I run OPIS, a think-and-do tank I founded that's dedicated to the prevention of intense suffering of all sentient beings. We've been focused on improving access to controlled substances (morphine and psychedelics) for the effective treatment of severe pain (terminal cancer and cluster headaches, respectively) and, to a lesser extent through postings and talks, on ending factory farming. Our larger goal and where we are shifting our efforts is to make the prevention of intense suffering a top priority of governance. I'm the author of two books on ethics, The Battle for Compassion: Ethics in an Apathetic Universe (2011) and my new book, The Tango of Ethics: Intuition, Rationality and the Prevention of Suffering (January 2023). I've co-organised a workshop in the Swiss Alps for suffering-focused EAs from around Europe. I'm officially based in Switzerland but spend much of my time in Greece, where I am also a member of the EA Greece team. My background is in molecular biological research.
Please get in contact if you would like to volunteer with OPIS or support us, financially or otherwise.
Please feel free to reach out if you'd like to discuss anything or get my opinion, including about pain relief, suffering, ethics, systemic change, or even self-care and life balance, etc., or if you'd like comments on a draft document you're working on.