'Special Projects' at the Centre for Effective Altruism

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This is a short overview of a talk that I gave alongside William MacAskill and Owen Cotton-Barratt at the Centre for Effective Altruism Weekend Away last weekend.  This post does not contain new information for people familiar with the Centre for Effective Altruism's work.  

New projects at the Centre for Effective Altruism are incubated within the Special Projects team.  We carry out a number of activities before choosing which ones to scale up.  The projects that we are currently working on are listed below.

Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 2.17.06 pmThe Global Priorities Project is a joint research initiative between the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford and the Centre for Effective Altruism.  It attempts to prioritise between the pressing problems currently facing the world in order to establish in which areas we might have the most impact.  You can read more on about the project here.

Through the Global Priorities Project we are also engaged in policy advising for the UK Government.  Our first report to be published under this initiative is on unprecedented technological risk.  Our team regularly visits Government departments and No. 10 Downing Street to discuss policy proposals that we are developing as part of this work.

We are also scaling up our effective altruism outreach.  As part of this work we are developing EffectiveAltruism.org into a landing page for people new to effective altruism.  We are also developing outreach activities to coincide with the release of multiple books on effective altruism in 2015, including one by our co-founder William MacAskill which will be published by Penguin in USA, and Guardian Faber (the publishing house of the national newspaper) in the UK.

We have also launched Effective Altruism Ventures, a commercial company that will hold the rights to William MacAskill’s upcoming book, which will also engage in outreach activities related to effective altruism.  This company is not part of the Centre for Effective Altruism.

If you have any questions about any of these projects, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@centreforeffectivealtruism.org or in the comments below.

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