Manuel_Allgaier

Director @EA Germany. EAGxBerlin 2022 lead.

Feedback on me and my work is always welcome: bit.ly/ea_anonymous_feedback

Bio: I work full-time in EA movement building (funded by CEA) since 2019 - first only on EA Berlin and since 2021 also on EA Germany. Previously I worked in sustainability consulting and charity management, studied environmental science, economics & IT and volunteered in lived and worked in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Amsterdam and Berlin.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/manuelallgaier/

If you have any ideas for EA Germany or would like to get involved, I'd be happy to hear from you! http://bit.ly/ea_contact_form

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Off Road: support for EAs struggling at uni

Offer this for graduates and early career (EA) professionals as well? 

This seems potentially quite useful not only for students but also for early career professionals - especially those who don't (yet) have a team nor a good manager or mentor to work with (e.g. people doing independent AI alignment research funded by EA Funds) - as well as graduates who are currently planning their career. Career planning is one of the hardest things to do in general, and probably even more difficult for people with executive dysfunction due to lack of deadlines and accountability, lots of uncertainty and rabbit holes to get lost in, others pushing you in different directions like parents who don't understand what you're doing and keep asking you why you don't want to become a doctor, lawyer or other "decent jobs" in their opinion etc. 

Do you think it makes sense to try out working with that group as well? Maybe even minimal infrastructure such as a well-moderated peer support group for early career professionals with executive dysfunction or ADHD would be helpful, even if you don't do much more than that. 

EA coworking/lounge space on gather.town

Have you considered using Spatial Chat? 

I've extensively used both Gather Town and Spatial Chat for online events and coworking during the pandemic, and I found Spatial Chat a bit more user-friendly and intuitive (especially for new people). Both platforms seem to work, though, and there might be good reasons for choosing Gather Town over Spatial Chat. 

Thanks for setting this up, really appreciate! I'll try it out in the coming weeks. 

Free-spending EA might be a big problem for optics and epistemics

Interesting! I work in CB full-time (Director of EA Germany), and my impression is still that it's challenging work, pays less than what I and my peers would earn elsewhere and most of the CB roles still have a lot less status than e.g. being a researcher who gets invited to give talks etc.

Do you think some CBs are motivated by money or status? What makes you think so? I'm genuinely curious (though no worries if you don't feel like elaborating).

I burnt out at EAG. Let's talk about it.

Thanks for sharing, appreciate it! Sounds intense, good that you canceled the retreat and glad to hear that you're fine now.

I wonder why that EA retreat had to start Monday morning after EAG. I wouldn't be surprised if other people who attended both events had similar problems. Most people cannot just keep conferencing non-stop, and a break of one or two days between conferences/retreats seems really important to me, both to recover and to process all the new input.

"Drain Putin's brains" (help skilled Russians emigrate) as effective intervention to end the war sooner?

Thanks for your inside view, Alex, really appreciate it! 
Your points seem reasonable and I no longer think this could help end the war sooner. 

Sorry to hear that you did not even get a visa to come to EAG London, that sucks! :/ 
If there's anything we can help with, let us know! 

Thanks also for linking that forum post! 

Why CEA has stopped using Net Promoter Score

Appreciate this update! 

> NPS [...] violates survey best practices.

Agree. For our EA retreats in Germany, we've also always just used the mean. I'm surprised that NPS is so widely used in industry. 

Prototype of re-imagined social network for EA community

I appreciate all the thought you put into this, but I'm not sure we should build a new social network because: 

1) it's really hard to build something better than Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter etc. that people will actually use

2) if only some people use it, it may lead to resource diversion and may even do more harm than good. (I generally feel like the EA community is currently spread over too many different platforms which leads to unnecessary duplicating efforts, so I would prioritise getting more people to use the same platform over adding additional platforms)

The EA Forum might be the only platform pretty much everyone uses, and the CEA Online Team is currently adding features like the "community" section and the "events" section. I would ask them if they think it's worth adding what you described to the forum. 

What are effective ways to help Ukrainians right now?

Maybe even offer cheap or free housing for Ukrainians in case you (or your parents, friends etc) happen to have empty rooms or an empty house altogether? Lots of rural parts in Germany (especially East Germany)  have empty houses

What are effective ways to help Ukrainians right now?

I agree that this conflict is certainly not neglected right now (I edited my question accordingly) and that it's probably difficult to find effective (neglected) interventions in such cases. Lots of people in EA are already thinking about this, though, so I thought it might be worth spending at least a few minutes brainstorming ideas to see if we missed anything. 

What are effective ways to help Ukrainians right now?

UPDATE: From what I heard many European countries such as Poland and Romania are very open to Ukrainian refugees, so this might not be a bottleneck (comment if you disagree!)

 

Lobby for taking up Ukrainian refugees in your country? (if you live in a suitable country)

It looks like there are some low hanging fruit: Ukrainians are already allowed to stay in Germany for up to 90 days without visa, but only if they have a biometric passport, which half of Ukrainians don't have (and might not be able to get any time soon because of the war). Germany could temporarily drop that requirement for Ukrainians. Here some more requests of Pro Asyl (largest German pro asylum advocacy organisation). For anyone with influence on policy decisions or on the public debate in general, this might be an effective intervention?

 

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