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Leverage Research shutting down?

by Milan_Griffes1 min read4th Jul 20194 comments

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Relatedly: Leverage Research: reviewing the basic facts

I just saw this on the Leverage website (a):


What's Next – July 2019
After many years of collaboration, the groups in the Leverage ecosystem are now splitting off to run their own projects. One group will be writing up some of our content and distributing it.


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Today, their website says people can apply to be a fellow for 2021. No mention that I see of shutting down.

And they had since posted an update

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6Evan_Gaensbauer2yFrankly, I'm unsure how much there is to learn from or about Leverage Research at this point. Having been in the effective altruism movement for almost as long as Leverage Research has been around, an organization which has had some kind of association with effective altruism since soon after it was founded, Leverage Research's history is one of failed projects, many linked to the mismanagement of Leverage Research as an ecosystem of projects. In effective altruism, one of our goals is learning from mistakes, including the mistakes of others, is so we don't make the same kind of mistakes ourselves. It's usually more prudent to judge mistakes on a case-by-case basis, as opposed to the actor or agency that perpetuates them. Yet other times there is a common thread. When there is evidence for repeated failures borne of systematic errors in an organization's operations and worldview, often the most prudent lesson we can learn from that organization is why they repeatedly and consistently failed, and about their environment, for why it enabled a culture of an organization barely ever course-correcting, or being receptive to feedback. What we might be able to learn from Leverage Research is how EA(-adjacent) organizations should not operate, and how effective altruism as a community can learn to interact with them better.
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Is Leverage core rebranding to Paradigm Academy? Are the other branches Reserve and Bismarck Analysis?

This doesn't really seem to be a question; just a statement. Might be worthwhile to make the question explicit.