When causes multiply

Preface: Searching for ‘the one true cause area’, or perhaps several of them, strikes me as a poor model of how cause prioritisation should be thought about. Much better is an emphasis on what the best allocation of resources to various cause areas looks like over time and what we... Read More

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

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

Meta: notes on EA Forum moderation

The EA Forum moderators (currently Larissa Hesketh-Rowe, Denise Melchin, and Julia Wise) wanted to share some updates and clarifications on EA Forum moderation. Unfortunately the Forum FAQ isn't editable right now (looking forward to having a shiny new EA Forum, with editable sidebar, before too long!) so we’re just adding... Read More

Causal Networks Model I: Introduction & User Guide

This is the user guide for the Causal Networks Model, created by CEA summer research fellows Alex Barry and Denise Melchin. Owen Cotton-Barratt provided the original idea, which was further developed by Max Dalton. Both, along with Stefan Schubert, provided comments and feedback throughout the process.  This is the beginning... Read More

Request for Feedback: Researching global poverty interventions with the intention of founding a charity.

I intend to initiate a project that looks for highly effective global poverty interventions that are not currently being carried out. The aim of this research is to be able to found a charity that is good enough to be recommended by GiveWell. Please criticise this idea. We think it... Read More

Meetup : How can you choose the best career to do the most good?

Discussion article for the meetup : How can you choose the best career to do the most good? WHEN: 16 April 2015 06:00:00PM (+0100) WHERE: Frankfurt AdalbertstraĂŸe 36a This time we want to look at the question how we can choose the best career to do the most good in... Read More

Meetup : Frankfurt: "Which charities should we donate to?"

Discussion article for the meetup : Frankfurt: "Which charities should we donate to?" WHEN: 20 March 2015 07:00:00PM (+0100) WHERE: Frankfurt, AdalbertstraĂŸe 36a We'll have our third meetup! You can also find us at: http://www.meetup.com/Frankfurt-Effective-Altruism-Doing-Good-Better/events/past/?scroll=true#upcoming The focus will be charity choice for donations, but there'll be enough time to discuss... Read More

What we learned from our donation match

Between Christmas and the end of January, Alex Gordon-Brown and I ran a donation match for AMF. We decided to triple (Gift aid included) and raised almost 14,000 pounds. Our motivation besides raising money that wouldn’t have been donated otherwise was to find people who haven’t been involved in the... Read More

How can people be persuaded to give more (and more effectively)?

Written by Angus Smith, Michael Davies and me as part of the Giving What We Can September Internship. Encouraging people to give to charity is often based on appeals to emotion. Encouraging people to give to the most effective charities, however, involves appealing to their reason. Do these facts necessarily... Read More

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