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The motivated reasoning critique of effective altruism

Really enjoyed the post. Would like clarification on something

However, I note that when some developmental economists venture out to do something new in climate change, these problems immediately rear up. This to me is moderate evidence for motivated reasoning and selection bias also being rampant in that cause area.

I'm not fully following this point and would like to hear more about it. Is this suggesting that development economists over-estimate the impacts of climate change or something else? And do you have any examples (any  will do, they don't h... (read more)

3Linch12dI didn't mean anything special, just that IDInsight developmental economists started Giving Green and was overly credulous in a bunch of ways, as mentioned in the New causes [] section.
Working at a (DC) policy think tank: Why you might want to do it, what it’s like, and how to get a job

How would you categorize the schedule flexibility at think tanks?  Do you believe it varies by the three categories you've mentioned or by seniority levels? My well-being and productivity are much higher with a later start time

I can think of one factor that encourages a rigid schedule. Government work starts at 8am or 9am, sometimes by mandate. Think tanks will have their workday earlier to maximize overlap with bureaucrat schedules

But I can also think of another factor that encourages a flexible schedule. "Ideas industry" work have deliverables that may not be time-sensitive. This means less hard deadlines, less need for "putting out fires", and less need for everyone to be on the exact same schedule

3Locke_USA21dOverall, I would say there's a fair bit of flexibility in the think tank world (certainly more than in government). But it does vary across think tanks, and across teams within think tanks. As far as I know, the variance isn't strongly correlated with the type of think tank. The nature of the work/team may be more predictive — if you're in an external-facing communications role, you may have to be available/monitoring your email at certain times. Research and writing roles tend to be more flexible, but you could still end up on a team with a strong 9-to-5 culture. If this is important to you and you're considering think tank jobs, I'd encourage you to ask around — former or current employees of specific think tanks should at least be able to tell you about the norms at that think tank, even if they can't give blanket answers.
Careers Questions Open Thread

Hi Sonia, this was a path I previously considered. Hopefully someone else with actual experience will chime in. In the meantime, here's some armchair thoughts in no particular order.

If you haven't already, check out Chris Blattman's blog: He's a professor at UChicago who posted a lot on academia, policy, and economics. Highly recommend the articles linked on the sidebar.

If you're targeting a PhD, your school's ranking probably trumps everything else. And rankings tend to be consistent across sub-disciplines. There are some outlie... (read more)

The funnel or the individual: Two approaches to understanding EA engagement

Could the Individual Approach be considered a complement to the Funnel Model?

The Individual Approach explains "Entry/ Transition" as a major life change. To me, that sounds a lot like moving deeper into the funnel

Long-term retention sounds like staying at your current stage. And drop-off sounds like moving back a stage, or leaving the funnel entirely

3vaidehi_agarwalla1moHi Geoffrey, and apologies for this abysmally late reply. I think it is definitely a complementary model. I think that the transition stage can be a transition to directly contributing to the movement, but it may also be a transition that doesn't appear very direct / may not be perceived as such by the community. So perhaps it partially overlaps in that way.
Stanford EA has Grown During the Pandemic; Your Group Can Too

I highly recommend Lightning Talks. Participants are allowed to present on any topic they want for 5 minutes. They've worked wonders for Effective Altruism DC.

The main consideration is how to do questions:  You can do these immediately after each talk. Or you can finish all talks, then do a giant free form discussion. Or you can finish all talks, ask who's interested in each speaker, and then split them up into breakout rooms. Or you can let people have ongoing conversations in the chat room. Or you can tell people to message the speaker individually.... (read more)

An Effective Altruist "Civic Handbook" for the USA (draft, calling for comments and assistance)

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Please do email a copy! My address is

EA Group Organizer Career Paths Outside of EA

(Speaking as a Software Engineer with 3 years professional experience, and a casual EA organizer in Washington DC for 1.5 years)

It's worth thinking about how technical a community-building role is. My impression of tech evangelist roles is that companies want your engineering skills to be top-notch, but are less strict about your community organizing skills. In that case, EA organizing would make sense as a side project but not as much sense as a full-time job.

The other caveat that comes to mind is whether EA offers opportunities for large-scale organizing... (read more)

3Manuel_Allgaier1yAgree that most EA groups are small, but those lead by full-time organizers such as London or (to a lesser extent) Berlin can reach those dimensions, see e.g. the EA London group directory []. Berlin has 200-300 members who have been to an event at least once, an active Slack workspace and multiple meetup groups and projects running in parallel (mostly private, only some are public).
Collection of good 2012-2017 EA forum posts

Thanks! I'm adding all the articles from Movement Strategy into my reading list

An Effective Altruist "Civic Handbook" for the USA (draft, calling for comments and assistance)

Would also be interested in accessing a draft. I started looking into this topic on my own, but it looks like you've down a lot of research on it already!

3kbog1yHm. (Sorry for delay, I wasn't checking the EA forum) the link seems to work and I haven't moved it. Do you not have a Microsoft account? maybe if you're not logged in, you won't be able to use OneDrive. I can email a copy to you if you wish