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When causes multiply

Preface: Searching for ‘the one true cause area’, or perhaps several of them, strikes me as a poor model of how cause prioritisation should be thought about. Much better is an emphasis on what the best allocation of resources to various cause areas looks like over time and what we... Read More

EA Survey 2018 Series: Community Demographics & Characteristics

EA Survey 2018 Series: Community Demographics & Characteristics Summary   The EA survey provides an annual snapshot of the EA community. Although it does not sample randomly from all effective altruists, it does provide an important glimpse at demographic attributes among those who have taken the survey. From these respondents,... Read More

Local Community Building Funnel and Activities - EA Geneva

  1. Intro This is the first post in a series on EA Geneva’s community building efforts. Links will be added with the publication of the other posts. Community building tactics (activities and engagement) Community building strategy (concepts and considerations) Measuring impact (goals and metrics) Organisational structure (decision-making and coordination)... Read More

The Values-to-Actions Decision Chain: a lens for improving coordination

This post contains: 1. an exposition of a high-level model 2. some claims on what this might mean strategically for the EA community Effective Altruism is challenging . Some considerations require you to zoom out to take an eagle-eye view across a vast landscape of possibility (e.g. to research moral... Read More

Additional plans for the new EA Forum

CEA is making more concrete plans for the opening of the new EA Forum, and we wanted to let users know about the next steps. Please see our prior post about updating the Forum for more background. Our vision is that the Forum becomes the main hub for content and... Read More

What Activities Do Local Groups Run

  What Activities Do Local Groups Run Speaking to a number of group organisers and movement builders at the recent EA Summit, it became clear that, collectively, we don’t have a great sense of exactly what most EA groups are actually doing and how they are doing it. For example,... Read More

Ideas for Improving Funding for Individual EAs, EA Projects, and New EA Organizations

Background Shortly after the first EA Tech Initiatives video call this past weekend, I started thinking about a lot of observations I’ve had over the years about useful EA projects not getting funded or facing funding constraints. Several years ago I thought the EA community was highly funding constrained due... Read More

Public Opinion about Existential Risk

Summary : An MTurk study of people in the United States (N=395) found median estimates of 1%, 5%, and 20% for the chance of human extinction in 50, 100, and 500 years, respectively. People were fairly confident in their answers and tended to think the government should prioritize preventing human... Read More

One for the World as a potential vehicle to expand the reach of Effective Altruism

Overview One for the World has been run entirely by volunteers since we started in 2014, but we have now made our first full time hire , with a generous grant from the Open Philanthropy Project and a private donor, on the recommendation of GiveWell. We have made significant progress... Read More

Is it better to be a wild rat or a factory farmed cow? A systematic method for comparing animal welfare.

TLDR : We looked at a lot of different systems to compare welfare and ended up combining a few common ones into a weighted animal welfare index (or welfare points for short). We think this system captures a broad range of ethical considerations and should be applicable across a wide... Read More

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