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Effective Thesis project review

This article was jointly written by David Janku and Jan Kulveit from the Czech EA Association.   Within the Czech EA Association we have been running the Effective Thesis project for almost a year now, and would like to share some more information about the project, and our future plans.... Read More
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Why Groups Should Consider Direct Work

  It has been argued that it is strategically optimal for EA groups to focus on community building rather than direct work [1] . The rationale behind this approach is very sensible, drawing attention to the comparative advantage that groups (university groups especially) ostensibly have to specialise in community building.... Read More
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Accountability buddies: a proposed system

tl;dr Perhaps the most valuable 15 minutes of your week could soon be having someone ask you: What are your frogs? How will you eat them? How can we improve this process?   Background Accountability buddies and coaching partnerships seem to be popular in this community. In my case, I... Read More
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New research on effective climate charities

Founders Pledge has recently completed a large report on climate change, which recommends two new cost-effective climate change charities - the Clean Air Task Force and Coalition for Rainforest Nations . This is on our research page here  (which also has a report on mental health and will be supplemented... Read More
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Why are you here? An origin stories thread.

tl;dr I think origin stories are useful. Please share yours if you like. Here's mine.   Introduction I generally find "origin stories" - personal accounts of how people first become involved with EA - to be quite illuminating, and I think that the bulk of their value comes from their... Read More
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To Grow a Healthy Movement, Pick the Low-Hanging Fruit

This post is co-authored by Nick Fitz and Ari Kagan and is cross-posted from The Life You Can Save's blog . We’ve all met people who will never be open to the ideas of effective altruism (EA) no matter the framing: your neighbor who thinks that doing good is purely... Read More
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Do Prof Eva Vivalt's results show 'evidence-based' development isn't all it's cut out to be?

I recently interviewed a member of the EA community - Prof Eva Vivalt - at length about her research into the value of using trials in medical and social science to inform development work. The benefits of 'evidence-based giving' has been a core message of both GiveWell and Giving What We Can since they... Read More
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Representation for Future Generations in Sweden – a summary of our work so far

Written with Signe Savén, who has been especially involved in the full write-up.   Introduction Future generations don’t make it to the voting station. Because of this, their interests are poorly represented in current political systems. This post summarizes some work we have done in EA Sweden to better represent... Read More
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Current Estimates for Likelihood of X-Risk?

In talking with people about the long-term future, I've found it to be extremely helpful to give an estimate for the percent chance humanity goes extinct by 2100 (or in 100 years). Right now, I say ~10% or 5-19%, and then say something like "it would be really nice if we could... Read More
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Effective Advertising and Animal Charity Evaluators

[ Summary: Animal Charity Evaluators wants to address feedback that we've heard from the effective altruism community regarding our online marketing practices. Although we follow best practices in the advertising industry, some EAs feel that we sometimes use advertising which glosses over details and is potentially misleading to the public.... Read More

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