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Project Ideas in Biosecurity for EAs

Comprehensive archive of career routes of people currently at the top of the biosecurity industry (mainly for useful stats gathering eg how many degrees on average does each person have, what age did they get to the position they currently hold). 

Is anybody doing this project?

2Davidmanheim2moNot that I'm aware of, and it definitely still seems useful. (And the results are probably roughly applicable to other domains like AI policy.)
You should write about your job

I work as a senior policy analyst in the New Zealand government, specifically in the area of genetic modification policy.  I can talk about how I got the job, and why I think I excel at it, despite not having a background in science, as well as what the work is like day-to-day.

2Aaron Gertler6moI'd be extremely interested in this, and it's the highest-karma comment on this thread at the moment!
How do other EAs keep themselves motivated?

Hi freedomandutility, I'd really like to hear more about this if you'd be happy to expand on it a bit and perhaps give examples etc. 

I tend to lose sight/forget the greater 'why' for why I'm pursuing certain things.

1freedomandutility8moI'm not comfortable sharing an excerpt publicly on the forum since it could compromise my anonymity, but I'm happy to send it to anyone who's interested over the forum's messaging function.
List of possible EA meta-charities and projects

If 'Coordination for EA researchers' is considered by enough people to be a worthwhile project to undertake, I'd be interested in working on that (in a project design capacity).

And on a related note, I think combining this project with others like the 'EA expertise board' or 'Build a platform to match projects with people who can do them' would enable the platform to reach a critical mass of active users, making it really worthwhile for the community.

Two Easy Ways to Help Each Other

If the EA forum weren't (as far as I can tell) just filled with EAs, I'd agree.

I don't think we should necessarily be worried that, say, some journalist is reading this forum (which is what I take your comment to mean), so much that we should be worried that posts like this could potentially turn off people that are currently EAs or are considering becoming more involved in EA. Speaking personally, the suggestions floated in this post seemed a little dishonest to me.

Can we set up a system for international donation trading?

Yeah, I agree with this.

Also, as a side note, I'd like to donate to MIRI in future but I'm currently based in Australia.

The world is ready for a charity app! (New idea inside, please critique and comment)

Hey Mikkel,

Thanks for the post. This looks really interesting. I'm going to be making something similar in the next few weeks (an Angular2 web app with a simple RESTful API that tracks personal donation history), just as a personal project, so there could a bit of overlap and I'd love to contribute to the project if there's support for it. If you'd like, just flick me a message and we can talk some more.

Andy.

0mbennedsen5yDear Andy, Thank you very much for your comment. That sounds like a pretty cool project! I will definitely be in touch (when I get a look at the above suggestions and get my own head sorted out). Cheers!
1Sanjay5yHi Andy, would be great to get in touch with you about what you have in mind - there may be scope for collaboration with SoGive too.
0kbog5yThere are lots of spammers on this forum, you may want to avoid posting your email
Accomplishments Open Thread - May 2016

Oops, totally retracted my whole comment haha.

Will do, Sam! :)

0Gleb_T6yWell, I'll reply to this since you retracted the comment. I think a Facebook plugin would be a very neat feature! Some way of gamifying and displaying donations would appeal to a certain segment of donors who want to be open about their donations and start conversations with others.
The Effective Altruism Newsletter & Open Thread – May 2016

Hey everyone,

So, I've recently completed building an API to anonymously record donations made to charities, with the intention of allowing organisations like Giving What We Can and EAHub to automatically update the donation records of their members and to measure their impact (I figured there must be an easier way than individuals manually entering their donations).

At the moment I'm going to start working on integrating it with those organisations, and charities that are the most popular with effective altruists, but I'd also really be interested to hear a... (read more)

Accomplishments Open Thread - May 2016

\Hey everyone,

My recent accomplishment is that I've completed building an API to anonymously record donations made to charities, with the intention of allowing organisations like Giving What We Can and EAHub to automatically update the donation records of their members and to measure their impact (I figured there must be an easier way than individuals manually entering their donations).

At the moment I'm going to start working on integrating it with those organisations, and charities that are the most popular with effective altruists, but I'd also really b... (read more)

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2SamDeere6yHey Andy, I'm currently working on something very similar as an upgrade to Giving What We Can's My Giving [https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/my-giving] dashboard. Did you want to shoot me an email at sam.deere@givingwhatwecan.org [sam.deere@givingwhatwecan.org] to discuss — either as an opportunity to collaborate or to work out if there's significant overlap? Sam
What is up with carbon dioxide and cognition? An offer

Yeah, I really hope someone breathes some life into this issue.

1kbog6yIt will never work, you have your head in the clouds.