Absolutely right, we would want something like a breakdown of EA spending that could come from the EA survey if we wanted a more robust metaphor of this kind. Marginal spending on new jobs can miss out information about employers with irregular hiring cycles (or who do very little hiring at all), so looking at a snapshot of a job board on any given day is likely to give you a biased picture of EA spending in general.
Thanks for your comment! To build on my comment to Habryka above (“Thanks for this! If I were rewriting this post, I would take more care to emphasise that it's not 100% my view per se, but it is a view you could have that I have some credence in. The flaws in the view being broadly what you've laid out here.”) I would also add that stripping something to its skeleton is not always desirable, and certainly not what you want as your everyday framing of some issue.
In particular I liked your summary of what's left out of the job board, namely: “it's missing roles which orgs don’t advertise, lots of opportunities at early stage orgs, roles you design yourself and doesn’t foreground graduate school enough”.
Or, the skeleton !== the body
Another point to make is that Schumpeter's “all misleading ideologies” works as a quick phrase in an aphorism, but probably works better when describing the state than describing the effective altruism set of ideas and community.
Thanks for this! If I were rewriting this post, I would take more care to emphasise that it's not 100% my view per se, but it is a view you could have that I have some credence in. The flaws in the view being broadly what you've laid out here.
Thanks for writing this post!
Yes. On reflection I am tending towards thinking that, given the numbers involved, if you don't have interactions with a wide enough range of people outside of EA meetups to have some interactions that lead to dating, then you probably don't interact with a wide enough range of people outside of EA meetups.
You could discuss promotional messaging for your group that has emphasis on your group's solidarity with those fighting for these causes, rather than endorsement per se, and link it to other things that you want to promote that are more traditionally EA if you feel that's helpful.
For example, you might talk about having solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement, and say that while it's not something that EAs have a lot of research on, that EAs have looked into various areas in criminal justice reform that align with some of their goals.
Or you could link Hong Kong democracy protests to political stability and reducing great power conflict, etc.
I have not read the full proposal so I'm just commenting on this post.
I think you have a good selection of topics and that there is value in covering some of the policy basics if your aim is to also appeal to a larger audience who might not have the same background knowledge as an experienced policy professional.
On this: “The target audience consists of policy practitioners, inside and outside of government, and scholars of the policy process.” – this seems good. I can only mention the obvious point that iterated development is important and I believe these kinds of books do so much better with input from a wide range of people. I'm sure you already know this.
Others have commented on the flow and linkage of chapters with each other, so you are already aware, but I also agree with this point.
I'm interested to hear more and best of luck with the next phase of development!
so you've done quite a few different things - right now, would you rather go into research, or entrepreneurship, and why?
I really enjoyed this, thank you!
I think we're in such an early stage with limited access to data that my intuition is - make some experiments and monitor closely, plus look for 'meta' opportunities that multiply impact - giving to ActBlue itself to scale up is a bet that they will facilitate a lot more than the tens of millions of $ they have raised already, and is acknowledging that better opportunities may arise in the near future (but will still be funded through that platform)
In terms of personal, counterfactual donations in addition to my 'normal' EA donations this year, to facilitate a conversation about this issue, I have:
Edit: My intuition is that US criminal justice dysfunction is an undervalued global risk, as it contributes to political instability, but I would very much welcome more careful thought into why that may or may not be the case :)