All of M_Allcock's Comments + Replies

EAGxVirtual Unconference (Saturday, June 20th 2020)

Thanks for the comment. I REALLY like the way you put it in the first paragraph. You've put the idea into better words than I could have done. If it goes down well at the unconference, I'll be in touch. It will be helpful to chat to an audio engineer.

1Danny Lipsitz2ySounds good! Yes, please stay in touch!
EAGxVirtual Unconference (Saturday, June 20th 2020)

I agree with the paragraph about interviewing the most engaged people.

Thanks for your offer of help. If the response from the unconference is positive, I will be in touch with you to see if there is a way that you can contribute.

I agree with audio quality being a priority, especially with a remote interviewee. If the response from the unconference is positive, I was thinking of applying for funding for good quality hardware and software from e.g. the EA meta fund. As well as interviewing people who already have a good quality microphone, another option whi... (read more)

2BrianTan2yI think you can get a good podcast microphone for ~$100. This is the microphone I have which was recommended by Tim Ferriss and others: [] I haven't tested it yet for a full podcast episode, but I think it's pretty decent audio quality. You can also just use Garageband as free software to start if you have a Mac. Tim Ferriss recommends using Auphonic to clean up the audio, but it doesn't cost much either. I don't think you'll need to apply for the Meta fund for this, given that these costs are quite cheap, and they're unlikely to give a grant that small.
EAGxVirtual Unconference (Saturday, June 20th 2020)

Thanks for the feedback. A comment like this is useful at this stage as I'm trying to get an understanding for whether people would listen to this sort of thing.

A list of EA-related podcasts

Ace! this is the first time I've heard of that podcast. Thanks for sharing.

EAGxVirtual Unconference (Saturday, June 20th 2020)

I've added a link now. After all, I need to turn up my "willingness to shamelessly self-promote" dial if I'm going to get this podcast off the ground!

Thanks for your interest in being an interviewee. I'll keep a log of those who are interested and will be in touch if the project has enough interest to get up and running.

EAGxVirtual Unconference (Saturday, June 20th 2020)

"Everyday EA" - A new EA podcast


I am in the very early stages of creating a new EA podcast with the working title: Everyday EA. The podcast would be informal interviews with people in the EA community (broadly) who are not particularly well known, yet are doing valuable work, even if they aren’t yet the most successful person in their field. I’d like to use this session to get feedback on the initial idea, to talk to people who have podcasting experience, and to search for possible collaborators.


Many people in the co... (read more)

4Linda Linsefors2yI want to listen to this podcast!
1Danny Lipsitz2yI think this is a great idea. There's definitely an ideal of what it means to be EA that is set by the demands of moral philosophy and by EA superstars. However, there is a limit to what most people (even the superstars) can reasonably accomplish. It could be helpful to highlight the struggle between the ideal and the practical, and what each guest is doing to try to improve. I have professional experience in audio engineering so let me know if you have any questions on that front, and would love to be a guest at some point (you can see my project on this page.)
7BrianTan2yCreating an EA podcast is something I've been interested in for a while now too! I'm a big fan of long-form interview podcasts, like 80,000 Hours' and the The Tim Ferriss Show. I like the idea of Everyday EA. I think though that Everyday EA should target interviewing people who are in the most engaged 1-10% of the EA community first though. There's a lot of accomplished and inspiring people within EA who haven't been in an 80K podcast or given an EAG talk yet, but can share a lot of great insights. I can suggest certain people. I'd be interested to attend this, and I'd also be interested to help you develop the strategy for this podcast. I'm quite busy with work and other projects, but I'd like to see if it's valuable for me to help. Also, a key consideration here is audio quality. Given that most of the world is in lockdown, and because EAs are geographically spread out, I assume you'll be conducting most of the interviews virtually. But a lot of EAs might not have access to a good microphone. And even if they did, you may have to ask them to record their audio on their end, and send it over to you after. (Anyone with experience recording virtual podcasts though could correct me on this!) 80K and other podcasts do some virtual interviews, and most of these have poorer audio quality than in-person ones. I and others would be less likely to listen to a podcast episode with poor audio quality. Anyway, maybe you could make sure to interview EAs with access to a good microphone first, just to keep the quality high for the first few episodes. I actually have a podcast microphone, and I'd be willing to be an interviewee. Let me know any thoughts you have on this here or privately!
3MichaelA2yI was going to link to this list of EA-related podcasts [] for readers who wanted a more comprehensive collection [] , and then I spotted that you're the person who collected that list! It's a good list - might be worth turning up your "willingness to shamelessly self-promote" dial :D Also, I'd be happy to play the role of interviewee at some point, if you do end up doing this and would want to interview me.
Physical Exercise for EAs – Why and How

I can also vouch for the Stronglifts 5x5 programme.

Training with a team and focusing on improvement (e.g. weight lifted, running time for a given distance, rock climbing grade), where improved health and well-being is the secondary benefit, has helped with my motivation a lot.

A list of EA-related podcasts

Sentience Institute released a new podcast on effective animal advocacy just today!

A list of EA-related podcasts

Done. Thanks for the nudge to put a little more time into it.

5HaydnBelfield2yNice! Thanks
Are there any celebrities promoting EA?

Singer/songwriter Jose Gonzalez has promoted EA a number of times, mentions it in his twitter bio, and performed at last years' EA Global London.

Actor and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt contributed to an EA Global too. I am unsure as to how much he has promoted EA outside of this though.

1wachichornia2yThank you.
Effective animal advocacy movement building: a neglected opportunity?

Great post, Jamie. Thank you. Perhaps having a well-made online course on EAA would be helpful for bottleneck (1). It could be a go-to resource for new employees and volunteers at EAA organisations and be helpful for activist to get an eye for effectiveness.

Downsides are that it would take quite some time to make.

I would be moderately interested in getting involved with the creation of this if it's thought to be a worthwhile project. Udemy is the first platform that springs to mind for this.

1Jamie_Harris3yCould do! Not sure what sort of engagement an online course would get? I think Peter Singer had an EA online course and GFI has made one for production methods of cellular agriculture and/or plant-based foods I believe. Could be interesting to see what sort of take up those got, if they've led to many people become actively/deeply engaged, how long they took to create, and how much they cost.
Why are you here? An origin stories thread.

That's for the inspiring story, and to all the previous commenters.

My memory is one of my most failing attributes, but this post has encouraged me to contribute to this forum for the first time after being an occasional spectator, so here goes.

In early 2016, I was playing table-tennis with my older brother. Table-tennis is a unique game because it takes a lot of concentration, yet it is possible to have a fully engaged conversation with your opponent at the same time. Back and forth, we talked. I said something like this:

“I’m gonna start a PhD soon. I’ll e... (read more)