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Paths to Impact for EA Working Professionals

Curious to hear what your current intuitions and latest updates in beliefs are on:

  1. What the most promising / impactful path is for most private sector professionals from those described above 
  2. Where HIP could add most value for professionals looking at this map and if you eventually want to focus on a subset of activities
  3. The most pressing bottlenecks that professionals face that prevents them from having / maximising impact 
Free-spending EA might be a big problem for optics and epistemics

Thanks for this clear write-up and as many others, I definitely share some of your worries. I liked it that you wrote that the extra influx of money could make the CB-position accessible to people from different socioeconomic backgrounds, since this point seems to be a bit neglected in EA discussions.

I think it is true for many other impactful career paths that decent wages and/or some financial security (e.g. smoothening career transitions with stipends) could help to widen the pool of potential applicants, e.g. to more people from less fortunate socioeconomic backgrounds. Don't forget that many people in the lower and lower-middle income class are raised with the idea that it is important to take care of your own financial security. I have plenty of anecdotes from people in that group that didn't pursue an EA career in the past, because the wage gap and the worries about financial insecurity were just too large. I see multiple advantages coming from widening the pool to people from lower / lower middle socioeconomic classes:

  1. Given that there is also a lot of talent in lower / lower middle socioeconomic classes, you will finally be able to attract more of them. This will increase the overall talent level in the community.
  2. It could make the EA community less "elitist", which has many instrumental advantages as well, e.g. on the public perception. In my collaborations with third parties outside of the EA movement, I often receive questions on TFG's / EA's stance on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Having a less elitist movement would make it easier to collaborate with parties outside of the movement.
  3. Diversity in terms of backgrounds could lead to a larger diversity of thought and this could potentially help us find new cause areas or improve our understanding of causes like poverty.
Announcing the EU Tech Policy Fellowship

Hi Tessa,  although biorisks can be included in risks coming from high-priority emerging technologies, we decided for this round to focus on AI / cybersecurity risks for placements and therefore also for our training content. 

After the program we will re-evaluate and possibly re-run the program including expansion to other areas (as biorisks). We will announce this on the Forum and feel free to subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates.

What are academic disciplines, movements or organisations that you think EA should try to learn more from?

Hi Aryeh, really interested in this as well. Can you link me to any literature, experts, videos, software etc. that you deem valuable from DA?

Would be really useful for future training programs from Training For Good!

Wow! Spot-on Adam, I wanted to respond to this question but no need to anymore after reading this

Policy Work in the European Parliament - Impressions from my Internship

Does membership of a political party increase the odds of landing a traineeship / internship with an MEP or is it even an requirement? 

Policy Work in the European Parliament - Impressions from my Internship

Thanks for this clear write-up. I will include this post in the content of Training For Good's Impactful Policy Careers workshop. Are you open to 1-on-1s with EAs interested in this career path? Feel free to respond in a pm.

The Future Fund’s Project Ideas Competition

Great idea, at TFG we have similar thoughts and are currently researching if we should run it and the best way to run a program like this. Would love to get input from people on this.

New Book: "Reasoned Politics" + Why I have written a book about politics

Awesome topic! Curious to read book reviews from people that read it. 

Some thoughts on recent Effective Altruism funding announcements

Great idea, at TFG we have similar thoughts and are currently researching the best way to run a program like this. Feel free to PM to provide input.

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