Michael Simm

Executive Director @ The Logical Foundation
Working (0-5 years experience)

Bio

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Michael Simm is a disruptive systems expert and nonprofit founder focused on fighting homelessness and poverty. He earned his Bachelors in Political Science and Minor in Innovation in Society from ASU’s honors college in under two years. During his time at ASU, he published a peer-reviewed paper about how a Universal Basic Income would brighten the future of our economy and society. Having come to the undeniable conclusion that guaranteed income is the most effective way to fight poverty, he envisioned a nonprofit that could unleash the massive anti-poverty potential of guaranteed income.

In addition, he is a generalist in understanding disruptive policy, technologies, and their implications for the future. He knows a medium amount about most topics in the realms of politics, and finance, and a great deal about renewables, guaranteed income, and complex system analysis.

How others can help me

I am looking for funders for my nonprofit as well as a co-founder with experience in fundraising. 

I invite anyone who thinks they can help me (through volunteerism or philanthropy) to reach out!

How I can help others

Reach out if you have questions about guaranteed income and how it will transform our society and economy.

I also can provide insight into other disruptive technologies such as autonomous technology, EVs & clean energy, reusable rocketry, and other topics of technologically enabled disruption.

Comments
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Thanks for reading this 30-minute thing. I first wanted to make a short 5-minute read but I realized that many of you would probably really want all of the evidence laid out clearly, and our plan explained in excruciating detail. - so you can point out the super obvious reason why this has a 0% chance of success, that I've completely overlooked  -  despite my search for fundamental issues since I came up with the idea, and asking all of the experts I can find

The EA community is probably the most knowledgeable community in the world about helping people. Considering the world-changing impact potential I've outlined, even a 1% chance of success would justify spending millions to make this happen. Unless of course, someone can find a problem.

Please find a fundamental, first-principles problem with my plan, and, if you can't, please help us succeed. My challenge for you: Find an insurmountable problem, or help us change the world.

  I think our odds are more like 40% without support from EA organizations and as high as 75% with your support. The faster we can grow (but not too fast), the faster we may be able to end poverty. Time is very much of the essence.

Thanks for helping me edit the post that I just finished!

I wasn't kidding about having a plan to not just outperform GiveWell Top Charities, but fully fund all of them - as a side project no less...

Introducing The Logical Foundation, A Plan to End Poverty With Guaranteed Income

Please check it out (and upvote so more people see it) and try to find any holes in the plan, that's largely why I put it here.

PS: I really did have such a great time with my EA program this fall, I actually got our 501(c)(3) determination letter in the middle of it. Do you have any thoughts on the 'longtermist Implications' section? Maybe even share it with your cohort?

Guaranteed Income is generally defined as regular cash payment accessible to members of a community, with no strings attached and no work requirements. There's no minimum amount of regular payments, and the "Guaranteed Income Movement" is a thing growing under that verbiage. I use GI instead of UBI because UBI means every person in an entire geographic region.

You're right that it can't completely scale with just private funding, we'll have to apply for funding and advocate for government grants at all levels and across the country under the same platform. We can do this without getting in 501(c)(3) trouble with the IRS for politicking. 

The thought process is, "if we get enough people guaranteed income, they will be very loud about how awesome it is and the rest of the population will demand national UBI policy." Then repeat in every country.

Hi all, I'm Michael Simm. I am a nonprofit entreprenuer focused on disruptive systems (eg, understanding and using emerging technologies to make the future better). I'd love to see how much if at all people in EA are familiar with disruptive technologies and how open they might be to learning about a new one, one that might impact EA greatly.

When I first became interested in disruptive technologies, I had my focus on climate change. I quickly identified electric cars, solar panels, and energy storage (particularly batteries) to be on the verge of upending reliance on fossil fuels and global transportation systems. Then, I ran across Dr. Tony Seba, who was one of the only people to accurately predict the massive price declines of solar, electric cars, and batteries. He’s now doing fantastic research into the coming disruptions in energy, transportation, and other areas with an organization called RethinkX. 

RethinkX has predicted, among other things, that there will be almost no gas cars sold by 2030,  and that the animal agriculture industry is headed into widespread bankruptcy (which would be very good for animal welfare interests). They've found that disruption generally happens when any system proves 5X better than the incumbent one, thus opening a huge opportunity space. 

The nonprofit I founded, is designed to leverage the disruptive potential of the most cost-effective anti-poverty intervention in developed countries (guaranteed income), and use it to make a big impact against homelessness and then poverty over time. This could sound far-fetched, but I think that our pilot project is likely to outperform a lot of EA developing world interventions in cost per QALY. I'm working on a major post to introduce it later this week so please reach out if you'd be interested in contributing