How can we best coordinate as a community?

I recently gave a talk at EAG:Boston on this topic. The video is now up. Below is the blurb, and a rough script (it'll be easier to understand if you watch the video with boosted speed). All these ideas are pretty speculative, and we're working on some more in-depth articles... Read More

Why donate to 80,000 Hours

If you have a broadly effective altruist approach, we think 80,000 Hours is an attractive donation opportunity from a number of perspectives. In this post, we’ll sketch some of these perspectives, and our current funding needs. This post is intended as a summary – full details on our plans and... Read More

If you want to disagree with effective altruism, you need to disagree one of these three claims

Effective altruism is often motivated by appealing to Singer’s pond argument.   This is good because it’s a strong, concrete and well-studied argument. However, two downsides are that (i) it associates effective altruism with international development (ii) it makes it seem like you can refute the importance of effective altruism... Read More

Is the community short of software engineers after all?

It often seems like software engineering is the most over-represented career in the community. On this ground, at 80,000 Hours we've discouraged more people from going into the area, in order to increase the diversity of skills in the community.  However, recently the following organisations have been trying to hire EA-aligned... Read More

6 common mistakes in the effective altruism community

Over the last year, I've written six posts about mistakes in the effective altruism community. I thought it would be helpful to collect them all here:     Focus more on talent gaps, less on funding gaps Don't assume diminishing returns for small charities We need to use different rules... Read More

Why more effective altruists should use LinkedIn

People in the community often talk about how nice it would be if there was an EA social network: somewhere with a database of everyone interested in effective altruism, that you could search by skills/location/experience/cause, that would show how involved someone is in the community, and where you can message... Read More

Is legacy fundraising actually higher leverage?

It's often been pointed out that legacy fundraising (asking people to make a commitment to give in their will) has a much higher return than other types of fundraising. On average, $1 spent fundraising raises about $4. $1 spent on legacy fundraising, however, raises about $30. This is taken to... Read More

We care about WALYs not QALYs

I often see media coverage of effective altruism that says "effective altruists want to maximise the number of QALYs in the world." (e.g. London Review of Books ). This is wrong. QALYs only measure health, and health is not all that matters. Most effective altruists care about increasing the number... Read More

Why we need more meta

Peter Hurford recently wrote a popular post "EA risks falling into a meta-trap. But we can avoid it."  Many people seemed to infer from the post that we're doing too many meta activities, and I've now seen the post cited several times as a reason not to donate to meta-charities.... Read More

Thread for discussing critical review of Doing Good Better in the London Review of Books

Doing Good Better , an introduction to effective altruism, was recently reviewed by Amia Srinivasan in the London Review of Books , Europe's most successful literary magazine. The article reads as critical of effective altruism, though is also careful to point out its advantages and our responses. Overall, it's some... Read More

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