Altruistic coordination

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We agreed to delete the 'Cooperation and coordination' entry and tag the associated posts with 'altruistic coordination', 'moral cooperation', or any other relevant tag. I have now done the retagging and deleted the entry. I copy its contents below, in case they are relevant.


The cooperation and coordination tag is for posts about whether, when, and how people - especially effective altruists and others aiming to do good - should cooperate and coordinate. Such posts will often draw on ideas related to game theory, moral trade, moral uncertainty, and how to think about and measure counterfactual impact.

Coordination issues can arise for many different ethical decisions, including career decisions, and can become quite complex in cases where parties have different moral views or beliefs about the world.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to work out how precisely you should coordinate with others, and the communication and trust involved in good coordination can be costly to maintain. As more people try to work together to do good, it appears that achieving low-cost coordination will be a difficult but important problem to solve.

Related entries

community infrastructure | deference and social epistemology | moral advocacy / values spreading | moral cooperation | moral trade | moral uncertainty | movement strategy | philanthropic coordination | philanthropic diversification

Wishlist for the text of this entry:

  • Explain the ideas of "community capital" and a "portfolio approach" from Todd (2018)
  • Maybe explain why philanthropic coordination, moral trade, etc. are examples of altruistic coordination
  • Maybe add other useful points from Todd (2018)