Links from This month

Why we should be doing more systematic research

One of the big differences between Effective Altruism and other communities is our use of research to inform decisions. However, not all research is created equal. Systematic research can often lead to very different conclusions than more typical research approaches. Some areas of EA have been systematic in their research.... Read More

Announcing Effective Altruism Community Building Grants

Announcing Effective Altruism Community Building Grants I’m announcing a new project from the Centre for Effective Altruism: Effective Altruism Community Building Grants. This program will provide grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 to individuals and groups doing local effective altruism community building work. We expect to have a particular emphasis... Read More

New recommended career path for effective altruists: China specialists

This is the first new career path we've promoted since AI policy and strategy 8 months ago. See the full write up on the 80,000 Hours site . What follows is the introduction to the full article. * * * Last summer, China unveiled a plan to become the world... Read More

Introducing Czech Association for Effective Altruism - history

This is a first part of two-part post about effective altruism in the Czech Republic, describing its history and reflections on what worked.   I think it can be useful - to share experiences with building the EA community in a country where it did not exist (even if it... Read More

Enlightened Concerns of Tomorrow

I've written the below as a response to Steven Pinker's new book "Enlightenment Now" and specifically a dedicated chapter he wrote on existential threats.   Enlightenment Now Steven Pinker’s works span the fields of cognitive psychology, linguistics and human nature. His book “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence... Read More

Opportunities for individual donors in AI safety

Tl;dr Over the past few years, the availability of funding for AI safety projects has increased significantly. Yet opportunities for individual donors to find high impact grant opportunities remain. In this post I review the recent history of AI safety organizations, speculate on the ways in which funding early AI... Read More

Cognitive and emotional barriers to EA's growth

This morning I gave a colloquium to my Psychology Department here at University of New Mexico. Most of the 30+ audience members had never heard of EA, although a few had a vague idea about it. I analyzed 10 cognitive and emotional barriers that people face in accepting EA approaches... Read More

Policy prioritization in a developed country

Hi guys, I would appreciate your opinions here. I’m working on an EA-aligned project and would like to brainstorm how to fine-tune my approach to it. I think there is a lot of exploration value hidden in this project.  It falls into the category of prioritization research and improving institutional decision-making. The project is... Read More

A short review of the Effect Foundation in 2017

The Effect Foundation (Stiftelsen Effekt in Norwegian) is an EA non-profit dedicated to promote and fundraise in Norway to GiveWell recommended charities. It started operations in mid-2016 and have raised about $ 360 000 (NOK 2 800 000) to date. The author of this post was one of the main... Read More

Save the dates for EA Global: San Francisco & London

There will be two Effective Altruism Global conferences this year: - June 8-10: Bespoke , 845 Market Street, San Francisco, CA , USA - End of October: London, UK The goals of both these events are to increase attendees’ knowledge, skills and networks to enable them to do the most... Read More

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