Sounds great. I look forward to reading them. Thanks for making this forum a place I want to spend time.
I think it can come across as quite pushy to say "you should look at this thing which pushes a worldview".eg I'd much rather provide a useful tool than say "EA is full of useful tools". Or a useful donation opportunity than say "EA is the place you should find your donation opportunities".So I did end up sharing this video with the following tweet "I care a lot about effective charities. This video gives a good explanation as to why. Also contains lots of random acts of kindness that made me cry".Tried to frame it as "here's why I do what I do" and then add random acts of kindness as a hook/I literally did cry.\.
I wept. Well presented. Though I think I'd still rarely want to share unless someone had specifically asked.
Hybrid modelsThese are effectively a subsidy from the developer org to the org they are doing the work for. To some extent this makes them a small grant funding body which distributes to any org claiming to be effective. I would be concerned about free-riding.It might be better to a charge a normal/slightly discounted rate for "effective" projects and then let the subsidy be delivered by other funders.
I would like a similar set of questions around GiveWell recommendations. You could ask for 10 charities they said they might look into, the forecast their final value for money score. Then, you could resolve based on what they found in any they looked into.- No risk to them.- Might help them search- Only requires names of charities they are researching
UNSONG by Scott Alexander is good if you want a EAish fanfic of the Bible/ modern politics.
Ability to submit questions to a monthy poll. Then everyone who has signed up gets the poll.
I nearly posted this just now and then realised I already did a year ago.
I still think you are all wrong about this.
Option to donate to author.
Some blog articles are really good and I would pay a bit to authors I liked.
Ability to mark items in this thread as “complete”
This thread is the best place to suggest feature requests and it's pretty hard to use because you can't tell which items have been done and which haven't.
People could write about jobs they've tried and why they didn't work.
Love how many posts have been written off the back of this. Great work Aaron. I wonder if there is other underrated private knowledge which people could easily write articles about?
Are they actual finances of OP and FP available somewhere? Are Mark’s figures right?
Founders Pledge is not a foundation at all and, indeed, Founders Pledge members can decide where to allocate their money, it is not centrally decided by FP as an org (though of course we try to convince our members to give to high-impact causes).
Thanks Mark for writing this and for your hard work to alleviate poverty.
Am I right in saying then that the key disagreement is the reference class used in the Rethink Priorities model? That Mark thinks that the original group was unrepresentative?
Great post, well argued.
I guess the point that gets me a bit is "is a stable galactic civilisation run by a single misaligned AI wild in the sense the author means?"Pro wild:
I guess for me the jury is still out, but that case does feel different to me, at least some times.
Also, for me, they “stable galactic civilisation” doesn’t quite do the wildness there justice.
At that point, the consciousness might live lives that are as beyond our imagination as the the life of an archaeologist is to a cow.
To horrendously misquote CS Lewis: “ We are… like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
I have just so little conception of what the life of the average stable galactic citizen might be like.
I like your style. It’s concise yet narratival.
This makes me think of David Deutsch’s point that far from being powerless, creative minds are the only thing that can one day turn an empty bit of space into any structure permitted by physics (with enough hydrogen in the original space).
I guess I think it’s also quite wild that we are the only thing in the way of this wild future. If we nuke ourselves into oblivion etc etc this process might be delayed by millions of years.
Thanks for doing this. Have you considered suggesting the EA infrastructure fund funds much wider book giveaways?
Will ponder. Thanks again for going to the effort. I largely agree regardless.
Thanks for writing this.
I think your logic follows for research, policy etc. But I’m not sure about all the things you name.
Why is it reasonable to assume the best people to hire for web development, marketing or events management would be EAs rather than a standard web dev org?
If anything it seems to me you’d prefer aligned people took impactful roles rather than replicating non impactful roles in the EA community. The whole point of 80k is that there is more impact by choosing non-standard careers.
What’s more, it feels off. I think if I heard that the l... (read more)
Yeah, I originally had the same thought, and I considered e.g. web development, event management, legal services, and HR services as not benefiting enough from EA context etc. to be worth the opportunity cost of EA talent, but then several people at multiple organizations said "Actually we've struggled to get what we want from non-EA consultants doing those things. I really wish I could contract EA consultants to do that work instead." So I added them to the list of possibilities for services that EA consultancies could provide.
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Superb work. Thanks for doing it. Would l love to see more of this kind of thing.
I struggled for a long time to fit forum content into my workflow, but have found something that works well for me:
I love the idea of suggesting people who should be funded but I imagine many might need a prompt.
How about occasionally putting questions on the forum or little Google forms asking for recommendations.
Yeah, I plan to keep sending the form around in the coming months. Using the EA Forum question feature is a great idea, too. Thank you!
Thanks for your work and the work of all others involved, including at LW.
Could we effectively repost them? Have some way of sending them back through the system and seeing if new users like them?
I guess you could ask people to veto their evaluation being published and if they do describe only whether it was positive or negative but not who it was about our what it was.
What interventions are underrated in his opionion?
What are the key things he thinks the average EA doesn't know about global development?
A way to get an RSS feed which is filtered int he same way as the main feed.
I'd listen to a podcast:
I'm on it. Podcast reading HERE
Eesh.(Thanks for downvoting something you didn't like. That's genuinely useful)
Upvote this if you liked the way the original comments were structured.
I orginally structured the comments differently but I'm told that was unhelpful, so I've made a google form instead https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiAmNJ4VEXGOp-mHvxbbq9Dj3eznIm8ICAYSHO836qcWCbYA/viewform
Yeah though I imagine we could find ways to avoid duplicates.
Some people think that I should include a downvotable comment so this thread doesn’t give me lots of karma.I don't think this. I think that it points out that for no reason, we rank comments and posts the same even though posts are far more work. That's a problem but this isn't the solution.However, if you want to rob me of karma, go on, my suggestion would be to upvote this comment and downvote every single sub comment.
Can you see any ways this is likely to go very badly? If you think this is a bad idea, why?
What features would you like in this area?What would you like us to add to our roadmap?
What roles should we retweet and what should the codes be?The bots would retweet one set of codes each.
Which cause areas should we use and what should the codes be? I intend to take the top 5 cause areas by upvotes. The intention would be to have a bot for each cause area.