All of Alex_Berezhnoy's Comments + Replies

Local priorities research: what is it, who should consider doing it, and why

I think LPR can actually make a group more welcoming rather than unwelcoming if it's located outside of EA hubs. Without LPR, career advice will be suitable only for a tiny amount of people who consider moving abroad where effective organizations are located. After research on local high-impact careers, there'll be suitable advice at least for some people who doesn't consider moving. A lot of people don't want to live abroad because of family bonds/not enough career capital/language barriers, and it's preferable for the community to have some thoughts on local impactful careers.

Thanks for your effort!

Idea for a YouTube show about effective altruism

Last year I've created a channel on effective altruism in Russian and made five videos on various topics, focusing mostly on introduction to main cause areas and fighting popular misconceptions on foreign aid (no English subtitles available, sorry). Each video was ~10 minutes long and they got >4000 views in total. With videos, I reached a 50 times larger audience than with offline public talks, but it was very time-consuming. I spent around 30-35 hours on making each video and eventually stopped making new ones, even though the audience was very f... (read more)

Where to find EA-related videos

Animal Welfare

Animal Charity Evaluators has a channel with educational videos, public talks, and grantees updates.

Global health and development

J-PAL uploads lots of lectures about development economics and RCTs, as well as explanations of their research.

Econimate is a channel aimed at making cutting-edge research in economics accessible and engaging. What questions are economists asking, how are they tackling them, and how does this research help us understand the world around us.

2MichaelA2yThanks! Added ACE and J-PAL to the list :) I didn't add Econimate because a brief look suggests it's not especially EA- or extreme-poverty-related (e.g., not necessarily more so than MRU's playlist on development economics [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYl_tYUduT4&list=PL-uRhZ_p-BM4pQXFm4hCmMR7LhTXje61m] , which I also didn't include). But it does look interesting and fairly relevant to various EA-type interests, so still cool that you commented it here!
edoarad's Shortform

Here's a review of several courses from the program. I'm currently studying the third course out of five, and then I want to apply for on-campus accelerated Master's at MIT. I'll be happy to answer questions about the program if you have them.

Will 'Team Trees' be Effective?

I've done some investigation into this. All money goes to Arbor Day Foundation, but they are not planting trees themselves and work with partners like the US Forest Service.

To estimate cost-effectiveness we need to know tree mortality rate and estimated lifespan. The first factor depends on the region and maintenance level. US Forest Service estimated a 3% mortality rate per year. It takes around 40 years for a tree to absorb a tonne of CO2, and at least 30% of planted trees will survive to this age (0.97^40 ~ 30%). It's harder to estimate lifes... (read more)

5Denkenberger2yI think my comment here [https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/xY3iSgDRHidue8J7C/new-study-in-science-implies-that-tree-planting-is-the#96zj8pBoYFNMr6cNQ] applies to this charity as well: generally where trees grow, you can farm, and the opportunity cost of not farming makes the total $/ton much higher than the obvious cost of planting trees.
Notes on “The Art of Gathering”

David, thank you for a useful summary.

I already use some of the techniques (for example, closed space with chairs in the circle creates more friendly and warm atmosphere, than open space with low density and classroom style chairs).

We've been organizing meetups for 4 month and made some mistakes. Sometimes guests were bored, or they were expecting something else, because we chose improper audience sources. But meetups become better as we learn, and we'll use this advices to make them even better.

For me the most important idea here is to think mo... (read more)