I co-founded the Lead Exposure Elimination Project (https://leadelimination.org/), an international NGO that works to avert childhood lead poisoning.
I've also published academic research on X-Risk, with a focus on emerging technologies and totalitarianism.
LEEP is now live on everyorg.com too! Thanks for alerting us to this @WilliamKiely
Interesting list! One important cause area that I think may have missed is preventing/avoiding stable longterm totalitarianism.
Toby Ord and Bryan Caplan have both written on this - see "the Precipice" for Ord's discussion and "The Totalitarian Threat" in Bostrom's "Global Catastrophic Risks" for Caplan's.
It may be worth adding these to the list as it seems that totalitarianism is fairly widely accepted as a cause candidate. Thanks for the post as well, lots of interesting ideas and links in here!
Thank you for these interesting answers. Do you think the creation of new fields is also subject to diminishing returns? e.g. are new fields harder to find as well? Or do you think that only technologies are subject to diminishing returns?
On this note, do you think progress is likely to be open to us indefinitely, or would you expect that eventually we will reach a level of technological maturity where all meaningful low-hanging fruit (be they individual technologies or S curves) have been picked and there is little further technological progress? If so, why? If not, why not?
LEEP is working to prevent childhood lead poisoning, worldwide. We’re hiring for multiple roles, and are going to be scaling fast over the next few years! We’re looking for dynamic, high initiative team members to help roll out our intervention in new countries, and help solve this problem.
We currently have open applications for the positions of:
Head of Operations (application link here)
Programs Managers (multiple positions available, application link here)
If you’re interested in learning more about either of these positions, or about LEEP you can find more information here!
Who are these positions for?
If you want to have a large, direct impact, have an EA mindset, and are excited about being involved in a fast moving, fast growing NGO/start-up, you’d be a great fit! We’re particularly looking for people who are resourceful, high-initiative and open to tackling a variety of tasks!