Is EA Growing? Some EA Growth Metrics for 2017

This post was co-authored by Peter Hurford and Joey Savoie.   The EA Survey team at Rethink Charity (including myself) recently released initial data from the 2017 EA Survey  and will have more to follow it up. KBog made a comment on the EA Forum  noticing that the 2015 EA... Read More

How long does it take to research and develop a new vaccine?

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford and Marcus Davis. Interventions related to vaccines seem to be highly cost-effective. The World Health Organization calls vaccines “one of the most powerful and cost-effective of all health interventions." ( WHO, 2009 , pXIV) and the Copenhagen Consensus says that "[v]accination may... Read More

Can we apply start-up investing principles to non-profits?

How do you find the best non-profits to donate to? This is an important question that is critical to effective altruism. One suggestion comes from Holden Karnofsky at the Open Philanthropy Project, who describes a strategy called “hits-based giving” . In this framework, you make a number of investments, some... Read More

The 2017 Effective Altruism Survey - Please Take!

This year, the EA Survey volunteer team is proud to announce the launch of the 2017 Effective Altruism Survey . - PLEASE TAKE THIS SURVEY NOW! :) If you're short on time and you've taken the survey in prior years, you can take an abridged donations-only version of the survey... Read More

How do EA Orgs Account for Uncertainty in their Analysis?

This essay was jointly written by Peter Hurford, Kathryn Mecrow, and Simon Beard[1].   Effective altruism is about figuring out how to do the most good ; when working with limited resources, whether financial or otherwise, and faced with opportunity costs, how do we measure the good of the impact of... Read More

How Should I Spend My Time?

Back in 2013, I was in my final year of college and wanted to think seriously about what I do. I drafted up 11 initial options (though I now feel like my initial list was kind of shortsighted), narrowed it down to 5 options that I more thoroughly assessed ,... Read More

Effective Altruism is Not a Competition

In the past, some people have suggested that we “gamify” effective altruism some more, and create points for doing altruistic-y things, like donating our money or volunteering our time. I think this could be a good idea, but rather than seeing individual scores, I’d much rather see a collective team... Read More

Semi-regular Open Thread #35

We used to have Open Threads on this forum. I was hoping someone would bring them back. No one did. So now I'm the change I want to see in the world. Use this thread to post things that are awesome, but not awesome enough to be full posts. This... Read More

Why I Took the Giving What We Can Pledge

Many people ask me how I became involved in effective altruism. It all started with God. In the fall of 2010, I read Richard Carrier’s Sense and Goodness Without God and Nicholas Everitt’s The Nonexistence of God . I can’t say that I believed in God prior to reading these... Read More

The Value of Time Spent Fundraising: Four Examples

In the past, I’ve spent a few times fundraising for EA top charities. Awhile ago, it was suggested as a potential high-impact EA career , with a lot of thought given to “fundraising ratios” based on the amount of money taken in and the amount of money raised. I personally... Read More

View more: Next