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Survey of leaders in the EA community on a range of important topics, like what skills they need and what causes are most effective

80,000 Hours just released an analysis of a survey we conducted at the EA Leaders Forum in August 2017. It is likely to be of significant interest to people here: What are the most important talent gaps in the effective altruism community, and other survey questions To keep all the comments... Read More
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80,000 Hours' 20 most enduringly popular pieces of research

I recently wanted to see what content we’ve written in the past are still popular with readers. Our most visited pages are articles in  our career guide , or tools like our  career quiz ,  problem quiz  and  career decision tool , around which the site is designed. And of... Read More
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Ten new 80,000 Hours articles made for the effective altruist community

We've produced a lot of content tailored for people heavily involved in the effective altruist community as it's our key target audience. Here's a recent list: Why the long-term future of humanity matters more than anything else, and what we should do about it, according to Oxford philosopher Dr Toby Ord The life of... Read More
Comment author: geoffreymiller  (EA Profile) 16 August 2017 10:25:58PM 5 points [-]

I would love to see some '40,000 hours' materials for mid-career people pivoting into EA work.

Our skills, needs, constraints, and opportunities are quite different from 20-somethings. For example, if one has financial commitments (child support, mortgage, debts, alimony), it's not realistic to go back to grad school or an unpaid internship to re-train. We also have geographical constraints -- partners, kids in school, dependent parents, established friendships, community commitments. And in mid-life, our 'crystallized intelligence' (stock of knowledge) is much higher than a 20-something's, but our 'fluid intelligence' (ability to solve abstract new problems quickly) is somewhat lower -- so it's easier to learn things that relate to our existing expertise, but harder to learn coding, data science, or finance from scratch.

On the upside, a '40k project' would allow EA to bring in a huge amount of talent -- people with credentials, domain knowledge, social experience, leadership skills, professional networks, prestige, and name recognition. Plus, incomes that would allow substantially larger donations than 20-something can manage.

Comment author: 80000_Hours 07 September 2017 02:13:33AM 0 points [-]

Hi Geoffrey, we agree this would be very valuable. Our materials are already heading in that direction, but I think it will be at least a year or two before we do a major research push to produce that guide due to other competing priorities.

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80,000 Hours articles aimed at the EA community

We've recently produced a few significant pieces that we expect to be of interest to people who are quite involved in the effective altruism community: Career review of Working at effective altruist organisations Guide to working in AI policy and strategy The 80,000 Hours podcast . First episode: ' The world... Read More
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Changes to how 80,000 Hours prioritises the world's problems

80,000 Hours recently rewrote its approach for comparing problems against one another. This is how we give people advice on which problems are most 'pressing', and so are most promising for people aiming to have a large social impact with their career. We recommend checking it out. This framework is... Read More
Comment author: 80000_Hours 08 February 2017 05:44:17AM *  0 points [-]

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