Rather than setting up a charity, a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a good option for this purpose. This post may be helpful: https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/qYuehBsAe6Ri6PZvL/a-comparison-of-donor-advised-fund-providers
Hi Ryan, I may be misunderstanding the question so correct me if I'm wrong - are you saying something like: "given that there's lots of uncertainty about what's needed this seems in tension with starting an organisation that concentrates on only one user type (e.g. recent generalist graduate) or one domain (e.g. AI Safety)"?
Thanks, great questions! In response:
1) How come you choose to run the fellowship as a part-time rather than full-time program?
We wanted to test some version of this quickly, part time meant:
With that said, if we were to run it again, we almost certainly would have explored running a full-ti... (read more)
Hi Rory, thanks for the comment! We haven’t published those ideas. In terms of classes of organisation, one way to carve up the space is to think about Object-level and Meta-level approaches to generating ideas.
Object-level approaches focus on doing direct work to solve the problem at hand. For example:
The main type of impact here comes in the form of tangible changes in actions taken in the real world, in whatever form that might take.
Meta-level approaches focus on improvi... (read more)
Glad to hear!Roughly this would mean having worked in a relevant area (e.g. bio, AI safety) for at least 1 - 2 years and able to contribute in some capacity to that field. To be clear, some ideas would require a lot more experience - this is just a rough proxy.
A quick thought on having a YC-style programme and taking risks on more junior talent:
Domain expertise is important - I think YC would agree on this. If taking on a deep tech startup they would look for someone on the team who had domain expertise in the field.
I think early YC Internet startups like Dropbox or Airbnb make it look like domain expertise is less important and it’s more about just getting stuck in. The difference is that when Dropbox started there was no expert in “files on the internet” so the founders could basically become the world e... (read more)
Hey Jamie - Ben Clifford here, thanks for flagging this.
I think your second bullet captures the idea well. I don’t think being good at EA community building and associated ideas requires deep domain expertise in areas like AI or Bio.
There would be an argument for thinking about bullet 3 as well but it wasn’t what I was thinking.
Toby Ordering is really good.
Haha, thanks for the hat tip! Delighted with this outcome! Well done!
Awesome - thank you!
Love reading these David - thanks.
Was particularly interested to read the Anthropocene article - cool to read conservationists taking EA approach seriously and seeing it as a way to unlock more funding.
This is awesome - thanks for writing up!
For people working in the UK and keen to do something like this, I'd love to chat: firstname.lastname@example.org
We launched an employee giving tool (Tyve.org) which promotes recommended charities from GiveWell and Founders Pledge's research.
Do “software for good” have a online presence? Hadn’t heard of them and would be interested to read more. Thanks!
Is there a copy of the audio available? Sorry if I missed an obvious link!
Really cool idea. If this were possible would we expect to see big companies using similar tests to recruit undergraduates early before competitors do?
Super useful - thanks David. An interesting implication for EA fundraisers might be then to avoid quantifying achievements e.g. “you’ve just saved 10 lives with your donation”. Perhaps you’d want to say something like: “your commitment to helping others is fantastic”.
This seems high compared to the startup equivalent. For example, I know at Entrepreneur First they take on 100 people and they form about 20 companies - don’t know how many get seed funded but 50% seems too high.
Awesome! So pleased this is finally happening.
Yes, it's still ongoing. We had our second meetup last night. Sign up for email updates on events here: https://tinyletter.com/eastartups
Maybe I was being too negative in counting the chapters that make a go of trying and then end up fizzling out. If you manage to run a year of events with consistent effort then perhaps getting one or two pledges is fair.
3-5 is higher than when I was working with chapters, but great that it's that high now.
Yep, completely agree with the overarching point. Keep up the top work.
I'm a big fan of starting new chapters as I've discussed with Jon.
Just thought I'd flag that this seemed over optimistic:
"we think it is reasonable to expect a new Giving What We Can Chapter to produce 3-5 new members in their first year"
In my experience of working with GWWC chapters the median chapter produced 0 members a year because it's hard to get things off the ground. Even the chapters who are putting a lot of effort in do well to get 1 or 2 people to pledge.
I don't say this to undermine the article - I think the points can still apply if ... (read more)
Is there an audio recording of Holden's "Altruistic Career Choice Conference call"? If so, can someone point me in the right direction. I'm aware of the transcript: