Atlas Fellowship has announced it's shutting down its program - see full letter on their site: https://www.atlasfellowship.org Reasons listed for the decision are 1) funding landscape has changed 2) the programs were less impactful than expected and 3) some staff think they'll have more impact pursuing careers in AI safety.
The Effective Ventures Foundation UK’s Full Accounts for Fiscal Year 2022 has been released via the UK companies house filings (August 30 2023 entry - it won't let me direct link the PDF).
* Important to note that as of June 2022 “EV UK is no longer the sole member of EV US and now operate as separate organizations but coordinate per an affiliation agreement (p11).”
* It’s noted that Open Philanthropy was, for the 2021/2022 fiscal year, the primary funder for the organization (p8).
* EVF (UK&US) had consolidated income of just over £138 million (as of June 2022). That’s a ~£95 million increase from 2021.
* Consolidated expenses for 2022 were ~ £79 million - an increase of £56 million from 2021 (still p8).
* By end of fiscal year consolidated net funds were just over £87 million of which £45.7 million were unrestricted.
* (p10) outlines EVF’s approach to risk management and mentions FTX collapse.
* A lot of boiler plate in this document so you may want to skip ahead to page 26 for more specific breakdowns
* EVF made grants totaling ~£50 million (to institutions and 826 individuals) an almost £42 million increase in one year (p27)
* A list of grant breakdowns (p28) ; a lot of recognizable organizations listed from AMF to BERI and ACE
* also a handful of orgs I do not recognize or vague groupings like “other EA organizations” for almost £3 million
* Expenses details (p30) main programs are (1) Core Activities (2) 80,000 Hours (3) Forethought and (4) Grant-making
* Expenses totaled £79 million for 2022 (a £65 million increase from 2021) which seems like a huge jump for just one year
* further expense details are on (p31-33) and tentatively show a £23.3 million jump between 2021 and 2022 [but the table line items are NOT the same across 2021/2022 so it’s hard to tell - if anyone can break this down better please do in the comments]
* We may now have a more accurate number of £1.6 million spent on marketing for What We Owe The Future (which i
Wytham Abbey soft-launched earlier this year with it's own team, but has now formally been added to EV's list of projects and is accepting workshop applications https://www.wythamabbey.org
My overall impression is that the CEA community health team (CHT from now on) are well intentioned but sometimes understaffed and other times downright incompetent. It's hard to me to be impartial here, and I understand that their failures are more salient to me than their successes. Yet I endorse the need for change, at the very least including 1) removing people from the CHT that serve as a advisors to any EA funds or have other conflict of interest positions, 2) hiring HR and mental health specialists with credentials, 3) publicly clarifying their role and mandate.
My impression is that the most valuable function that the CHT provides is as support of community building teams across the world, from advising community builders to preventing problematic community builders from receiving support. If this is the case, I think it would be best to rebrand the CHT as a CEA HR department, and for CEA to properly hire the community builders who are now supported as grantees, which one could argue is an employee misclassification.
I would not be comfortable discussing these issues openly out of concern for the people affected, but here are some horror stories:
1. A CHT staff pressured a community builder to put through with and include a community member with whom they weren't comfortable interacting.
2. A CHT staff pressured a community builder to not press charges against a community member who they felt harassed by.
3. After a restraining order was set by the police in place in this last case, the CHT refused to liaison with the EA Global team to deny access to the person restrained, even knowing that the affected community builder would be attending the event.
4. My overall sense is that CHT is not very mindful of the needs of community builders in other contexts. Two very promising professionals I've mentored have dissociated from EA, and rejected a grant, in large part because of how they were treated by the CHT.
5. My impression is that the CHT staff underm
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Swapcard, the networking and scheduling app for EA Global and EAGx events, has published their product roadmap — where anyone can vote on features they want to see!
Two features currently in the "Researching (Vote)" stage have been requested by our attendees since the beginning of us using Swapcard for our events:
1) Reschedule a meeting
2) External Calendar Synchronization
If these sound like features you want, I encourage you to take a moment to vote for them! Every vote counts.
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PSA: Apropos of nothing, did you known you can hide the community section?
(You can get rid of it entirely in your settings as well.)
I'm going to be leaving 80,000 Hours and joining Charity Entrepreneurship's incubator programme this summer!
The summer 2023 incubator round is focused on biosecurity and scalable global health charities and I'm really excited to see what's the best fit for me and hopefully launch a new charity. The ideas that the research team have written up look really exciting and I'm trepidatious about the challenge of being a founder but psyched for getting started. Watch this space! <3
I've been at 80,000 Hours for the last 3 years. I'm very proud of the 800+ advising calls I did and feel very privileged I got to talk to so many people and try and help them along their careers!
I've learned so much during my time at 80k. And the team at 80k has been wonderful to work with - so thoughtful, committed to working out what is the right thing to do, kind, and fun - I'll for sure be sad to leave them.
There are a few main reasons why I'm leaving now:
1. New career challenge - I want to try out something that stretches my skills beyond what I've done before. I think I could be a good fit for being a founder and running something big and complicated and valuable that wouldn't exist without me - I'd like to give it a try sooner rather than later.
2. Post-EA crises stepping away from EA community building a bit - Events over the last few months in EA made me re-evaluate how valuable I think the EA community and EA community building are as well as re-evaluate my personal relationship with EA. I haven't gone to the last few EAGs and switched my work away from doing advising calls for the last few months, while processing all this. I have been somewhat sad that there hasn't been more discussion and changes by now though I have been glad to see more EA leaders share things more recently (e.g. this from Ben Todd). I do still believe there are some really important ideas that EA prioritises but I'm more circumspect about some of the things I think we're not doing as well as we could (
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Quick Book Review. As we enter a period of frequent holiday get-togethers, I strongly recommend reading Priya Parker's The Art of Gathering. In it, Parker whisks you through the ways that you can make your gathering special. While hosting good gatherings for the utility they provide is likely not a top cause area, creating community around effective action seems indispensable. Plus, the book is available for five dollars on Amazon, so it seems likely to have massive upside ROI potential: https://www.amazon.com/Art-Gathering-How-Meet-Matters/dp/1594634920