Links from This year
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Vox has a new department, Future Perfect, covering the world from an effective altruist perspective

Today, Vox launched a new vertical, Future Perfect, that is dedicated to approaching the world from an effective altruist perspective. I am one of the new staff writers Vox hired to help make this happen, and I want to invite you all to check out the launch. Future Perfect includes... Read More
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EA Funds - An update from CEA

CEA sees the EA Funds platform  as a key piece of community infrastructure, not only for the convenience offered to donors who wish to give to one of the four managed Funds, but also for its ability to take tax deductible donations in the UK and US (the countries where the... Read More
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Problems with EA representativeness and how to solve it

An issue a lot of EAs have, but I think few have formalized in writing, is a concern with cause representation within the EA movement.  The basic idea behind representation is that the materials created or aimed at being part of the public-facing view of EA are in line with... Read More
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Giving What We Can is still growing at a surprisingly good pace

Giving What We Can (GWWC) used to have a graph on its site showing how its membership had grown over time. After a website redesign about a year ago it was removed for technical reasons and bringing it back hasn’t yet hit the top of the tech team’s list of... Read More
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Leverage Research: reviewing the basic facts

Resources spent Leverage Research has now existed for over 7.5 years 1 Since 2011, it has consumed over 100 person-years of human capital. From 2012-16, Leverage Research spent $2.02 million, and the associated Institute for Philosophical Research spent $310k. 23 Outputs Some of the larger outputs of Leverage Research include: Work on Connection Theory: although... Read More
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CEA on community building, representativeness, and the EA Summit

( This post was written by Kerry Vaughan and Larissa Hesketh-Rowe with contributions from other members of the CEA staff) There has been discussion recently about how to approach building the EA community, in light of last weekend’s EA Summit and this post on problems with EA representativeness and how... Read More
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Should we be spending no less on alternate foods than AI now?

Summary: As part of a Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) grant, I have estimated the cost effectiveness of preparing for agricultural catastrophes such as nuclear winter. This largely involves planning and research and development of alternate foods (roughly those not dependent on sunlight such as mushrooms, natural gas digesting bacteria... Read More
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Are men more likely to attend EA London events? Attendance data, 2016-2018.

Summary Using EA London attendance data, David Nash and I found that women* are just as likely to attend one EA event as men. However, women are less likely to return to future EA events. Women and men are about equally likely to attend most learning-focused events, like talks and... 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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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

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