Ivan Burduk

Events Associate @ Centre for Effective Altruism
194 karmaJoined Apr 2020Working (0-5 years)Oxford, UK



Events Associate - Centre for Effective Altruism

Academic background: BE(Hons) ChemE, BSc Physics, Chemistry.

Career background:

  • Research science & engineering, product development, project management, quality systems.
  • Helped build and support the EA community across NZ and Australia on an EAIF Grant (2021-2022), and co-founded the EA Auckland University group in 2015.

Hobbies: Perfumery, bouldering/climbing, fire-dancing, chess and strategy board games

Self-proclaimed generalist

Let's meet! https://usemotion.com/meet/ivan-burduk/meeting 

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Happy to discuss my background or experience(s)!


Update (22:26 GMT) — This has now been fixed!

Hi Tom, thanks for flagging this! 

Sorry that you're experiencing this issue. We've recently migrated to a new system, and trying to keep past application data has been a little tricky — I imagine that's what's caused the problem here.

We're working on a solution right now, and I'll update here once this is resolved!


FWIW I was linked here from a slack thread, and I didn't notice the tag. 
Also, personally I don't find it takes away from the humor of it. Nice post, good laugh.

Hi Martyna,

For accommodation, we can suggest the following options:


St Christophers Inn
Nightly Rate Estimate: £30.00, dorm shared bathroom
Distance to EAG: 7 minute walk


Point A Shoreditch 
Nightly Rate Estimate: £108
Distance to EAG: 7 minute walk

The Travelodge, London Central City Road
Nightly Rate Estimate: £59, double bed
Distance to EAG: 6 minute walk

Easy Hotel, Shoreditch
Nightly Rate Estimate: £80 double bed
Distance to EAG: 7 minute walk

(More options here)

You can connect with other attendees via Swapcard (our event networking app ) - and you'll get more details about this closer to the event. 

Otherwise, we encourage attendees to use this exact post to connect with other attendees!  The aim is to centralize this kind of coordination and discussion around the forum. 

Sidenote: If you are on Discord, there  is an #ea-global channel in the EA Corner server. There currently isn't a central workspace on Slack for this. (Disclaimer: I work for CEA and these are my own views, not CEA's).

As someone with little writing experience, and a plan to write more - I found this post motivating and useful! The  "stop trying to be serious and respectable" point hit the nail on the head for me. I don't have a strong background in writing, and when I do write something I set a high internal bar for what is "serious and useful enough".

Personally, I don't see aiming to have engaging writing as an extra hoop. I find it decreases the resistance because I feel like I can write with a more authentic & natural tone. I'm more of a speaker than I am a writer, which I think tends to cause my writing to be overly verbose (as I just write what I would say). 

But this post had really useful tips for where I'm at - I'm sure I'll be referring to this several times in the near future. Thanks Kat!

I think making EA content more entertaining/engaging (or having content that achieves this e.g. submissions to the Creative Writing Contest) is a great way to spread EA ideas. The same goes for YouTube videos and other forms of media. Generally speaking, more entertaining = more engaging = more likely to spread. Not to mention that people are more likely to act when emotionally engaged rather than merely intellectually. 

That's a good suggestion, thank you. I hadn't considered that. I would feel more confident in making a suggestion to the EA infrastructure fund after we implement the improvements and do a follow up analysis. However, the EAIF wouldn't administer the books themselves - it would probably need to be done via some organization (e.g. CEA).

CEA already gives away many books through the virtual programs, so perhaps getting people onboarded onto those is a good strategy. Alternatively, groups can also apply for funding for book giveaways through CEA. 

I could see a book giveaway being offered alongside the virtual programs being potentially  valuable - but the question would be if it would have a net value increase, or if it would detract from the value of the programs (due to some percentage of people choosing the book over committing to the program, and then not actually reading the book). 

I have a feeling it is probably net positive, and could potentially be a precursor to the virtual program, as it provides more flexibility and less commitment.  But again, wider distribution seems to be more of an organization-level implementation than a particularly 'funding-constrained' issue.

Thanks Peter. 

I agree about the sample bias. Which is part of the reason why I think the data from actual donations is relevant - rather than relying on respondents self-reported figures.

Implementing a presurvey is one of the top improvements to action - as I do expect that to help a lot. If you have any particular suggestions for useful pre/post measures, I'd love to hear them. 

Appendix B is contained within the Appendices (Google Doc). 

Thanks Luke! Looking forward to getting some better data after we improve the system. I think it would be a good project for GWWC to implement. Perhaps with the larger scale you might be able to automate a few things (e.g. various follow ups) and get more out of each book.

I've just followed up about the cost. Some wires must have got crossed somewhere down the line, as it seems that the cost of book + delivery is actually $20 (so that would make the book  itself ~$15). Woops. I'll update the post with this.