Meme Review, the second - Announcing my retirement
Meme Review, the first - My mistakes on the path to impact
We will steal this for EA Toronto. Thank you!
I don't think we share the same definition for the word "Retirement".
-average humans everywhere
P.S. Thank you for all your help with the one serious EA Forum article I wrote. Despite you and Hauke's heroic efforts, it was still terrible. Related: did you pay 26 people to vote for it out of sympathy?
Thank you for posting this!
Really interesting project. I'm curious about what restarting it might look like...
Maybe VCs use really sophisticated tools, but Angel Investors' most powerful tool is LinkedIn. It's amazing what you can learn about an industry by talking to smart, highly motivated people with years of experience. EAs probably under-use simple tools like LinkedIn, Zoom, AddEvent, calendly, etcIt's amazing how many EA groups don't have a paid Zoom account. Perhaps the process to get reimbursed involves too much paperwork. Maybe a high value project would be to focus on providing subsidies and funds to small EA groups with minimal hassle. You could call it "Give Directly for EA Groups"...
Suggestion: copy what Complexity Weekend does. It works really well!
More Systems/Complexity aligned Slack Groups:
Nice! Also, if you'd like to get started with Systems and Complexity, there is a Thinking in Systems Reading Group Slack. The book they are reading is Donnalea Meadows' classic Thinking in Systems
Yes! Let's build it for email first, this forum next and FB (sorry, Meta) and Twitter never :p
...I think the matrix is already searching for me...
Lunchclub sucks. Their matching is terrible. I tried it a few times and quit. They have focused too much on monetization and not enough on a good user experience.
Calendly + EAs provide a good platform and community to build on. Feel free to use my calendly and LinkedIn and manually book meetings with other EAs who also have calendly, per Paul Graham -- http://paulgraham.com/ds.html
A seamless way to pull in all communications from all the services I'm on:
Perhaps there's already something like this, but I'm hesitant because it seems overwhelming and likely that it means I have yet another service to check...
Easy, Two-Way Opt-in Intros for Match-makers:-a web service where I enter the e-mail addresses for 2 EAs I think should meet (to collaborate on similar ideas; it's not a dating app!)-each EA receives a personalized email saying that I think they should meet the other and why-recipients can accept, decline, ignore or opt-out completely-only if both recipients accept in a reasonable time frame (say 1 week), does the system generate an automated email to connect them (and possibly auto-schedule if they both have calendly -- see above)
As the match-maker, I get... (read more)
Automated Networking Calls for EAs:
- EAs with calendly sign up for weekly random networking
- the system randomly pairs based on calendly availability match
- the system leverages calendly to book meetings
- EAs have meetings and if they find them useful, tell other EAs to sign up!Once we have this working for EAs (for free or a nominal cost), we could roll out a paid, profit-maximizing version. If you build it, I'm happy to shill it far and wide and pitch it to investors!
I love this idea! Let's connect and chat about it -- https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-barnes-toronto/Can you build it on Gather Town?
Cool! Have you joined EA Entrepreneurs yet?
I'm thinking of running some hands-on workshops for EA Entrepreneurs on:
We can also explore hybrid in-person/online meetups. Gather Town seems to be a decent platform for this. If you are interested, some folks at Complexity Weekend are exploring this space!
I'm excited for future joint events between EA Medicine and EA Mental Health
Interesting. Please post more info!
Sorry, there's a wiki...?
Updated to include!
Thank you -- great suggestions! I'm happy to add more links if you have them!!
I'm interested in applying this to EA Entrepreneurs. Let's talk: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-barnes-toronto
All of the above. I went to the Angel Investors Ontario meeting yesterday and invited 5 founders to attend as guests. Only one was from EA; 2 were from Complexity Weekend. I introduced them to angels, VCs, someone who works for the Ontario Premier and someone who has met Obama multiple times.
At the event, the head of Angel Investors Ontario interviewed the CEO of Sanofi and the Conservative Finance Minister for Ontario. The Liberal Federal Finance Minister / Deputy Prime Minister also presented (she is a Rockstar! I say that as someone who is about to renew my Conservative Party membership)
I'm not sure if someone needs to run an RCT on this...
Neat article! To connect with other EAs interested in similar topics, please join EA Mental Health
Great Questions! One idea would be to help specific EAs become accredited investors (experienced investors in UK/Europe). Accredited Investors can join Angel Investment Networks and other exclusive communities that provide unique opportunities for high impact.The specific idea of using Monday as a platform for ESG investors seems interesting. Especially if you can tailor it for evaluating non-public startups such as ReDeTec, a plastics filament recycler
There's also a Software Engineers in Effective Altruism Slack for those interested in private, for-profit, EA-aligned startups and other areas not covered by the incredibly awesome EA Public Interest Technologists Slack space. You can join both!!
Color the Spectrum was controversial in the autistic community; I'm eager to see if Mark Rober and Mr Beast learn from the feedback and add more Autistic Self-Advocacy for 2022!
If you want to connect with Mark Rober, get involved with a cause he's passionate about: NEXT for AUTISMOne way to do that is through organizations such as NeuroTalent Works who partner with employers with attracting and hiring neurodivergent individuals in an inclusive manner. Please consider approaching your DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) representatives in HR to ask about autistic inclusion. SAP is a leader in this space
Another approach would be to support Autistic Self-Advocacy.
Thank you Micheal -- Great Post! I love this part:
Design systems that scale from a small base. If you have a grand plan that requires a complete system to function, but no way of getting there, you do not have a plan.
At the EAG Virtual Entrepreneurs Gatheround event, the discussion of going from 0->1 came up over and over. One trap I see in EA is the hesitancy to act under uncertainty. Yonatan Cale's recent post I’m Offering Free Coaching for Software Developers in the EA community demonstrates an approach to break out of this trap: start small, launch ... (read more)
Thank you! This is really useful and actionable advice.
Hypothetical ExampleLet's say you are at EAG to build EA Supply Chain and Logistics and you run into a software engineer who is eager to skill up . You could:
I love this idea! If you haven't yet, please connect with Devon Fritz of High Impact Professionals -- this seems like a really good fit with what they are building!!
Can you post a summary/link to this article from the Healthier Hens LinkedIn account? I can share that more easily with EAs in Kenya. For example, there are a group of EAs in Kenya who are in the process of launching EA Nairobi
Great question! I like User Stories as a format to explain things like this: As an X, I want to Y, so that I can ZFor HIP, one example that describes what I'm looking for is:
Specific actions along this line would include:
Our multi-disciplinary team consists of in
Nathan, I'm interested in hearing more about this. Can we connect on LinkedIn ?
I love it! Thank you for posting and let me know how I can help HIP -- I'd love to chat with you about "cluster networking" for building robust, scalable and high impact social networks. Related: you might want to consider the benefits of becoming a "decentralizing hub" (for one, it scales better). If this is of interest, you can connect with lots of folks working on decentralized models at Complexity Weekend.
I'm really looking forward to all the great things High Impact Professionals will co-create and inspire
Yes, it would make sense to redirect there
Interesting! I wonder if we could make use of that somehow on the EA Forum or other EA websites with actual EA content
For example, https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/about/x-risk gives a 404 Not Found webpage
Thank you for offering a virtual option! So excited for EAG London 2021 : Virtual Edition!!
Rejection sucks and you often feel stupid for even applying in the first place. Sometimes it helps to lean into this feeling and Dare To Be Stupid. I see a lot of EAs using scope insensitivity as a reason to assume listening to their feelings is not worthwhile. Your feelings are probably better seen as helpful messengers -- I'd love to see a Slack Group or channel for discussing feelings and how to integrate them with research, action and feedback!
Wow! Thank you for this fascinating write-up!!I've met folks at Complexity Weekend and RadicalxChange working on DAOs, NFTs, blockchain and crypto-related activities. Definitely something for EAs to explore...
Very impressive! Is there a way to get involved without using Facebook?
Great article -- really useful lessons and takeaways. Thank you!
I like the answers so far. I'll add a few more:
My impression is these groups (and systems/complexity groups) find EA thinking "icky" because it is overly:
Also not necessarily not not EA: https://www.eaforchristians.org/ :)
RxC also has some useful tools such as Quadratic Voting (QV): https://quadraticvote.radicalxchange.org/ we can use within EA.
For example, I used https://pol.is/home and QV for my In-Depth EA Program group to collectively decide on weekly topics for the program