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Good news that matters

Reading the news, it feels as if only bad things ever happen in the world. Yet there are a lot of ways the world is getting gradually better. Not hearing about those is likely to give us a skewed view of the world, and prevent us realising we should learn... 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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ACE's Response to John Halstead

Introduction Hello! I'm Toni, ACE's new director of research. I've worked in ACE's research department for two and a half years, but I just stepped into the director role on July 31. On behalf of ACE, I'd like to thank John Halstead for engaging so thoughtfully with our work and... Read More
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How to make an impact in animal advocacy, a survey.

Charity Entrepreneurship conducted a survey of 30 leaders and researchers in the animal advocacy movement to try to get a sense of what cause areas have been working well, and, more specifically, what areas might be most promising for founding new organizations. The individuals were selected by speaking to EA-involved... 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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Many EA orgs say they place a lot of financial value on their previous hire. What does that mean, if anything? And why aren't they hiring faster?

In our 2017  and 2018  surveys of EA organisation leaders, the median respondent reported being willing to forego very large amounts of additional donations to hold on to their recent hires - several hundred thousand dollars for a junior employee, and millions for a senior one.  However, commenters on this forum... Read More
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Relieving extreme physical pain in humans – an opportunity for effective funding

Pain relief as a potential EA cause area was explored by Lee Sharkey in an excellent EA Forum post in early 2017,  "Increasing Access to Pain Relief in Developing Countries - An EA Perspective" . It has also been addressed in an  article  by Peter Singer, and was one of... Read More
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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
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Bottlenecks and Solutions for the X-Risk Ecosystem

This is a summary of a report we wrote to clarify the bottlenecks of the x-risk ecosystem in a pragmatic solution-oriented manner, outlining some of their top-level contours and possible solutions. The report focuses on what we consider to be the two current central bottlenecks: lack of senior talent and... Read More

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