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A contact person for the EA community

I work at the Centre for Effective Altruism as the Community Liaison, which includes being a point person for the EA community. I’m a person you can come to with concerns about problems you’ve noticed or experienced in the EA community. The best way to contact me is julia.wise@centreforeffectivealtruism.org. Why... Read More
Comment author: callum_calvert 23 December 2017 06:27:32PM 2 points [-]

Thanks for writing this.

On EA Grants: Will you allow individuals to fund EA Grants in the future? This could either be letting individuals add to CEA's pot of funding for grants, publishing the rejected grants so that individuals can fund them independently or putting the applications on EA funds.

On EA Funds:

"Potential expansion of EA Funds on offer and investigation of different models for running and >using funds"

What types of funds and models might this investigation include?

Comment author: Julia_Wise  (EA Profile) 24 December 2017 03:38:45PM 0 points [-]

Just wanted to note that most of our staff are out of the office for the next few days, but will answer when they return!

In response to EA Forum FAQ
Comment author: adamaero 08 November 2017 04:31:06PM 1 point [-]
In response to comment by adamaero on EA Forum FAQ
Comment author: Julia_Wise  (EA Profile) 14 November 2017 06:52:02PM 0 points [-]

Sorry it's not working for you! Does it not have a "comment" button that's clickable, or do you click it and nothing happens?

Comment author: Julia_Wise  (EA Profile) 14 November 2017 05:06:07PM 5 points [-]

This is a random idea: I wonder if the kosher market would be a good place for a plant-based meat company to get started. Since a plant-based meat would be pareve (neither meat nor dairy), it could be combined with dairy, which means customers who keep kosher might have particular interest in plant-based meat replacements.

Comment author: Julia_Wise  (EA Profile) 27 October 2017 08:42:56PM *  23 points [-]

To speak to the section about EA orgs hiring a diversity & inclusion officer:

That's essentially my role at CEA as Community Liaison, with help from other staff. Some of my work is focused on helping CEA work well for lots of kinds of people, both internally as a workplace and externally in our events and projects for the community.

I also try to be a resource on these topics for other EA orgs, groups, and individuals. I'm very happy to be contacted (julia.wise@centreforeffectivealtruism.org) about anything in this area where I might be able to give information or advice. Some examples of things we've helped with:

  • How to run a "Living on Less" campaign in a way that's respectful of people actually living in poverty
  • How to help a group member who has just experienced a mental health crisis
  • Designing policies for Facebook groups that balance competing needs/wishes from different group members
  • Serving as a contact point for people who have experienced abuse or harassment within the community, either simply to provide support or to also take next steps if the person wishes
  • Promoting pro-social norms through measures like the Guiding Principles of EA.

Edited to add: someone pointed out that I didn't mention confidentiality. I will keep anything you tell me as confidential as you want it to be kept.

Comment author: Julia_Wise  (EA Profile) 22 September 2017 07:45:19PM 0 points [-]

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Comment author: [deleted] 22 April 2017 06:09:21PM *  0 points [-]

One small suggestion:

Would you be interested in adding an option to pledge x% above annual/monthly income y (inflation-adjusted), as an additional option which supplements 10%*income pledge?

For example, many people would be interested in pledging to donate everything above certain income level or higher % above certain income level.

Comment author: Julia_Wise  (EA Profile) 08 August 2017 11:25:27PM 0 points [-]

Sorry I didn't see this earlier.

A few people have taken "the Further Pledge" which is a pledge to donate everything above a certain level. I think for most people, the inflexibility there is a major drawback.

We don't have a preset way of pledging that involves a base percentage and an additional percentage of income beyond a certain level. However, members are welcome to donate more than 10% and can calculate the extra as they wish (for example, my husband and I used to have a system that involved both a base percentage and an additional amount before we switched to a simpler system.)

Comment author: brianwang712 20 July 2017 01:56:28AM 6 points [-]

I think one important reason for optimism that you didn't explicitly mention is the expanding circle of moral concern, a la Peter Singer. Sure, people's behaviors are strongly influenced by laziness/convenience/self-interest, but they are also influenced by their own ethical principles, which in a society-wide sense have generally grown better and more sophisticated over time. For the two examples that you give, factory farming and slavery, your view seems to be that (and correct me if I'm wrong) in the future, people will look for more efficient ways to extract food/labor, and those more efficient ways will happen to involve less suffering; therefore, suffering will decrease in the future. In my head it's the other way around: people are first motivated by their moral concerns, which may then spur them to find efficient technological solutions to these problems. For example, I don't think the cultured meat movement has its roots in trying to find a more cost-effective way to make meat; I think it started off with people genuinely concerned about the suffering of factory-farmed animals. Same with the abolitionist movement to abolish slavery in the US; I don't think industrialization had as much to do with it as people's changing views on ethics.

We reach the same conclusion – that the future is likely to be good – but I think for slightly different reasons.

Comment author: Julia_Wise  (EA Profile) 21 July 2017 05:37:50PM 7 points [-]

The change in ethical views seems very slow and patchy, though - there are something like 30 million slaves in the world today, compared to 3 million in the US at its peak (I don't know how worldwide numbers have changed over time.)

Comment author: MichaelPlant 10 July 2017 06:32:44PM *  1 point [-]

Thanks for the update. That's helpful.

However, it does seem a bit hard to reconcile GWWC's and 80k's positions on this topic. GWWC (i.e. you) seem to be saying "most EAs care about poverty, so that's what we'll emphasise" whereas 80k (i.e. Ben Todd above) seems to saying "most EAs do (/should?) care about X-risk, so that's what we'll emphasise".

These conclusions seem to be in substantial tension, which itself is may confuse new and old EAs.

Comment author: Julia_Wise  (EA Profile) 13 July 2017 03:00:39PM 0 points [-]

I edited to clarify that I meant members of GWWC, not EAs in general.

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