Book recommendation: Loonshots

by nonzerosum 1 min read3rd May 20192 comments


I think this book could be particularly interesting to people interested in encouraging more high quality EA projects.

It's all about how to nurture breakthroughs and new ideas. I found it to be very insightful.

From an Amazon reviewer: "Loonshots are “widely dismissed ideas whose champions are often written off as crazy.” Through dozens of engaging stories told with insight and wry humor, Bahcall describes how loonshots (such as radar, the internet, and Pixar movies) come about, how to nurture them, how to champion them, and how to keep from inadvertently killing them."

Recommended. It could be quite beneficial to apply the ideas from this book to effective altruism, in particular many of the ideas seem relevant to nurturing new ideas for top EA priorities like biosecurity, building effective altruism, global priorities research etc.