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A Long-run perspective on strategic cause selection and philanthropy

Hi Nick — I did not at all mean to imply, “Why would you do this if we’re already doing it?” I see enormous value in other people experimenting with strategic cause selection and was gratified to read this post. I simply was surprised that you didn’t mention that GiveWell Labs, by and large, is taking the approach you outlined, including investigating four of the five issue areas you mentioned. That made me think either we're not communicating well enough about what we’re doing, which seems likely, or that you see the two approaches as more different than I do.

A Long-run perspective on strategic cause selection and philanthropy

What you're describing sounds a lot like what we're attempting to do with the Good Ventures-GiveWell partnership, excepting a few details. I wonder whether you also see them as similar and what you see as the notable differences?