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Problems with EA representativeness and how to solve it

An issue a lot of EAs have, but I think few have formalized in writing, is a concern with cause representation within the EA movement.  The basic idea behind representation is that the materials created or aimed at being part of the public-facing view of EA are in line with... Read More
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Introducing Charity Entrepreneurship: an Incubation and Research Program for New Charities

How do we get more EA charities started? There’s a good case that charity entrepreneurship is high impact for EAs , but it seems not many are starting them. Part of the reason is that it’s intimidatingly hard. Not only do you have to have multiple rare and difficult skills,... Read More
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Why EAs in particular are good people to start charities

  There have been previous posts about the impact of founding a new GiveWell charity , the impact of charity founding , and some of the results of charities founded by EAs . This post, however, focuses on a specific question I get a lot. Namely, why should EAs in... Read More
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Triple counting impact in EA

The problem In the 1990s, the World Health Organization (WHO) had an important function. They had to calculate, estimate, and publish the number of deaths caused by different diseases. These numbers influenced several things, from government spending on treatment programs, to the public perception of progress being made on different... Read More
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Why founding charities is one of the highest impact things one can do

Track record and tractability Historically, some of the highest impact individuals in the EA movement and across the broader world have been people who founded effective charities. The difference between an average charity and the top charities is likely very large. Estimates for how large this difference is range from... Read More
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The Importance of EA Dedication and Why it Should Be Encouraged

Different EA organizations seem to value dedication differently, although almost all of them would put some weight on this being a positive factor. However, I think overall the importance of dedication is underrated by the EA movement. Why Dedication is Important There has been some writing about talent gaps and... Read More
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Empirical data on value drift

Why It’s Important to Know the Risk of Value Drift   The concept of value drift is that over time people will become less motivated to do altruistic things. This is not to be confused with changing cause areas or methods of doing good. Value drift has a strong precedent... Read More
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When to focus and when to re-evaluate

We live in a complex world with ever changing variables. When it comes to doing the highest impact activity it can seem impossible to be confident in one plan over another. Additionally, new information that comes from further research or even just time passing can make plan A seem better... Read More
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Why we should be doing more systematic research

One of the big differences between Effective Altruism and other communities is our use of research to inform decisions. However, not all research is created equal. Systematic research can often lead to very different conclusions than more typical research approaches. Some areas of EA have been systematic in their research.... Read More
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How scale is often misused as a metric and how to fix it

One of the big criteria used for cause area selection is scale and importance of the issue. This has been used by 80,000 Hours and OpenPhil amongst others. This is often defined as the size and intensity of the problem. For example, if an issue affects 100,000 people deeply, that... Read More

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