Links from Last three months
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Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA): an overview of 2017 and our 2018 plans

This post is cross-posted from the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) blog . By posting to the EA Forum we hope to increase visibility on our work and give everyone the ability to comment and ask questions.    This has been a big year for the Centre for Effective Altruism... 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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[Paper] Interventions that May Prevent or Mollify Supervolcanic Eruptions

Supervolcanic eruptions are approximately 10 times as powerful as the eruption that caused the year without a summer in 1816. A supervolcanic eruption would cause local devastation, but the main problem is blocking the sun for years and starvation (with possible loss of civilization without recovery and other far future... Read More
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EA #GivingTuesday Fundraiser Matching Retrospective

by Avi Norowitz Summary For #GivingTuesday this year, Facebook had announced  that Facebook and the Gates Foundation would match donations made on Facebook up to $2 million. A number of us saw this as a rare opportunity  to get donations to EA nonprofits counterfactually matched, similar to employer matching programs... Read More
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Viewing Effective Altruism as a System

Meta-EA is most often characterised in terms of discrete units such as dollars and individuals. How many people can we recruit, how much will they donate, how many people can we train to be AI researchers? This approach carries a lot of value, particularly when we wish to craft metrics... Read More
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Cause prioritization for downside-focused value systems

This post outlines my thinking on cause prioritization from the perspective of value systems whose primary concern is reducing disvalue. I’m mainly thinking of suffering-focused ethics (SFE) , but I also want to include moral views that attribute substantial disvalue to things other than suffering, such as inequality or preference... Read More
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The almighty Hive will

I’ve been wondering whether EA can’t find some strategic benefits from a) a peer-to-peer trust economy, or b) rational coordination towards various goals. These seem like simple ideas, but I haven’t seen them publicly discussed.  I’ll start from the related and oversimplifying assumptions that  a) there’s a wholly fungible pool of... Read More
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New Effective Altruism course syllabus

I've developed a new course called 'The Psychology of Effective Altruism' (Psych450) that I'm teaching this spring term here at University of New Mexico.  The syllabus (including an extensive list of required and optional readings and videos) is here:  https://www.primalpoly.com/s/syllabus-draft-jan24d.docx   Feel free to borrow any of this material if you teach... Read More
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2017 LEAN Impact Assessment: Qualitative Findings

  Quantitative Findings Qualitative Findings Evaluation and Strategic Conclusions Methodology   This document is the second in the LEAN Impact Assessment Series, briefly summarising relevant data from our qualitative interviews with 31 EA group organisers. Click here to read the previous report from the series [1]. The third and penultimate... Read More
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We Could Move $80 Million to Effective Charities, Pineapples Included

Want up to $80 million to go to effective charity? An anonymous crypto-millionaire is donating that much in Bitcoin. They are taking suggestions  HERE on Reddit, and they are taking applications from nonprofits at PineappleFund.org ( application here ). You can also private message them on Reddit or email them... Read More

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