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Project basics

I’ve been funded by the Future Fund Regranting Program to start a series of magazine-style profiles of people doing interesting EA work, called “Humans of Effective Altruism.”

[Recommend someone here]

The idea is to write these for an audience of both EAs and non-EAs, with the idea of giving people tangible examples of interesting and effective career paths and/or life paths. 

I’d like to get into the nitty-gritty of what people do day to day, and also dig into who they are as people, ‘what makes them tick’.

I’ll be publishing them on this Substack. I anticipate most interviews will be done remotely, but if someone is in NYC, where I am, I’d somewhat prefer an in-person meeting, to give the profile color.

I’m now looking for recommendations for who to write about.

You can use this Google form, comment on this post, DM me, or email me at humansofea@gmail.com.

Please err on the side of suggesting anyone you think would make an interesting profile subject! It’s better for me to have more people to consider, and probably at least some people suggested/recommended won’t want to be profiled, so I’d love to have a very long list of options.

That said, I basically have 3 criteria:

3 criteria

  1. They are doing high-impact activities (probably their job, but not necessarily). One motivation for this project is to give people considering life-options tangible examples of net-positive things to do.
  2. MOST IMPORTANTLY, they have an especially interesting personal story, especially if it relates to how they think about their work, or they’re just an especially interesting person.
  3. And, obviously, they must be open to being profiled, and are willing to get at least a little personal.

I’m also open to the idea of a profile of more than one person (a collective, a charity, a purpose-driven group house), but I don’t expect these to be the majority of the profiles.

Self-recommendations A-okay.

Thanks in advance.

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Further details about process

  • I’d prefer to have a preliminary chat without committing to writing up a full profile
  • Different profiles may take on different shapes. Some may be long, some short. Some may involve multiple interviews, some just one. Because of this, it’s possible (though maybe somewhat unlikely) that a ‘preliminary chat’ could be the entire process, which get processed into a short profile.

Further details about how I'm thinking about the project

  • Basically, prioritizing an interesting story is a bid to attract the attention of a wider, non-EA audience
  • Slight preference for profile subjects for whom there’s something the reader could do when they finish reading, a specific action they could take if they were inspired by this person, to help their specific cause, over and above ‘get [more] into EA’
  • Preference for someone who represents an idea, and/or whose story illustrates a broader point

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Some cool people from the Spanish-Speaking community:

  • The coordinator Sandra Malagón, who in the space of one year has kickstarted an EA hub in Mexico and helped raise a community in Chile and Colombia.
  • Pablo Melchor, founder of Ayuda Efectiva, the Spanish GiveWell
  • Melanie Basnak, senior research manager at Rethink Priorities
  • Juan García, researcher at ALLFED, who works in food security
  • Ángela María Aristizábal, researcher at FHI, who works in GCRs and community building
  • Pablo Stafforini, who built the EA Forum Wiki, is involved in many cool projects and has been involved since the very beginning of EA
  • Michelle Bruno, an early career person who works now in community building in Mexico and in a biosecurity project
  • Jaime Fernández who works in community building in Colombia and is researching some philosophy topics
  • Laura González, who co-coordinates the Spanish speaking community and leads the Spanish translation project.

Amazing, thanks!

How long will you be checking that link? Say  a new person comes onto my radar 6 months from now, will it still be relevant to submit a rec via that link?

6 months should be good. Not sure exactly how long it'll be going but I hope to keep it going much longer than that. Will update here if anything changes

For some geographic diversity and people recently up for being interviewed, could be worth scanning https://resources.eagroups.org/running-a-group/groups-spotlight

This looks great, thanks!

You’ve probably already seen it but linking it just in case: the Future Perfect 50

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/23399287/future-perfect-50-change-agents#package-toc

This is helpful, thanks!

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