We asked our WANBAM community what resources they would recommend. Here’s what they said!

by KathrynMecrow4 min read10th May 20206 comments

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WANBAM connects and supports a global network of women, trans people of any gender, and non-binary people interested in Effective Altruism through mentorship. This is a crosspost from our blog.

This post collects resources that have been recommended by our WANBAM community. We hope this is a useful resource for people just getting involved in the Effective Altruism (EA) community and those interested in delving further into a particular focus area. This list is live and will be updated continuously on our website. Please note we have not fully vetted everything on it. There are many topic areas that aren’t covered yet and we expect this list to grow over time.

Effective Altruism (EA)

Community Building

Career Advice

  • Pollinate: "thoughts on work, life, learning, and everything in between."
  • 80, 000 Hours list of evidence for how to be successful in any job.

Finding Jobs

Resources on Objectives and Key Results (OKRs)

Health and well-being

Management and Leadership

Start-ups

  • Village Global: Venture capital podcast.
  • Haseeb Qureshi's blog: “The Breaking Into Startups Podcast is a platform featuring inspiring stories of people who broke into tech from non-traditional backgrounds.”

Productivity

  • Amazing Marvin: “Marvin incorporates principles from behavioral psychology to help you beat procrastination, feel in control and finish your to-do list.”
  • Focusmate: “Focusmate virtual coworking helps you get things done.”
  • Complice.co:“Daily Progress & Accountability. Every night Complice compiles your day’s actions alongside each of your goals, making it easy to reflect on the progress you have made. ”
  • Habitica: “Habitica is a free habit and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. Habitica can help you achieve your goals to become healthy and happy.”
  • How to get things done - David Allen: “Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax.”
  • So Good They Can't Ignore You (by Cal Newport): “In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed-preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work-but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job-hopping.”

Setting boundaries

Setting up organizations

Thinking well about-

International Development

  • GiveWell’s criteria for how they recommend extraordinary nonprofits in the international development space.
  • Esther Duflo's TED talk: On randomized controlled trials.
  • Poor Economics: “Poor Economics shows that creating a world without poverty begins with understanding the daily decisions facing the poor.”

Biosecurity

Rationality

  • Slate Star Codex: A project by Scott Alexander, a psychiatrist on the US West Coast that covers topic areas within science, medicine, philosophy, politics, and futurism.
  • RationallySpeaking: The bi-weekly podcast of New York City Skeptics.

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Note that I just updated this :) I hope it's useful!

Thank you for sharing this. As a non-binary person (this clause is excessive yet I wish to include), I can second Rowan_Stanley's viewpoint that I too am familiar with most of the resources. Yet, there are some that I did not know before. Specifically, that is EA Work Club - and, the linked ImpactMatters website that rates charities based on the cost per unit output in several cause areas. Co-founded by Dean Karlan, the co-founder of IPA, this site has the potential to outcompete GiveWell. Apparently, they are looking for support/interns ;)

Thank you, as Rowan says the intention of keeping the list is really to build go-to introductory level and particularly used resources with the goal of expanding how useful we are to the EA community (specifically newcomers) in general. Thanks so much for these links. Also, not to plug our own work but we are running a seminar series right now where we interview mid level to senior level women in the EA community. Details on our Facebook page. Love to see you both there. Our next one is with Rosie Campbell from PAI. :)

OK, that is great, thanks! I cannot see the Rosie Campbell talk on the EA international events calendar. Could you please add these talks there? (e. g. for FB non-users).

Sure! I had no idea this existed :) Thank you.

Thanks for sharing!

Maintaining a list of resources seems like a good way to help people get some of the benefits of mentoring, even if/when there aren't mentors available.

I was already familiar with most of the things on the list, but there are a few that are new to me and seem interesting/potentially valuable.