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The career questions thread

What type of arts do you enjoy? For instance, I always really enjoyed English and drama, and am now in a data science job where I am going to be writing up publications and doing talks in addition to my coding/stats work. If you go for a small or start-up company, you can often have a broader job like this where you can take on tasks that interest you - my perception is that larger companies tend to have more regimented roles.

If you're more into visual arts, web design, marketing or some sort of community-building/social logistics could be good options. They'd also provide good skills in short supply to volunteer to the EA community.

I am Samwise [link]

I see the hero as the one pushing innovative new strategies for world-changing (eg. starting a business in that area, like Givewell - specifics subject to what changes the hero wants to make), while the sidekicks are the ones that help out by being employed in that business (in a non-directing role) or donating to it or providing moral support etc. - they help what's already been created do better, and thus have to choose from people/causes that already exist rather than creating their own.

Please vote for our video on Deworm the World in this online poll.

Great job getting something up for this guys. If we wanted to improve it for next year, I'd suggest interspersing some footage of the work being done and putting key points like the cost to deworm a kid, the amount that've been helped and the benefits of deworming right at the start of the video (literally in the first 20 seconds if possible) and in text overlay so everyone sees them (a lot of people I've talked to who have watched P4A vids only watch the very start of them). Since it's a yearly thing the time investment now could pay off, and starting with those big facts to grab attention then winding into an introduction of where the research comes from and more description could work well.

Also, does anyone know how many of the top voted charities the money gets split between? Is it the top three, or top ten, or...? And how it's split (proportional to votes or equally)?

Ideas for new experimental EA projects you could fund!

Are there currently any posters/brochures for EA, Givewell, GWWC etc.?

Edit: thanks guys, glad to know these exist. Will probably print a few to dot around my university.

Your Good Deeds 2014 Thread

I donated a couple hundred dollars to GiveDirectly myself, my brother donated another $75 for my birthday, and have taken up the idea of a charity jar from LessWrong a month or so ago (putting money in it every time I need an emotional boost or turn down donating to collectors on the street/donating to projects like HabitRPG) - at the end of the year it's all going to an as-yet-undecided effective charity.

I also wrote my final psyc assignment (where we can research anything related to judgement and decision-making and do a write-up or pilot study) on the charitable giving process, how people choose charities, and how we can make it more effective. Probably not new ground covered for EAs but I might post it. I discussed this a lot with friends and tutors, so hopefully that'll make some of them interested in EA too - I've had at least a few ask more about Givewell and look it up.