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Creating Individual Connections via the Forum

I personally have had the strongest and most useful connections to EA people in my city, mainly via social events and book clubs. And I feel like the connections last best when there's a mix between somewhat high effort events (such as a discussion group) and social interaction (ideally in person but also over chats and so on). So maybe you could get the best of both worlds by setting up some way for people to be social with each other after events. Maybe encourage people attending an event to join a slack or discord  channel(or thread/chat) where they can talk to each other after the event and join other threads or channels if/when the one for the event dies off. 

How to identify your local high impact career opportunities - process and tips from EA Sweden

EA Sweden arranges many career coaching sessions, both with Gabby and volunteers like myself. So as I recall it, we estimated that most of the impact from the project would come from being able to give people better and more concrete suggestions during those sessions. Therefore by keeping it as an internal resource we could keep almost all of the benefit of the list without any of the possible downsides that could come from it being public, such as people misinterpreting the recommendations due to lack of context or organizations losing good will towards EA Sweden due to not being highly recommended in the list. 

How to identify your local high impact career opportunities - process and tips from EA Sweden

Great suggestion! They've been on my radar since they launched the TLYCS-app but I didn't think of adding them to the list.  I added them as an opportunity now :)   

2020 Annual Review from the Happier Lives Institute

Good to hear what you're up to, seems like a very promising project to me! A few questions  about WELLBY though 

1) How do you envision WELLBY interacting with the SWB community? Is the long term plan that this will remain a metric developed by you or is the long term plan for this to be a more  independent measurement that for SWB researchers use and improve upon without any involvement from you 

2) Do you see it being a long term "competitor" to other metrics such as QALYs and DALYs  as they are used in global health today, or do you imagine it being something that only organizations in EA or perhaps mental health use in the foreseeable future? 

3) how does "Well-being-adjusted life years" get shortened into "WELLBY" rather than "WALY", "WBALY" or at least "WELLBALY"??? :( Did you consider the negative effects on the reader's WELLBY caused by the confusion about how  that abbreviation works? :'( 

Why I find longtermism hard, and what keeps me motivated

I think this is a pretty common challenge in charity in general. In 2019 I had a panel discussion with some very senior people within global health, and one of the topics was making long term and potentially speculative investments in health, such as pandemic preparedness. One of them responded that investments were really important but that we have to "Invest in the things that are killing them today, not just what might kill them some day". I interpret that as saying it was very important to make these longer term investments, but that it also is very hard to justify both to yourself and to the affected people that you have to ignore their suffering in order to alleviate some potential suffering in the future.  

So I think this challenge is something that most people in charity struggle with to varying degrees.  Going for the direct help is often the more appealing solution, and it is the correct move in many situations. But as covid-19 unfortunately showed  us, it's often better to take the less motivating long term perspective.