Figuring Good Out - December

by Bitton1st Jan 20153 comments

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A month ago I announced the start of the new EA blogging carnival, Figuring Good Out. The topic for the first month was "blind spots." We received a pretty good 6 submissions. Hopefully, this number grows next month.

In December,

I wrote that "wasting" money and time is sometimes just you investing in yourself.

Ben Kuhn wrote about the need to, when identifying your comparative advantage, make sure you are comparing yourself to the right class of people.

Ruthie Buyers challenged the assumptions behind the popular EA idea that volunteering your time for a good cause is generally less effective than doing more of your day job.

Peter Hurford wrote a guide on how to run an effective fundraiser, something few EAs would consider their forté.

Jess Whittlestone advised us to consider the perspectives on effective altruism we don't hear.

Finally, Dale asked us to think about how our beliefs impact our other beliefs.

 

The topic for January, as chosen by Peter Hurford, is "EA origin stories."

 

What do you think are the biggest current blind spots in the EA movement?

Did you appreciate getting a group of posts on a common theme? Would people's EA origin stories be useful to have posted on this forum or should they stick to people's personal blogs?

 

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Would people's EA origin stories be useful to have posted on this forum or should they stick to people's personal blogs?

It would be great if we had a way to contribute even for people without personal blogs! So I hope it's not forbidden to post origin stories here, or that we can think of another solution to this problem.

Hm, what would be learned from EA origin stories?

Some reasons for choosing this topic were:

  • It's easy for anyone to write about
  • It doesn't rehash information that's already known and
  • Provides reasonably useful data about movement-building.

I've already written my origin story but only intend to publish it on my blog as I consider it off topic for this forum.