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

What is the expected value of creating a GiveWell top charity?

Earlier this year, GiveWell Experimental predicted that we, the team behind Charity Science Health (CSH), have a 15% chance of becoming a GiveWell top charity by giving season 2019 . That sounds pretty cool. But what does it mean for our plans? How good is it to be a top... Read More

How many hits does hits-based giving get? A concrete study idea to find out (and a $1500 offer for implementation)

I have a project that I want to run by the community.   A while ago, Holden Karnofsky declared that the Open Philanthropy Project is dedicated to “hits-based giving” , a framework that accepts “philanthropic risk” where 90% of grants have zero impact but the number of grants that do... Read More

Thoughts on the Reducetarian Labs MTurk Study

When it comes to helping nonhuman animals in factory farms, there’s a lot of things people can do . But when figuring out what is best, we currently have to rely entirely on our intuitions. The hope is that, in the future, empirical research will at least be able to... Read More

Using a Spreadsheet to Make Good Decisions: Five Examples

We all make decisions every day. Some of these decisions are pretty inconsequential, such as what to have for an afternoon snack. Some of these decisions are quite consequential, such as where to live or what to dedicate the next year of your life to. Finding a way to make... Read More

Students for High Impact Charity: Review and $10K Grant

As part of my plan to earn to give this year, I spoke with Tee Barnett about Students for High Impact Charity , an organization that brings a specific curriculum to teach effective altruism to high school students. I also spoke to several other people who have worked with Tee... Read More

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