You can share this link instead, which is better than the Softr view, and this means people don't need to get comment access to be able to view the Airtable grid. It also prevents people from being able to see each other's emails if they check the base collaborators. To find that link, I just pressed "Share" at the top right of the base, and scrolled down to the bottom of that modal/pop-up to find the link.
Cool that you made this, and that you even made a Softr page! Although I think the Softr page is worse than just sharing a public grid view of the Airtable.
I realize it would be cool to have a similar database for all EA-related organisations. Jamie Gittins made one on Notion and has a Forum post here listing EA orgs, but they're both not easily filterable. It could have similar attributes to the Airtable you have. I saw that Taymon also has a Google Sheet, but it would be nice to have it on an Airtable and have it have more attributes, to make it more eas... (read more)
Hey Will, no worries and thanks for the response! Yeah I think I updated my views a bit from some of these discussions I had with others on the Forum about whether it should have profile photos. I'm now probably just 50% in favor of the EA Forum having profile photos, whereas I was probably 80% in favor before.
I think a good compromise is maybe there are ways to make the Forum seem friendlier and more welcoming to newcomers without having to use profile photos. That's the problem I wanted to solve anyway. I see how profile photos can degrade the experience for more engaged Forum users, so maybe there are other solutions, but I won't try to talk about them here.
Thanks for sharing your experience! We haven't tried Instagram ads. Would like to hear if Facebook ads ends up working for you!
Thanks for the recommendations! I don't think I'll listen to these, though Wendover Productions looks cool. I might try listening to some EA Global videos or GPI lectures via audio on YouTube premium.
50% of why I got YouTube Premium just now is because of your recommendation. Thanks!
Did they charge your Paypal or not at all?
Was this supposed to be posted? It seems the same as the other post
Thanks so much for posting this! For those who want to know, as of now, the 2:1 match is still ongoing, and there are still $213,811 left in matching funds (see live count here). I assume this will run out within the next 1-3 days.
On #1: There has been a large-scale EA-themed debate tournament targeting debaters (mainly undergraduates I believe) organized by Dan Lahav from EA Israel, talked about here!
Congrats on the launch!
This is amazing work! I have a bunch of thoughts, which I'll number so it's easier for you or others to respond to. Sorry that this comment is a bit long; you can respond to the numbers one-by-one instead of all at once if you'd like:
Thanks for making this. Did you consider making this into an Airtable? It could also be a Google spreadsheet, but I think an Airtable would work better.
An Airtable would be slightly easier to manage and update over time than a post, and it would also be easier to filter and scan through (i.e. if you had columns for cause areas, usual grant amounts, and application deadlines)
Thanks! I think these updates are good. Some thoughts/suggestions:
This is nice of you to offer. Could I or others refer EAs who are still taking their undergraduate degree, but are interested in and/or working towards a career in software development?
I know ~3 Filipinos interested in EA who are 3rd year or 4th year university students, and might want to have a call (or more than one, i.e. a monthly mentoring call) with someone who could give them some advice or mentorship about software engineering.
On #3, yeah I'd be interested to hear other's views too.
On #4 and 4.5, ah I see. Personally I think # of reads (i.e. # of views where the user spent at least 50% of the time it takes to read the article) or average time spent would be more interesting to me than the bounce rate, although I'm unsure.
Got it re: Google assistant, EA Forum podcast, and Speechify!
Re: Natural reader:
This is cool! I have some specific thoughts and questions on the TTS software that you list for personal use, and how other TTS / podcast options might compete with this Library:
Glad to hear! Numbering my responses:
Cool to see post metrics released! Some thoughts:
Glad to hear! I like your contributions to the forum too.
There's a book and audiobook for Overcoming Perfectionism, and I think some EAs may score high in perfectionism, especially when it comes to their work and/or in trying to be highly impactful.
I've listened to the first hour of the audiobook, which is newly released, and it's been somewhat helpful. I'm not sure if I'll finish the book though, and I may not. I wouldn't quite recommend it fully yet, given I haven't finished it, but I like what I've listened to so far.
I think I am somewhat of a perfectionist, so just knowing that this is a problem ... (read more)
Nate Soares's Replacing Guilt series could be helpful if you haven't listened to it yet.
I found it a bit helpful for lessening my guilt in feeling that I could spend more hours working on EA stuff, or that I could be achieving more impact. But I've only listened to the first ~8 articles so far. I was listening to the audiobook version, which is pretty good quality.
Got it, thanks for the info!
Ah I see. Is the ~15 months gap between surveys to avoid survey fatigue? Or are there other reasons?
My understanding is that most of these standout charities are not likely to become future top charities within the next few years.
GiveWell instead gives incubation grants to organizations/projects that would support the development of future top charities, and the organizations they grant to are usually not their standout charities (except for their 2020 grant to DMI and a 2017 grant to Zusha!). Some organizations they have given incubation grants to are Fortify Health, Pure Earth, and Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention.
I'm not sure if it's nece... (read more)
Thanks for this post! I'm curious around when the EA Survey 2021 will be distributed?
Sorry to jump in the conversation, but Toby Ord has another book? Maybe you're talking about Will MacAskill's upcoming book on longtermism?
Thanks so much for taking these notes! I've put some suggestions. We normally phrase EA Philippines as EA PH and not EAP, but that's a minor thing. And it's a community building grant I'm on, not a community grant.
Could I ask the Hispanic EA community to even link to your notes in the YouTube video's description? That might help people find it.
Another thing I would have liked for the video was there to be timestamps to certain questions/topics, so people wondering what my answers were can view those. But anyway I think these notes work too.
I could say much more about this topic, but I'll keep my comment short for lack of time:
I agree that it would be better if EA was more representative and had more geographic and ethnic diversity. I think that's true though regardless of if this century is the most important century. I still strongly upvoted this post though because it highlights how EA's diversity is important from a longtermist perspective too.
If you or anyone else is interested about the topic of growing EA in developing countries, you can watch this Q&A I did with the Hispanic EA co... (read more)
Yeah I guess you can read into it in terms of negligence, lack of caution or impulsiveness.
Thanks for this interesting exercise. Three things I want to say:
#1: For people unaware, pressing the red button means you cannot un-press it, though nothing bad will happen unless you enter a launch code.
After I read this page carefully, I thought it was going to be fine and harmless/reversible for me to press the red button, since I had not received a launch code. I have no intention of bringing the LessWrong site down, and don't plan on entering any launch code, whether random or someone else's, into the page. I also thought pressing t... (read more)
It could just be me, but it was unclear to me whether this was written by Ajeya or by Holden before I clicked on the linked post. My assumption was that all Cold Takes blog posts are by Holden.
The linked post clarified that this is a guest post by Ajeya on the Cold Takes blog. Maybe you could indicate that at the top of this article, to help avoid a few others from wondering who wrote it!
I'm not sure if this counts as a meme, but the satirical Centre for Applied Eschatology website is amazingly clever and funny.
I saw this when it was shared (to much laughter and reactions) here on the Dank EA Memes FB group.
Highly engaged EAs, such as those who would rate themselves a level 4 or a 5 on the self-reported engagement question in the EA survey.
I like your question of "On a scale from 1-10, how much does maximizing positive impact guide your career thinking/planning?"
However, 10 = "It's the sole deciding factor" is phrased in a way that's worryingly demanding. I think many EAs wouldn't see maximizing positive impact as the sole deciding factor in their career thinking/planning. Where the job is located and how much it pays could easily be other deciding factors.
Given this, I think some people who might become hardcore EAs would be wary of rating that question highly - they might just give a 5/10.... (read more)
I see, got it!
You mean people drop out of university to do EA-aligned work or skill-building? I don't see how that is necessary or something we'd want to particularly encourage, though I'd like to hear OpenPhil's thoughts.
I see, then technically one student's tuition at Brown could fund 56 people's tuitions at ETH Zurich? And I assume living costs are expensive in both U.S. universities and Zurich, so the living costs should cancel out?
Another suggestion on how to make the application form slightly better is to state in the form's description that the form autosaves your answers even after you close the tab, allowing people to not have to complete the form in one go. (I presume Paperform does this for all forms).
Also, some people's parents would be quite hesitant to disclose what they actually make to their child. So that would just make it much harder for a student to get accurate figures on what their parents make.
I'm not sure what the solution there is, but potentially you want to account for that scenario some way, such as giving the student the option to just give a rough ballpark of what their parents/family make, especially at just the 1st stage of the application.
Got it, thanks!
Thanks for this post and scholarship! This is an exciting opportunity for international high school students. If this scholarship were available 6 years ago when I was a high school student, and I was as excited about EA as I am now, I would definitely have applied.
I've publicized the scholarship to the EA Philippines community, my network, and through EA Philippines's social media, such as through this post on Facebook. I don't think any of our active community members are still high school students, but maybe a few people in our extended netw... (read more)
I believe OpenPhil plans on providing the scholarship decision before being admitted to the school for those applying to the listed U.S. universities, based on this line:
We plan to inform successful candidates by mid- to late October, in order to allow them to include information about the scholarship they have been awarded in their early decision/early action applications.
Did you mean to say $12,000/year instead of $1,200/year tuition at ETH Zurich?