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Consider a wider range of jobs, paths and problems if you want to improve the long-term future

This is a great post, thanks for writing this up! 

I agree with the main point, and 80,000 Hours' webpage does make it clear that their top career recommendations (and the specific jobs in these areas that are highly concentrated in a few organizations) are pretty competitive, and most people on the EA movement are not going to be able to get into one of those. When  planning my career, I factor in this possibility, but one problem I face is that I don't feel I know enough about these other possibilities, and so there is a lot of uncert... (read more)

Binding Fuzzies and Utilons Together

Agreed! I think our views on the issue are quite similar then :)

2Asaf Ifergan2y
Although I'm all for variance in opinions within the community, in the case of outreach and marketing I'm kind of happy that we do (:
Binding Fuzzies and Utilons Together

I wouldn't necessarily think investing in the marketing of EA orgs is a no-brainer. The comparative advantage of EA orgs is that they are effective, but overall they don't fare very well when it comes to emotional appeal. Investing more explicitly in emotionally appealing marketing could help them somewhat, but the biggest and more well funded traditional charities already optimize to a large extent in appealing to people, so I think it would be very hard for EA non-profits to compete in that front. Therefore, even with this kind of marketing, I ... (read more)

2Asaf Ifergan2y
First of all, I want to make clear that entering the broader market of charities can simply mean a different website design - I don't know how this should play out, and I believe that we need to be very careful to spend budgets, but I do think that there could be a way for organizations to be both appealing for EA's and non EA's without investing too much on marketing. It doesn't necessarily mean competing with big, well-funded charities that spend enormous amounts of money on marketing, it could simply mean learning what they do well and implementing small changes to at least be easier for me and you to convince our friends to donate to effective charities. Furthermore, I want to refer to the second point you've raised - I also think that emotional appeal can boost the motivation within EA's. Things like GDlive [https://live.givedirectly.org/] give me a boost in motivation, not because the numbers are not sufficient to make a strong case but simply because there are some EA's, like me, that are more feeling-oriented than other EA's and I personally want them on board as well. I think that alone can be a good enough reason to make an effort to seem more emotionally appealing.