Links from This month

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

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

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

Better models for EA development: a network of communities, not a global community

[EDIT: I recommend to first read this comment which clarifies the raison d'être of this post. The post should make more sense afterwards.] Intro Whenever this post mentions ‘we’, it refers to EA Geneva. This article aims to contribute to developing a better understanding of ‘community building’. It is the... Read More

Is it better to be a wild rat or a factory farmed cow? A systematic method for comparing animal welfare.

TLDR : We looked at a lot of different systems to compare welfare and ended up combining a few common ones into a weighted animal welfare index (or welfare points for short). We think this system captures a broad range of ethical considerations and should be applicable across a wide... Read More

EA community building grant: Lessons learned from working part-time on EA Denmark

Summary We were two people who got a short-term EA community building grant from CEA to work on EA Denmark part-time (Sebastian Schmidt and Philip Porter). In the following, I (Sebastian) will share the lessons we learned which I hope will be of value to other local group leaders and... Read More

Survey of EA org leaders about what skills and experience they most need, their staff/donations trade-offs, problem prioritisation, and more.

For the third year running we've surveyed leadership at EA organisations about a range of issues where their views might be relevant to EAs’ career decisions: What are the most pressing talent gaps in professional effective altruism in 2018? And which problems are most effective to work on? New survey... Read More

These are the world’s highest impact career paths according to our research - 80,000 Hours

We thought we should highlight a substantial new article we've published which is very relevant to the effective altruism community, and one of the most important - if not the most important - we will publish this year: These are the world’s highest impact career paths according to our research It... Read More

CSER Special Issue: 'Futures of Research in Catastrophic and Existential Risk'

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk's (CSER) special issue  Futures of Research in Catastrophic and Existential Risk  was recently published. CSER is an interdisciplinary research centre within the University of Cambridge dedicated to the study and mitigation of risks that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse. The special... Read More

Announcing the EA Angel Group - Seeking EAs with the Time and Money to Evaluate and Fund Early-Stage Grants

Background In a previous post , Brendon Wong discussed how to improve the early-stage funding landscape in the EA community. His ideas strongly resonated with me, so I worked with Brendon to research and develop some of them into more concrete strategy. Historically, it appeared that early-stage EA projects were... Read More

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