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EA Forum 2.0 Initial Announcement

Would it be possible to have a 'sort by area' option? To see what people in the local community are writing, reading, commenting on, working on etc. May need location tags or location to be listed in profiles.

Leading from this, will the views each post gets be measured? Is that currently used to rank 'top' posts? Is the ratio of people reading with a hub profile to without a hub profile measured?

EA Forum 2.0 Initial Announcement

Having a quick suggestions/feedback form at the side of the main page or FAQ section may be useful. I've introduced them onto a few other online communities and they've been more popular and used than expected.

Open Thread #41

Lovely meeting you at the EA Hotel Gina :) the importance of this research has been growing on me in the past few weeks, and I’m in full support of your work. Even your short workshop on the topic significantly changed my life (perspectives, behaviour and priorities). I’ll keep an eye and ear out, and just let me know if there’s any way specific way I can help. Also, I’m trying to access the link but it’s broken :(

1GeorginaGroome3yHi Lauren Thank you for your kind words :) As you may remember, I spent last week at Oxford Mindfulness Centre Summer School being taught by Prof Mark Williams, Prof Willem Kuyken, Chis Cullen and Prof Ruth Baer....their collective experience and teaching was profound. They spoke so eloquently about the confluence of ancient wisdom and modern psychological science and how compassion (for ourselves and others) can be cultivated. I really believe the EA community could be greatly enhanced if everyone made taking care of themselves (and each other) a priority, and there is an emerging evidence base for how best to do this... I am however running out of time to secure funding as I have to pay tuition and college fees on 1st October. Sorry the links didn't work - here they are again:- http://www.themindfulnessinitiative.org.uk/publications/mindful-nation-uk-report [http://www.themindfulnessinitiative.org.uk/publications/mindful-nation-uk-report] https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs12671-015-0419-2.pdf [https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs12671-015-0419-2.pdf]
Projects I'd like to see

There's a Google spreadsheet called the EA Database with hundreds of links, all ordered into categories and subcategories. Do you have access to this?

Introducing the EA Involvement Guide

Thanks for this! It's very useful to have such a detailed list, and on the EA.org website too. There's also a post from a few years ago with ideas on how to get involved, perhaps more useful to existing EAs: http://effective-altruism.com/ea/7k/what_small_things_can_an_ea_do/

0Roxanne_Heston4yAppreciate you posting! I actually drew inspiration from that for the Involvement Guide, but if you think I missed something I'd be more than happy to hear it.
80,000 Hours articles aimed at the EA community

Are there any upcoming career profiles to be excited about?

Proposed methodology for leafleting study

Do you have updates on the impact of any recent university leafleting activities?

What is valuable about effective altruism? Implications for community building

There's a website (who's link I'm trying to find) of EA related tasks ranging from 2 minutes to a few hours that could be used in a discussion/hackathon meetup. And also effectivealtduism.orgs new 'Ways to get involved' guide. THINK also has worksheets that cover various issues to use personally or in groups. Is this the type of material you were looking for?

Review of EA New Zealand’s ‘Doing Good Better’ book giveaway

Amazing! How long did it take to give out the 250 books by the way? Did people jump at the chance for a free book, or were only certain people interested?

1cafelow4yThanks Lauren, it look us about 8 months to give away that many books actually! EA NZ is pretty small group so far, so once we had exhausted our own networks like our FB pages and groups it was a bit slower - many we gave away at conferences we attended. We tried to make it clear that there is an expectation that they would read it and fill in the survey when it arrived to avoid people just taking a copy for their book shelf. But at the conferences there was a decent percentage (maybe 30-50% depending on the event) of people who accepted a book.
High Impact Science

Amazing article! Are there any resources available to help identify, prioritise and facilitate opportunities for high-impact science? I'm currently researching cause prioritisation of, and within, biotechnology - especially it's positive applications. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated :)

1MaxDalton5yThis may also be useful: https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/cause/medical-research/ [https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/cause/medical-research/].
1CarlShulman5yYou might be interested in reading the Open Philanthropy Project's published science investigations [http://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/scientific-research], or 80000 Hours' write-ups [https://80000hours.org/career-reviews/biomedical-research/] on biomedical research, but I'm afraid they may not be developed enough for your purposes.
The 2015 Survey of Effective Altruists: Results and Analysis

Great job! My suggestions would be to include questions covering: a) career path and career changes, b) ways how individuals first got involved and are currently involved (e.g. via an EA hub event, if they attend any, or get involved in the online EA community) and c) what events/resources they use and would like more of/would get them more involved. Hopefully addressing the identity/discomfort issue!

could the 'GiveWell’s Top Charities for Giving Season 2013' blog post link be updated to the newest each year?

DGB also has some free sample chapters [https://80000hours.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Doing-Good-Better-Chapter-9.pdf] and then there's 80,000 Hours' free online careers guide in paperback and ebook format [https://www.amazon.co.uk/80-000-Hours-fulfilling-career-ebook/dp/B01M70QISP] which 80,000 Hours were recently offering for free.

How Should I Spend My Time?

Has anyone calculated a rough estimate for the value of an undergraduate student's hour? Assume they attend a top UK university, currently are unemployed, and plan to pursue earning to give. Thanks in advance for any info or links!

2Peter Wildeford5yI think as an undergraduate you have to be very sensitive about marginal time, since that can vary drastically. When you're young, you're at the height of being able to invest in yourself, so I'd make that the number one priority as long as you are able to afford it.
3RyanCarey5yIt's not an estimate, just some relevant argumentation, but see Katja's post here [https://meteuphoric.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/the-value-of-time-as-a-student/]. Maybe $30-$150 but it would depend on a lot of factors and I haven't thought about it very hard.
The Donor's Dilemma: The Time Value of Money and Maximizing Effectiveness

Has anyone calculated a rough estimate for the value of an undergraduate student's hour? Assume they attend a top UK university, currently are unemployed, and plan to pursue earning to give. Thanks in advance for any info or links!

The Value of Those in Effective Altruism

Has anyone calculated a rough estimate for the value of an undergraduate student's hour? Assume they attend a top UK university, currently are unemployed, and plan to pursue earning to give. Thanks in advance for any info or links!

Using time effectively as a student

Has anyone calculated a rough estimate for the value of an undergraduate student's hour? Assume they attend a top UK university, currently are unemployed, and plan to pursue earning to give. Thanks in advance for any info or links!