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Christian shared some context that might help draft questions (and you might be interested in exploring his posts!):
I’m a senior researcher at Founders Pledge, where much of my work focuses on global catastrophic risks. Recently, I’ve written about philanthropy and nuclear security, including a long philanthropic guide on nuclear risks, an article in Vox with Longview’s Matt Gentzel, “Call me, maybe?” about crisis communication, and on “philanthropy to the right of boom.” I’m currently finishing up another “guide for philanthropists,” this time focused on biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, which we’ll publish later this fall. I’m also working on a new report about great power competition and transformative technologies with Stephen Clare and an investigation on germicidal UV with Rosie Bettle.
I’ve been at Founders Pledge for almost two years now. Before that, I worked at Perry World House, managing the ominous-sounding research theme on The Future of the Global Order: Power, Technology, and Governance. Before that, I studied two MPhil courses at Cambridge — History and Philosophy of Science and Politics and International Studies — funded by a Herchel Smith Fellowship. I first got interested in civilizational collapse and global catastrophic risks by working on a Maya archaeological excavation in Guatemala.
I’m happy to talk about anything, including the sorry state of nuclear security philanthropy, working at Founders Pledge, working at an academic think tank, research, writing, civilizational collapse, global catastrophic and existential risks, great power competition, and more.
If you want to help support projects to mitigate global catastrophic risks, please consider donating to the GCR Fund via every.org and Giving What We Can (or if you’re a Founders Pledge member, from your DAF through the member app).