Potential funding gap: full-time EA community strategisers

by[deleted]9mo4th Jul 20188 comments


By "EA community strategy" I mean: Given the goal of "doing the most good", and the potentially extremely valuable resource of an existing community of thousands of talented people broadly aligned around this goal, what needs to happen next?

Are there any such people? Nearly everyone I can think of who comes close to working on this full-time is also spending a bunch of time managing organisations/people/projects or doing less relevant research. (Lukas Gloor is a possible exception, but it would be good to see the same work without the restriction to negative utilitarianism). Sure, working on these other things occasionally gives you the next crucial insight that you need to make progress on community strategy, but I'd be surprised if that's the main reason any of these people I'm thinking of are working on these other things.

[Edit: I've removed a tangential reference to a polarising organisation, as the responses to this post so far suggest to me that people are focusing on the overly/insufficiently negative comments I made about said organisation rather than the main claim of the post. I apologise for this post now being quite short.]

I hope that Remmelt gets funding. And I hope that more people get funding to do this kind of work and that more people with the ability to do it well consider working on it full-time. If EA isn't funding-constrained, why does it seem that almost everyone who's contributing to progress on this crucial area is also working as a programmer, researcher/lecturer in an established institution, EA org leader etc.?



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