Comment author: Gleb_T  (EA Profile) 01 August 2016 08:33:46PM *  5 points [-]

I will be happy to fund the campaign (just donated) and spread the word. Both in my experience, and based on the evidence provided above, Giving Games are a wonderful means of moving people who never heard about effective giving before into the direction of more effective giving.

Comment author: Jon_Behar 01 August 2016 10:01:55PM 2 points [-]

Thanks for your gift Gleb- and for sharing it! Your and Intentional Insights' partnership has been a big boost to the Giving Game Project and one of the main reasons why I'm so excited about our opportunity for growth and impact!

Comment author: JSWinchell 01 August 2016 07:34:25PM 3 points [-]

I'll be allotting a portion of my giving to funding GGs because, in my experience, the negative impact of some money going to ineffective charities is far outweighed by the positive impact of people noticeably changing their minds on the importance of effectiveness in giving.

Comment author: Jon_Behar 01 August 2016 08:23:21PM 2 points [-]

Thanks JS! Really appreciate your support!!! You and McGill EA have done a great job utilizing Giving Games in creative and high leverage ways. Your help will let us scale that success to new locations!


A Request for Funding from The Giving Game Project

Cross posted from The Life You Can Save blog. Executive Summary You can multiply the impact of your giving by  supporting the Giving Game Fund . By sponsoring Giving Games, you can help participants learn by giving. You’ll still be able to help great charities, but you’ll get added leverage... Read More
Comment author: Jon_Behar 25 July 2016 07:03:59PM 3 points [-]

Exciting news! Seems like a very positive step!

Really cool that you'll be more actively involved with CEA. Could you give some more clarity into what your role will be/how management responsibilities will be distributed? My naïve guess would be that you've got a big comparative advantage in a lot of areas, but not necessarily as a manager (particularly with lots of integration work coming up). I've got a hunch you've thought about replaceability issues in career choice, so I'd love to hear your thoughts on what you'll personally be focusing on and why.


The Giving Game Project's Annual Report

Cross-posted from The Life You Can Save's blog.   Executive Summary With another school year in the books, it's time to take stock here at The Giving Game Project.    This report reflects back on our progress over the last year, where we stand relative to our long-term goals, and... Read More
Comment author: Jon_Behar 08 July 2016 11:10:21PM 3 points [-]

The Life You Can Save took a big step forward when we recently started processing donations on our own site rather than sending visitors to our recommended charities to donate. This will improve our user experience and our ability to track the money we move, but the biggest impact will be on our ability to market effectively. We can now use google analytics to track where donations come from at a very granular level, meaning we can scale things that are working and fix things that aren't. And we're also getting more granular personal information about donors, allowing us to segment our donor base more effectively (e.g. Communicating differently with large vs. small donors). I expect these developments to pay huge long term dividends.

Gleb's already covered a lot of exciting things going on with using giving games and other outreach efforts with secular audiences. In other giving game news, I'm nearing completion on an annual report for the project. Keep an eye out on the forum :)

Comment author: Jon_Behar 30 June 2016 11:01:54PM 14 points [-]

I like the idea of incentivizing people to talk to their friends about EA, and trying to get Will's book into their hands. But to me, EA global seems like a really bad fit for this campaign given that a) most of the content isn't geared toward newcomers b) capacity is already constrained (I believe), and c) if this campaign works and tons of people apply to EAG, many of those people will presumably have a rejection as one of their first interactions with the EA community.


Wish Peter Singer a happy 70th birthday!

This piece has been cross-posted from The Life You Can Save Blog .   On July 6 th , Peter Singer turns 70 years old!   At The Life You Can Save, we’re celebrating this momentous day by drawing attention to the lasting impact Peter Singer’s scholarship and advocacy has... Read More
Comment author: Jon_Behar 09 May 2016 05:01:45PM 2 points [-]

Love these threads, very nice (and inspiring) to read what people are up to.

Plenty of recent good news on the Giving Game project. We got our biggest external donation to date for sponsorship of GG, started work on a lab experiment (slated to run in the fall) that will look at whether GG produce medium term (probably ~1 month) changes in giving attitudes and behaviors, ran our first GG in Russia, had GG pitched as a workshop to a large network of middle school teachers, and continued to make good progress running GG w/ secular audiences.

And while I had nothing to do with it, big shout-out to my colleagues at The Life You Can Save who have significantly improved our newsletter subscription rates through an "exit intent" campaign (basically a popup that comes up when people are about to close the window).

Comment author: Jon_Behar 18 March 2016 05:09:29PM 4 points [-]

I'm surprised that the comments and voting seem largely negative. I'm not sure if that's a response to the specific phase "newsjacking", the general strategy of borrowing news, or Gleb's particular application of that strategy. I hope there's support for the general strategy- EA has a long history of news borrowing and my impression is that it has been by and large successful.

I'd find it helpful to move the discussion toward guidelines we can use to determine when "news borrowing" is a good idea. My sense is that a guiding factor should be how sympathetic the people in the news are. This would suggest that charity fraud/behavior that most people would find really distasteful (e.g. Wounded Warriors) is fair game, news about a heartwarming but ineffective charity or a large ineffective gift (e.g. Batkid or John Paulson giving $400mil to Harvard) is ok but should be approached delicately, and disaster relief should generally be left alone (especially in the immediate aftermath).

Another very important aspect of the news borrowing strategy (at least at scale) is Search Engine Optimization. Basically, the more we have high profile sites like Time linking to EA orgs, content from those orgs will show up higher in people's search results. Disclaimer: I don't know a ton about SEO, it'd be great if an expert could write up some best practices for the movement. But as far as I can tell, news borrowing is perfect for SEO since as Wikipedia puts it:

"Search engines often use the number of backlinks [inbound links] that a website has as one of the most important factors for determining that website's search engine ranking, popularity and importance… The significance of Search Engine rankings is pretty high, and it is regarded as a crucial parameter in online business and the conversion rate of visitors to any website, particularly when it comes to online shopping… There are several factors that determine the value of a backlink. Backlinks from authoritative sites on a given topic are highly valuable. If both sites have content geared toward the keyword topic, the backlink is considered relevant and believed to have strong influence on the search engine rankings of the web page granted the backlink. A backlink represents a favorable 'editorial vote' for the receiving webpage from another granting webpage."

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