A mental health resource for EA community

A lot has been written about handling depression and anxiety, and with good reason! They are very common and can be very debilitating. But this piece addresses some less common problems: mania and psychosis. These are not as commonly understood, so people are often ill-equipped to recognize or handle them... Read More

Advisory panel at CEA

A few months ago, Will MacAskill (who is CEO at the Centre for Effective Altruism) proposed that given the problems arising in the community, some kind of body should be formed to make recommendations to the community on how to handle these problems. We looked into the possibility of forming... Read More

Practical political action on global health

The Boston Effective Altruism group is doing a lobbying project this season, starting with a guest speaker, a meetup to write letters to our Congresspeople, and later including a visit to our senator’s office. We think other EA groups should consider doing this too. This post is written with US... Read More

Clarifying the Giving What We Can pledge

CEA has gotten a lot of questions about the Giving What We Can pledge lately, and we’d like to answer them here. We've also updated our  Frequently Asked Questions page  and other parts of our website to reflect recent questions.  What is the Pledge? This is the Pledge To Give :... Read More

EAs write about where they give

Several organizations like GiveWell, ACE, and CEA do posts on where their staff are making personal donations. This is a sampling of donation decisions, and the reasons behind them, from some EAs who don’t work at any of those organizations. I’ve selected a range of people whose opinions I thought... Read More

Running an EA reading group

After five years of running the Boston EA meetup, I was reluctant to try something like a reading group because my model of them is that no one does the reading. But this fall we tried it anyway. We’ve had two meetups in the series, and so far they’ve been... Read More

Making EA groups more welcoming

This is a resource for organizers of EA groups who want to welcome great people to their groups and events, including people from groups that we're currently largely missing out on. Why work on this? There are lots of ways to make a group generally friendly, productive, and enjoyable. (See... Read More

Guidelines on depicting poverty

Guidelines on depicting poverty Context In Autumn 2015, the Giving What We Can Cambridge chapter organised an event described as a "poverty simulation.” Many found the content and presentation of the event disrespectful. We thought it was important to learn from what had happened, to start a conversation on how... Read More

Against segregating EAs

I’m troubled by two posts I’ve seen lately distinguishing between “hardcore” and “softcore” effective altruists. Even if we introduce these terms with the goal of reducing stigma, “softcore” is always going to sound a bit insulting. (Not to mention that it’s typically used to describe porn, not people.) Do other... Read More

An embarrassment of riches

Cross-posted from Giving Gladly . People interested in effective altruism come from many different backgrounds. I know people whose families expected them to become lawyers or businesspeople, and others whose families would be appalled if they went into something so "money-grubbing." This post is primarily aimed at those of us... Read More

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