Does anyone know about donor-advised funds for UK taxpayers? The only ones I've been able to find seem to charge large management fees, or have a prohibitively large minimum investment.
Authors: John Halstead, Hauke Hillebrandt
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Randomista development (RD) is a form of development economics which evaluates and promotes interventions that can be tested by randomised controlled trials (RCTs). It is exemplified by GiveWell (which primarily works in health) and the randomista movement in economics (which primarily works in economic development).
Here we argue for the following claims, which we believe to be quite weak:
We are Jon Behar and Kathryn Mecrow-Flynn- we work with The Life You Can Save (TLYCS)- ask us anything!
The Life You Can Save curates some of the most impactful charities in the world and makes it easy to donate to them. Our mission is to help change the culture of giving in affluent countries, and to increase donations to nonprofits that dramatically improve the lives of people in extreme poverty. The Life You Can Save was founded by Peter Singer to advance the ideas in his 2009 book, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty. In 2019, our team launched the 10th Anniversar... (Read more)
I would like to advocate, but also get your feedback, on using already existing/heightened concerns about climate change among many firms/groups, to channel donations to EA-recommended organizations (e.g., Coalition for Rainforest Nations and Clean Air Task Force, as recommended in this Founders Pledge cause area report).
Summary of this post / TL;DR:
I think there's a lot of great literature that's relevant for EA purposes. Sometimes specific phrases can act as useful keywords.
If we use similar language as other academic fields, then:
I've recently been doing some surveying of different fields and finding a lot of terminology I think is both (1) not currently used by many people here, and (2) would be interesting to them.
This can be as simple as an interesting Wikipedia page. I think there are... (Read more)
This is the third in a series of posts on International Relations and Policy. First was the introduction to this sequence, which discusses why this matters, and who should care. Second was defining Policy and International Relations, and talking about the sub-fields of political science. That post deferred discussion of different approaches, and instead looked at subject areas. That leads to the current post, which is a more detailed overview of political science specifially, rather than international relations and policy, which will be discussed in later posts.
This post is primarily going to ... (Read more)
This is the 2019 case for supporting The Center for Election Science. (Here's our intro page.) We need your financial support to succeed in our mission. This outline details what you can look forward to in this post. Also, you can hear in (very) long form about our work from an episode of 80,000 Hours. And there’s our EA Global Presentation.
The Center for Election Science (CES) is a 501(c)3 ... (Read more)
Charity evaluation is rarely straightforward. Many factors, within a charity’s control or outside of it, can influence the impact a charity has.
This post will highlight a case that illustrates how thinking through these factors can lead to surprising information that changes our understanding of a charity’s impact.
GiveWell recommended a grant to Results for Development (R4D) in May 2016 for its recently-launched program to increase access to pneumonia treatments for children in Tanzania. We thought this program was promising enough to potentially join our short list of GiveWell top char... (Read more)
Epistemic status: Highly speculative. I know very little about the current state of the field or what EAs in this space think about. I also know about as much about general policy as you’d expect of a random layman who has ever once lived in DC, so everything I say could be wildly off-base.
Who should read this: If you think US politics and policy are not really important for improving the world, or if you’re extremely skeptical that EAs could have any tangible effect on either, you can stop reading this post now.
I think it’s plausible that Effective Altruism w... (Read more)
Epistemic status: This is basically meant as a collection and analysis of existing ideas, not as anything brand new. I’m not an expert on the topics covered. I’d appreciate feedback or comments in relation to any mistakes, unclear phrasings, etc. (and just in general!).
In various communities (including the EA and rationalist communities), it’s common to make use of explicit, numerical probabilities.
At the extreme end, this may involve explicit attempts to calculate what would maximise expected utility, and then do that thing.
It could also involve attempts to create explicit, probabilistic m... (Read more)
The forecasting website Metaculus is launching the Bentham Prize, which will award, every two weeks, prizes of $300, $200, and $100 in Amazon gift cards to the first, second and third most valuable user contributions. Eligible contributions include standout public predictions, models, factorisations, comments that help improve questions, datasets, and links to relevant sources (see the the link above for further details and examples).
The first round starts on January 23rd and ends on February 7th, and will be restricted to comments within the Animal Welfare Series.
It's great to have you on the forum! If you'd like to, write something below about yourself or how you connect with the philosophy and social movement of effective altruism.
To start us off, I'm a junior doctor from Melbourne, with a particular interest in tweaking the impact of emerging technologies so they better serve humanity.
Moloch is a poetic way of describing failures of coordination and coherence inside an agent or between agents and the generation of harmful subcomponents or harmful agents. Perhaps this could be decomposed further, or at least partially covered, by randomly generated accidents, Goodhart’s law failures, and conflicts of optimization. Let’s zoom in on one aspect, conflicts of optimization.
What are conflicts of optimization? They are situations where more than one criterion is being optimized for and in practice improving one criterion causes at least one other criterion to become ... (Read more)
Effective Altruism Animal Welfare Fund is looking for applications. The deadline to be considered for the distribution cycle is coming up. You can apply here:
The Animal Welfare Fund makes grants on the regular grantmaking schedule, with recommendations made in February, July, and November each year. The Fund has rolling applications. However, any application received after the deadline for each round will receive a response around five months later during the next evaluation period. The application window for the coming round will end on the 6th of February 202... (Read more)
Crossposted to LessWrong
So far the idea of differential technological development has been discussed in a way that either (1) emphasizes ratios of progress rates, (2) ratios of remaining work, (3) maximizing or minimizing correlations (for example, minimizing the overlap between the capability to do harm and the desire to do so), (4) implementing safe tech before developing and implementing unsafe tech, and (5) the occasional niche analysis (possibly see also a complementary aside relating differential outcomes to growth rates in the long run). I haven’t seen much work talking about how... (Read more)