a large local community [pending] Part 4. Future plans and a request for funding   This document can be read as... Read More
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Oxford Prioritisation Project Review

By Jacob Lagerros and Tom Sittler. Cross- posted to Tom's website.  Short summary The Oxford Prioritisation Project was a research group between January and May 2017. The team conducted research to allocate £10,000 in the most impactful way, and published all our work on our blog . Tom Sittler was... Read More

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