Hazelfire

Math Pedantic/Computer Science Honours interested in Cause Prioritization

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A Prototype Application for allocating people to Effective Projects

This is currently just a prototype, with many many bugs. I've actually joined the team and EA CoLabs. Which is a proper application of the concepts here.

A Prototype Application for allocating people to Effective Projects

Thanks a lot!

If I was to flesh this out further, it would likely involve a way of proposing EA projects that we could then curate. The form would likely be accessible via the browser, but yes, it's currently just a very modest proof of concept.

I've been seeing you around and have loved some of your posts! The project is meant to try and find both highly skilled but also beginners in EA. I'm not sure what direction it needs to go in, as I kind of want to talk to the people that have proposed this idea in the past to try and get their thoughts on what it should look like. I should probably get in contact with them soon.

What is the closest thing you know to EA that isn't EA?

To me, The Uniting Church of Australia.

It's probably controversial to list a church, but I walked in to the church and got a bible study on how to effectively help people in global poverty, and absolutely loved it.

I definitely think that Churches are a good place to start for places similar to EA, simply because I find that communities around churches have a lot of what I call "intent to do good". Particularly, In my experience, they seem to be unusually disposed to help reduce global poverty. 

Further, when coming into Christianity, I found that there are concepts that are incredibly similar to Peter Singer's notion of strong obligation to help the poor. Examples include:

  • "If you wish to be perfect, sell all you own and give to the poor" (Luke 12:33)
  • "What you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, you do for me" (Matthew 25:40)

I'm so convinced of this, that even though I would call myself an atheist, I still heavily involve myself with my church community in order to try make a difference in the way that people view the church, and to direct the church in ways that we can help more people.