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Tuesday, December 10th 2019
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Friday, December 6th 2019
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6vaidehi_agarwalla3d COULD REGULAR SMALL DONATIONS TO FACEBOOK FUNDRAISERS INCREASE DONATIONS FROM NON-EAS? The day before Giving Tuesday, I made a donation to a EA Facebook charity that had seen no donations in a few weeks. After I donated to about 3 other people donated within the next 2 hours (well before the Giving Tuesday start time). From what I remember, the total amount increased by more than the minimum amount and the individuals appeared not to be affiliated with EA, so it seems possible that this fundraiser might have somehow been raised to their attention. (Of course it's possible that with Giving Tuesday approaching they would have donated anyway.) However, it made think that regularly donating to fundraisers could keep them on people's feeds inspire them to donate, and that this could be a pretty low-cost experiment to run. Since you can't see amounts, you could donate the minimum amount on a regular basis (say every month or so - about $60 USD per year). The actual design of the experiment would be fairly straight forward as well: use the previous year as a baseline of activity for a group of EA organisations and then experiment with who donates, when they donate, and different donation amounts. If you want to get more in-depth you could also look at other factors of the individual who donates (i.e. how many FB friends they have). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Using EA Giving Tuesday's had 28 charities that people could donate to. Of that, you could select 10 charities as your controls, and 10 similar charities (i.e. similar cause, intervention, size) as your experimental group, and recruit 5 volunteer donors per charity to donate once a month on a randomly selected day. They would make the donation without adding any explanation or endorsement. Then you could use both the previous year's data and the current year's controlled charities to compare the effects. You would want to track whether non-volunteer donations or traffic was gained after the volunteer donations. Caveats: T
4KevinO3d You can now vote in Project 4 Awesome to help EA charities win grants of, judging by past years, $25,000 USD. You can vote for each video for each charity, and each vote counts. Click on the thumbnail to access the voting page for each video. GFI: http://projectforawesome.com/?charity=r0qlq6nE [http://projectforawesome.com/?charity=r0qlq6nE] AMF: http://projectforawesome.com/?charity=IFzDtIVb [http://projectforawesome.com/?charity=IFzDtIVb] Give Directly: http://projectforawesome.com/?charity=2rRk4r7S [http://projectforawesome.com/?charity=2rRk4r7S] Clean Air Taskforce: http://www.projectforawesome.com/?charity=YBH2SiFJ [http://www.projectforawesome.com/?charity=YBH2SiFJ] It's probably best to open one tab, do the CAPTCHA, and then open the rest of the tabs so you don't have to repeat the CAPTCHA. (Credit to Michael; I have no idea how to link to users.)

Thursday, December 5th 2019
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1Mati_Roy4d x-post with https://causeprioritization.org/Democracy [https://causeprioritization.org/Democracy] (see wiki for latest version) Epistemic status: intuition; tentative | Quality: quick write-up | Created: 2019-12-05 | Acknowledgement: Nicolas Lacombe for discussions on tracking political promises Assumption: more democracy is valuable; related: The rules for rulers [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rStL7niR7gs], 10% Less Democracy [https://www.overcomingbias.com/2019/09/10-less-democracy.html] NON-DENOMINATIONAL VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES IN POLITICS Tracking political promises Polimeter [https://www.polimeter.org/] is a platform that allows to track how well politicians keep their promises. This likely increases the incentive for politicians to be honest. This is useful because if citizens don’t know how their vote will translate in policies, it’s harder for them to vote meaningfully. Plus, citizens are likely to prefer more honest politicians all else equal. The platform allows to create new trackers as well as contributing to existing ones. Voting reform The Center for Election Science [https://electology.org/] is working to implement an approval voting mechanism in more jurisdictions in the US. They work with volunteers with various expertise; see: https://www.electionscience.org/take-action/volunteer/ [https://www.electionscience.org/take-action/volunteer/]. National Popular Vote Interstate Compact National Popular Vote [https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/] is promoting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Popular_Vote_Interstate_Compact] which aims to make the electoral vote reflect the popular vote. They are looking for volunteers; see https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/volunteer. [https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/volunteer.]

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