Comment author: Amanda_Jane 26 April 2015 10:04:27AM 7 points [-]

This looks brilliant Michelle!

So pleased with the growth of the group and everything looks so professional.

Just donated £100 (a decent chunk of my donations as a student)

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Comment author: ImmaSix 06 November 2014 07:11:39PM *  5 points [-]

There is a lot of discussion about what to DO in the context of EA. But for everything I do, there is something else that I don't.

What have you decided NOT to do, because it has a (somewhat) lower priority than other things?

Things that I downprioritized: - some recreational activities: playing the guitar, cooking, baking cakes, reading novels.

  • I quit volunteering in an online education project. It was low time cost anyway.

  • meditating (would that increase productivity more than the time spent on it? I don't really care about the other benefits.)

  • keep an EA blog, because there are already good ones. My comparative advantage would be to write in Dutch to a local public, but that's a small group of people who can easily read English.

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Comment author: Amanda_Jane 11 November 2014 12:32:10AM 1 point [-]

I can think of many things I no longer do but I'm not sure that's a direct result of my EA involvement. I'm a busy person, so activities that offered a small benefit naturally gave way either to more productive things, or things that offered a bigger benefit.

I think I probably drink (and therefore spend less on) alcohol. I only watch a few selected TV shows and don't re-watch old episodes. I spend less time at the gym but more outdoors cycling with my boyfriend (kills multiple birds with one stone).

I think as we age our priorities naturally shift and our activities naturally change. Nothing in my personal life has changed ONLY as a result of EA ideas.

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Comment author: Jorgen_Ljones 10 November 2014 07:46:49PM *  2 points [-]

We are planning to do a survey of a representative selection of students at NTNU, our university in Trondheim, Norway. There are about 23 000 students across a few campuses. We want to measure the students':

  • ... basic knowledge of global development, aid and health (like Hans Rosling's usual questions)

  • ... current willingness and habits of giving (How much? To what? Why?)

  • ... estimates of what they will give in the future, that is after graduating

And of course background information.

We think we may use this survey for multiple ends. Our initial motivation was to find a way to measure our own impact at the university. And we still think, in some sense, we could measure our impact over time. Another use of the results would be the media opportunity when we present the disaggregated results, e.g. how altruistic are the engineering students compared to the medical students. We think the student press would love these kind of results and give us a lot of free media coverage. Lastly we have thought about these results could be interesting to other institutions in Norway, primarily in the aid sector. Our university is the largest technological university in Norway with many of the most attractive fields of study and thus many businesses and institutions are interested in the students.

It this is a success we want to expand to the universities in Oslo and Bergen. This will also give us a better control group, more solid results, maybe national media coverage and a better chance to reach out to people.

I would love to get some answers to the following questions: Do you have any experience from similar projects? Are there any specific questions or other topics we should consider including in the survey? Maybe you have other ideas of how we could leverage the results?

Comment author: Amanda_Jane 11 November 2014 12:27:31AM 2 points [-]

I think a key challenge with this is how you intend to select your sample, so as to be truly representative. Getting interested students will select a certain type of participant; so will offering a payment. Could you get the University on board with distributing your survey via email to random student numbers, for example? Your results will only be powerful (and useful) if you can ensure random selection of participants.

Comment author: Amanda_Jane 11 October 2014 07:20:49AM *  1 point [-]

Hi all - love this discussion :)

I'm a vegetarian and a pretty serious athlete. I have a great relationship with my GP, have been tested for several dietary insufficiencies that I now take supplements for (iron, B12, zinc) and all is swell. I'm actually a medical student and have looked into the literature on vegetarian diets and can't see any problem with them as long as those supplements are taken.

I accept ethical arguments for veganism, HOWEVER given the amount of exercise I do I'd love advice from anyone on here how to get enough protein as a vegan! Right now most of my protein comes from eggs and whey-based protein powder and I absolutely could not give these up. If someone can solve this for me you've got yourself a new vegan!

Comment author: MichaelDickens  (EA Profile) 07 October 2014 04:50:13AM 1 point [-]

Awesome job on becoming vegetarian! Sometimes the hardest part can be the lack of social acceptance. Maybe find some veg friends or join a vegetarian club/group? It can be helpful to surround yourself with people who have similar goals.

Comment author: Amanda_Jane 11 October 2014 06:29:20AM 1 point [-]

Haha thanks Michael - I have rural Australia problems :( There is actually an "ethical food" cafe that opened this year that has some delicious vege lunch items. A lot of beef is raised locally here so not supporting the local industry is pretty unpopular :/

Comment author: Niel_Bowerman2 06 October 2014 03:12:21PM 3 points [-]

If your aim is tax-deductibility, and there are charities that you can't current get tax-deductibility to, then why not setup a charity that simply makes grants to overseas charities? This is what we have done in the UK with the Giving What We Can Trust, which has had hundreds of thousands of pounds donated through it to non-UK charities. This means that you can donate to any charity in the world rather than limiting yourself to Australian charities.

Comment author: Amanda_Jane 11 October 2014 06:27:09AM 0 points [-]

Hi Niel - there are other people doing the trust idea :)

The aim of my group is mostly outreach - there are heaps of people interested in charity who want to give to effective Australian groups who aren't EAs as such. (This is not something I personally agree with, but a large number of people do) so there's a real need for some local guidelines.

Comment author: Amanda_Jane 05 October 2014 10:32:10AM 8 points [-]

So far I've converted 2 other people to give 10% of their incomes to effective charities. Also founded an organisation to evaluate and recommend Australian-based charities (for those that insist on tax-deductibility and/or not donating overseas).

Also, I became a vegetarian last year and I'd love to post that here, where hopefully you will all pat me on the back for what was a difficult change to begin with! Usually I just cop a lot of crap for it :(