Links from Last three months

The almighty Hive will

I’ve been wondering whether EA can’t find some strategic benefits from a) a peer-to-peer trust economy, or b) rational coordination towards various goals. These seem like simple ideas, but I haven’t seen them publicly discussed.  I’ll start from the related and oversimplifying assumptions that  a) there’s a wholly fungible pool of... 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

Could I have some more systemic change, please, sir?

In this short post I outline a very simple (new?) way of estimating the expected value of systemic changes when you are very uncertain of how much they'd cost. It seems to have the result of making systemic changes look much more viable than they otherwise would. Suppose we want to... Read More

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

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

Where Some People Donated in 2017

Edited 2018-02-14 to include myself. Edited soon after publication to include ACE staff members’ donations. Thanks to the Facebook commenter who pointed me to them. This is a collection of writings on where people are donating. It only includes writings that I am aware exist (obviously) and that are written... Read More

New Effective Altruism course syllabus

I've developed a new course called 'The Psychology of Effective Altruism' (Psych450) that I'm teaching this spring term here at University of New Mexico.  The syllabus (including an extensive list of required and optional readings and videos) is here:   Feel free to borrow any of this material if you teach... Read More

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

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

The person-affecting value of existential risk reduction

Introduction The standard motivation for the far future cause area in general, and existential risk reduction in particular, is to point to the vast future that is possible providing we do not go extinct (see Astronomical Waste ). One crucial assumption made is a 'total' or 'no-difference' view of population... Read More

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