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I completed the 80,000 Hours career guide. My primary problem area interests are emotional intelligence, promoting effective altruism, promoting positive values, and mental health. 

Based on the career guide exercises, I think that advancing social-and-emotional learning (i.e., improving education) is one of the best methods for these problem areas. There are many SEL organizations that I would like to get involved with possibly as a professor. 

Note: If you do not know what social-and-emotional learning is, look it up.

I think that communicating ideas around solving these problems through the media is an effective method as well (i.e., being an influencer). However, emotional intelligence - which includes my other problem areas - is not nearly as neglected in the media as it is in education. There is a lot of videos and books about motivation, hard work, happiness, anxiety, managing emotions, etc.

Currently, I am stuck on whether I should focus on education or the media or both. What do you think may be the best methods for these problem areas (emotional intelligence, broadly speaking)? Do you think that education is really a good method for these problem areas?

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Hi Cole,

You may want to check Ready Research:

Our current major projects are: i) a massive open online course teaching skills for doing good better, ii) a survey of public attitudes towards AI Safety in Australia, iii) providing facilitation and training to support the AI Safety community and iv) supporting AI Safety policy engagement. We also have a range of smaller projects related to communication and community building.

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Thank you for the note! I will check it out!

How exactly does this relate to my question?

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Vasco Grilo
You are welcome! Ah, there is not a very strong relation. Ready Research is looking into educational interventions as a way of doing good efectively, and you were interested in education. Sorry for not being able to help much!
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Cole123
Where can I learn more about Ready Research's work with regard to education?
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Vasco Grilo
Potentially in their The EA Behavioral Science Newsletter.
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