All of ElikaSomani's Comments + Replies

My Effective Altruism Story

Thanks for sharing ! I really loved reading this and it's inspired me (and hopefully) others to share more  EA 'origin' stories. 

Easy Altruism

I love this list and the thought of it!! 

I'd add to also take time to get to know people and make connections in EA that aren't only about EA and impact! I think it not only leads to a better community but is also just a nice, personal thing to do.

Potatoes: A Critical Review

Just letting you know that there's going to be a red teaming contest soon (I think June sometime) if you wanted to submit this.

EA and the current funding situation

As someone who has heard a lot of criticism from non-EAs about the perception of loose money and funding in EA, I really appreciate this post and the thoughtfulness :)

 I do really believe that the outsider perception of lots of money in EA is a significantly negative and potentially a major deterrent to community-building efforts. Posts like this and, as you mention, criticisms/red teaming of EA I think really help build a more positive image and more importantly accountability. Curious about how to translate these efforts (which take place mainly on the Forum, not something new EAs typically are on) into outreach material and community building. 

My Reflections Facilitating for EA Virtual Programs

You are super right and my hunch is that bringing in older professionals is extremely valuable from an impact perspective. 

My Reflections Facilitating for EA Virtual Programs

Thanks, Miranda! Happy to share more as this project develops. I'd love to hear what you are doing at UChicago as well.

Preparing for EAGxPrague

I'm not going to EAGxPrague - but from my experience at other conferences, they usually start Friday evening with an opening reception and a career fair. All the conferences I've been to have used Swapcard, but it hasn't been made public until about a week before the event. If you haven't heard anything and it's a few days before the event, I would reach out to the organisers because some people at EAGxBoston didn't get the email about the Swapcard. Hope this helps!

On the fence about applying to EAG or EAGx? Talk to someone (me?) who went!

Awesome idea Jeremy! I'm also happy to talk to people, just PM me. For some background, I've attended a few conferences, help with some community building, and work in public health, bioethics, and biosecurity. I've organized a few intro and in-depth fellowships, so I like to talk to people and get them introduced into the EA community :)

Effective Altruism Isn't on TV.

I agree! I also feel like we're heading in that direction (especially with GiveWell) with EA getting more into mainstream media (ex. Vox's Future Perfect). I'd be curious how whoever is doing it chooses to communicate EA.

Optimize... Everything?

I agree. The EA community does need to be better at supporting people as people. 

I think your post could include more of the community health work that is being done.  While it's by no means near completion - you're touching on topics that a lot of people (especially those not fitting the dominant EA profile) feel and are working on. It's hard to measure improvements in culture and community, but I hope you would agree that it's a work in progress and more focused on now than ever before. The diversity and inclusion tag on the Forum is one place ... (read more)

Effective Altruism Isn't on TV.

It's a good thought, but I'm sceptical if TV outreach is the best sort of EA outreach. It might be good at increasing total awareness of EA - but that isn't necessarily community-builders main goal. See this article. My understanding and sense are that TV wouldn't necessarily capture the nuance of EA ideas and might even lead to idea inoculation/inferential difference

Also, what channels would you want to see this promoted on? Is there a target audience on a specific channel that would be particularly well-suited?

I think more people being exposed to GiveWell would be good. Richer audiences with disposable incomes (CNBC/Bloomberg watchers?) I think would be a good target audience. I do agree that not every part of EA would benefit from general awareness- debates on moral realism, competing theories of utilitarianism and so forth. More so, the absence of EA on TV just surprised me. I didn't walk around with a clear estimate of how many mentions in my head, but I thought GiveWell would be more prominent for sure.
Longtermist EA needs more Phase 2 work

I totally agree with you! In my conversations, there are even a lot of people wanting to work on longtermist issues (to do that Phase 2 work) and we seem to have ideas and funding - but it isn't translating to action and implementation. A challenging issue ...

Case for emergency response teams

I love this idea! Curious to hear more of the details of what a more 'active' group would look like versus a more reserve like  format. I know in my work (COVID-19 response), we have a reserve medical and public health corps that helps out as various needs emerge related to skillset and qualifications. 

I would love to be a part of this.

Paul Farmer (1959 – 2022)

Thanks for writing this! It's interesting that PIH chose not to disclose their outputs and be evaluated given that they seem to be (at least it's my perception) very on-the-ground and impact orientated. Hopefully, that will change. Also - it was mentioned, but I highly recommend Mountains Beyond Mountains