Links from This month

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

List of 80,000 Hours content from the last 4 months, summary of what was most popular, and plans for future releases.

Here's your regular reminder of everything 80,000 Hours has released since our  last update  for the EA Forum 4 months ago. If you'd like to get these updates more regularly, you can join our newsletter . We've done a major redesign of our job board, increasing the number of vacancies listed there from ~20 to... Read More

Memetic Tribes and Culture War 2.0 (Article Discussion)

Here's a great (and long, 40min) article that maps the Western cultural space: Memetic Tribes and Culture War 2.0 . Effective Altruism is part of the mapping, under the label "Rationalist Diaspora". The authors write: Rationalist Diaspora:   Incubated on Overcoming Bias and LessWrong, this is an observer tribe in the culture war.... Read More

Double Crux prompts for Effective Altruists

At the most recent Effective Altruism Global in San Francisco, I presented CFAR's Double Crux technique for resolving disagreements.  For the "practice" part of the talk, I handed out a series of prompts on EA topics, to generate disagreements to explore. Several people liked the prompts a lot and asked... Read More

Reducing Wild Animal Suffering Literature Library: Original Research and Cause Prioritization

These reading modules are put together by the members of the group  Wild Animal Welfare Project Discussion  as part of the  RWAS Literature Library Project .  This series of articles and essays together lay out crucial considerations explaining and underpinning the reduction of wild animal suffering (RWAS) as a potential focus area for effective... Read More

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