BarryGrimes

I'm an Events Associate at the Centre for Effective Altruism. I'm part of the team that produces the EA Global conferences in San Francisco and London each year. I'm also CEA's main point of contact for EAGx organisers, providing them with advice and resources to help them run high-quality events.

In addition to my role at CEA, I also provide communications support to the Happer Lives Institute on a voluntary basis.

I practice secular Buddhism and try to meditate for at least 1 hour every day. Buddhist philosophy drives my commitment to effective altruism and doing the best I can to reduce the suffering of others.

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EA Survey 2020: Demographics

The EA Global events had a higher bar for entry in terms of understanding and involvement in EA, but we don’t make admissions decisions based on demographic quotas. The demographics of attendees and applicants are broadly similar. I did some analysis of this for EAG Virtual and EAGxVirtual last year. You can see the charts for gender and ethnicity here.

EA conferences tend to be more attractive to people who are newer to the movement, thinking through their career plans, and wanting to meet like-minded people. Our data supports your findings that newer members are more diverse. I expect the EA Survey receives more responses from people who have been involved in EA for a longer time. That’s my guess as to the main reason for the differences.

EA Survey 2020: Demographics

Readers may be interested to compare the EA Survey data with the data that CEA has collected from event registrations over the past 1.5 years. This slide deck contains charts showing the following categories:

  • Gender
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Age
  • Career stage
  • Which year attendees got engaged with EA
  • Do attendees feel part of the EA community

A few items to highlight:

  • The percentage of female and non-binary attendees ranged from 32% to 40%
  • The percentage of non-white attendees ranged from 27% to 49%
  • The percentage of attendees aged 18-35 ranged from 83-96%
  • 46% of survey respondents at EA Global: Reconnect had not engaged seriously with EA before 2018
Some quick notes on "effective altruism"

I agree that the community should only have one label but the community has multiple goals and is seeking to influence very different target audiences. In each case, we need to use language that appeals to the target audience.

Perhaps the effective altruism brand should be more like the Unilever brand with marketing segmented into multiple ‘product brands’. This could include existing brands like 80,00 Hours and Giving What We Can whilst the academic project becomes “global priorities research” rather than “effective altruism”.

The right name for groups will depend on the target audience and what the message testing reveals. I expect something like “High Impact Careers” or something along those lines may be more attractive to a wider audience than “effective altruism”

Apply now for EA Global: Reconnect (March 20-21)

There are a number of reasons that people drift away from the community. Ben West has a sequence of posts about this here.

I don’t know what led your friends to drift away, but it’s often the case that people are still interested in EA ideas but other events in their life take higher priority for a while. If that applies to your friends, then we think the main benefits of attending this event are:

  • Give and receive feedback on career, study, or donation plans
  • Make new connections and reconnect with old contacts
  • Discover and discuss interesting ideas

We’ll also have a session at the event exploring the different retention factors that Ben identifies in his posts (e.g. balancing parenting with EA, or finding a way to contribute if you don’t have experience that’s relevant to the field you want to work in). Hearing different people in the community sharing their experiences about this may also be helpful to your friends.

Apply now for EA Global: Reconnect (March 20-21)

Thanks for the feedback Jack. You should go through to a confirmation page on submission but it appears that's not been happening for some people. We're looking into why that's happening.

In the meantime, I've added some additional text above the submit button that tells people to check their inbox to confirm submission if they're in any doubt.

Apply now for EA Global: Reconnect (March 20-21)

Thanks for letting us know Josh. Your application has been received. We're investigating the issue further but it seems it's not affecting all users.

Apply now to be an EAGx event organizer

Hi Maria! Ideally, we are looking for teams of 3-4 core organisers for each location but you can also express interest as an individual. I’ll then look for opportunities to connect you with other potential organisers depending on the other applications received.

Update on the 0.7% (£4bn for the poor)

Thank you for all the work that you and the team are doing on this Sanjay.

Will you be encouraging people to attend MP advice surgeries as part of your strategy? I used to be a senior caseworker in an MP’s constituency office. In my experience, a 1-1 conversation with a well-informed constituent was more likely to influence the MP’s voting intention than sending an email.

Looking for collaborators after last 80k podcast with Tristan Harris

I don't have a specific person in mind I'm afraid but you could post in the Effective Altruism, Mental Health, and Happiness Facebook group and see if anyone there would like to get involved.

Looking for collaborators after last 80k podcast with Tristan Harris

I recommend this paper by the Happiness Research Institute (a Copenhagen-based think tank, not to be confused with the Happier Lives Institute):

#SortingOutSocialMedia: Does social media really pose a threat to young people's well-being?

They found that young people’s online and offline lives are inextricably linked, and that it is necessary to consider which platforms young people use, how they use them, and which personal characteristics make some young people more vulnerable than others online. 

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