We conducted this research on behalf of Equalia to evaluate the impact of their campaign to establish CCTV cameras in slaughterhouses. More information about Equalia's campaign is available here on their website.
Due to the desire to reduce animal welfare violations, CCTV cameras have been installed in slaughterhouses in a number of jurisdictions around the world. This has been driven by legal requirements (e.g. England, Israel), agreements between industry and government (e.g. the Netherlands), or retailer requirements (e.g. United States).
There have been no studies testing whether CCTV cameras actually deter violations of animal welfare regulations in slaughterhouses. Until a scientific study calculates the magnitude of the effect of CCTV on compliance with animal welfare regulations, it is difficult to be certain about the exact magnitude of CCTV's impact....
Ben Todd suggested back in 2019 that small donors might help organizations diversify their funding:
It’s also not healthy for an organisation to depend 100% on a single foundation for its funding. This means that until we have 3+ large foundations covering each organisation, small donors play a role in diversifying the funding base of large organisations. (Though note that you’re only providing this benefit if your grantmaking process is independent from the large donors.)
So... which organizations are looking for funding from small donors?
Open Philanthropy used to publish its suggestions, but their latest is from 2020. I imagine the funding landscape has changed since then.
(Also related: How should large donors coordinate with small donors?)
Giving What We Can is excited to talk to your workplace or community group about effective giving this Giving Season.
If you bring the people, we’ll bring the content!
We’ve found that these kinds of engagements have been successful for fundraising and engaging people in the effective giving and effective altruism communities. In fact, our Head of Marketing, Grace first heard about GWWC at a workplace talk!
You can register your interest in us running one of the following events for your group during November and December:
A standard talk we usually give to groups and workplaces (options for 15min, 30min, 60min, new content is being developed right now).
A new workshop format which aims to get people to reason about their approach to...
I came across this article from the Carnegie Council's Artificial Intelligence and Equality Initiative and I can't help but feel like they misunderstand longtermism and EA. The article mentions the popularity of William Macaskill's new book "What We Owe the Future" and the case for considering future generations and civilization. I would recommend you read the article before you read my take below, but Carnegie Council made the common fallacious arguments against longtermism.
Harry Truman once said: "It's amazing what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit"
The Truman Prize, with a $100,000 prize pool, is now live on EA prize platform Superlinear, which recognizes Effective Altruists with $5,000-$10,000 prizes for declining credit in order to increase their impact, in ways that can't be publicized directly.
Theory of change: EA promotes caring about effectiveness over other goals like getting credit, but wanting credit or recognition for your work is natural. Rewarding people for maximizing impact over credit increases the health and future effectiveness of the community.
Example #1: Sam toils behind the scenes and makes a breakthrough on an important problem. Sam suggests the idea to, say, a political figure or other organization who can then take credit, because that leads...
Engaged with psychology or mental health? This is for you.
Impartial compassion. Rationality. Wellbeing. For a movement built on these values, EA likely underutilizes psychology professionals. Together with our supporters from the Global Priorities Institute, the Center for Effective Altruism, and the Happier Lives Institute, HIPsy aims to help people engaged with psychology or mental health maximize their impact.
We will follow in the footsteps of the EA Consulting Network, High-Impact Medicine, and High-Impact Athletes. Accordingly, the goal of HIPsy shall be to increase the likelihood of high-impact decisions, make collaboration and information processes more effective, and reduce the risk of value drift for people engaged in psychology or mental health.
Relevant resources shall be available, easy to access, and use:
Psychological know-how shall...
Tl;dr: Technical progress in DNA synthesis has outpaced regulatory safeguards against negligent and malevolent misuse of DNA synthesis technology. The need for intervention from the community has been on our collective radar for sometime and still coordination on the hottest issues looks underwhelming.
Epistemic status: Low - Master's degree in epidemiology and broad expertise in public sector/health policy but <5 hours reading on this issue, synthetic biology, bioterrorism etc
The conversation on biosecurity in the EA community appears to somewhat infrequent and when it does to me it appears immature - short of leadership and expertise proportionate to the imminence, scale, neglectedness and tractability of the threat and solution, and the standard of analysis we expect in analyses and ideas proposed by EAs in the global health and development space.
I hope you're well! Our new NGO Malengo, whose mission is to facilitate international educational migration, has had a good year: we more than doubled our program, and 18 young Ugandans are on their way to Germany to start their Bachelor's degrees. In the coming years we want to grow to many hundreds of students each year.
We're now looking to grow our team: We're hiring a Country Director for Germany, and a Senior Program Manager — Africa. Both jobs have great conditions; e.g. we offer unlimited time off, and very competitive salaries. Here are the detailed descriptions:
Country Director Germany: https://smrtr.io/bJKsh
Senior Program Manager — Africa: https://smrtr.io/bJrLK
More information about Malengo is on our website: https://malengo.org/
Please help us spread the word by sharing this widely! And please apply if you want to join us!
Many thanks and best wishes,
PS: Here is this year's cohort at a reception organized for them by the German Embassy in Kampala: