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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... (read more)

4Nathan Young2moFor what it's worth, I don't think it's remotely controversial to list a church. Thanks for writing :)
8Bluefalcon2moStrong endorse. Long before I came across EA as a movement I had adopted the philosophical foundations of it for religious reasons. Although the specific verses that struck me were not the ones about perfection, which sounds optional, but the greatest commandment, which sounds obligatory: Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39. The first didn't really sound actionable beyond state of mind because God doesn't need anything, so the implication is that in practice all one's effort needs to go into the second. And if you actually love your neighbor as yourself, you naturally think about effectiveness, not just intentions.