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Talent gaps from the perspective of a talent limited organization.

Many organizations report being talent constrained and many organizations report to be working on fixing these gaps. This trend is great and one I am really excited about as the founder of a talent limited organization. However, I feel there is a bit of a disparity between the specific talent... Read More
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Ten new 80,000 Hours articles made for the effective altruist community

We've produced a lot of content tailored for people heavily involved in the effective altruist community as it's our key target audience. Here's a recent list: Why the long-term future of humanity matters more than anything else, and what we should do about it, according to Oxford philosopher Dr Toby Ord The life of... Read More
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Why I think the Foundational Research Institute should rethink its approach

The following is my considered evaluation of the Foundational Research Institute, circa July 2017. I discuss its goal, where I foresee things going wrong with how it defines suffering, and what it could do to avoid these problems. TL;DR version : functionalism ("consciousness is the sum-total of the functional properties... Read More
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Announcing Effective Altruism Grants

I'm announcing a new project from the Centre for Effective Altruism: Effective Altruism Grants . Effective Altruism Grants aims to provide grants of up to £100,000 (~$130,000) to help individuals work on promising projects. We hope to fund a wide range of effective projects that will directly or indirectly contribute to... Read More
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.impact is now Rethink Charity

I’m Tee Barnett – and in the last couple of months I’ve transitioned into the Executive Director role at .impact. I wanted to reintroduce myself and brief everyone on significant developments over here, including our rebranding, unification of major projects, and staff updates. You can reach me here if you’d like... Read More
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Save the Date for EA Global Boston and San Francisco

There will be three 2017 Effective Altruism Global conferences: two smaller, topic-based events in Boston and the UK, and one broader community-focused event in California. Boston: Frontiers of Effective Altruism June 2-4, Harvard University Science Center , Cambridge MA EA Global Boston will focus on pushing the boundaries of effective... Read More
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Risk-neutral donors should plan to make bets at the margin at least as well as giga-donors in expectation

[Disclosures and disclaimers: I do work for the Future of Humanity Institute, and significant consulting for Open Phil. I have previously worked at MIRI, and consulted for 80,000 Hours/CEA. I have advised the EA Giving Group DAF regarding donations, and suggested to Paul Christiano that he facilitate the donor lottery... Read More
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Contra the Giving What We Can pledge

Yesterday, there was a Facebook thread discussing arguments against the Giving What We Can (GWWC) pledge, where people promise to donate 10% of all future income to charity ( https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/pledge/ ). The thread didn't seem very productive, but I do think there are strong arguments against the pledge, at least... Read More
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If you want to disagree with effective altruism, you need to disagree one of these three claims

Effective altruism is often motivated by appealing to Singer’s pond argument.   This is good because it’s a strong, concrete and well-studied argument. However, two downsides are that (i) it associates effective altruism with international development (ii) it makes it seem like you can refute the importance of effective altruism... Read More
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Thoughts about organizing an EAGx Conference

(I'm posting this on behalf of the EAGxBoston 2016 core organizing team, which consisted of Taymon Beal, Dillon Bowen, Randy Carlton, Mi Shan Wong, and myself.)   We organized EAGxBoston, one of the first EAGx conferences. (Along with EAGxBerkeley, our event took place on April 30, 2016.) This is a... Read More

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