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Please Take the 2018 Effective Altruism Survey!

The 2018 EA Survey has just been released! We hope that as many of you as possible take it via this link .   The survey takes about 10-20 minutes to complete, depending on how extensively you answer the questions. The annual EA Survey is conducted by Rethink Charity ,... Read More
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Review of CZEA "Intense EA Weekend" retreat

In March the members and friends of the Czech Association of Effective Altruism (CZEA) met for a weekend long intense retreat (you can read more about CZEA in this  post ). We would like to share our experience in case any EA group was interested in doing something similar. We also... Read More
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Comparative advantage in the talent market

The concept of comparative advantage is well known within the Effective Altruism community. For donations, it is reasonably well known and implemented, think of donor lotteries or donation trading across countries to take better advantage of tax exemptions. In this post I’m outlining how the idea of comparative advantage can... Read More
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Why Groups Should Consider Direct Work

  It has been argued that it is strategically optimal for EA groups to focus on community building rather than direct work [1] . The rationale behind this approach is very sensible, drawing attention to the comparative advantage that groups (university groups especially) ostensibly have to specialise in community building.... Read More
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Announcing PriorityWiki: A Cause Prioritization Wiki

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus A. Davis. Locating and keeping up to date on all of the information in all every cause worthy of attention is time-consuming work, and a task we think is likely to be duplicated many times over by individuals and organizations.... Read More
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Do Prof Eva Vivalt's results show 'evidence-based' development isn't all it's cut out to be?

I recently interviewed a member of the EA community - Prof Eva Vivalt - at length about her research into the value of using trials in medical and social science to inform development work. The benefits of 'evidence-based giving' has been a core message of both GiveWell and Giving What We Can since they... Read More
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Remote Volunteering Opportunities in Effective Altruism

Introduction There is a lot of discussion in effective altruism about how to use one's career to do good, either through earning to give as a donor to effective charities or organizations, or with your time through direct work  at  one of those organizations. In geographic hubs like Oxford or... Read More
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Against prediction markets

Within the EA sphere, prediction markets have often been championed as a good solution for forecasting the future. Improved forecasting has been discussed many times as a cause area for humanity  to  make better judgements and generally improve institutional decision making.   In this post, I will argue that prediction... Read More
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Descriptive Population Ethics and Its Relevance for Cause Prioritization

Summary Descriptive ethics is the empirical study of people's values and ethical views, e.g. via a survey or questionnaire. This overview focuses on beliefs about population ethics and exchange rates between goods (e.g. happiness) and bads (e.g. suffering). Two variables seem particularly important and action-guiding in this context, especially when trying... Read More
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Hi, I'm Holden Karnofsky. AMA about jobs at Open Philanthropy

Hi EA Forum, I'm Holden Karnofsky  I'm here to answer any questions about jobs at Open Philanthropy.  I'll be here today from 9:30am to 12:30pm Pacific time  (with some breaks) and will likely respond to comments later on as well.  We'd hate to miss out on strong applicants because of... Read More

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